Democratic Presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg was scheduled to visit several states in the Midwest this week. Bloomberg targeted the city of Wells in southern Minnesota, where he wanted to connect with rural voters. He looks forward to “visiting the Johnson family farm to hear directly from owner Darin Johnson and others in the community about rural economic issues.”
Republican National Committee Spokesperson Preya Samsundar commented on the former mayor of New York City, saying, “Michael Bloomberg was a complete embarrassment as mayor – and he has brought those same socialist policies with him on the presidential campaign trail.”
While mayor, Bloomberg started a radical anti-Second Amendment group and pushed legislation whose objective was not just a thorough background check for the private sale of firearms, but “to promote the confiscation of guns.” The bill aimed to penalize firearm handlers in an unprecedented manner, as Bloomberg was once the most prominent anti-gun advocate. Examples included giving a felony to any couple who is not legally married but share firearms, or felonizing any member of the US Army Reserves who stored personal guns with a sibling or a trusted friend at their absence.
Staying true to socialist ideology, Bloomberg said that poor people paying more in taxes is “a good thing” because it is “one of the ways you influence people to do what’s in their own interest.” As mayor, he cynically offered an ultimatum: “a life or a job. Or, taxes or life? Which do you want to do? Take your poison.”
Trying to take the best perspective on his policy, one could say Bloomberg has well intentions in striving to shape up his city’s personal and ecological health. However, his aggressive campaigns that limit choice and individual responsibility have given him the title of “nanny mayor”. From banning smoking and large soft drinks to regulating sodium and trans fats, whatever Bloomberg thinks it is bad for you, it simply had to go. His decision to regulate soft drink sizes in New York City was later deemed unconstitutional and overturned by the New York State Supreme Court.
Samsundar continued, critiquing “his radical stance on the Second Amendment and his attempts to regulate every detail of Americans’ lives; Minnesotans have already seen what a Bloomberg presidency would mean for them.”
Despite being the newest candidate to appear (so far), Bloomberg’s campaign has already spent more than his contenders with over $143 million on TV ads.