Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will be on the debate stage with other Democratic presidential candidates next Wednesday in Las Vegas. CNN writes:
“Bloomberg met the Democratic National Committee-mandated polling threshold on Tuesday with a NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist survey finding the former New York mayor at 19% nationally. The result is Bloomberg’s fourth poll at or above 10% nationally, which was the requirement from the DNC to qualify.“
Bernie Sanders leads that latest Marist poll with 31%. Bloomberg is second at 19%.
Bloomberg’s name won’t be on the Nevada ballot. He skipped the first four contests to focus on Super Tuesday.
It will be the first time the other qualifiers will have the opportunity to personally confront Bloomberg. From CNN:
“The five other qualifying candidates have all signaled they are ready to attack Bloomberg, whose standing in national polls has improved after he personally spent more than $400 million television, radio and digital ads publicizing his candidacy. And Bloomberg has recently come under intense scrutiny for his past comments on race and allegations that he made crude remarks and fostered a culture of discrimination against women at Bloomberg L.P. during the late 1980s and 1990s.“
The New York Times writes:
“Mr. Bloomberg’s 19 percent mark was his highest level of support in any debate-qualifying national poll to date. The latest national polling average calculated by The New York Times, which was released late last week, put him at 10 percent nationally, behind Mr. Sanders, Mr. Biden and Ms. Warren.“
The debate will air Wednesday, February 19 at 9pm eastern. NBC News, MSNBC and the Nevada Independent are hosting in Las Vegas.