Bloomberg to speak at Democratic convention

Bloomberg to speak at Democratic convention
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Former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergBiden cannot allow his domestic fumbles to transfer to the world stage Jovanni Ortiz in talks for potential Harris job The economic challenges facing Jerome Powell and Joe Biden MORE will speak at the Democratic National Convention next week, two sources familiar with the decision say.

Bloomberg, who was not originally included in the announced list of speakers released by the convention earlier this week, will be "sharing why we have the best candidates to meet today's challenges and get big things done," according to an email he sent to supporters on Thursday.

The billionaire mounted a campaign in the Democratic primary earlier this year, seeking to challenge Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse passes 8B defense policy bill House approves bill to ease passage of debt limit hike Senate rejects attempt to block Biden's Saudi arms sale MORE, but fell short, only winning in American Samoa after spending hundreds of millions of dollars of his own money.

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The announcement is sure to anger progressives in the party who feel that the convention is already spotlighting speakers such as Republican John Kasich and not rising stars in the party such as Stacey Abrams and Andrew YangAndrew YangAmerican elections are getting less predictable; there's a reason for that Poll: Harris, Michelle Obama lead for 2024 if Biden doesn't run At 28 percent approval, say goodbye to Kamala Harris being Plan B to an aging Biden MORE.

"It's a real disappointment," one delegate told The Hill upon learning the news.

Yang has been added to the list of speakers for the convention, but Abrams is not on the list at this point.