Klobuchar: Voters Don’t Want Someone Like Bloomberg

Sunday show round-up

This week on the Sunday news shows: Senator Amy Klobuchar (D., Minn.) argued that former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is not the right candidate for 2020, Bloomberg officially announced his run for president, and CNN anchor Brian Stelter presented former congresswoman Katie Hill's (D., Calif.) sexual misconduct scandal as a series of right-wing media smears.

Amy Klobuchar: Voters Don't Want Someone Like Bloomberg

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Minn.) on Sunday said Michael Bloomberg is not the candidate voters are looking for.

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ABC's This Week host George Stephanopoulos asked Klobuchar what she thought of Bloomberg's candidacy, noting the former mayor's decision to spend $38 million in his first week.

The Minnesota senator argued that she has been on the campaign trail and does not believe voters will be interested in a candidate just because he or she spends a lot of money.

"I just don't think people are going to buy it, that you just put a bunch of money," Klobuchar said. "And maybe the argument is, ‘Hey I've got more money than the guy in the White House.' I don't think they're going to buy that. I think they want someone different."

Klobuchar said she is not rich like Bloomberg, but has "gotten things done" in Washington. She repeatedly made the case that voters want someone "different" from Bloomberg.

"As I said on the debate stage, they're not necessarily looking for the loudest voice in the room, they've got that in the White House," she added. "They're not necessarily looking for the richest person. They've got a guy who's constantly talking about how much money he has. They’re looking for someone different."

Bloomberg Enters 2020 Race

Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg (D.) on Sunday officially announced that he is running for president.

Bloomberg's anticipated entry into the Democratic primary will kick off with a series of campaign ads in Super Tuesday states including Florida, New York, and Illinois.

In his first ads, the billionaire candidate promises a public health insurance option, new taxes on the wealthy, and jobs that guarantee more opportunity.

Bloomberg's health plan resembles former vice president Joe Biden's pledge to allow Americans to keep their health insurance plan if they want to.

"There's an America waiting to be rebuilt," the new Bloomberg ad states. "Where everyone without health insurance is guaranteed to get it, and everyone who likes theirs can go ahead and keep it. Where the wealthy will pay more in taxes and the struggling middle class will get their fair share."

CNN Framing the Katie Hill Scandal as Right-Wing Smear

CNN anchor Brian Stelter presented former congresswoman Katie Hill's (D., Calif.) sexual misconduct scandal as a series of right-wing media smears.

On CNN's Reliable Sources, Hill said she will speak out about revenge porn as the "right-wing media" tries to silence her.

"What the right wing-media and those who attacked me wanted was for me to be silenced," Hill told Stelter. "And I think that is something that we see on attacks against women, not just high-profile women, but women across the board. These kinds of attacks are meant to silence you, demean you, and show that you do not have power."

Stelter did not mention during their interview that Hill was accused of having a relationship with a congressional staffer from her office, alluding only to claimed right-wing attacks against the former representative.

Hill resigned in late October amid the sexual misconduct scandal. Hill's resignation came after the House Ethics Committee announced an investigation into her relationships with a member of her campaign staff as well as a congressional staffer. She has continued to claim she resigned due to cyberbullying and smears.