Bernie Sanders' spokesperson apologizes for saying Michael Bloomberg has 'suffered heart attacks'

Elizabeth Warren Illustrates Why Mike Bloomberg Should Be Freaking Terrified of Her

Senator Bernie Sanders advanced to 32% support among Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll released Tuesday, up 8 percentage points from late January. He holds a double-digit lead over his nearest rival.

He also used that opportunity to take another swipe at Bloomberg's height, warning him there should be "no standing on boxes" at the Nevada debate. Nonetheless, Buttigieg was near the bottom of the poll with just 7 % support. But Biden is also targeting Sanders. Elizabeth Warren is struggling to regain energy around her campaign. She is matched by Amy Klobuchar, whose support rose by 5 points since the last NPR/Marist poll. On the heels of a strong performance in the messy Iowa caucuses, Buttigieg came in a close second in New Hampshire, where Klobuchar's unexpected surge won her third place, and Warren and Biden both experienced disappointing results.

The businessman who jumped into the race in November, almost a year after many rivals, earned 19 percent support nationally, second to leftist Bernie Sanders at 31 percent, in an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist survey. But he did enter the race much later than the rest of the Democratic candidates, launching his campaign only this past November.

United States media tycoon Michael Bloomberg has qualified for Wednesday's Democratic presidential debate, after two new polls shows him leapfrogging rivals, including Joe Biden, to claim second spot in the race for the party nomination. He was hospitalized for three days afterwards in Las Vegas. This is despite the emergence last week of tapes and newspaper accounts documenting his racist defense of the "stop and frisk" policy he employed during his twelve-year stint as mayor of NY to terrorize mostly minority workers and youth.

Some political analysts say anti-billionaire broadsides are to be expected during the Nevada debate from the other Democratic candidates.

Today's installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.


As part of a broader financial reform plan, Bloomberg is proposing a 0.1% tax on all financial transactions to "raise revenue needed to address wealth inequality, and support other measures-such as a speed limit on trading-to curb predatory behavior and reduce the risk of destabilizing 'flash crashes'". Audio of blunt comments he made in 2015 about throwing suspects against walls and frisking them recently resurfaced, prompting Bloomberg to again to apologize for his advocacy of stop-and-frisk as mayor of New York City.

The same day, Biden, speaking in Las Vegas, denounced Sanders for his followers' alleged online threats against the Culinary Workers Union. He repeated the same attacks in television interviews on Sunday and Monday.

The Bloomberg campaign took the operation to a new low on Monday, releasing an ad that makes an amalgam between Sanders and Trump, flashing a series of tweets from apparent Sanders supporters.

Bloomberg kept ownership in his company while he served as New York City mayor from 2002 to 2013 but stepped down as the chief executive while in office and returned to the post afterwards.

Bloomberg has a novel strategy that he hopes will make him the Democratic Party's nominee.

This has frightened the Democratic Party establishment.

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