2. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Bloomberg, (D) Presidential candidate:
"And today, I'm glad to announce that I am running for president to defeat Donald Trump and to unite and rebuild America. We cannot afford four more years of President Trump's reckless and unethical actions. He is an existential threat to our country, to our values and our national security. And every day it seems to bring another example of just how unfit he is to serve as our president and commander in chief. And this week was no exception. Yesterday, many of you read the president forced out the secretary of the Navy, a Marine veteran, for upholding the military's commitment to the rule of law."
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3. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Bloomberg, (D) Presidential candidate:
"Now I know how to take on the powerful special interests that corrupt Washington. I know how to win because I've done it time and again. We need a president who is ready to lead us where we need to go, in ways that we can be proud of. Someone with the experience to hit the ground, ready to go."
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4. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Bloomberg, (D) Presidential candidate:
"Over the course of this campaign, I will tell you what I will do as president and how I will do it. I'll outline plans for creating good paying jobs, providing quality health care for every American, stopping gun violence, reducing incarceration. Fighting climate change. Fixing our broken immigration system. Raising taxes on wealthy individuals like me. Protecting women's and LGBTQ rights. Supporting our veterans."
Presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg attacked US President Donald Trump Monday saying America "cannot afford four more years of President Trump's reckless and unethical actions."
Speaking on the first stop of his presidential campaign in Norfolk, Virginia, the former New York City Mayor said he was a problem solver who can unite America and defeat Trump who he branded a "threat to our country, to our values and our national security."
And the locale offered the billionaire more than just the latest controversy in Washington to promote his platform.
The neighbouring city of Virginia Beach suffered a mass shooting on May 31 that killed 12 people at a municipal complex.
Bloomberg, 77, said that such shootings have become “almost routine” and that “we have to put an end to this madness.”
Gun control is a hallmark of Bloomberg’s political identity.
His group, Everytown for Gun Safety, has pumped more than 6 million US dollars into Virginia campaigns alone in recent years to support like-minded Democrats, according to the Virginia Public Access Project.
Bloomberg also criticized Trump over the recent ouster of the Navy Secretary Richard Spencer.
Virginia is a critical Super Tuesday state that is key to Bloomberg’s campaign strategy of bypassing early states to focus on the crush of states that vote later in the cycle.
Bloomberg plans to bypass the first four states on the primary calendar — Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina — and focus instead on the crush of states that vote on Super Tuesday and beyond.
It's a strategy that acknowledges the limitations of entering the race at this late stage and the opportunities afforded by his vast personal wealth.
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