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Bloomberg 'weathered the storm' during fiery Democratic debate, his campaign says


Added 02-20-20 06:11:02pm EST - “Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg came under heavy fire from his rivals during Wednesday's Democratic presidential debate at the Paris Casino but "weathered the storm," his senior adviser Howard Wolfson said.?” - News.yahoo.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “Bloomberg 'weathered the storm' during fiery Democratic debate, his campaign says”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg came under heavy fire from his rivals during Wednesday’s Democratic presidential debate at the Paris Casino but “weathered the storm,” his senior adviser Howard Wolfson said. 

“We knew that we were going to come in and the cannons were loaded for bear. He was everyone’s target. I think he weathered the storm,” Wolfson said when asked to assess Bloomberg’s night. 

The debate was the first one to feature Bloomberg, a billionaire businessman who entered the presidential race last November, months after all of his opponents. In the spin room, Wolfson offered an argument the Bloomberg campaign has repeatedly made in recent days, which is that he is one of only two viable candidates in the Democratic primary, the other being Bernie Sanders.

“This is a two-person race between Mike Bloomberg and Bernie Sanders about the future direction of this party and about whether or not we’re going to be able to defeat Donald Trump,” Wolfson said.  

Reporters also pressed Wolfson on the critiques Bloomberg faced from his opponents on the debate stage. In one exchange, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren challenged Bloomberg about whether he would release women from nondisclosure agreements that prevent them from discussing allegations of harassment at Bloomberg’s company. Bloomberg responded by saying he had “no tolerance” for inappropriate behavior at his business or when he was mayor of New York City. As he rejected Warren’s call to withdraw the agreements, Bloomberg also suggested any accusations against him solely involved off-color jokes. 

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