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Published 19 February 2020
Opinion

Bloomberg will make his debut this Wednesday during the Democratic debates in Nevada.

Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg will make his debut this Wednesday in Nevada, after making a strong showing in a recent national poll, which shows 19% support among Democrats and independents, placing him in second place behind Bernie Sanders.

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Bloomberg, who formally entered the race for the U.S. presidency last November, almost a year after most of the candidates, will make his debut on the nation's screens during the Democratic debates in Nevada, where he will face five other rivals from the party. 

This first appearance will give many voters their first unscripted glimpse of Bloomberg, a media mogul whose campaign has been fueled by hundreds of millions of dollars of self-financed television commercials and carefully choreographed personal appearances.

During the debate, Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City, will be joined by candidates Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, former mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, and Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, five candidates who have eagerly awaited their chance to take on the free-spending and fast-rising billionaire.

In Nevada, Bloomberg will face strong criticism, especially from Mr. Sanders and Ms. Warren, two candidates who have been against the selection of billionaires as presidential aspirants a central element of their campaigns.

"The simple truth is that Mayor Bloomberg, with all his money, will not create the kind of excitement and energy we need to defeat Donald Trump." said the said self-described democratic socialist Bernie Sanders on his Twitter account.

This Wednesday, Sanders will also question the police tactics used by Bloomberg in New York during his leadership of the city, which disproportionately affected African Americans and Hispanics and for which the candidate had yet to apologize.

As part of his campaign, Tuesday, Bloomberg announced new measures to support black and Latino youths, as part of his proposals to reform the criminal justice system.

He has also announced that he will sell his finance, data and media company "Bloomberg" if elected as the new president of the United States.

The Democratic candidate, who made his fortune in a business that serves investors, defended in a statement that the "financial system is not working as it should for most Americans," while assuring that he would sell his million-dollar company if he manages to defeat the current president, Donald Trump, next November.

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