Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg said he is willing to pay whatever it takes to try and remove President Trump from the White House.
Bloomberg, a multi-billionaire and ranked among the world’s wealthiest people, has already spent more than $200 million in advertising in the presidential primary in the last two months.
The major sum is more than every other presidential candidate combined, including the $141 million that fellow billionaire Tom Steyer has spent.
“Number one priority is to get rid of Donald Trump. I’m spending all my money to get rid of Trump,” Bloomberg told Reuters while traveling between campaign events.
The report adds:
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, one of the leading Democratic presidential contenders who has vowed to get money out of politics, blasted Bloomberg when he launched his campaign with a $37-million TV advertising blitz, accusing the former New York City mayor of trying to buy American democracy.
“These are just political things they say, hoping they catch on and they don’t like me doing it, because it competes with them, not because it’s bad policy,” Bloomberg said.
After entering the race late and missing the first six Democratic debates, Bloomberg generally sits fifth in national public opinion polls behind Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Warren and Pete Buttigieg.
Bloomberg said his fellow competitors cannot stand up to Trump and that he is the only candidate that stands a chance in beating him.
“One of the reasons I’m reasonably confident I could beat Trump is I would be acceptable to the moderate Republicans you have to have,” he said per the report.
“Whether you like it or not, you can’t win the election unless you get moderate Republicans to cross the line. The others are much too liberal for them and they would certainly vote for Donald Trump,” Bloomberg added.
Bloomberg, having joined the race so late, is imposing a unique strategy to try and make up for lost ground. The former New York City mayor is opting out of the first of the presidential primaries in Iowa and New Hampshire—usually coveted for generating momentum in a campaign—and is instead focusing his efforts winning several states on Super Tuesday.
“Bloomberg is waging a nationwide campaign to capture delegates in later contests such as Texas, which will be the second largest prize among the 14 Super Tuesday states,” Reuters reports.
At campaign events in San Antonio, Austin and Dallas in Texas on Saturday, Bloomberg said his bipartisan nature made it more likely he could deliver on his pledges to expand health insurance coverage, fight climate change and reduce gun violence.
While his speeches drew modest crowds of no more than a few hundred in Austin and fewer still in San Antonio, many who attended said they were independents or former Trump supporters who had learned about Bloomberg through his massive advertising campaign.