Rising White House hopeful Michael Bloomberg has been taking heavy fire from fellow Democratic rivals hours ahead of a live TV debate.
The forum in Nevada is the first major test for the former New York City mayor after a late entry to the race.
The tycoon is under fierce attack over everything from his wealth and health to past remarks on race and gender.
The eventual Democratic nominee will face President Donald Trump, a Republican, in November’s election.
Also on stage in Wednesday night’s debate in Las Vegas will be Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, former US Vice-President Joe Biden, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and former South Bend, Indiana, mayor Pete Buttigieg.
Bloomberg is going to spend a billion dollars tomorrow
— Ben Domenech (@bdomenech) February 20, 2020
the only person on this stage i absolutely will not vote for is bloomberg.
— king crissle (@crissles) February 20, 2020
Bloomberg is spending more on ads than anyone in history.
All the news stations and publications like NYT and WaPo aren't going to cut off their new sugar daddy buying up ads, making their garbage companies profitable.
It's why they don't go after him and leave him alone.
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) February 20, 2020
STOP & FRISK:
Mayor Mike Bloomberg's first year in office: 97,296 stops.
In 2011: 685,724 stops.
(Increase 600% )#DemDebate
— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) February 20, 2020
“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.” pic.twitter.com/3xoMOgU47S
— Mother Jones (@MotherJones) February 20, 2020
bloomberg really pulled up to this debate thinking he was hot shit ready to take the nom….i have to laugh pic.twitter.com/NgKbXdKZIq
— em(ely) (@terryjeffords) February 20, 2020
A new Washington Post-ABC poll on Wednesday showed Mr Sanders at 32% with Mr Biden falling to 16%. Mr Bloomberg was third on 14% and Ms Warren fourth on 12%.
The attacks from Mr Bloomberg’s Democratic rivals suggest it will be a tough night for the world’s ninth richest man.
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