Meghan McCain sparred with co-host Joy Behar on “The View” over the possibility of Michael Bloomberg squaring off against President Donald Trump in the 2020 election.
The co-hosts locked horns Tuesday over the billionaire’s presidential campaign as they reacted to news that he qualified for the upcoming Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas, Nevada.
McCain admitted she was glad to see that “he’s finally gonna have to man up” by joining the other 2020 contenders on the debate stage, criticizing the “cheap way” he has been running for office so far by opting out of primaries and not facing off against his rivals.
A new NPR/PBS/Marist poll released Monday showed that the ads funded by the billionaire have apparently paid off, landing him in second place and paving the way for his first stage appearance with his 2020 rivals.
McCain called out Bloomberg’s supporters who have “anointed” him to be the nominee, and warned that getting the nomination will be “a lot harder” than his campaign thinks.
“I think if we keep taking the Democrats down, Trump is going to win,” Behar interjected as co-host Sunny Hostin pointed to her thoughts on how Bloomberg could succeed against Trump.
Hostin argued that Bloomberg is “a little tone-deaf” due to his background, adding that she could consider supporting him if he were to choose former Georgia state Rep. Stacey Abrams as his Democratic running mate. Abrams, who will be hosting Bloomberg at a voting rights forum in Atlanta later this week, appeared on “The View” Monday where she defended the presidential candidate’s cash-fueled campaign as well as the acceptance of $5 million dollar donation to a group she founded to protect ‘election integrity.’
“If Democrats don’t take him out, Republicans will,” McCain warned Behar as Tuesday’s discussion got heated, and as she came back to some of Bloomberg’s past controversial statements.
“You want to go up against Trump and you want to take the moral high ground, Democrats, I don’t know if this going to be the one.”
Behar shot back by listing controversies associated with Trump, prompting McCain to argue, “I’m not defending Trump because I’m attacking Bloomberg.”
“So what are you saying then?” Behar asked.
McCain dismissed “shiny sparkly” Bloomberg’s recent popularity in the polls.
“You know what, I just think it’s so interesting that you have a problem that we are talking about a candidate the way we would any other candidate. He just happens to be at the top getting the attention right now, which is why we’re talking about it right now,” McCain said.
“What? I’m supposed to give Bloomberg a pass? Not on this show!” she added.
“I would like to know who you are going to vote for,” Behar asked. “Who are you voting for?”
“Who I vote for is none of your business,” McCain replied. “But I am not voting for Trump and I’m sure as hell not voting for Bloomberg.”
“So, then you’re not going to vote,” Behar exclaimed, throwing her hands up. “You’re not voting for Trump and you’re not voting for a Democrat, you said that already.”
“You know what, you guys have done a piss-poor job of convincing me that I should vote for a Democrat,” McCain shot back as co-host Whoopi Goldberg tried to cut to commercial break.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson slammed Bloomberg during a monologue on his show Monday, calling him out for trying to buy his way to the White House.
Tucker warns of Bloomberg’s shady & unprecedented campaign to buy the presidency, ruling class ‘eager’ to oblige him https://t.co/P6rgOwzorG
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) February 18, 2020
“Bloomberg isn’t running on anything, not because he doesn’t have ideas,” Carlson said.
“He’s not trying to convince voters of anything. He’s not making arguments or working to change their minds on policies they care about,” he added. “He’s trying to buy them and hence, the presidency.”
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