With 75 percent of precincts in Iowa reporting as of Wednesday at 2 p.m. former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg held a slight lead over Sanders in that state. In this role, she will advise the campaign on key issues as well as attend events and share with voters why she believes Mike is the strongest candidate to beat President Trump. His advisers argued that the strategy, which the New York Times calls "unprecedented", could work if no moderate candidate came out of February with a clear upper hand, and after the chaos in Iowa resulted in no victor immediately emerging, Bloomberg is doubling down on the plan.
While both Raimondo and Bloomberg have pledged to support any victor of the Democratic primary, Raimondo said she hopes voters understand that it won't be easy to defeat trump.
Charlotte Clymer, a spokeswoman for the Human Rights Campaign, a LGBTQ advocacy group, called Bloomberg's comments "deeply disgusting and disqualifying" and demanded an apology.
"I assume his staff says' Don't take the bait, '" Bloomberg said in the interview with Reuters.
"I think there's a lot of excitement in the Democratic Party".
Earlier on Monday, Bloomberg told campaign events in California he would not let Trump bully him.
"I stand twice as tall as he does on the stage, the stage that matters", Bloomberg responded to Trump. "I have never backed down from a bully or run away from a fight".
On Monday in Fresno, California, Bloomberg announced that he will have 800 staffers in California by the end of next week.
The former New York City mayor is skipping early voting states, like New Hampshire, and is instead traveling to California - which has 10 times as many delegates than Iowa - and swing states like MI and Pennsylvania.
California is the largest of the 14 states to vote on March 3, a date known as Super Tuesday, when almost a third of the 3,979 state delegates who select the Democratic nominee will be up for grabs.
"He's the only one running who's actually run something".
"Mike strikes me as someone that's very solutions-based, big on numbers and getting things done and a real positive leader", said Westby, a Villanova resident who is retired from a career in financial services. To see more, visit WAMU 88.5.