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Sanders camp on Bloomberg: 'More billionaires' not 'the change America needs'

Sanders camp on Bloomberg: 'More billionaires' not 'the change America needs'
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersObama book excerpt: 'Hard to deny my overconfidence' during early health care discussions Americans have a choice: Socialized medicine or health care freedom Ocasio-Cortez says Democrats must focus on winning White House for Biden MORE's campaign responded to reports of former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergTexas and North Carolina: Democrats on the verge? The Hill's Campaign Report: 2020 spending wars | Biden looks to clean up oil comments | Debate ratings are in Biden breaks all-time television spending record MORE's possible 2020 Democratic presidential bid by expressing that the contest does not need more billionaires. 

"More billionaires seeking more political power surely isn't the change America needs," Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir told The Hill in a statement on Thursday. 

The Vermont senator tweeted that "the billionaire class is scared and they should be scared."

Multiple news outlets reported earlier Thursday that Bloomberg was preparing to file paperwork to declare his candidacy in Alabama's presidential primary before Friday's deadline. 

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"If Mike runs he would offer a new choice to Democrats built on a unique record running America’s biggest city, building a business from scratch and taking on some of America’s toughest challenges as a high-impact philanthropist," Bloomberg aide Howard Wolfson said in a statement. 

Bloomberg, whose net worth is $52 billion, said earlier this year that he would not run for president in 2020

Sanders, meanwhile, has put economic inequality at the forefront of his campaign. 

"There should be no billionaires" he tweeted in September while promoting his plan to tax "extreme wealth."