Seven Democratic presidential candidates will take the debate stage tonight in South Carolina as the state gears up for its primary Saturday. Among the contenders are two billionaires: Tom Steyer and Mike Bloomberg. Joe Biden holds a slight edge over Bernie Sanders going into the debate, according to recent polling. Meanwhile, Mike Bloomberg’s campaign is reportedly planning an anti-Sanders media blitz in the wake of his landslide victory in Nevada over the weekend.
In related news, yet more damning comments made by former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg surfaced last week, in which he vows to “defend the banks” if elected president, and jokes about “droning” his political opponents. He also called progressives and fellow presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren “scary.” The remarks were reportedly made at a private event for Goldman Sachs in 2016.
Michael Bloomberg: “My first campaign platform would be to defend the banks. You know how well that’s going to sell in this country. But seriously, somebody’s got to stand up and do what we need. A healthy banking system that’s going to take risks because that’s what creates the jobs for everybody.”