Michael Bloomberg expresses his doubt that moderate Republican voters would vote Democratic in November if the party’s nominee is Sen. Bernie Sanders.
O’DONNELL: Mayor Bloomberg, please. BLOOMBERG: Let’s just go on the record we talk about 40 Democrats, 21 of those were people that I spent $100 million to help elect. The all of the new Democrats that came in, put Nancy Pelosi in charge and gave the Congress the ability to control this president I–I got them. Number two, when you talk about money let’s put this in perspective. The federal budget is $4.5 trillion a year. We get $3.5 trillion in revenue. We lose a trillion dollars a year that’s why the federal deficit is right now the–the debt is a $20 trillion going up to $21. We just cannot afford some of the stuff people talk about. Let me finish. If you keep on going we will elect Bernie, Bernie will lose to Donald Trump. And, Donald Trump and the House and the Senate and some of the state houses will all go red. And between gerrymandering and appointing judges, for the next 20 or 30 years we are going to live with this catastrophe. O’DONNELL: Thank you. I will allow Senator Sanders a quick response and then Senator Warren. (APPLAUSE) SANDERS: Thank you very much, Norah. (APPLAUSE) O’DONNELL: Senator Sanders, a quick response and then (INAUDIBLE). SANDERS: Thank you very much. Mayor Bloomberg has a solid and strong and enthusiastic base of support. Problem is they are all billionaires. (BOOS) Now, if you all look–oh dear. On the other hand, of the last 50 polls that have been done nationally, Mr. Bloomberg, I beat Trump 47 of those 50 times. If you look at battleground states like Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania you are polling just– BLOOMBERG: The polls aren’t the election. SANDERS: –I beat Trump. And if you’re going to beat Trump what you are going to need is an unprecedented grassroots movement black and white and Latino, native American and Asian people who are standing up and fighting for justice that is what our movement is about. BLOOMBERG: Can anyone in this room imagine moderate Republicans going over and voting for him and you have to do that or you can’t win. WARREN: That is–that is the problem. And that is that a progressive agenda is popular Mayor Bloomberg. And for everyone on this stage we talk about how to build a future. That’s what matters. I talk to people in selfie, lines every day who tell me about the importance of getting real help on healthcare. It is why I also have a way to pay for healthcare that doesn’t raise taxes on middle class families. But it’s so much more than that. As democrats we need to speak to the future we can build together. We need to speak of the prosperity we can build together. How about a wealth tax in America? Because with a two cent tax on just the top 1/10 of 1 percent we have a chance to invest in universal childcare for every one of our babies, to really level the playing field– O’DONNELL: Thank you.