Michael Bloomberg’s first debate appearance this week did not go well.
In fact, it was a downright disaster. Bloomberg got hit from all sides on multiple issues and did little to adequately defend his record.
His campaign manager appeared on MSNBC on Thursday and was frank about their prospects.
Talking Points Memo reports:
Bloomberg’s Own Campaign Manager Concedes Ex-Mayor Tanked Last Night
Kevin Sheekey, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s campaign manager, admitted on Thursday that his boss’ debut in the Democratic presidential primary debate wasn’t pretty.
“Listen, I think Mike’s gotta get his legs under him,” Sheekey told MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle. “Certainly he had a better second half of debate than the first, I will admit that.”
Though he downplayed Bloomberg’s performance as a mere hiccup in the long election cycle ahead, the campaign manager agreed grimly with Ruhle’s observation that the former mayor seemed incapable of defending himself against his rivals’ blistering attacks.
“Listen, I think you’re right,” Sheekey said. “We need to push back a little harder against people who were screaming about things they haven’t done and get Mike’s record out there better than we did last night.”
Bloomberg is hoping for a big win on Super Tuesday. If he doesn’t get one, it could spell the end.
Still, the campaign chief seemed already resigned to the possibility that Bloomberg’s campaign won’t survive Super Tuesday on March 3, saying that he’s “not sure” the billionaire will manage to sink frontrunner Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
Watch the video below:
Bloomberg’s campaign manager admits the candidate didn’t do well in the debate: “Mike’s gotta get his legs under him.” pic.twitter.com/IFMf4K9KDv
— TPM Livewire (@TPMLiveWire) February 20, 2020
It might be panic time for Bloomberg.
#MiniMike is a dry humored technocratic boomer multi-billionaire midget, with autocratic tendencies. He is NOT LIKABLE.
He runs a sweat shop called Bloomberg LP. Let him just do that. This is 100% BS. https://t.co/8dH24VouOH
— Colonel BuckTweet (@Bucktweet_Say) February 20, 2020
At least he doesn’t have to worry about campaign funds.