2. SOUNDBITE (English) Hank Sheinkopf, Political Analyst:
"The Democratic field has shrunk to four. Who would have thought that a man whose name you couldn't pronounce until a few months ago, from a place where very few people have been as a city, in a state that most people on the coast don't care about, could suddenly be in the game? His name is Buttigieg. Therefore, anything can happen. Mike Bloomberg looked and said, wait a second. Joe Biden disappearing. Trump likely to get reelected. Maybe I can do something for my country.
Nashua, New Hampshire - 29 January 2019
3. Various of Bloomberg
Houston - 15 October 2019
4. STILL Democratic debate
New York - 8 November 2019
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Hank Sheinkopf, Political Analyst:
"The progressives are probably not happy. Why? They've going to have to take Michael Bloomberg on, and when you do that, you're going to have millions of dollars and media thrown right back at you because you can afford to do it. But traditionally, parties, whether they be Republicans or Democrats, the people who turn out in primaries tend to be the left and the right. The true ideologues. Can Michael Bloomberg get past that is the question."
Washington - 8 November 2019
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Trump, U.S. President:
(Reporter: "Can you beat Michael Bloomberg?")
"I've known Michael Bloomberg for a long time. If you go back early on he had, he said a lot of great things about Trump. But I know Michael, he became just a nothing. He was really a nothing. He's not going to do well, but I think he's going to hurt (Democratic Presidential candidate Joe) Biden actually. But he doesn't have the magic to do well. Little Michael will fail."
New York - 8 November 2019
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Hank Sheinkopf, Political Analyst:
"You can call Buttigieg Howdy Doody. You can call Elizabeth Warren Pocahontas. You can call Joe Biden. Well, what do you call him? Little Joe. Who knows? But Mike Bloomberg won't respond to that. He's much more disciplined. He's not a politician. And he'll fight back in the way he knows best, on the air and through his media campaign and through social media. That's what he'll do."
Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire former mayor of New York City, is opening the door to a 2020 Democratic presidential campaign, warning that the current field of candidates is ill equipped to defeat President Donald Trump.
Bloomberg, who initially ruled out a 2020 run, has not made a final decision on whether to jump into the race.
If he were to launch a campaign, it could dramatically reshape the Democratic contest less than three months before primary voting begins.
The 77-year-old has spent the past few weeks talking with prominent Democrats about the state of the 2020 field, expressing concerns about the steadiness of former Vice President Joe Biden's campaign and the rise of liberal Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, according to people with knowledge of those discussions.
Hank Sheinkopf, long-time political consultant who worked on Bloomberg's last mayoral race, says that if Bloomberg enters the race, he brings almost unlimited resources.
"The progressives are probably not happy. Why? They've going to have to take Michael Bloomberg on, and when you do that, you're going to have millions of dollars and media thrown right back at you," said Sheinkopf.
In recent days Bloomberg took steps to keep his options open, including moving to get on the primary ballot in Alabama ahead of the state's Friday filing deadline.
Bloomberg's moves come as the Democratic race enters a crucial phase. Biden's front-runner status has been vigorously challenged by Warren and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who are flush with cash from small-dollar donors.
But both are viewed by some Democrats as too liberal to win in a general election faceoff with Trump.
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