Former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergEngel scrambles to fend off primary challenge from left It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Liberals embrace super PACs they once shunned MORE’s campaign manager said Thursday that the campaign has considered naming a running mate with the primaries still underway.
“One way that Mayor Bloomberg could show that he wants to bring the party together or be more representative of all the factions in it would be to announce a potential VP. … Why not do that now?” MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle asked Kevin Sheekey Thursday morning. “Because a lot of people say, ‘Mayor Bloomberg, he’s not even a Democrat.’”
“We’ve thought about it,” Sheekey replied, “I think the other campaigns have thought about it too. I think it gets to my earlier point, which is that we do need to figure out how to consolidate different factions of this party. We need to figure out how to bring people together.”
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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote The Hill’s Morning Report – Trump’s public standing sags after Floyd protests GOP senators introduce resolution opposing calls to defund the police MORE (R-Texas) announced former Hewlett-Packard CEO and ex-Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina as his running mate late in his 2016 GOP primary, about a week before suspending his campaign following a loss in the Indiana primary.
The Drudge Report alleged earlier this year that Bloomberg has considered asking former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE to serve as his running mate, but the campaign would not comment on the report, and Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, said she would not accept such an offer.
MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle also asked Sheekey if recent developments in former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE’s campaign, including his performance in Tuesday night’s debate and his securing of the coveted endorsement from House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.), had prompted Bloomberg to rethink his calculation in entering the race for fear Biden would lose to Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.).
Sheekey disagreed with Ruhle’s assessment, noting that Biden had yet to win any primaries or caucuses and that while most polling shows him ahead in South Carolina, the primary “hasn’t happened yet” and “he was winning by 35 points a month ago and now quite frankly the question is whether he will win at all.”
“I do think Super Tuesday is going to be completely definitional in this race,” Sheekey added. Bloomberg is not competing in any of the first four nominating contests and will officially enter the race for the Super Tuesday primaries.