Socialist Bernie Sanders won’t rule out taking money from billionaire rival Mike Bloomberg if Sanders becomes the Democratic presidential nominee.
Senator Sanders seemed to begrudgingly make the admission after being asked the question three times despite his feeble attempts to dodge it.
At a CNN town hall in Nevada last night (Feb. 18), an undecided voter asked Sanders: “Recently, you accused candidate Mayor Bloomberg of attempting to buy the 2020 election and have rejected money from corporate donors. However, Bloomberg has stated he will use his wealth to support any candidate who gets the nomination in order to beat Donald Trump. If nominated, would you accept help from billionaires like Bloomberg and if not, why throw away something that can make a huge difference in winning 2020?”
Sanders responded by flat-out ignoring the question and saying his campaign does not need donations from billionaires like Bloomberg.
“I don’t go to rich people’s homes to raise money. We don’t have a Super PAC. But our average contribution is all of $18.50. We’re going to win this election, because we are putting together the strongest grassroots movement in the modern history of this country.
I think I can speak for all of the other Democratic candidates, many of whom are longtime friends of mine. And that is, on day one when I announced my candidacy, I said, obviously, we were going to do everything we can to win, but if I did not win the nomination, I would support vigorously the candidate who won, because Donald Trump must be defeated.”
CNN’s town hall moderator, Anderson Cooper, then asked Sanders the question again since he ignored it the first time.
Cooper said: “So let me just follow up on that because Anna was specifically asking, ‘If Michael Bloomberg doesn’t get it and you get the nomination, would you accept if he says, I’ve got $500 million leftover that I’m going to give to you.’ Would you accept that?”
Sanders again dodged the question, saying: “If Mr. Bloomberg wins — and I certainly hope he does not — I will support the Democratic nominee. We don’t have a Super PAC, we’re not asking for a Super PAC.”
A smiling Cooper then summed it up this way: “So you’re not sure if you would take the money or not? Okay, I’ll leave it there.”
One BizPac Review reader quipped: “Sanders would take money from Stalin if he was still alive! He’s a loser!”
Sanders reacted by saying that he doesn’t think his campaign will need Mike Bloomberg’s money because he has a strong grassroots movement.
“I don’t think we’re going to need that money, because when you have an agenda, as we have, that speaks to the needs of working families, you’re going to have millions and millions and millions of people chipping in 10 bucks a piece, 50 bucks a piece. And that’s how you’re going to raise the money you need to defeat Trump.
There is a point in which money ceases to be significant. We will have enough money to run a strong campaign.”
Bernie Sanders is correct: Having a bigger war chest doesn’t automatically mean you’re going to win.
In 2016, Hillary Clinton wasted $1 billion on her campaign and still lost the electoral college in a landslide to Donald Trump, who spent far less money than she did.
President Trump made up for it by reaching out directly to voters with massive rallies in key states that Hillary ignored.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) June 11, 2017
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