Ahead of 4th Debate, 2 Non-Candidates in Headlines

Michael Bloomberg and Michelle Obama turn up in speculation, polls
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 15, 2019 9:07 AM CDT
From left, presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., are introduced Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, before a Democratic presidential...   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

(Newser) – The top Democratic candidates are back on the debate stage Tuesday night, but might another big name be joining them in the not-too-distant future? CNBC reports that former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg might run in 2020 after all. However, the only situation in which he would do that is if Joe Biden dropped out relatively early in the race, according to the anonymous insiders talking to CNBC. Biden has been losing ground to Elizabeth Warren in particular in recent polls. Bloomberg, 77, reportedly still has a team of political advisers in place should he decide to jump in. Related coverage, including a poll suggesting Michelle Obama would be a strong candidate:

  • The debate: It airs on CNN at 8pm ET from Ohio's Otterbein University, per NPR. An even dozen candidates qualified: Biden, Warren, Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris, Andrew Yang, Cory Booker, Beto O’Rourke, Tom Steyer, Amy Klobuchar, Julián Castro, and Tulsi Gabbard.

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