Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg says he is positive President Donald Trump is concerned about him winning the Democratic nomination, and that is why he is attacking him, NBC News reports.
"I think there's no question that he's worried about me, because otherwise he wouldn't respond," Bloomberg said. "Donald doesn't want to run against me, because he knows I've taken him on, and every time, I've beaten him. I'm trying to tell the public what I did and what I will do and not get into a silly contest. He can't run on his record."
Trump in a pre-Super Bowl interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity said Bloomberg, who has been listed as being between 5-feet-6 to 5-feet-8, was negotiating to stand on a box at debates now that the party has changed its rules to allow him in.
Bloomberg's campaign shot back that was not only untrue, but Trump lies about "everything."
"He is a pathological liar who lies about everything: his fake hair, his obesity, and his spray-on tan," Bloomberg campaign spokeswoman Julie Wood said Sunday.
In the NBC interview, Bloomberg said he is focused on Trump and not on the other Democratic candidates.
"I'm not running against Joe Biden, or Bernie Sanders, or Elizabeth Warren, I'm running against Donald Trump and whether they win in one of these states or both of these states or not, it just doesn't influence what I'm going to do," he said.
Bloomberg, who joined the race late, is skipping early states including Iowa and New Hampshire. Instead, his strategy is to focus on delegate-rich states like California and states that will be battlegrounds in the general election.
As Trump faces an impeachment vote in the Senate on Wednesday for which he is likely to be acquitted, Bloomberg joined other Democrats in condemning Republicans who have said, although the president's actions in asking Ukraine to investigate Joe and Hunter Biden were wrong, they do not rise to the level of removal from office.
"It's a disgrace, no question about that," he said. "I don't like impeachment, but there's so much evidence we had to do it. I'm not a senator, but I'd vote to convict.
"It's obvious they're going to let him off the hook," he added, "and the public will have its chance on Nov. 3."
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