White House counselor Kellyanne Conway reacted to Michael Bloombergs announcement to run for president in 2020, suggesting that he might not be welcomed by the Democratic field.
Bloomberg, a billionaire and the former mayor of New York City, launched his bid for the presidency in a written statement on Nov. 24, saying that he was running “to defeat Donald Trump and rebuild America.” The 77-year-old will be joining a crowded Democratic field that has already seen multiple candidates drop out of the race.
In an interview with Face the Nation on Sunday, Conway suggested that Bloomberg might not be welcomed in the Democratic field as several front-runners have run on platforms opposing the ultra-wealthy.
“Its not that Michael Bloomberg may not be unwelcome by the national electorate … is he welcome in his own Democratic Party? We have front-runners saying, We dont want any billionaires in the country, let alone in the Democratic primary,” Conway said.
Candidates like Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) have already criticized Bloombergs wealth. Following Bloombergs announce, Sanders said at a campaign event that his opponent is “not going to get very far in this election.”
Both Warren and Sanders have unveiled plans to impose taxes on the ultra-rich. The wealth tax has been repealed by several Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries in recent years due to the economic impacts, according to the Tax Foundation. It argues that net wealth taxes could “harm risk-taking and entrepreneurship, harming innovation, and impacting long-term growth,” citing the OECD report.
Conway also dismissed Bloombergs message of “rebuilding America,” saying “America [has] already elected a builder.”
“His new ad that hell put millions behind is all unicorns and rainbows. Keep your health care if youd like to—and if you dont, I have something better. Rebuild America. Number one, weve heard that from Obama-Biden,” Conway said. “Michael Bloomberg is saying rebuild America. America already elected a builder. If we want to truly rebuild America, the people who work behind us, for you and me, ought to get infrastructure done.”
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