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Bernie Sanders calls Bloomberg’s wealth ‘grotesque’ to his face

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John Bolton pressed by Susan Rice on impeachment testimony at Vanderbilt event

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Former national security advisers John Bolton and Susan Rice engaged in a sometimes-tense debate over Russia and the impeachment trial against President Trump, in front of a crowd of 1,500 people Wednesday in Nashville.

The pair came together for the Vanderbilt Chancellors Lecture Series entitled “Defining U.S. Global Leadership” at Vanderbilt Unversity two weeks after the Senate acquitted Trump without subpoenaing Bolton to testify.

Bolton drew the ire of Trump when he surprisingly announced in January that he would testify in the Senate if called to do so. In leaked passages from his forthcoming book scheduled to be released in March, he said Trump told him military aid to Ukraine was conditioned on whether its leaders would investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, specifically their dealings in the country.

“I can’t imagine withholding my testimony,” Rice said.

“I was prepared to testify, there was a vote,” Bolton responded. “Multiple times where senators were against it.”

“Didn’t you expect that?” Rice asked him.

“No, I didn’t expect that,” Bolton replied. “My testimony would have made no difference to the outcome if they knew why was going on in Washington.”

He added, “I sleep at night because I have followed my conscience.”

On the topic of Ukraine, Bolton, who was ousted from his position last year in the middle of the House impeachment inquiry, said congressional Democrats had “made a mess of it.”

He added, “I think the House committed impeachment malpractice.”

At one point, Bolton elicited a few boos from the audience when he said: “If any of you are willing to go to jail give me your names after and I’ll put you in touch with the DOJ.”

On the Iraq war, Rice called the conflict a “massive strategic blunder.”

“The Iraq war has led to some follow on consequences of great significance,” she said. “We still are embroiled. I’m trying to clean up the consequences.”

Bolton, who served as ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush, said he often was characterized as his Iraq policymaker.

“All I can say is…if only…” he responded.

Before becoming Trump’s national security adviser, Bolton said Rice gave him “excellent advice.”

“Wait, I’m not sure I ever made that public,” Rice quipped.

“Well, now it is,” Bolton replied.

“I just didn’t want you to get shot,” Rice said at the end of the exchange, which elicited laughter from the crowd.

Rice, a former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations who served as national security adviser under President Obama, said Trump’s choice of actions “unsettles our allies, emboldens our adversaries, and it’s going to be difficult to put it all back together.”

She also criticized Trump’s history of disregarding his advisers, while Bolton argued the National Security Council needed to be adjusted to fit the president’s decision-making process.

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“You can have a great decision-making process, but if the president of the United States disregards his advisers and tweets at 1:30 in the morning about whatever comes to mind, it’s not going to help,” Rice said.

“I’m not sure there were any officials in the national security administration that were ever shy about voicing their opinions in the Trump administration, I’m just not sure their opinion ever mattered,” Bolton said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Democrats Unleash an Onslaught of Attacks, Aiming at Bloomberg

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LAS VEGAS — The Democratic presidential candidates turned on one another in scorching and personal terms in a debate on Wednesday night, with two of the leading candidates, Senator Bernie Sanders and Michael R. Bloomberg, forced onto the defensive repeatedly throughout the evening.

In his first appearance in a presidential debate, Mr. Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City, struggled from the start to address his past support for stop-and-frisk policing and the allegations he has faced over the years of crude and disrespectful behavior toward women. Time and again, Mr. Bloomberg had obvious difficulty countering criticism that could threaten him in a Democratic Party that counts women and African-Americans among its most important constituencies.

Two candidates who have shied away from direct conflict in past debates, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., mounted something of a tag-team onslaught against Mr. Bloomberg, several times leaving him visibly irked and straining to respond.

From the first seconds, when Mr. Sanders used the initial question to attack what he called Mr. Bloomberg’s “outrageous” policing record, it was clear that this debate would be far more heated than any of the previous forums. The unrelenting attacks reflected the urgency of the moment, as Mr. Sanders gains strength and those hoping to slow his candidacy are increasingly crowded out by Mr. Bloomberg and his unprecedented spending spree.

Ms. Warren landed the most stinging blows against Mr. Bloomberg throughout the debate, starting with an opening broadside that likened him to the figure most reviled among Democrats: President Trump.

“I’d like to talk about who we’re running against: a billionaire who calls women fat broads and horse-faced lesbians,” Ms. Warren said. “And no, I’m not talking about Donald Trump. I’m talking about Mayor Bloomberg.”

It was not only Mr. Sanders and Mr. Bloomberg who were subjected to withering criticism: Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and former Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., also engaged in a bitter and lengthy colloquy about foreign policy and their qualifications for the presidency, culminating in a sharp exchange in which Ms. Klobuchar asked Mr. Buttigieg if he was calling her “dumb.”

There was little in the first hour of the debate to suggest that Mr. Sanders, currently the national front-runner and the favorite to win Nevada’s caucuses on Saturday, had been knocked off balance, and the pile-on against Mr. Bloomberg had the potential to work in Mr. Sanders’s favor by keeping the focus of hostilities elsewhere.

But Mr. Sanders, too, was pressed to address some of the persistent questions about his candidacy, including whether he would release a fuller version of his medical records and why his candidacy appears to inspire uniquely vitriolic behavior by some of his supporters on the internet. Mr. Sanders, Vermont’s junior senator, insisted that nearly all of his online fans were good and decent people, but said he would “disown those people” who behave in deplorable ways.

In the exchange that may have damaged Mr. Bloomberg the most, Ms. Warren repeatedly demanded to know whether he would be willing to release some of the former female employees at his media organization from the nondisclosure agreements they had signed. He declined to do so, calling the agreements “consensual,” and minimized the underlying complaints by suggesting that the women merely “didn’t like a joke I told.”

After pressing Mr. Bloomberg and leaving him flustered, but unable to coax him into releasing the women she said he had “muzzled,” Ms. Warren then broadened her attack.

“We are not going to beat Donald Trump with a man who has who-knows-how-many nondisclosure agreements and the drip, drip, drip of stories of women saying they have been harassed and discriminated against,” she said.

And before Mr. Bloomberg could even try to defend himself, Mr. Biden, who has seen the former New York mayor claim some of his support, gladly stepped in. “All the mayor has to say is, You are released from the N. D. A., period,” Mr. Biden said, his voice rising.

The debate figured to be a strenuous test for both Mr. Sanders, as an emerging front-runner, and Mr. Bloomberg, whose free-spending campaign has established him as a leading candidate despite having never previously participated in a presidential debate or interacted directly with any of the other Democrats in the race. Polls released over the past few days have found Mr. Sanders opening up a substantial lead among Democratic voters nationally, with Mr. Bloomberg overtaking Mr. Biden as a moderate runner-up.

The rivalry between Mr. Sanders and Mr. Bloomberg has turned harshly personal this week, as their campaigns escalated a feud that both see as serving their political interests. On the morning of the debate, aides to Mr. Bloomberg and Mr. Sanders were trading slashing criticism about the health of the two men, who are both 78 years old, and transparency about their medical histories.

Kevin Sheekey, Mr. Bloomberg’s campaign manager, on Twitter invoked Mr. Sanders’s recent heart attack to pressure him to release more medical records, while Briahna Joy Gray, a spokeswoman for Mr. Sanders, falsely claimed that Mr. Bloomberg had also had a heart attack. She later backtracked, instead citing a cardiac procedure Mr. Bloomberg had in 2000.

The rise of Mr. Sanders and Mr. Bloomberg has complicated the path forward for the other candidates who can match neither Mr. Sanders’s powerful fund-raising operation and grass-roots following, nor Mr. Bloomberg’s limitless personal wealth and saturation-level advertising. Even Mr. Biden, the onetime favorite for the nomination, has struggled to assert himself in recent weeks, in a campaign increasingly defined by a democratic socialist promising revolution and an ultrabillionaire presenting himself as a centrist savior.

For Mr. Bloomberg, the debate was an opportunity to establish himself not just as an alternative to Mr. Sanders, but as a dominant leader of the party’s moderate wing. His advisers have long believed his path to the nomination will require him to sideline Mr. Biden before the Super Tuesday primaries in early March, and gather up a big coalition of voters concerned about the sweep of Mr. Sanders’s ideas or his ability to prevail in the general election.

Mr. Bloomberg may have already stifled the prospects of other moderates, including Mr. Buttigieg and Ms. Klobuchar, who have gained only a little ground in national polling as Mr. Bloomberg’s commercials have lifted his numbers across the country.

But it remains unclear whether Mr. Bloomberg might actually be in a position to accomplish that feat. After months of campaigning apart from the other candidates, Mr. Bloomberg has found his record and character under sustained and exacting scrutiny for the first time, and he has spent much of the past week grappling with questions about his stance on law enforcement, his conduct toward women and his vast wealth.

In the run-up to the debate, nearly all of the other Democratic candidates telegraphed their intentions to aggressively go after Mr. Bloomberg, with Mr. Sanders and Ms. Warren leveling especially fierce criticism of the former mayor’s policing policies and his spending in the presidential race. Ms. Warren has repeatedly challenged Mr. Bloomberg to void nondisclosure agreements with several women who have made sexual-harassment and hostile-workplace claims related to Mr. Bloomberg and his financial-information company, Bloomberg L.P.

Mr. Biden, too, has spoken up about Mr. Bloomberg’s relationship with black voters in New York City, and his campaign has complained that Mr. Bloomberg is running ads that falsely imply he has the support of former President Barack Obama.

Mr. Sanders is also facing newly blunt opposition from other Democrats.

For much of the past year he was either ignored, referred to obliquely or used as a foil in the service of critiques aimed at other candidates. But after he finished at the top in Iowa and New Hampshire, and with polls showing him leading in Nevada, Mr. Sanders is emerging as the clear front-runner in the Democratic race. And that almost certainly means he will face attacks from his opponents about both his left-wing politics and the ugly behavior of some of his supporters.

In the days leading up to the debate, a number of the candidates denounced the personal attacks that Sanders supporters aimed at the female leaders of the influential union of Las Vegas’s casino employees, the culinary workers’ union.

If the other contenders are not able to slow Mr. Sanders in Nevada, he may gain enough momentum going into the Super Tuesday contests on March 3, when 15 states and territories will vote, to eventually claim the nomination. But if he falters here, it could throw the race open and create an opportunity for one or more of his rivals to assert themselves. No candidate may be more cognizant of these stakes than Mr. Biden, who finished in a distant fourth in Iowa and an even worse fifth in New Hampshire.

The former vice president is now trying to play down his struggles in the first two states, pointing to their monochromatic demography while projecting optimism about his prospects in the more diverse Nevada and South Carolina, which votes a week from Saturday. In Nevada, he enjoys the support of much of the local Democratic establishment, including two prominent members of the congressional delegation, Dina Titus and Steven Horsford, and the state’s lieutenant governor, Kate Marshall.

Yet by trumpeting his hopes for a strong finish in Nevada — he told donors last week he would finish in the top two — Mr. Biden is only raising expectations about his potential and making it harder to explain away another poor showing.

Mr. Buttigieg and Ms. Klobuchar, who finished strong in Iowa and New Hampshire in part because of their skillful criticism of Mr. Sanders, have kept up that offensive in Nevada. Even Ms. Warren, who for months avoided any conflict with her fellow progressive, has grown more willing to address their differences, and this week she said Mr. Sanders should be accountable for the bullying behavior of many of his supporters online.

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Michael Bloomberg: My Taxes Are Too Complicated To Make Public Right Now

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Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg claimed that releasing his tax returns to the public would be complicated and take “a long time” during Wednesday’s ninth Democratic presidential primary debate in Las Vegas.

“It just takes us a long time. Unfortunately or fortunately, I make a lot of money and we do business all around the world and we are preparing it,” the billionaire, who is self-funding his presidential campaign, said when asked about making them public. “The number of pages will probably be in the thousands of pages. I can’t go to Turbo Tax.”

Bloomberg entered the race in November, months after his competitors had already begun their campaigns. In addition to not releasing his tax returns, Bloomberg has twice delayed filing a personal financial disclosure form with federal regulators, leaving details of his self-financed campaign hidden, potentially until after the critical Super Tuesday contests next month.

“We’re releasing them. They’ll be out in a couple of weeks. That’s as fast as we can do it,” Bloomberg said at the debate Wednesday.

The former mayor’s answer didn’t sit well with the other candidates on stage, who groaned and immediately shot their hands in the air to register their desire to respond.

“Everyone up here has returned their tax returns,” Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) said. “It is a major issue because the president of the United States … has been hiding behind his tax returns.”

Donald Trump was the first major party nominee since Gerald Ford to not release his tax returns during the 2016 presidential campaign. He has since claimed they are under an audit that has now lasted four years.

In January 2016, Trump’s explanation for not releasing his tax returns was similar to Bloomberg’s: “We’re working on that now. I have very big returns, as you know, and I have everything all approved and very beautiful and we’ll be working that over in the next period of time,” Trump said at the time. “This is not, like, a normal tax return.”

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Twitter Users Pull Out The Popcorn As Democratic Debate Goes Into Total Smackdown

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The Democratic debate quickly intensified into a heated showdown Wednesday night as candidates wasted no time in tearing into Michael Bloomberg ― and each another ― during the billionaire presidential contender’s first appearance on the debate stage.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) set the tone, taking aim at Bloomberg from the get-go by pointing to the former New York City mayor’s controversial stop-and-frisk policing policy, which disproportionately affected Black and Latino people.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) came out (and kept on) swinging, blasting Bloomberg for his wealth and past offensive comments about women.

“I’d like to talk about who we’re running against: a billionaire who calls women fat broads and horse-faced lesbians,” Warren said. “And no, I’m not talking about Donald Trump. I’m talking about Mayor Bloomberg.”

Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, also dove in, blasting Sanders and Bloomberg as the “two most polarizing figures on this stage.”

Warren went on to go after Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) for their health care proposals, labeling Buttigieg’s “thin” plan as nothing more than a “PowerPoint” and scorning Klobuchar’s as nothing more than a “Post-It Note.”

“I take personal offense because Post-It Notes were invented in my state,” Klobuchar replied. Buttigieg countered that he was “more of a Microsoft Word guy.”

Later, the two Midwestern candidates exchanged blows. Buttigieg criticized Klobuchar for forgetting the name of Mexico’s president, and Klobuchar accused him of “trying to say that I’m dumb.” They faced off again toward the end of the debate: Klobuchar derided the mayor’s lack of experience, and Buttigieg retorted that you “don’t have to be in Washington to matter.”

As things on the debate stage spiced up, so did the reactions on Twitter. Here’s a glimpse of what viewers had to say.

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Discussion Thread: Ninth Democratic Presidential Debate | 2/19/20 | 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM EST | Part III

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Six candidates will be on stage tonight for the ninth Democratic Presidential Debate in Las Vegas, Nevada. In order to qualify for this debate, candidates needed to have hit 10 percent in four different national polls or 12 percent in two Nevada and/or South Carolina polls, or win a pledged national convention delegate in Iowa or New Hampshire. Biden, Sanders, and Warren qualified based on both the polling and delegate benchmarks. Bloomberg qualified based on the polling benchmark, and Buttigieg and Klobuchar qualified based on the delegates benchmark.

The ninth Democratic debate is scheduled for Wednesday, February 19 and will be co-hosted by NBC News, MSNBC, Noticias Telemundo, and The Nevada Independent. The debate is being moderated by “NBC Nightly News” and “Dateline NBC” anchor Lester Holt; NBC News political director Chuck Todd, moderator of “Meet the Press”; NBC News chief White House correspondent Hallie Jackson, host of “MSNBC Live”; Noticias Telemundo senior correspondent Vanessa Hauc; and Jon Ralston, editor of The Nevada Independent. The debate will run from 9:00 to 11:00 PM EST.

The debate will air live on NBC News and MSNBC, and it will stream live on NBC News NOW on OTT devices, NBCNews.com, MSNBC.com, the NBC News mobile app, NBC News’ and MSNBC’s Facebook pages and online at The Nevada Independent. It will also air live in Spanish on Universo, as well as the Noticias Telemundo mobile app and website and Noticias Telemundo’s Facebook page. NBCNews.com will also live blog the debate, including fact checks and analysis.

Candidates:

  • Former Vice President Joe Biden

  • Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg

  • Former Mayor of South Bend, Indiana Pete Buttigieg

  • Senator Amy Klobuchar (Minnesota)

  • Senator Bernie Sanders (Vermont)

  • Senator Elizabeth Warren (Massachusetts)


Discussion Thread Part I

Discussion Thread Part II

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Rep. Louie Gohmert blasts Democratic field: Bernie has ‘bank account envy’ and Bloomberg has history of saying ‘racist’ things

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House Judiciary Committee member Louie Gohmert slammed the 2020 Democratic presidential field as they debated each other in Nevada on Wednesday night.

Speaking on “Hannity,” the Texas Republican said that Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is jealous of wealthy people and that former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has a history of saying “racist” things.

Host Sean Hannity told Gohmert about Bloomberg’s comments — made while the 78-year-old was the mayor of America’s largest city — in regard to stop and frisk, wherein he said there was a singular description of crime suspects.

“That is also extremely racist,” Gohmert said. “And it’s incredible that he has gotten away with it as long as he has.”

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Gohmert said Sanders has appeared angry that Bloomberg has been able to use his vast wealth to fund many aspects of his campaign, and which some argue has catapulted him onto the evening’s debate stage.

“You look at the jealousy and the bigotry that is going on in the Democratic primary — I mean, you’ve got Bernie, he is so upset with the billionaire, it’s got to be bank account envy because he is only a millionaire as a socialist. You know, I love the Bolshevik Bernie [nickname] that you used,” he said.

“The problem with socialism is not economic. The problem with socialism is atheism. Because once you move into socialism, it becomes the god. And there is a small little ruling class at the top and then everybody else,” Gohmert added.

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The Democrats’ showdown in Las Vegas repeatedly put Bloomberg in his primary rivals’ crosshairs as the surging billionaire made his debate-stage debut.

The fight started out white-hot when, in her first turn at the microphone, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., asserted that she would support whoever wins the nomination, but warned that Democrats “take a huge risk if we just substitute one arrogant billionaire for another.”

As some attendees cheered, she added: “We are not going to win if we have a nominee who has a history of hiding his tax returns, of harassing women, and of supporting racist policies like redlining and stop-and-frisk.” Bloomberg strongly denied supporting redlining or systematically denying services to certain neighborhoods.

Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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Who is Vladimir Putin, the Russian president and ex-KGB officer?

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Russian President Vladimir Putin was born in Leningrad, now modern-day St. Petersburg, on Oct. 7, 1952.

He grew up in a communal apartment and his father was a factory foreman. Putin graduated from Leningrad State University in 1975 with a law degree and joined the KGB — the main security agency operating at the behest of the Soviet Union, where he became a Soviet intelligence officer.

In 1983, he married Lyudmilla and the couple had two daughters together. They were later divorced in 2013.

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Putin was stationed in East Germany for much of the late 1980s and began working for his alma mater in 1990.

In 1996, Putin moved to Moscow and started working for the Russian government under President Boris Yeltsin. He became the head of the Federal Security Service (FSS), the successor agency to the KGB, in 1998. One year later, Putin became the acting prime minister under Yeltsin’s administration. Just a few months later, Yeltsin stepped down from his position and Putin became the acting president of Russia.

Since winning the presidential election in 2000, Putin has remained Russia’s dominant political figure, tightening control over the media, marginalizing his party’s opposition, and adopting a nationalist and anti-Western course for decades.

He was reelected in 2004 and vacated the presidency in 2008 due to term limits, but became prime minister by his successor Dmitry Medvedev. He won the presidential election again in 2012. Two years later he annexed Crimea from Ukraine.

President Trump’s relationship with Putin has repeatedly come under scrutiny since Trump’s election to the White House, especially after Special Counsel Robert Mueller embarked on a two-year probe to investigate potential collusion between Trump’s campaign associates and the Russian government to influence the 2016 election.

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Further questions arose about their unusual alliance when House Democrats launched an investigation into potential impropriety of a phone call between Trump and the leader of Ukraine, in which they alleged Trump attempted to pressure the Ukrainian president to launch an investigation into 2020 presidential hopeful Joe Biden in exchange for foreign military aid. Despite the probe leading to Trump’s impeachment in the House of Representatives, and then subsequent acquittal in the Senate, reports swirled that Trump peddled the theory of Ukrainian election meddling at the behest of Putin.

The friendly alliance has caused lawmakers to bristle at Trump’s refusal to explicitly acknowledge Russia’s role in breaching American election security systems, despite data from intelligence officials proving they did so.

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Klobuchar asks Buttigieg at debate: ‘Are you trying to say that I’m dumb?’

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Former South Bend Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, D-Ind., and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., exchanged fighting words at Wednesday night’s Democratic debate after Klobuchar decried that Buttigieg implied she is “dumb” for not knowing the president of Mexico’s name.

In an interview with Telemundo last week, three of the Democratic contenders — Klobuchar, Buttigieg and billionaire Tom Steyer — were asked who the president of Mexico is and none but Buttigieg was able to correctly name President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who is often referred to as AMLO.

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Buttigieg brought up the incident on the debate stage in Las Vegas just days ahead of the state’s caucuses that will see droves of crucial Latino voters at the polls and drew the ire of Klobuchar.

“You’re on the committee that oversees border security. You’re on the committee that does trade. You’re literally part of the committee that’s overseeing these things,” Buttigieg said, pointing to his rival’s placement on a number of Senate committees.

“Are you trying to say that I’m dumb? Are you mocking me here, Pete?” Klobuchar said to Buttigieg, clearly irked.

“He’s basically saying that I don’t have the experience to be president of the United States,” she added.

In the midst of the heated exchange, former Vice President Joe Biden interjected in an attempt to highlight his extensive experience with foreign leaders, saying, “I’m the only one who knows this man! I met with him!”

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The AMLO bungle further bolstered Buttigieg’s claims that despite his lack of experience in Washington, unlike Klobuchar, he is still knowledgable enough to be the Democratic Party’s nominee.

“You’re staking your candidacy on your Washington experience,” Buttigieg chided Klobuchar, later pointing out she was “not able to speak to literally the first thing about the politics of the country” she was asked about.

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Warren unloads on Bloomberg: ‘A billionaire who calls women fat broads’

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., didn’t waste any time during Wednesday night’s Democratic debate in attacking the new candidate on the stage, ripping former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg for his past comments on women and for using his wealth to surge in the 2020 presidential race.

“I’d like to talk about who we’re running against,” Warren said, standing directly next to Bloomberg on stage in Las Vegas. “A billionaire who calls women fat broads and horse-faced lesbians, and no I’m not talking about Donald Trump, I’m talking about Mayor Bloomberg.”

Warren added: “Democrats take a huge risk if we just substitute one arrogant billionaire for another.”

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Warren’s comments were in reference to claims made in a book by journalist Eleanor Randolph entitled “The Many Lives of Michael Bloomberg” that was released last year. The section of the book Warren was referring to was a comment Bloomberg allegedly made about the British royal family.

“The [British] Royal family — what a bunch of misfits — a gay, an architect, that horsey faced lesbian, and a kid who gave up Koo Stark for some fat broad,” Bloomberg purportedly said, according to the book.

Warren’s attack was only the beginning of the fusillade leveled against the billionaire former mayor, who got hit for New York City’s stop-and-frisk policing policy during his tenure in office, his personal wealth and his stance on health insurance.

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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said the former New York City mayor’s “stop-and-frisk” policy was too polarizing for a general election candidate.

Bloomberg, however, shot back at the criticism, slamming Sanders for concerns raised about his electability and his chances of defeating Trump.

“I don’t think there’s any chance of the senator beating Donald Trump,” Bloomberg said. “If he goes and is the candidate, we’ll have another four years of Donald Trump.”

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