Bloomberg Postpones CNN Town Hall For Debate Coaching After Disastrous Nevada Performance
The last Democratic presidential debate was the first time billionaire, Republican-turned-Independent-turned-Democrat Michael Bloomberg was onstage with his fellow Democrats who are vying for the nomination.
That performance was, by all accounts, a qualified disaster for him.
He got hit on the fact that he used to be a Republican, is a billionaire, and, of course, on his treatment of women and the racist stop-and-frisk policy that reigned supreme while Bloomberg was mayor of New York City.
It now seems that Bloomberg’s campaign realizes that their candidate was not quite ready for Prime Time, so, instead of a planned CNN town hall in Charleston, South Carolina that he was supposed to appear in on Monday, Bloomberg will be practicing for Tuesday’s debate in that same state instead.
This all comes as Bloomberg not only got completely annihilated at the Nevada debate, but also as Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders won the Nevada caucuses quite decidedly. Bloomberg has skipped the first four primary and caucus states, which have traditionally been seen as all-important ways to carve a path to either major party nomination.
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Keeping Sanders from gaining more delegates is key to the Bloomberg campaign, especially because he skipped the early primary states, and Bloomberg certainly cannot afford another disaster like he had at his first debate.
A Bloomberg campaign representative labeled the upcoming debate as “crucial” for the embattled candidate, and went on to take a shot at Bernie Sanders as well, saying, “the country can’t afford to let Bernie Sanders skate by another debate without a focus on his extreme record.”
All of that is a matter of opinion, and the definition of “extreme” when it comes to politics is often relative. It will, however, be interesting to see if Bloomberg’s performance improves, and if his own problematic record continues to dog him on the campaign trail and on the debate stage.