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Bloomberg's Bid for 2020

Michael Bloomberg has officially launched his campaign for President of the United States, while politicians on either side of the aisle are skeptical.

Over the weekend, the former mayor of New York announced his candidacy, despite having missed a few key debates, and facing the uphill battle of having to raise a certain amount of money to qualify for future debates.

Senator Amy Klobuchar, a current candidate for President, quickly dismissed the billionaire's run, claiming "the American people aren't going to 'buy it'" (Politico).

Klobuchar has presented herself as a center-left candidate among some of her radical left opponents. Her political positions align most with Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Vice President Joe Biden. Upon entering the Presidential race, Bloomberg compared himself to Biden, and he could also post a threat to Klobuchar.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway was also dismissive of Bloomberg's announcement, noting that "America already elected a builder" (Politico). Conway also noted that many of the Democratic candidates will not welcome his entry, claiming that "we have frontrunners saying, 'we don't want billionaires in the country, let along in the Democratic primary'" (Politico).

Bloomberg will likely not be welcomed by most of the already crowded Democratic field. While it has been difficult to narrow down candidates over the past few months, the addition of Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Deval Patrick make it difficult to sift through each policy proposal.
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