Mike Bloomberg says he’s going to run for the Democratic presidential nomination until “the bitter end” — even if Bernie Sanders claims a plurality of delegates.
The former New York City mayor said in an interview Friday that he feels he can still beat front-runner Sanders, a Vermont senator running to carry out a leftwing political “revolution.”
“I’m going to stay right till the bitter end, as long as I have a chance,” Bloomberg told MSNBC, days ahead of the 14-state Super Tuesday contests.
Bloomberg hasn’t been on the ballot in the four early-voting states and is vying with former Vice President Joe Biden and other candidates for centrist votes to stop the openly socialist Sanders.
The three-term former mayor, worth an estimated $65 billion, this week passed $500 million in expenses for his late-announced presidential bid. He said he intends to stay in the race if Sanders cannot claim a majority of Democratic delegates.
“If it’s just a plurality, you gotta be in it to win it,” he told MSNBC.
“Why would I spend all of this money and all this time out of my life and wear and tear, you know,” Bloomberg said, adding: “I’m running a race and I’m behind with one lap to go. What am I going to quit? No, you run harder.”
Bloomberg is seeking to overcome poorly rated debate performances and liberal unease about his past support for “stop and frisk” policing in New York and reported workplace remarks about women.
The outcome of Tuesday voting in states including delegate-rich California, Texas, North Carolina, Massachusetts, and Virginia may determine if Sanders is stoppable after popular-vote wins in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada. Establishment Democrats openly fear President Trump will be reelected in a landslide if Sanders is the party’s nominee, according to a New York Times report.
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