The Democrat National Convention changed donor requirements for candidates to participate in debates. The move opened the door for New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg to enter the debates.
According to the new rules, candidates can either meet a delegates threshold or a polling threshold to qualify for the Feb. 19 debate in Las Vegas.
Bloomberg’s biggest obstacle was the old fundraising requirement. Bloomberg is self-funding his campaign and as a result, isn’t fundraising.
Bloomberg campaign manager Kevin Sheekey issued a statement saying, “We are thrilled that voters could soon have the chance to see Mike Bloomberg on the debate stage, hear his vision for the country, and see why he is the strongest candidate to defeat Donald Trump and bring our country together.”
Bloomberg is in an interesting spot in the race. He is not only late to the party, but his strategy has also kept him out of contention with the frontrunners.
Nevertheless, Bloomberg will now join Biden, Sanders, Warren, Buttigieg, Klobuchar, Steyer and Yang on the stage next Friday in New Hampshire.
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