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Bloomberg debate debacle spurs Democratic hand-wringing


Added 02-20-20 04:57:01pm EST - “Democrats are having second thoughts about Michael Bloomberg after he fell flat in his debate stage debut.” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “Bloomberg debate debacle spurs Democratic hand-wringing”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Democrats are having second thoughts about Michael BloombergMichael Rubens BloombergNevada Democratic debate draws record-breaking 19.7 million viewers 'Where's your spoon?' What we didn't learn in the latest debate Ocasio-Cortez defends Warren against 'misogynist trope' MORE after he fell flat in his debate stage debut.

Before Wednesday night’s performance — which Democrats across the board labeled as “terrible” and “pathetic” — many in the party were hopeful the former New York City mayor would emerge as a strong competitor to front-runner Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersNevada Democratic debate draws record-breaking 19.7 million viewers 'Where's your spoon?' What we didn't learn in the latest debate Ocasio-Cortez defends Warren against 'misogynist trope' MORE (I-Vt), who continues to gain momentum.

"I don't think I've ever seen someone look worse in a debate," said one Democratic strategist who is a veteran of presidential campaigns. "Sometimes it seemed like he wasn't on stage, sometimes he seemed out of touch, sometimes he seemed like he hadn't prepped. It was a combination of bad.”

Democratic strategist Christy Setzer said it “just goes to show that having unlimited money and the most talented team in the world doesn’t matter if you refuse to do basic preparation.”

“That’s how it read to me: That Bloomberg believed he was above preparation even on the most obvious lines of attack. No wonder best-student-in-class Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren declines to disavow super PAC that supports her San Diego Union-Tribune endorses Buttigieg 'Where's your spoon?' What we didn't learn in the latest debate MORE utterly crushed him,” Setzer added.

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