CONCORD, N.H. – Joe Biden says he welcomes Michael Bloomberg into the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. And the previous vice chairman dismissed solutions {that a} doubtless candidacy by the billionaire enterprise mogul and former New York Metropolis mayor is a mirrored image of his personal efficiency as he runs for the White Home.

Biden was in New Hampshire on Friday to file to position his title on the first-in-the-nation presidential major poll. His look got here the morning after information that Bloomberg filed his paperwork on Friday – forward of a deadline – to designate himself as a candidate in Alabama’s Democratic presidential major.


Bloomberg — a former impartial who registered final 12 months as a Democrat — flirted with a presidential bid early this 12 months however in March dominated out a run. His high advisers stated on Thursday that he modified his thoughts as a result of he nervous the present crop of 2020 hopefuls weren’t “well-positioned” to beat President Trump subsequent November.

“I welcome him within the race. Michael’s a strong man and let’s have a look at the place it goes. I’ve no drawback with him getting within the race,” the previous vice chairman advised reporters.

Biden shot down speak that Bloomberg is prone to launch a Democratic nomination bid as a result of Biden’s personal marketing campaign is struggling. Some current polls have prompt the frontrunner is dropping floor to rivals like Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.

“When it comes to he is working due to me, the final polls I checked out, I am fairly far forward,” he emphasised.

And Biden took a shot at reporters, saying, “I do know you guys like this fiction about how issues have closed down and all the things’s shifting.”

Requested by Fox Information if he’s talked with Bloomberg in current days, the previous vice chairman appeared to substantiate the 2 have had a current dialog, saying “I’ve spoken with Michael rather a lot.”

However he refused to elaborate, saying “it could be inappropriate of me to inform you about any conversations I had or did not have with him about whether or not or not he was going to run.”

If Bloomberg launches a marketing campaign, he may rapidly spend thousands and thousands on his personal behalf. Biden – who’s lengthy pushed for publicly funded elections and who’s struggled together with his fundraising in comparison with a few of his high 2020 rivals – didn’t immediately reply when requested if he was involved.


As an alternative, Biden praised Bloomberg’s contributions to the efforts to curb gun violence and to fight local weather change.

Calling him an “honorable man,” Biden stated, “Michael Bloomberg has put some huge cash behind issues that causes I care rather a lot about from coping with holding weapons off the road and assault weapons, et cetera. He is completed rather a lot for coping with a complete vary of points.”

The traditional knowledge is Bloomberg – who like Biden is thought-about extra reasonable than others within the race – may take votes away from Biden. However longtime New Hampshire Sen. Lou D’Allesandro, a high Granite State Biden supporter, dismissed such considerations.

“Our man is strong at this cut-off date,” the state senator burdened.

He stated that Democrats within the state weren’t clamoring for an additional candidate to enter the race, noting they “are very glad with the present discipline of candidates.”

Former Vice President Joe Biden recordsdata to position his title on New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential major, on the Statehouse in Harmony, NH on Nov. 8, 2019

Biden — accompanied by former four-term Democratic Gov. John Lynch — handed via a cauldron of supporters packed into the halls of the historic New Hampshire Statehouse as he arrived to file. And after he filed, he headlined a rally with supporters.

Whereas Biden stays on the fore in nationwide polling, he’s barely behind top-tier rivals Sanders of Vermont and Warren of Massachusetts within the newest New Hampshire survey. The 2 progressive standard-bearers hail from states seen as New Hampshire neighbors.

Biden emphasised that “it is actually vital that you just do nicely within the first 4 states. It could possibly be sufficient to make you a nominee. It could possibly be sufficient to maintain you within the race. It could possibly be sufficient to take you out of the race.”

And he burdened that “I plan on making an attempt to win New Hampshire. I am not right here to return in second. I by no means entered something to return in second.”

A few hours earlier than Biden’s look, tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang filed to position his title on the first poll.

Whereas complimenting Bloomberg, Yang predicted that “I do suppose that he’s going to have an uphill climb within the race, partially due to New Hampshire, the place the individuals right here in New Hampshire love to satisfy a candidate in particular person, take their temperature, look into their eyes, typically have them of their front room. I don’t suppose that’s going to be potential with Mike.”

And Yang – who’s campaigned extensively within the state over the previous 12 months and a half – emphasised that “there are some issues cash can’t purchase and you’ll’t change hundreds of conversations in New Hampshire and within the early states with promoting. It’s simply not potential. I welcome Mike into the race within the sense that he’s an excellent American chief and has rather a lot to supply however I believe he’s acquired his work minimize out for him”

New Hampshire is the following main deadline Bloomberg faces. The deadline for candidates to file to position their title on the first-in-the nation presidential major is subsequent Friday, November 11.

Bloomberg aides advised Fox Information that there’s no phrase but on whether or not the previous New York Metropolis mayor will come to New Hampshire to file. However they added that they’re going to do “all the things essential to hold all of our choices open.”

However Bloomberg’s reached out to some high Granite State Democrats. Longtime New Hampshire Democratic Social gathering chair Ray Buckley advised Fox Information that he obtained a name from Bloomberg.