Bloomberg Qualifies For 9th Democratic Debate In Nevada

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Shelby Talcott Senior White House Correspondent
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Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg qualified for Wednesday’s Democratic debate in Las Vegas, Nevada, just one day before the event is set to begin.

Bloomberg qualified early Tuesday after an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll put him at 19%, just behind Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders. This is the first debate the multi-billionaire has qualified for.

Democratic presidential hopeful Mike Bloomberg (R) arrives to speak at the "Mike for Black America Launch Celebration" at the Buffalo Soldier National Museum in Houston, Texas, on February 13, 2020. (MARK FELIX/AFP /AFP via Getty Images)

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The former New York City mayor has spent millions on his 2020 Democratic presidential campaign, much to the chagrin of other contenders. The Bloomberg campaign expects a lot of the attention to be on him for Wednesday’s debate, and other Democratic candidates will likely attack the former mayor’s record and past comments. (RELATED: ‘So God Made A Farmer’: VP Pence Shares Video Coming Directly At Bloomberg)

“We are expecting that he is going to have a lot of attention on him — he’s going to be attacked,” a Bloomberg official said according to Politico.

Bloomberg has come under fire for his “stop and frisk” policy back when he was mayor of NYC. Video from 2016 also shows the former mayor belittling the farming profession.