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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 BloombergEverytown calls on Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene to resign Biden selects Gina Raimondo for Commerce chief: reports 7 surprise moments from a tumultuous year in politics MORE said in an interview that aired Friday that he believed President TrumpDonald TrumpMcCarthy says he told Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene he disagreed with her impeachment articles against Biden Biden, Trudeau agree to meet next month Trump planned to oust acting AG to overturn Georgia election results: report 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 KingWoman who made Sanders's mittens says she's sold out Inauguration Sanders takes over internet Amanda Gorman wore ring gifted by Oprah, honoring Maya Angelou at inauguration 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 BookerDemocrats seek answers on impact of Russian cyberattack on Justice Department, Courts Senate confirms Biden's intel chief, giving him first Cabinet official Booker brings girlfriend, actress Rosario Dawson, to inauguration MORE (D-N.J.) expressed anger this week following Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisSenators introduce bill to award Officer Goodman the Congressional Gold Medal An ally in the White House is good for abortion access, but not enough LeBron James says 'it would be great' for champion Lakers to visit Biden White House 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."