Sanders: Billionaires like Bloomberg 'not going to get very far in this election'

Sanders: Billionaires like Bloomberg 'not going to get very far in this election'
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersGOP lawmaker: Democratic Party 'used to be more moderate' 4 reasons why Trump can't be written off — yet Progressives lost the battle for the Democratic Party's soul MORE (I-Vt.) said Sunday that billionaires like former New York Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergHillicon Valley: Trump raises idea of delaying election, faces swift bipartisan pushback | Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google release earnings reports | Senators ask Justice Department to investigate TikTok, Zoom Meme group joins with Lincoln Project in new campaign against Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump pivots on convention; GOP punts on virus bill MORE, who on Sunday officially announced his candidacy for president, are “not going to get very far in this election.”

The Vermont senator has condemned the wealthy throughout his White House campaign and went after Bloomberg specifically at a town hall in New Hampshire.

"We do not believe that billionaires have the right to buy elections, and that is why we are going to overturn Citizens United, that is why multibillionaires like Mr. Bloomberg are not going to get very far in this election, that is why we are going to end voter suppression in America," Sanders said at his campaign event. 

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Bloomberg officially announced his bid for the White House on Sunday after weeks of speculation. The former mayor, who Forbes estimates is worth $54.1 billion, has said he will not accept donations and will fund his campaign on his own. He has already purchased a $31.5 million ad campaign purchase, the most expensive purchase of any candidate in one week of political advertising. 

Sanders, along with other 2020 candidates, has blasted Bloomberg for using his money to influence the presidential race, calling his campaign ad buy “disgusting.”

"Tonight we say to Michael Bloomberg and other billionaires: Sorry you ain't gonna buy this election,” he said in Iowa last month, according to CNN.