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 SandersJuan Williams: Honesty, homophobia and Mayor Pete Democrats on edge as Iowa points to chaotic race Democrats debate how to defeat Trump: fight or heal MORE's campaign responded to reports of former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael Rubens BloombergDemocrats on edge as Iowa points to chaotic race Brown confirms he won't enter 2020 race: 'I think it's a good field' The Memo: Bloomberg's 2020 moves draw ire from Democrats 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."