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BBC News America Democratic rivals attack Bloomberg before TV debate

Image copyright Getty Images Rising White House hopeful Michael Bloomberg has been taking heavy fire from fellow Democratic rivals hours ahead of a live TV debate.The primetime forum in Nevada is the first major test for Mr Bloomberg after a late entry to the race. The tycoon is under fierce attack over everything from his…

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Rising White House hopeful Michael Bloomberg has been taking heavy fire from fellow Democratic rivals hours ahead of a live TV debate.The primetime forum in Nevada is the first major test for Mr Bloomberg after a late entry to the race. The tycoon is under fierce attack over everything from his wealth and health to past remarks on race and gender. The eventual Democratic nominee will face President Donald Trump, a Republican, in November’s election.Also on stage in Wednesday night’s debate will be Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, former US Vice-President Joe Biden, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and former South Bend, Indiana, mayor Pete Buttigieg.A new Washington Post-ABC poll on Wednesday showed Mr Sanders at 32% with Mr Biden falling to 16%. Mr Bloomberg was third on 14% and Ms Warren fourth on 12%.The attacks from Mr Bloomberg’s Democratic rivals suggest it will be a tough night for the world’s ninth richest man. Sanders v Bloomberg

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Mr Sanders took a direct swipe at the billionaire on Tuesday night, railing against Mr Bloomberg and “a system that allows billionaires to buy elections”. “My friends, that is called oligarchy, not democracy,” Mr Sanders said.Mr Bloomberg hit back at the self-described democratic socialist, comparing Mr Sanders’ tactics to President Trump’s. His campaign has also begun to raise alarm that Mr Sanders will soon accumulate an unbeatable lead in delegates – required to win the Democratic nomination – if the field remains split by Mr Bloomberg’s fellow moderates, Mr Biden, Mr Buttigieg and Ms Klobuchar. The two campaigns have also sparred over their
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