Joe Biden said he is not worried about black voters transferring their support from him to Mike Bloomberg, claiming that his fellow Democratic primary contender cannot “erase” his record with the black community.
“The point is that $ 60 billion can buy a lot of advertisements for you, but it can’t erase your record. There is a lot to talk about with Michael Bloomberg, “Biden told NBC’s Meet the Press in an interview that was broadcast on Sunday morning, referring to the ability of the billionaire.
“You’re all going to focus on him the way you have on me – which I’m not complaining about – like you’ve done on me in the last six months,” Biden continued, claiming that the media would start his coverage of Bloomberg continue to spend money on advertisements and rises in polls.
‘You are going to concentrate on him. His position on issues related to the African-American community, from stop-and-frisk to the way he spoke about Obama, “said the former vice president.
Joe Biden rejected concerns that Mike Bloomberg could take away some of his support from the black community. “The point is that $ 60 billion can buy a lot of advertising for you, but it can’t erase your record,” Biden said
The former vice-president hurled Bloomberg for not endorsing Barack Obama for president and pursuing stop-and-frisk policies while being mayor of New York City
Bloomberg has used Obama’s remarks against him in campaign matches, where he places the voice of the former president who praises him about images. These ads are usually targeted to Super Tuesday states
While Biden told Chuck Todd of NBC that Bloomberg was an ally of the first black president on arms issues, he insisted that he was more an obstacle to the government where Biden served as Obama’s No. 2.
“He was a true ally on various points, such as weapons. He was a true ally, “Biden admitted. “But if you notice it, he wouldn’t even approve of Barack in 2008. You know, he approved Bush. He approved the Republican for that. He is suddenly his best friend. You know, I mean – and he wouldn’t endorse him. “
Bloomberg has spent hundreds of millions of his own money on advertisements to increase his reach as a late-comer for the Democratic primary race – and one of those ads included a voice-over from Obama who praised Bloomberg for being a vote for stricter arms control legislation.
But Biden also hit the former Republican mayor of New York City for his stop-and-fouk initiatives, which caused law enforcement to disproportionately target the black community.
‘You look at the stop and search proposals. View his ideas about redlining that he is talking about. Look what he did to the African-American community, “Biden continued his attack on the billionaire. “I’d like to argue with Michael about the issues related to, you know, what we stand for in Super Tuesday.”
The Bloomberg campaign is focused exclusively on Super Tuesday when 13 states will vote in the primary, and has virtually ignored the first four early primary competitions in Iowa and New Hampshire and the upcoming caucuses in Nevada, followed by the primary in South Carolina. .
Biden has boasted that he is the candidate with the most support among minority communities, and he even left New Hampshire before the polls closed and instead went to South Carolina, where one third of the democratic primary electorate is black.
Biden’s support among the black community has deteriorated over the past month, from 26 percent to 17 percent
Bloomberg, however, has received support with that demographics, ranging from 8 percent to 15 percent, and is now only 2 points behind Biden
The former leader, who performed surprisingly poorly in Iowa and New Hampshire, who are enormously white, quickly lost support among black voters.
According to a poll held earlier this month before the Iowa caucuses, Biden held support for the black community of 26 percent, but the night before the New Hampshire primary elections, the former vice president fell to 17 percent.
He was previously the number 1 candidate among black voters, but in the November 10 poll he dropped to number 2 behind Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
The same poll shows that at the beginning of February Bloomberg received only 8 percent support from the black community, and by the middle of the month 15 percent had support from that demographic group.
The day after the primaries in New Hampshire, the last black Democratic primary candidate, former governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick, dropped out of the race.
“I have overwhelming support. You can’t win – you can’t take it for granted. The last time we walked, it was basically obvious, “said Biden about his support from the African-American community.
Biden made unsuccessful bids for president in 1988 and 2008.
The former vice president said he wants to do well in South Carolina, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he has to win the state.
In Iowa, Biden came in fourth and fell to fifth in New Hampshire.
Biden has boasted that he has the most support from the black community and has driven the wings of his time as number 2 of the first black president
Biden left New Hampshire before the polls closed and instead went to South Carolina, where one third of the democratic primary electorate is black
“Is there something good doing without winning for you?” Todd asked his guest.
“Well, I think so. But look, it will be, look, immediately afterwards … go into all states whose poll data now do me incredibly good, “he said, claiming he would win on Super Tuesday.
‘Whether it’s North Carolina or Georgia or Texas or one of these other places. So look, it’s not a good comparison, but Bill Clinton lost his first eight, ten, 12 primaries and caucuses before he won one, “said Biden, referring to his earlier failed attempts.
“I’m not going to last that long. But we are only reaching the number of delegates you need to win this election. And I am convinced that we will be in good shape, “he said.
“Is your goal to be the suspected leader?” Todd questioned.
“Yes,” said Biden.