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Thomas On Fox Unpacks Bloomberg’s Strategy Going Into Tonight

Speaker 1: (00:00)
I am, but it will be debate number one for Michael Bloomberg, making his very first appearance on that stage. And with his reason rise in the polls. How will his contenders attack him? We bring in democratic strategists, David Moray and Republican strategist, John Thomas. Gentlemen, good morning. Good morning, John. How are they gonna attack mayor Bloomberg? How aren’t they? Uh, the, the leading democratic contenders are frothing at this contrast tonight. Uh, Bernie’s been waiting for this contrast his entire life to run against the billionaire of all billionaires. Uh, and, and look, we’ve seen over this last week that there’s been an opposition research dump on Mike Bloomberg from assaulting the gray matter of farmers to the intelligence of young people to, uh, his policy on stop and frisk. This is going to be a minefield for Mike Bloomberg to navigate tonight. And which a talking point there, which line of attack, David, do you expect them to use the most as they all, you know, like a S form a S a fire squad around their Bloomberg?

Speaker 2: (01:02)
Well, welcome to Thunderdome. Uh, it’s going to be, it’s so far, the most pivotal event in the campaign so far something could happen. Yeah, absolutely. Something could happen on this stage that determines the presidency. That’s literally true. Bloomberg is going to be in the firing squad and he’s going to be surrounded, as you say, by incoming fire Johns. Right. But look, there’s no surprise attacks here. He knows who’s going to say what number two Bloomberg has prepared. Don’t kid yourself. He’s been practicing rehearsing. Bloomberg has got a very smart campaign team around them. They’re not going to be unprepared going into this debate. He’s a little rusty, hasn’t debated since 2009 but he’ll be ready. It’ll be fascinating.

Speaker 1: (01:39)
Yeah. But the, the other five men and women on that stage, John had had eight previous debates. And take a look at this. If you look at the number of TV interviews his contenders have done this month alone, 24 for mayor Pete. What a judge. So mayor Bloomberg is going to come across as being a little bit rusty now. Well, and that’s it. There’s no replacement for time of the debate stage. And the stakes couldn’t be higher here. I mean, look, I think Bloomberg to some degree is looking forward to the contrast he wants to. If I think his strategy going into tonight is pretty simple, first, do no harm and second, go to war and make this a two man contest between Bernie and himself leaving everybody else in the desk. If he can do that, I think this will be a success for him. But there’s a question of enthusiasm and you have the enthusiasm in two places on the democratic side, David, you have it with Bernie Sanders and you have it on the Trump side. If you look at a Monmouth university, recent poll, two thirds of Americans believe Donald Trump gets reelected. If you look at the New Hampshire primary, David, he got almost 130,000 votes, basically over double what president Obama, what George W. Bush got in that primary during their reelection bids. Money can’t buy enthusiasm.

Speaker 2: (02:55)
Well, money cannot. It can, but $300 million can buy you a place on the stage tonight. Bloomberg just can’t contradict that paid media. And as John is saying, I agree with John, you know, Bloomberg is going to have to survive. The incoming is at Bernie Sanders going to have a very interesting debate because all of a sudden he has a foil. Uh, the, the truth is Bloomberg’s better positioned, I think, to, to, to be Trump as the sort of more competent outsider versus Sanders and all that progressive energy. One more quick point, 12% get pulled away from Sanders. That’s the Warren vote. 32% get pulled away hypothetically from Bloomberg. That’s Biden, Buddha, judge and Klobuchar the so called moderate vote. So, you know, it’s the sort of moderate center lane beating Trump versus the Progressive’s. We’ll see how it all shakes out tonight to see if they have a chance to try and do so.

Speaker 1: (03:37)
And John, who do you think the eventual nominee is going to be able to take on president Trump? Moderate, more or less? You know, I gotta think this reminds me a lot of 2016 in the primary when they said Trump, uh, had a, had a, had a ceiling where he couldn’t make it. So I think at this point, Bernie Sanders is probably the nominee. I don’t want to call it yet, but, uh, things are trending in that direction and I just don’t know. I’m very short on Bloomberg. I think he can go the distance, but I don’t think he can create the energy, that enthusiasm you need more than money to do it. And his past statements, I think, are going to handicap him. Yeah.

Speaker 2: (04:12)
On the other hand, the Democrats want to win so badly. That’s automatic energy.

Speaker 1: (04:16)
All right, well say gentlemen, thank you for the time. Thanks. Thanks, sir. All right, we’re looking at a kickoff to your Wednesday markets and we’ve actually got green arrows on the screen. If you look to your right.

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