Republican insiders say former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg is the last remaining threat to President Donald Trump’s re-election bid, the Washington Examiner is reporting.
They note that Joe Biden has stumbled in the first two contests and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is considered too liberal to defeat Trump. Republicans also argue that former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. are not strong enough with non-white voters.
“Right now, Bloomberg is the biggest threat to President Trump in the fall,” said Jason Miller, a former Trump adviser who, along with Steve Bannon, co-hosts “War Room 2020.” a syndicated radio program. The show is carried live on weekday mornings on Newsmax TV.
And a Republican ad writer said: “They should be terrified of Bloomberg. The magnitude of his financial advantage could overwhelm them.”
The Examiner noted that Bloomberg has invested more than $350 million in his campaign since late November. And Republicans are taking his promise very seriously to spend whatever it takes to beat Trump.
Right now, Republicans are convinced there’s little chance Trump would lose to Sanders, who has finished strong in the first two Democratic contests. Some, however, are watching Buttigieg.
“Mayor Pete is easily the most talented candidate, but he has huge generational and demographic problems that I don’t believe can be solved in a general election,” a Republican strategist said.
But one Republican operative maintained: “I’m afraid of Bloomberg and Bloomberg only. He is the only one that is not a socialist, has experience, and is double-barrel loaded,”
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