Actor Michael Douglas endorses Bloomberg for president

Actor Michael Douglas endorses Bloomberg for president
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Actor Michael Douglas is backing former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergTop Democratic super PAC launches Florida ad blitz after Bloomberg donation The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Latest with the COVID-19 relief bill negotiations The Memo: 2020 is all about winning Florida MORE in the presidential race. 

Douglas announced his endorsement for the Democratic hopeful Tuesday, calling the late entrant to the 2020 field “one of the greatest candidates in the history of our elections.” 

Douglas told People magazine he “hasn’t been this excited” about a candidate since President John F. Kennedy.

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Douglas said he is “very proud” of the rest of the Democratic field, but worried a candidate too far left could divide the country. 

“I don’t know if we are ready for a dramatic change in policies or if we’re working more just to fix some of the things that are wrong,” Douglas told the magazine. “A little tweaking might be in order and make audiences feel a little more secure before we have anything of a dramatic change taking place.”

The Bloomberg campaign confirmed the endorsement Tuesday morning to The Hill.

The actor also denounced some of the criticism Bloomberg has faced since entering the field late last year, largely centered on the billionaire self-funding his unconventional campaign that will skip the early voting states and focus on the Super Tuesday states. 

“The fact that he doesn’t need people to pay for his campaign means that he doesn’t owe anybody,” Douglas told People. “Do I hope eventually that money in political campaigns will become a thing of the past? Certainly. I think Mike would be one of the first ones to say that.”

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Leading progressive candidates Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Schumer introduce plan for next president to cancel ,000 in student debt The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Don't expect a government check anytime soon No new taxes for the ultra rich — fix bad tax policy instead MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersMcConnell accuses Democrats of sowing division by 'downplaying progress' on election security The Hill's Campaign Report: Arizona shifts towards Biden | Biden prepares for drive-in town hall | New Biden ad targets Latino voters Why Democrats must confront extreme left wing incitement to violence MORE (I-Vt.) have sworn off high-dollar donations to run grassroots campaigns, arguing that’s the way forward to make politicians accountable to voters, not beholden to the wealthiest Americans. 

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisScott Walker helping to prep Pence for debate against Harris: report California family frustrated that governor, Harris used fire-damaged property for 'photo opportunity' Moderna releases coronavirus vaccine trial plan as enrollment pushes toward 30,000 MORE (D-Calif.) took a swipe at the two billionaires in the race, Bloomberg and Tom SteyerTom SteyerTV ads favored Biden 2-1 in past month Inslee calls Biden climate plan 'perfect for the moment' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump administration finalizes plan to open up Alaska wildlife refuge to drilling | California finalizes fuel efficiency deal with five automakers, undercutting Trump | Democrats use vulnerable GOP senators to get rare win on environment MORE, when she dropped out of the field in December over a lack of resources, noting that she’s “not a billionaire” and “can’t fund” her own campaign. 

Douglas also offered a critique of former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBogeymen of the far left deserve a place in any Biden administration Overnight Defense: Woodward book causes new firestorm | Book says Trump lashed out at generals, told Woodward about secret weapons system | US withdrawing thousands of troops from Iraq A socially and environmentally just way to fight climate change MORE, another primary contender who is ahead of Bloomberg in most polls, while touting Bloomberg’s time as New York City mayor. 

“I feel that all those years as mayor have really helped him with budgets,” Douglas told People. “With all respect to Buttigieg, we’re talking about a city of 12 million people.” 

Despite Bloomberg’s high name recognition, he faces an uphill battle in the primary after entering the field late. A RealClearPolitics average of national polls has him at 7 percent, trailing former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenCast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters Biden says Trump should step down over coronavirus response Biden tells CNN town hall that he has benefited from white privilege MORE, Sanders, Warren and Buttigieg.