I think the American people do not want to see our nation move toward an oligarchy, where billionaires control the political process. I think we’ll win that election.
The Vermont senator tells CBS’s Face the Nation that a battle between Bloomberg and Donald Trump, two New York billionaires, would favor Sanders’ upstart Democratic campaign in a general election.
‘My reaction is, if Donald Trump wins and Mr. Bloomberg gets in, you’re going to have two multibillionaires running for president of the United States against me,’ Sanders told host Chuck Todd.
‘And I think the American people do not want to see our nation move toward an oligarchy, where billionaires control the political process. I think we’ll win that election.’
First, Sanders would have to win the Democratic presidential nomination against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Trump would have to triumph over his Republican rivals. And Bloomberg would have to actually launch an independent bid for president, something he threatened to do on Saturday.
The voting in the major-party nominating contests begins in a week, with the February 1st Iowa Caucuses.
Meanwhile, Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton says former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg won’t need to run for president because she’ll win the Democratic nomination.
The former secretary of state said on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ that as she understands Bloomberg’s statement, he’ll consider running if Clinton does not win the nomination. She said Sunday that she’ll ‘relieve’ him of that decision by winning the nomination.
Clinton is locked in a competitive contest against Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders with a week to go until the February 1 Iowa caucuses.
People familiar with his plans say Bloomberg is taking preliminary steps toward an independent run and has set a March deadline for the decision.
The sources told The Associated Press that if Clinton wins the Democratic nomination, the former mayor is not likely to challenge her in a general election.
Source: Daily Mail