Democratic presidental candidate Michael Bloomberg at his rally at Central Machine Works in East Austin on January 11, 2020. For us non-billionaires who try to make ends meet on monthly checks, that seems like an enormous amount of money, and it is.
Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo is poised to endorse former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's bid for President on Wednesday.
"Support for Mike grows daily as we open new field offices, engage with Texas voters and share Mike's message", said Ashlea Turner, Bloomberg's Texas state director. "I think America might be ready for Bloomberg".
Bloomberg is the 8th richest American who has a net worth in excess of $60 billion according to Forbes.
On Sunday, Bloomberg's campaign denied it had requested a box and taunted the president's "fake hair, his obesity and his spray-on tan". A spokeswoman for Bloomberg's campaign said they now have 72 staff on ground and will have 150 staffers in the state by Super Tuesday.
For a candidate with a reputation for being a bit stiff on the campaign trail, Bloomberg delivered a few zingers Tuesday night.
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There are now 1,975 confirmed infections of the Wuhan coronavirus in China, which has so far killed 56 people. He qualified the risk to others in Ontario as "low", given that the woman has been in self-isolation.
"People ask me, 'Do you really want a general election between two NY billionaires?'" he said. He has flooded TV, Facebook and Google with advertising that has improved his standing, even though he has not appeared in a single debate.
An aide said the campaign will also expand its staff to more than 2,100 people nationwide. That number is below Democratic rivals Joe Biden, Sanders and Warren, but above the likes of Pete Buttigieg, Andrew Yang and Amy Klobuchar.
In the aftermath of a chaotic Democratic caucus in Iowa this week, the Democratic field for president remains marked by uncertainty. Worth at least an estimated $60 billion, Bloomberg is the only candidate with deep enough pockets to essentially start a general election campaign, while his 10 Democratic rivals focus on the four early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and SC.
Bloomberg's campaign manager Kevin Sheekey said Tuesday morning that the candidate has made it clear that he is running a national campaign and that he would "double down on that bet, as we prepare both a Super Tuesday strategy, but at the same time, to stand up against the president in battleground states in November".
His campaign says he will have 125 offices by the week's end and staffers in 40 states and territories, including 450 workers in the battlegrounds of Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Arizona, Florida and MI.
The Associated Press contributed reporting.