Bloomberg qualifies for next debate, will face Democratic opponents for 1st time

by Jordyn Pair · Feb 18th, 2020 8:37 am

Presidential candidate and former Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg qualified for his first appearance in a Democratic presidential primary debate on Tuesday, receiving 19 percent support from a NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll.

The debate will take place on February 19 in Las Vegas and will be hosted by NBC News, MSNBC, and the Nevada Independent. It will mark the first time a surging Bloomberg will face off with his Democratic opponents.

To qualify, candidates need four national polls showing 10 percent or higher support or 12 percent or more in two single-state polls of Nevada and South Carolina. They can also qualify by winning at least one delegate in either the Iowa or New Hampshire primary.

Candidates have until 11:59 p.m. on February 18 to qualify for the debate.

"Our campaign is seeing a groundswell of support across the country, and qualifying for the February 19 debate is the latest sign that Mike's plan and ability to defeat Donald Trump is resonating with more and more Americans," Bloomberg campaign manager Kevin Sheekey said in a statement on Tuesday. "Mike is looking forward to joining the other Democratic candidates on stage and making the case for why he's the best candidate to defeat Donald Trump and unite the country."

So far, former Vice President Joe Biden, former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) have all qualified for the debate, according to an unofficial report from NBC News.


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