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Bloomberg campaign manager says they have considered naming running mate during primaries

Bloomberg campaign manager says they have considered naming running mate during primaries
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Former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergOn The Trail: The political perils of Snowmageddon Five things to watch in the New York City mayoral race Florida Democrats mired in division, debt ahead of 2022 MORE’s campaign manager said Thursday that the campaign has considered naming a running mate with the primaries still underway.

“One way that Mayor Bloomberg could show that he wants to bring the party together or be more representative of all the factions in it would be to announce a potential VP. ... Why not do that now?” MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle asked Kevin Sheekey Thursday morning. “Because a lot of people say, ‘Mayor Bloomberg, he’s not even a Democrat.’”

“We’ve thought about it,” Sheekey replied, “I think the other campaigns have thought about it too. I think it gets to my earlier point, which is that we do need to figure out how to consolidate different factions of this party. We need to figure out how to bring people together.”

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MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle also asked Sheekey if recent developments in former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenKlain on Manchin's objection to Neera Tanden: He 'doesn't answer to us at the White House' Senators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Overnight Defense: New Senate Armed Services chairman talks Pentagon policy nominee, Afghanistan, more | Biden reads report on Khashoggi killing | Austin stresses vaccine safety in new video MORE’s campaign, including his performance in Tuesday night’s debate and his securing of the coveted endorsement from House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.), had prompted Bloomberg to rethink his calculation in entering the race for fear Biden would lose to Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersKlain says Harris would not overrule parliamentarian on minimum wage increase Romney-Cotton, a Cancun cabbie and the minimum wage debate On The Money: Senate panels postpone Tanden meetings in negative sign | Biden signs supply chain order after 'positive' meeting with lawmakers MORE (I-Vt.).

Sheekey disagreed with Ruhle’s assessment, noting that Biden had yet to win any primaries or caucuses and that while most polling shows him ahead in South Carolina, the primary “hasn’t happened yet” and “he was winning by 35 points a month ago and now quite frankly the question is whether he will win at all.”

“I do think Super Tuesday is going to be completely definitional in this race,” Sheekey added. Bloomberg is not competing in any of the first four nominating contests and will officially enter the race for the Super Tuesday primaries.