Trump bashes Bloomberg; Dem’s campaign calls Trump a ‘liar’

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) spent slightly more than $ 50 million in the fourth quarter, while former Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg spent $ 34 million.

The new qualification standards scrap the grassroots funding support threshold that candidates have had to meet for prior debates.

Under Mike Bloomberg's newly unveiled tax plan, the billionaire and former NY mayor would likely see his own bill increase - though not by as much as it would under the more extreme tax plans of his liberal opponents.

The Democratic National Committee has dropped grassroots fundraising for the party's February 19 debate prior to the Nevada caucuses, opening the likelihood that billionaire Michael Bloomberg could make his first look on level.

"I will also pay more in taxes to make sure all Americans have the same opportunities I did", Bloomberg said.

Bloomberg has not appeared with other candidates at issue forums or town halls, and the writers at his eponymous news site have been barred from covering his campaign.

In a statement, DNC spokesperson Adrienne Watson defended eliminating the donor threshold, calling it "appropriate for the opening stages of the race, when candidates were building their organizations and there were no metrics available outside of polling to distinguish those making progress from those who weren't". And Bloomberg's spending on TV, digital and radio ads is nearing the $300 million mark, dwarfing all his rivals in the Democratic field, according to a CNN tally of data from Kantar Media's Campaign Media Analysis Group.

Bloomberg is not accepting donations from contributors.

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In another, he added, "Mini Mike is part of the Fake News".

"Now, at this late hour, to change the rules to accommodate a billionaire who wants to buy his way into the party would be unconscionable", Weaver said. Bloomberg donated more than $100,000 to the DNC just days before he entered the race; candidates typically make such contributions to get access to the party's national voter database.

Some Democrats had been encouraging the Democratic National Committee to allow Bloomberg to participate.

But how to treat him on the debate stage is a tricky proposition for the campaigns.

Trump in a third tweet early Sunday morning claimed that Bloomberg is negotiating to use an "elevator" during debates. You do it again with Bernie, 2016, "Trump tweeted". They shouldn't change the rules to let a billionaire on.

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar said this week that she'd be "fine" with Bloomberg being on the debate stage.

"We just had our best poll numbers that we've ever had", Trump said in his remarks, according to video posted on social media.

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