Democratic presidential candidate Tom SteyerTom SteyerOvernight Energy: 'Eye of fire,' Exxon lobbyist's comments fuel renewed attacks on oil industry | Celebrities push Biden to oppose controversial Minnesota pipeline | More than 75 companies ask Congress to pass clean electricity standard Celebrities push Biden to oppose controversial Minnesota pipeline Six things to watch as California heads for recall election MORE said Sunday that he expects better results in Nevada and South Carolina than he saw in Iowa and New Hampshire because of the increased diversity in the upcoming primary states and his “inclusive” message.
Steyer said on ABC’s “This Week” that his on-the-ground support in Nevada and South Carolina, which are “dramatically more diverse” than Iowa or New Hampshire, could give him the necessary momentum.
“What it also says is that I’m putting together a coalition of people, including specifically African Americans and Latinos, who are responding to a message that is inclusive,” he said. “And I’m putting together the kind of coalition that we're going to have to have in November 2020 to beat Donald TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger says Trump 'winning' because so many Republicans 'have remained silent' Our remote warfare counterterrorism strategy is more risk than reward Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol MORE.”
Asked why he thinks the outcome for his campaign could be different in Nevada and South Carolina, Tom Steyer points to a “coalition” of people, including African-Americans and Latinos, “who are responding to a message that is inclusive.” https://t.co/P6iz1jjwYE pic.twitter.com/Z1nNPOdnnk— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) February 16, 2020
The billionaire philanthropist has emphasized the importance of mobilizing minority voters within the Democratic party, saying Sunday the party needs “the entire diverse coalition of Democrats to show up” in 2020.
"This Week" host Martha Raddatz pointed to polls showing Steyer’s support among minority voters is “far behind” former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSunday shows preview: Coronavirus dominates as country struggles with delta variant Did President Biden institute a vaccine mandate for only half the nation's teachers? Democrats lean into vaccine mandates ahead of midterms MORE’s in South Carolina and didn't surpass 0 percent in recent national polls.
Steyer responded that he needs “a great result” to gain “attention so people can learn who I am.”
“If I can show there that I can put together a coalition and take that with momentum into Super Tuesday with the kind of diverse coalition that I believe I’m building and I believe I will show, then that will give me the momentum and people will have to look at me as a serious candidate,” he said.
Asked how he can succeed without gaining more support from minority voters, Tom Steyer tells @MarthaRaddatz he intends to show in Nevada and South Carolina “that I can produce a great result” and “actually have some attention so people can learn who I am.” https://t.co/P6iz1jjwYE pic.twitter.com/AZR8GzkYgI— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) February 16, 2020
Steyer finished in Iowa with 0 percent of the vote and no delegates after spending $16.4 million on ads in the state. In New Hampshire, he received 4 percent of the vote but zero delegates after funneling $19.8 million on ads there.
The Nevada caucuses will occur Saturday.