Biden predicts rise in media coverage may harm Bloomberg's campaign
Added 02-16-20 08:57:02am EST - “Former Vice President Joe Biden suggested? in an interview broacast on Sunday? that an uptick in media coverage of? Michael Bloomberg's policy stances could harm? the former New York City mayor's growing support among African Amer” - Thehill.com
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenWarren highlights work with Obama, Harry Reid in new Nevada ad Biden on Univision: Deporting 3 million 'was a big mistake' Pelosi: 'I'm not counting Joe Biden out' MORE suggested in an interview broacast on Sunday that an uptick in media coverage of Michael BloombergMichael Rubens BloombergUnion leader: Bloomberg can go all the way Democratic rivals sharpen attacks as Bloomberg rises A Trump supporter's defense of Michael Bloomberg MORE's policy stances could harm the former New York City mayor's growing support among African Americans in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary.
Speaking on NBC's "Meet The Press," Biden said that he was not concerned about Bloomberg's recent rise in the polls, arguing that the billionaire businessman's money could buy "a lot of advertising, but it can't erase your record."
"There's a lot to talk about with Michael Bloomberg," Biden said. "You all are going to start focusing on him like you have on me, which I'm not complaining, like you have on me the last six months. You're going to focus on him. His position on issues relating to the African-American community, from stop-and-frisk to the way he talked about [former Presiden Obama]."
Biden's comments came after disappointing showings in Iowa and New Hampshire, the first two states to cast votes in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary. Biden has argued that his campaign will produce far better results in states such as South Carolina, where a majority of the Democratic electorate is African American.
But questions have began to emerge about whether Biden's support among the African-American community could fade as the primary season moves forward. A Quinnipiac University poll released last week found that Bloomberg had surged to 22 percent among African-American likely primary voters. Biden continues to lead the field with 27 percent support.
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