Biden has ‘no drawback’ with Bloomberg working for president


CONCORD, New Hampshire (AP) — Joe Biden mentioned Friday that he welcomes the potential for billionaire Michael Bloomberg becoming a member of the crowded presidential discipline searching for the Democratic nomination.

“Michael’s a stable man, and let’s see the place it goes,” Biden advised reporters after submitting paperwork to run in New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation main in February. “I’ve no drawback with him getting within the race.”

The previous vice chairman, who’s making an attempt to carry his place as a 2020 front-runner, struck a assured tone about his personal prospects and dismissed any suggestion that his marketing campaign is faltering. Bloomberg’s aides mentioned Thursday that the previous New York Metropolis mayor was considering a presidential bid as a result of he doesn’t see the present discipline as robust sufficient to supply a nominee who can defeat President Donald Trump.

“I’m the one particular person on this race that has vital help in each single solitary sector” of the Democratic voters, Biden mentioned, pointing at nationwide main polls. Of speak that his personal candidacy is struggling, Biden brushed it apart, saying, “I’ve been listening to about this for some time now.”

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden recordsdata to have his identify listed on the New Hampshire main poll, Friday, Nov. eight, 2019, in Harmony, N.H. At left is his spouse Jill Biden, and New Hampshire Secretary of State Invoice Gardner. (AP Picture/Charles Krupa)

Biden emphasised his help amongst African Individuals, Latinos and working-class voters, plus stable standing with ladies and younger voters.

“The Democratic Social gathering is a giant tent,” he mentioned. “So as to have the ability to win, you might have to have the ability to attain out and win components of all the constituency.”

In latest days, Biden has gone extra instantly on offense in opposition to his liberal rival, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, one other main candidate who represents a distinct wing of the Democratic Social gathering. Earlier this week, Biden accused her of being elitist in her criticism that any Democrat who doesn’t again her progressive proposals on well being care, training and different points is likely to be “working within the mistaken presidential main.”

In New Hampshire on Friday, Biden mentioned he wasn’t making an attempt to personally assault Warren, and he as a substitute accused her of being the candidate who was setting an unfair customary with an ideological purity take a look at. Biden requires including a public choice medical health insurance plan to compete alongside non-public insurance coverage, whereas Warren desires a single-payer, government-run “Medicare for all” insurance coverage mannequin.

“I’m not saying she’s out of contact,” Biden mentioned. “However to show round and say to the tens of millions of Democrats on the market that, in reality, should you don’t agree with me, then you might be missing braveness and you aren’t a Democrat, that’s not how we run the Democratic Social gathering.”

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