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‘I Bough…—I, I Got Them’: Bloomberg Almost Admits to Buying Members of Congress

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“When people show you who they are…”

Billionaire businessman Michael Bloomberg almost said during the Democratic presidential debate in South Carolina Tuesday night that he “bought” the 21 freshman members of Congress he financially supported in the 2018 midterm elections.

“Let’s just go on the record. They talk about 40 Democrats,” Bloomberg said, referring to the number of House seats Democrats gained in 2018. “Twenty-one of those are people that I spent a hundred million dollars to help elect. All of the new Democrats that came in and put Nancy Pelosi in charge and gave the Congress the ability to control this president, I bough—…I, I got them.”

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Critics seized upon Bloomberg’s “Freudian slip” as evidence of the billionaire’s outsized influence on the U.S. political process and belief that he has control over the politicians who take his money. The former New York City mayor has already spent more than $400 million of his personal wealth on advertising thus far in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary.

“When people show you who they are…” tweeted TIME editor-at-large Anand Giridharadas.

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Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), who was elected to the House in 2018, wrote in response to Bloomberg’s remarks, “Let the record reflect you did not and cannot buy my seat.”

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“We prefer our politicians unbought,” added the youth-led Sunrise Movement, which endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) for president.


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Trump campaign ramps up smear campaign on Obama’s ebola czar for exposing the president’s COVID-19 bumbling: report

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Stung by a highly effective video he made for Vice President Joe Biden criticizing Donald Trump's response to the growing COVID-19 pandemic, the communications team working on the president's re-election is going after President Barack Obama's former ebola czar, Ron Klain.

Klain, who is now becoming a fixture on cable news, took part in a video ad touting the campaign of Biden, and used his expertise to rip into the Trump administration's efforts to deal with the national health crisis. That put a target on his back as the president's 2020 campaign team is trying to stem the damage that threatens the president's chances of being re-elected in November.

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‘His incompetence will cost lives’: Joe Biden goes after Trump on coronavirus in new 2020 campaign ad

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Former Vice President is continuing to campaign for president in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic hitting America.

On Saturday, Biden went after Trump on the issue of coronavirus testing.

"Where are the tests, Mr. President?" Biden asked.

Biden followed up with an online video warning that lives will be needlessly lost.

"His failure will cost lives," the video says. "His downplaying will cost lives. His incompetence will cost lives."

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Joe Biden has one key coronavirus question he wants answered: ‘Where are the tests, Mr. President?’

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Trump had promised the nation that he would set up COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites in the parking lots of big-box retailers but has so far failed to deliver.

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