Bloomberg names ex-Philadelphia mayor Nutter as national campaign chair

Bloomberg names ex-Philadelphia mayor Nutter as national campaign chair
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Democratic presidential hopeful Michael BloombergMichael BloombergWake up, America — see what's coming Bloomberg urges court to throw out lawsuit by former campaign staffers Former Obama Ebola czar Ron Klain says White House's bad decisions have put US behind many other nations on COVID-19; Fears of virus reemergence intensify MORE scored an endorsement from former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter (D), who will serve as his national political chairman. 

Nutter announced that he would be hitting the campaign trail with the former New York City mayor after endorsing him this week.

“Mike Bloomberg has been a friend, adviser, supporter, and certainly a mentor from the day we met,” Nutter said in an interview with The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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“These are extraordinary times and I think they require an extraordinary response. People want leadership...and are really looking for significant change. I think Mike brings that change," he added. 

Nutter in a statement on Friday also praised Bloomberg's position on a number of issues including "the drug crisis, gun violence, the environment and access to high-quality healthcare for all Americans.”

The endorsement is crucial for Bloomberg, who is looking to zero in on later primary states, including Pennsylvania. The state also holds great general election significance, given that President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavis: Supreme Court decision is bad news for Trump, good news for Vance Meadows trying to root out suspected White House leakers by feeding them info: Axios Pressley hits DeVos over reopening schools: 'I wouldn't trust you to care for a house plant let alone my child' MORE flipped it from blue to red in 2016.

Bloomberg entered the race last month, marking a late entry into the crowded Democratic primary race. The former New York City mayor, who is not competing in Iowa and New Hampshire, has launched a multimillion-dollar ad buy across a number of states and media markets.

The strategy appears to have had an effect on some of the polls. An NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll released earlier this week showed Bloomberg with 4 percent support nationally, trailing sitting Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Fauci says focus should be on pausing reopenings rather than reverting to shutdowns; WHO director pleads for international unity in pandemic response State election officials warn budget cuts could lead to November chaos Biden strikes populist tone in blistering rebuke of Trump, Wall Street MORE (D-Minn.) who had 5 percent support.