Fox News reports former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, speaking at a Fox News Town Hall in Manassas, Va., on the eve of Super Tuesday’s pivotal contests, remarked matter-of-factly that he could ultimately win his party’s nomination for president through “horse trading” and “deals” at a contested Democratic National Convention this summer.
Bloomberg, who will be on the ballot Tuesday for the first time this primary season, made the comments amid new turmoil in the presidential contest. With rivals Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar now abruptly out, Joe Biden has consolidated support among establishment Democrats hoping to present a more centrist alternative to democratic socialist Bernie Sanders.
“The most likely scenario for the Democratic Party is no one has a majority — it goes to a convention where there’s horse trading; there’s compromise,” Bloomberg said. “It doesn’t even have to be the leading candidate; it could be the one with a smaller number of delegates.”
Pressed by “Special Report” anchor Bret Baier and “The Story” anchor Martha MacCallum, Bloomberg noted that party rules require candidates to obtain a majority, not plurality, of delegates to win the nomination — and permit “superdelegates,” or party insiders, to weigh in if no candidate obtains a majority on the first ballot.
“If the rules say you can swap votes and make deals, then you can swap votes and make deals,” Bloomberg said. “And if you don’t like those rules, don’t play.”
Bloomberg’s strategy mirrored the plan outlined this weekend by Elizabeth Warren, whose campaign manager has called a contested convention the “final play” for her bid for the presidency.
“Look, I haven’t even faced the voters once in the national level, so tomorrow will be the first day,” Bloomberg said, asked whether he would consider dropping out of the race like Klobuchar and Buttigieg.
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