The New York Times is reporting that billionaire former New York Mayor and short-lived presidential aspirant Michael Bloomberg has pledged to spend at least $100 million in Florida over the next few weeks in an effort to swing the state behind Democrat Joe Biden.
Politico noted the planned expenditure comes as polls are tightening between Biden and President Donald Trump. Florida is described by Politico as a “must win” state if Biden is to secure the 2020 presidential victory.
As reported by the Associated Press, “Bloomberg’s late-stage infusion of cash reflects Democrats’ concerns about the tight race in a state that is a priority for President Donald Trump. A victory for Biden in Florida, the largest of the perennial battleground states, would significantly complicate Trump’s path to reaching the 270 Electoral College votes needed to secure a second term.”
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The announcement is strong evidence that “Biden is bought and paid for,” suggested Alan Gottlieb, a leading national gun rights advocate who has been saying for months that the former vice president’s gun control agenda is bad news. Bloomberg, however, was in the presidential primary race only a short time before dropping out and throwing his support behind Biden.
The New York Times reported that Bloomberg has been approached over the summer by “Democratic groups” but they were told at the time he hadn’t approved any spending in the 2020 race. Now, evidently, he has.
Not only is Biden getting help from Bloomberg’s bank account, a new Rasmussen survey just revealed a majority of voters think the establishment media “is a lot more interested in selling you Joe Biden’s positions than it is in letting you know where President Trump stands on the issues.”
“In covering Biden,” Rasmussen said, “67% of Likely U.S. Voters believe the media is more interested in where he stands on the issues than in creating controversies about him.”
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey found only 19 percent think the media is more interested in Biden controversies. Thirteen percent are undecided.
Rasmussen added that only 41 percent think the media is more interested in where Trump stands on the issues. Forty-nine percent say they are more focused on creating controversies about him. Ten percent are not sure.
New York Magazine reminded its readers “At the beginning of the year, former New York mayor and campaign spendthrift Michael Bloomberg said he would consider putting up as much as $1 billion of his own fortune to beat Trump in November, even if his bid for the Democratic nomination was unsuccessful.”
The magazine said much of the money Bloomberg will spend in Florida will be aimed at swinging the Hispanic vote away from Trump and toward Biden.
Timing of the announcement is critical, as the New York Times reported that ballots will start mailing Sept. 24 to domestic voters. They will be going to overseas voters by the weekend.
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