WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg brought his democratic presidential campaign to Wilmington just three days before North Carolina voters decide primary elections.
Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo endorsed Bloomberg in his opening remarks at the rally.
“I ask you folks to support this man!” Saffo said, citing Bloomberg’s record as mayor of New York City.
Bloomberg greeted the crowd of several hundred people at Laney High School with a message that focused on defeating President Donald Trump.
The former mayor started his remarks by sharply criticizing President Trump’s handling of what Bloomberg called “the current coronavirus crisis”.
“The fact of the matter is President Trump was briefed on the coronavirus two months ago and he buried his head in the sand,” Bloomberg said. “His failure to prepare his crippling our ability to respond.”
Bloomberg is running third in most statewide polls behind former Vice-President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. He is on the ballot for the first time in the 14 states deciding races on Super Tuesday, after skipping the first four nominating contests in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.
“If you want someone who talks turkey, who has a record of accomplishment on all the issues facing our country, and who has the resources to beat Trump, then I think I’m your guy,” Bloomberg told the crowd.
Bloomberg touted his record as Mayor of New York and said he has the proven record to best beat President Trump.
Electing a candidate who could beat President Trump in the 2020 Election seemed to be the most pressing issue on voter’s minds Saturday.
“I like Mike Bloomberg because I think he can get it done. Our biggest concern is to get Trump out,” said rally goer Gail Brugger.
“I think he’d be able to bring some people from the Republican side over and I think that’s what we nee this year,” said another rally-goer Wayne Marquino.
The diverse crowd noted specific parts of Bloomberg’s platform they most resonated with, like increasing teacher pay and environmental concerns.
While each person had different reasons, all brought up the ability to oust President Trump from a second term in office.
“I just think Bloomberg can do it, I think he can take on Trump. I think some of the other candidates are good but they just don’t have the hoospah,” said Lorna Toll
Following the event in Wilmington, Bloomberg heads to Charlotte to speak at the Blue NC Celebration.
Joe Biden, Amy Kobuchar and Pete Buttigieg also held speaking events in North Carolina Saturday.