Bloomberg on the other 2020 hopefuls: 'Trump would eat them up'

Bloomberg on the other 2020 hopefuls: 'Trump would eat them up'
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Democratic presidential contender Michael BloombergMichael Rubens BloombergBrazile 'extremely dismayed' by Bloomberg record Speculation swirls around whether Bloomberg will make Las Vegas debate stage Conway: Reported sexist Bloomberg remarks 'far worse' than what Trump said on 'Access Hollywood' tape MORE said in an interview that aired Friday that he believed President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump administration eyes proposal to block jet engine sales to China: report Trump takes track to open Daytona 500 Brazile 'extremely dismayed' by Bloomberg record MORE would trounce any of the other Democratic presidential hopefuls in a head-to-head match-up, saying Trump would "eat them up." 

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"I looked at our national government getting worse. The way we were behaving overseas and domestically, led by our president. I said back in 2016 he is the wrong person for the job. He doesn't have the temperament, the ethics, or the intellect to do the job," Bloomberg told Gayle KingGayle KingGayle King accepts Snoop Dogg apology, says it was never her intention to add to pain over Bryant's death Snoop Dogg apologizes to Gayle King in Kobe Bryant flap: I was 'disrespectful' and 'overreacted' Rose McGowan hits Snoop Dogg for Gayle King comments: 'Death hurts. Grow the f--- up' MORE on "CBS This Morning." "I watched and I said, 'we just can't have another four years of this.'" 

"Then I watched all of the candidates, and I just thought to myself, 'Donald Trump would eat them up,'" he continued.  

 

Bloomberg later hedged on the statement, saying that he believed he was the best candidate to take on Trump in a general election.

"Let me rephrase it. I think that I would do the best job of competing with him and beating him," he said.  

Bloomberg announced his presidential bid last month with the strategy of ignoring the early primary states and focusing on the Super Tuesday states. 

The former New York City mayor's entrance into the race has drawn scrutiny from his opponents, in large part due to his status as a billionaire. 

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerSpeculation swirls around whether Bloomberg will make Las Vegas debate stage Conway: Trump is 'toying with everybody' by attacking Bloomberg for stop-and-frisk comments Democratic rivals sharpen attacks as Bloomberg rises MORE (D-N.J.) expressed anger this week following Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisConway: Trump is 'toying with everybody' by attacking Bloomberg for stop-and-frisk comments The Hill's Campaign Report: New challenges for 2020 Dems in Nevada, South Carolina Beleaguered Biden turns to must-win South Carolina MORE's (D-Calif.) exit from the race earlier in the week, noting "there’s more billionaires in the 2020 race than there are black people." 

"Cory Booker endorsed me a number of times, and I endorsed Cory Booker a number of times," Bloomberg said. "He's very well-spoken. He's got some good ideas. It would be better the more diverse any group is, but the public is out there picking and choosing, and narrowing down this field."