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Former Tampa mayor says Bloomberg has best chance to defeat President Trump

Posted at 5:36 PM, Feb 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-19 17:42:30-05

TAMPA, Fla. — Former Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn is not only endorsing Mike Bloomberg for President, but he’s also co-chairman for Bloomberg’s Florida campaign.

“I have a lot of friends in this race, I know Mayor Pete very very well and I worked with Vice President Biden for years. I think the world of both of them, but for me it got down to who is best equipped, that’s best prepared, that’s best-financed to beat Donald Trump,” said Buckhorn.

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Bloomberg entered the race with a bang, spending more than $400 million on advertising. It’s made an impact in the polls, but his opponents are taking shots.

A tweet from Elizabeth Warren said Bloomberg bought his way into the debate. 

“It’s offensive to me because what it says is, we are no longer a country in which we admire and aspire to be successful," said Buckhorn.

ABC Action News political consultant Dr. Susan McManus expects Bloomberg’s opponents to try and deteriorate some of the support he's picked up since his campaign started.

“On the minds of so many people is how he handles what’s bound to be very vicious attacks against him," she said.

The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll shows Senator Bernie Sanders with a double-digit lead over his Democratic opponents. 

But, McManus says it’s way too early to predict what will happen.

“The idea that someone who has only prevailed by a couple of percentage points is this terrific, outstanding nominee is getting way ahead of the game,” said McManus.

The picture could become much clearer on March 3.

Super Tuesday has 14 primaries including New York, California and Texas. Florida’s primary is the following week.