Democrats set sights on rising rival Bloomberg as debate looms

first_imgThe prospect is not sitting well with Bloomberg’s five debate rivals, who are likely to hurl searing salvos at him when they take the stage for a two-hour Las Vegas showdown starting 6:00 pm local time (0200 GMT Thursday).Sanders and others have already hammered Bloomberg hard, stressing Americans have no appetite for billionaires trying to “buy” their way into the presidential race.Bloomberg has essentially foregone the campaigning in the first four contests, including Nevada.Instead he is going all in on so-called Super Tuesday on March 3, when 14 states including California and Texas vote on choosing a Democratic nominee.The ninth Democratic debate’s other participants — former vice president Biden, former South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg and Senator Amy Klobuchar, all moderates, and the more progressive senators Sanders and Warren — have castigated Bloomberg for his approach. ‘Egomaniac billionaire’ Buttigieg, asked by CNN if he thought Bloomberg was trying to buy his way in, was unequivocal.”What else do you call it when you dip into your endless reserves of millions and billions and don’t go through the process of campaigning in states like Nevada, or Iowa, or New Hampshire, humbling yourself… looking eye to eye to voters?” Buttigieg responded.Biden attacked the political affiliations of Bloomberg, a longtime Democrat who left the party to run for mayor first as a Republican, then an independent. In 2018 he re-registered as a Democrat.”He basically has been a Republican his whole life,” Biden, 77, fumed Wednesday.Sanders and Bloomberg, both 78, have also tangled in increasingly ugly ways.On Wednesday, Bloomberg spokesman Tim O’Brien accused the Sanders campaign of behaving in “Trumpy” fashion by falsely asserting that Bloomberg has had a heart attack. He did have stents installed in 2000 because of a coronary blockage but has never had a cardiac arrest. Sanders had a heart attack in October.”Those are the facts,” O’Brien tweeted. “It’s a dangerous time when Sanders goes all in with Trumpism.”While Sanders is ahead, Bloomberg is surging on the national stage. Two separate polls released Tuesday show him leapfrogging rivals to claim second spot behind Sanders, with Biden third.Buttigieg, who narrowly won Iowa and finished second in New Hampshire, will seek to show viewers that his strong early performances were no fluke. Sharp criticism For Warren, Klobuchar and Biden, the Nevada debate is a critical opportunity for them to convince voters that they belong in the race heading into the stretch.Bloomberg has his own challenge: the powerful billionaire who has long controlled his message will have to defend his record in real time against practiced politicians eager to notch a viral moment.Some of Bloomberg’s policies as mayor are facing sharp criticism.Several rivals have highlighted the stop-and-frisk police operations during Bloomberg’s mayorship that disproportionately targeted people of color.Bloomberg has apologized for enforcing the policy, and on Saturday acknowledged that he defended it “for too long” because he failed to understand the “unintended pain” it caused minorities.On the streets of Las Vegas, where protesters fighting for a union contract gathered Wednesday, some voters were rejecting a candidate who has opted to skip Nevada and other early-voting states.”He’s trying to buy votes,” said pastor Sylvester Rogers, 79. Bloomberg “should be in the race from the beginning, like every other candidate,” Rogers added. “He needs to see what our communities are about.”Topics : Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg will confront rivals Wednesday during his debut presidential debate, with Democratic competitors desperate to cut him down a peg over his sudden prominence in the race to take on Donald Trump.All eyes will be on the US media magnate as he navigates a 2020 national audience for the first time, after his astronomical spending on campaign advertising fueled a rise in polling that has sent him into the top tier of candidates.Bernie Sanders, meanwhile, will take the stage as the clear frontrunner, buoyed by a strong showing in Iowa, a victory in New Hampshire and a surge in polling with the next nominating contest just three days away in Nevada. A Washington Post-ABC News poll out Wednesday showed Sanders with a commanding double digit lead nationally, at 32 percent. Sagging former frontrunner Joe Biden, who has suffered the most from Bloomberg’s gains, was second at 16 percent, followed by Bloomberg at 14 and Elizabeth Warren at 12.  While Sanders and other White House hopefuls have spent months barnstorming early states, billionaire Bloomberg parachuted late into the Democratic contest.His surge boosts the chances of November’s election being a unique show of one septuagenarian white male New York billionaire challenging another — Trump himself.last_img read more

Corcoran: Wisconsin could party like it’s 2006

first_imgNoah Willman / The Badger HeraldOnly six days short of seven years ago, the memory is still as vivid in my mind as when it happened. The date was March 26, 2006. After a typical Wisconsin winter, it was finally springtime and, at about 50 degrees in the late afternoon, it was warm enough outside to wear shorts.As my whole life was consumed with sports, naturally I was outside in the driveway with my brothers playing basketball while the radio broadcast the women’s hockey national championship in the background as the Badgers took home their first crown.March Madness also happened to be in full swing and along with the unmistakable scent of spring (mud and grass) hovering in the air was the slight notion, an inkling, of magic.Up next on the radio was the NCAA Regional Final men’s hockey game between Wisconsin and Cornell, with a trip to the Frozen Four on the line. Although I didn’t know it then, the magic in the air was about to transform itself into magic on the ice, it would just take awhile.The game began at four in the afternoon, and as the sun slowly set that evening, the teams were still playing. Finally, at 8:40 p.m., after more than two-and-a-half overtimes and not a single goal, Badgers’ play-by-play man Brian Posick’s voice erupted. Jack Skille had found the back of the net for Wisconsin, ending one of the longest games in postseason history and sending the Badgers to the Frozen Four for the first time in 16 years.A little more than a week later while I was in northern Wisconsin, my uncle managed to drive us to the perfect spot just in time to pick up enough of a radio signal to hear Posick’s call of the final seconds of Wisconsin’s championship game victory. Once again it was the first time in 16 years, this time being the first national championship in 16 years for the school with the fourth-most championships in the history of college hockey.Yes, Wisconsin was pretty darn good that year – it was one of the No. 1 seeds of that NCAA tournament and finished with a 31-10-3 record – but perhaps a bit of magic and luck played their way into the Badgers’ final destiny. Brian Elliot was superb in goal during the playoffs but one bad bounce against Cornell or a few inches in the final seconds of the championship game against Boston College could have separated the Badgers from their sixth national championship.This year’s Wisconsin squad (19-12-7) isn’t at the same level of that 2006 championship team, but this is the first time the Badgers have moved on past the first round of the WCHA playoffs since they finished NCAA runner-up in 2010. And the one striking similarity, although perhaps coincidental, is that Wisconsin played, and won, an outdoor hockey game when it went to the national championship in 2006 and 2010. This year, Wisconsin faced and beat Minnesota 3-2 at the Hockey City Classic at Soldier Field.So is there magic in the air again this postseason for Wisconsin? Well, players and fans alike certainly hope so. Heading into this weekend’s WCHA Final Five, Wisconsin is in a five-way tie for No. 16 in the PairWise rankings, which is among one of the best gauges of a team’s postseason chances.In college hockey only 16 teams that make the field for the NCAA tournament, so Wisconsin is in a must-win situation Thursday night against Minnesota State, and most likely has to win two to stand a reasonable chance at getting an NCAA bid. If the Badgers beat the Mavericks they will face off against No. 1-seeded St. Cloud State, a tall but certainly doable task. A win against the Huskies would earn the Badgers the right to play in the championship game for the Broadmoor Trophy.One thing Wisconsin will need for any amount of success is a hot goaltender, and a promising sign is the Badgers have that right now in Joel Rumpel. Currently, Rumpel is third in the league with 1.87 goals against average, and, like Elliot demonstrated in 2006, a hot player between the pipes can carry a team almost single-handedly through the postseason.Whether a genie appears and grants Wisconsin three wins, or everything happens to come together this weekend in St. Paul, Minn., something is going to have to happen if the Badgers hope to continue their playoff run into the NCAA tournament.I feel there is something special about this team, just like the 2006 national champions, and I don’t foresee the Badgers’ season ending this weekend. Only time will tell how long Wisconsin’s playoff road will stretch, but with spring on the way, hopefully some magic is as well.Dan is a freshman intending to major in something, he just doesn’t know yet. Agree with him that the Badgers have a shot at making a deep run into March? Think Rumpel will crumple between the posts? Let him know by emailing him at [email protected]last_img read more


first_imgDonegal boss Jim McGuinness gives his verdict on Donegal’s big clash with Kerry on Sunday.Simply click the video to play. With thanks to our friends at JacksonsMedia for the great interview.   COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH JIM MCGUINNESS was last modified: August 1st, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalJim McGuinnessKerryvideolast_img