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After Bloomberg bombs in debate debut, will it sink him?
Las Vegas debate a ‘disaster’ for Bloomberg: Herman Cain
The New Voice CEO and former presidential candidate Herman Cain discusses the outcome of the Democratic debate in Las Vegas, Michael Bloomberg’s performance and the likelihood of Bernie Sanders winning the nomination.
Mike Bloomberg spent the past three months saturating airwaves across the country with $400 million worth of ads, enough to catapult him into third place in the hotly contested Democratic presidential election and secure him a spot on the Las Vegas debate stage.
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But on Wednesday night, in his first nationally televised presidential debate, the three-time New York City mayor risked losing those early gains.
Bloomberg, who bore the brunt of attacks from progressives and moderates alike, stumbled through the ninth Democratic debate, appearing detached, unprepared for the expected attacks and out of touch with American voters.
The razing of Bloomberg began within minutes of the debate, with Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren delivering a scathing takedown of the 78-year-old billionaire: "I'd like to talk about who we're running against: a billionaire who calls women 'fat broads' and 'horse-faced lesbians,'" she began. "And no, I'm not talking about Donald Trump, I'm talking about Mayor Bloomberg."
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He offered a questionable reason for why he hasn't released his tax returns yet — "I can't go to TurboTax," he quipped, unintentionally highlighting the astronomical gap between his own fortune and the average American — and struggled to counter attacks from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Vice President Joe Biden and Warren on his warm embrace of stop-and-frisk, the controversial policing strategy that disproportionately targeted men of color.
"If I go back and look at my time in office, the one thing I am really worried about, embarrassed about, is how it turned out with stop-and-frisk," he said. But the comment, which stopped short of a full apology, left an opening for Biden to argue that "it's not whether he apologized or not. It's the policy. The policy was abhorrent."