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Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez see 'class solidarity' in report Bezos asked Bloomberg to run

Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez see 'class solidarity' in report Bezos asked Bloomberg to run
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSchumer vows next steps after 'ridiculous,' 'awful' GOP election bill filibuster Schumer, Pelosi meeting with White House on infrastructure Feehery: 8 reasons why Biden should take the bipartisan infrastructure deal MORE (I-Vt.), a 2020 White House hopeful, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez says she ranked Wiley first, Stringer second in NYC mayoral vote Five things to watch in the NYC mayor's race primary Heatwaves don't lie: Telling the truth about climate change MORE (D-N.Y.) said in Iowa on Saturday that they see “class solidarity” in a report that Amazon founder Jeff BezosJeffrey (Jeff) Preston BezosDisney heiress slams billionaires, generational wealth: 'An upside-down structure' Civil rights groups urge lawmakers to crack down on Amazon's 'dangerous' worker surveillance The tax code's Achilles' heel is surprisingly popular — and that's a problem for taxing the rich MORE urged former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergBiden's domestic and global challenges on COVID vaccinations Press: Even Jeff Bezos should pay income taxes What the Democrats should be doing to reach true bipartisanship MORE to run for president.

According to the Des Moines Register, Sanders initially laughed when he was asked about the report during an interview while Ocasio-Cortez responded: “They’ve got class solidarity. The billionaires are looking out for each other. They’re willing to transcend difference and background and even politics."

"The fact that Bill Gates seems more willing to vote for Donald TrumpDonald TrumpGuardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa wins GOP primary in NYC mayor's race Garland dismisses broad review of politicization of DOJ under Trump Schumer vows next steps after 'ridiculous,' 'awful' GOP election bill filibuster MORE than anyone else tells you everything you need to know about how far they’re willing to go to protect their excess, at the cost to everyday Americans,” the progressive first-term lawmaker, who was in Iowa to campaign for Sanders, added.

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“Jeff Bezos, worth $150 billion, supporting Mike Bloomberg, whose worth only $50 billion, that's real class solidarity,” Sanders said after composing himself, according to the newspaper.

“I’m impressed by that grassroots movement. We on the other hand have had over a million people contribute to our campaign ... So a little bit different approach to politics.”

Vox reported Saturday that Bezos called Bloomberg in February and asked if he’d consider joining the 2020 race. Bloomberg said no at the time, a source told the news outlet, which added that a spokesman for the former mayor confirmed the conversation but Amazon did not respond to requests for comment.

Bloomberg officially filed as a candidate for the Alabama Democratic presidential primary on Friday as part of a possible White House run that could shake up the crowded 2020 field.

The billionaire businessman, who built a financial data and media empire, has a personal war chest estimated at more than $50 billion.

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He has not yet made a final decision on whether to run for president, a person familiar with his thinking told The Hill late last week.

Th Register noted that Sanders also ripped Bloomberg's potential run during the Iowa interview. 

"He's deciding because he is worth $50 billion, he's going to run for president of the United States,” Sanders said.

“He doesn't have to worry about coming into Iowa, he doesn’t have to worry about going to New Hampshire or Nevada or South Carolina,” he said. “He's just going to spend, I suspect, hundreds of millions of dollars in media in California because he's a billionaire," he added. "So that's the corruption of the political system based on the kind of massive wealth inequality that exists right now."