Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) wont accept money from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, his campaign said.
Advisers to Bloomberg, a billionaire who has a net worth north of $60 billion, said last month that the business mogul would support the Democratic presidential nominee if he doesnt win the nomination.
But Sanderss senior adviser Jeff Weaver said the campaign wouldnt accept financial help from Bloomberg if Sanders is the one to face President Donald Trump.
“Its a hard no,” Weaver told NBC after the debate on Tuesday night in South Carolina.
“Bernie has said hes going to fund his presidential campaign with small-dollar contributions, and I think we can do that. I think we can raise over a billion dollars in small-dollar contributions,” Weaver added.
Sanders himself said as much last week when pressed during a CNN town hall.
“There is a point at which money ceases to be significant,” he said. “We will have enough money to defeat Donald Trump.”
An adviser to Bloomberg, Howard Wolfson, told NBC that Bloomberg wouldnt spend money for a candidate who doesnt want his assistance.
“Bernie said he didnt want [Bloombergs] money, so were not going to. I dont think it would be prudent to spend on behalf of somebody who didnt want it,” Wolfson said.
“I think everyone else has said they want the help, including Elizabeth Warren. If Elizabeth Warren is the nominee, we will do everything we can to help her. Sanders is the one candidate who said he didnt want the help.”
Warren has not said whether shell accept financial help from Bloomberg if she beats the field of Democrats. She repeatedly harangued Bloomberg during the debate, including repeatedly bringing up comments he allegedly made to female employees.
Bloomberg has already spent hundreds of millions of dollars from his fortune since announcing his bid for the presidency in late 2019. He said hed Read More – Source