Veteran Democratic political consultant: Bloomberg can recover from Nevada debate

Veteran Democratic political consultant: Bloomberg can recover from Nevada debate
© Getty Images

Veteran Democratic consultant Hank Sheinkopf said Michael BloombergMichael BloombergTop Democratic super PAC launches Florida ad blitz after Bloomberg donation The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Latest with the COVID-19 relief bill negotiations The Memo: 2020 is all about winning Florida MORE can recover from his rocky debate performance in Las Vegas this week.

Sheinkopf said only a centrist like the former New York City mayor or Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association - White House moves closer to Pelosi on virus relief bill EPA delivers win for ethanol industry angered by waivers to refiners It's time for newspapers to stop endorsing presidential candidates MORE (D-Minn.) can beat President TrumpDonald John TrumpObama calls on Senate not to fill Ginsburg's vacancy until after election Planned Parenthood: 'The fate of our rights' depends on Ginsburg replacement Progressive group to spend M in ad campaign on Supreme Court vacancy MORE in November and that other contenders should not go on the attack against each other. 

“Amy Klobuchar and Mike Bloomberg are the most logical candidates on the Democratic side… I think [Bloomberg] can recover [from his poor debate performance],” Sheinkopf said Sunday on John Catsimatidis’ radio show. 

“There were only two on that stage that were serious: One is Mike Bloomberg and the other is Amy Klobuchar. If either of them was the nominee, Donald Trump will have a competitive race.”

The remarks come after Bloomberg was hammered at the Las Vegas primary debate earlier this week, with several candidates taking him to task over his past comments about women and his defense of stop and frisk. 

“A billionaire who calls women 'fat broads' and 'horse-faced lesbians,' and no, I’m not talking about Donald Trump, I’m talking about Mayor Bloomberg,” Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden's fiscal program: What is the likely market impact? Warren, Schumer introduce plan for next president to cancel ,000 in student debt The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Don't expect a government check anytime soon MORE (D-Mass.) said in her opening remarks.

“Democrats will not win if we have a nominee with a history ... of harassing women and supporting racist policies like redlining and stop and frisk. ... Democrats take a huge risk if we substitute one arrogant billionaire for another.”

Sheinkopf said the attacks were unwarranted, particularly after Bloomberg dropped millions of dollars to help Democrats in the 2018 midterm elections.

“I think these are the most despicable people I’ve seen in quite some time. They should be kissing Mike Bloomberg‘s cheeks, not punching him in the face. Without Mike Bloomberg, the Democrats would never have taken back to the House last year,” he said.

The former mayor has skipped the first four nominating contests in the Democratic primary race thus far. He makes his debut on the ballots of 14 states during Super Tuesday, March 3 where he hopes to make gains and gather momentum to face off against Trump.  

The billionaire has pumped millions of dollars and time deploying television ads and holding events in major markets that will be included on Super Tuesday like Texas, California Virginia and North Carolina. 

John Catsimatidis is an investor in The Hill