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Senate Dems embrace Bloomberg's anti-Trump machine, but not his candidacy

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19.02.2020

Senate Democrats aren’t ready to make Mike Bloomberg president. But they sure don’t mind him spending a slice of his personal fortune on ads targeting President Donald Trump.

The billionaire former New York mayor is rising in the polls after flooding the airwaves and is seeing a quick uptick in enthusiasm from House Democrats, winning 13 endorsements. But he has yet to secure a single Senate backer.

Despite the cold shoulder, many Senate Democrats are happy to see Bloomberg’s anti-Trump message out there — even supporters of Joe Biden, who is in danger of being eclipsed by Bloomberg as the moderate champion in the race.

“To the extent that Mayor Bloomberg is investing heavily in campaign ads in states that we have to win in the Electoral College and that those ads criticize or challenge President Trump’s values and his record and present a Democratic alternative, I think that’s a constructive thing,” said Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), one of five senators to endorse Biden.

Coons recalled in an interview that he recently saw three Bloomberg ads in an hour while watching the evening news and “Jeopardy” at his home in Wilmington, Del. — where the state primary isn’t held until the end of April.

The balancing act on Bloomberg comes as most Senate Democrats have opted to stay out of the 2020 campaign, saying it's too early to make a decision and that they’ll support whoever wins the nomination. They also may see little upside in opposing a Senate colleague in a race that........

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