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Bloomberg a Major Target in Las Vegas Debate

Sanders, Warren slam former mayor's record
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 19, 2020 8:23 PM CST

(Newser) – Michael Bloomberg was on a Democratic presidential debate stage for the first time Wednesday night and he became a major target in the Las Vegas debate from the opening minutes onward—more so than frontrunner Bernie Sanders. Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, Joe Biden, and Pete Buttigieg also took part in the first debate since the New Hampshire primary. Nevada holds its Democratic caucuses on Saturday. Highlights:

  • Sanders quickly brought up Bloomberg's record as New York City mayor, arguing that defeating President Trump will require "the largest voter turnout in the history of the United States" and Bloomberg's record on issues like stop-and-frisk will make that impossible, the Washington Post reports. Bloomberg countered that Sanders' support of policies like Medicare for All would make it impossible for him to beat Trump.
  • Warren also went on the attack against Bloomberg, saying: "I'd like to talk about who we're running against. A billionaire who calls women fat broads and horse-faced lesbians, and no, I'm not talking about Donald Trump, I'm talking about Mayor Bloomberg." She added: "Democrats take a huge risk if we substitute one arrogant billionaire for another."

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