Bloomberg hits Trump in ad ahead of State of the Union

Democratic presidential hopeful Michael BloombergMichael BloombergEverytown hits GOP on gun safety in closing .5M battleground ad barrage A closing argument: Why voters cannot trust Trump on healthcare Biden campaign swamps Trump on TV airwaves MORE hit President TrumpDonald John TrumpJudge rules to not release Russia probe documents over Trump tweets Trump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida MORE in a television advertisement ahead of the president's State of the Union address on Tuesday, marking the latest escalation in the war of words between the two New York businessmen-turned-politicians.  

"The Real State of the Union? A nation divided by an angry, out of control president. A White House besotted by lies, chaos, and corruption," a narrator says in the ad. 

"It doesn't have to be this way. Next year we can have a leader who will bring people together," the ad continues. "Mike Bloomberg will get it done." 


The ad will air on MSNBC, Fox, CNN and YouTube platforms just hours before Trump delivers his annual State of the Union address on Capitol Hill. 

Bloomberg, who entered the race in November, is working to make up for lost time and spent roughly $132 million on TV advertisements in addition to $8.19 million on digital ads in the fourth quarter. 

He has since seen a rise in the polls, tying with Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden endorses Texas Democratic House candidate Julie Oliver Democratic senators unveil bill to ban discrimination in financial services industry Obama endorses Espy in Mississippi Senate race MORE (D-Mass.) in third place in Morning Consult tracking poll on Monday. 

Bloomberg has focused most of his attacks on Trump as he prepares to compete in the Super Tuesday states on March 3. 

The two men both aired television advertisements during the Super Bowl, spending more than $11 million on the spots. 

Trump took aim at Bloomberg last week, accusing the former New York City mayor of working with the Democratic National Committee to rig the Democratic primary against Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden endorses Texas Democratic House candidate Julie Oliver Ocasio-Cortez rolls out Twitch channel to urge voting Calls grow for Democrats to ramp up spending in Texas MORE (I-Vt.).

Bloomberg responded on Sunday, saying Trump "lies about everything" and knows that he can beat him.