Bloomberg: 'I'm going to stay right to the bitter end' of Democratic primary race

Bloomberg: 'I'm going to stay right to the bitter end' of Democratic primary race
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Former New York City Mayor 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 said Thursday that he would remain in the Democratic primary race until the "bitter end," even if mathematically eliminated from winning on the first ballot at the Democratic National Convention.

In an interview with NBC News, the former mayor said that as long as he viewed himself as having a chance of taking the nomination, he would not concede his candidacy.

"Why would I spend all of this money, all of this time out of my life, and wear and tear, you know, which I love ... incidentally, [it] reminds me of my three campaigns in New York for mayor, which I did like, the difference here is that I have to fly from event to event," Bloomberg said.


"But yeah sure, I love it, I am going to stay right to the bitter end, as long as I have a chance," he continued.

His remarks come as Democrats, including former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegDemocratic lawmakers call for expanding, enshrining LGBTQ rights Democrats debate Biden effort to expand map against Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Dems, GOP dig in on police reform ahead of House vote MORE (D) have urged him to drop out of the race. Many of the candidates are critical of the overwhelming amount of money (more than $500 million) the billionaire Bloomberg is on track to spend on his self-funded campaign for the presidency just through Super Tuesday.

Other 2020 challengers including Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden chips away at Trump's fundraising advantage Warnock raises almost M in Georgia Senate race in second quarter The Hill's Morning Report - Trump lays low as approval hits 18-month low MORE (D-Mass.) have also vowed to stay in the race even if mathematically eliminated from winning on the first ballot, accusing front-runner Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: Unhappy voters could deliver political shocks beyond Trump Democratic senator will introduce bill mandating social distancing on flights after flying on packed plane Neil Young opposes use of his music at Trump Mount Rushmore event: 'I stand in solidarity with the Lakota Sioux' MORE (I-Vt.) of employing a similar strategy in 2016.

"You do know that was Bernie's position in 2016," Warren told a questioner at a CNN town hall this week. "The way I see this is, you write the rules before you know where everybody stands. And then, you stick with those rules."