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Bloomberg would back Sanders over Trump, but hopes he would change policies

Bloomberg would back Sanders over Trump, but hopes he would change policies
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Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg said he would support Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden announces all-female White House communications team The 'diploma divide' in American politics Bernie Sanders should opt for a government-created vaccine from China or Russia MORE (I-Vt.) over President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rages against '60 Minutes' for interview with Krebs Cornyn spox: Neera Tanden has 'no chance' of being confirmed as Biden's OMB pick Pa. lawmaker was informed of positive coronavirus test while meeting with Trump: report MORE in November if the progressive lawmaker is his party's nominee. 

“I don't agree with him on virtually anything," Bloomberg told Axios of Sanders in an interview on Monday. "But I have committed to support the Democratic candidate because I find Trump so unsuited for the job."

Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City, added that he “would hope” Sanders would “change some of his policies,” if he did win. 

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“Or Congress would make him change some of his policies,” he added. 

The comments come as Sanders has risen in national and early state polls. 

A RealClearPolitics average of Iowa polls shows Sanders leading the field at 23 percent, a 3.3-point lead over former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump rages against '60 Minutes' for interview with Krebs Cornyn spox: Neera Tanden has 'no chance' of being confirmed as Biden's OMB pick Five things to know about Georgia's Senate runoffs MORE. The results of Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses were delayed after reporting issues, according to the state party. 

The results will be released some time Tuesday, the party said. 

Bloomberg skipped the Iowa caucuses, and will be opting out of running in the next three nominating contests in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. Instead, the billionaire is focusing his self-funded campaign on the Super Tuesday states.

Despite his late entry in the race, Bloomberg is currently fourth in the Democratic field, with 8 percent support nationally, according to a RealClearPolitics average of recent polls.