Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg has started aggressively courting key Democrats – including many who are supporting his top rivals for the party’s presidential nomination, NBC News is reporting.
The Bloomberg campaign’s strategy is to inform top Democrats of his plans in case they decide to back him later, according to the network news.
Top Bloomberg campaign advisers met with about 20 House members last week to brief them on the candidate’s plans to win the nomination and beat President Donald Trump in the November election.
The lawmakers included those representing the Blue Dog Coalition, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the Congressional Black Caucus, NBC News said.
Those at the meeting already had endorsed other candidates or were undecided.
"Last week, I pulled together a group of (House) members to hear from Bloomberg 2020 senior staff who outlined Bloomberg's path to victory, and many of these members saw what I saw: that Mike Bloomberg is the only candidate with the money, message, and machine to defeat Donald Trump and retake the White House," said Bloomberg’s campaign co-chair Stephanie Murphy.
"I anticipate Mike's support from House Democrats will only continue to grow as this process moves forward and as more members recognize that Mike Bloomberg will get it done."
Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal reported that Bloomberg is opening an office in New Hampshire and hiring 12 staffers. Bloomberg did not compete in the New Hampshire primary, but his campaign office is vowing to keep the office open through November.
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