Washington Free Beacon founding editor Matthew Continetti said Michael Bloomberg’s entry into the Democratic primary fight could pit the former New York mayor against Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.).
“He could run against her. He’s not afraid of it, he has experience, he’s extremely smart and he’s extremely wealthy so he will have all the resources he needs,” Continetti said during an appearance on MSNBC’s Meet the Press. “The question is whether the Democratic coalition is ready for him, if there’s support out there. Whenever I look at the polls, it seems Democrats are pretty satisfied with their choices.”
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NBC News contributor Howard Fineman argued that former vice president Joe Biden’s inability to pull away from the rest of the pack played into Bloomberg’s decision to jump into the race. Continetti pointed out that Biden’s weak fundraising numbers could support this idea.
The Meet the Press panel also speculated that Biden supporters could flee to Bloomberg if they lose confidence in the former vice president.
Continetti added that nominating an ideologically extreme candidate like Warren would risk losing the suburbs for Democrats.
“The election results in Kentucky in particular, and also Virginia to some extent, show that the way for Democrats to take back the White House is to run to the center. To run the same campaign they run in 2018,” he said.
He argued that focusing on health care and education will help deliver suburbanites and, thereby, Democrats electoral victories.
“The worry, as we know, among many Democrats is that Elizabeth Warren campaigning to restructure American capitalism is precisely the candidate who can scare those suburban voters who are there for the taking for the Democratic Party,” he said.
Bloomberg is expected to file paperwork this week to officially enter the presidential race. He had previously considered entering the race but held off due to Biden’s electoral strength, according to the New York Times.
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