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Bloomberg campaign ad touts Obama relationship despite complicated history
Bloomberg spending millions on 2020 campaign ads
America First Action PAC spokesperson Steve Cortes explains what Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg’s ad spending means for his campaign.
In a multimillion-dollar TV campaign and on the trail, Michael Bloomberg portrays himself as having a close bond with former President Obama. But the two have had a complicated relationship, with Mr. Bloomberg at times criticizing the Obama administration.
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The former New York City mayor's presidential campaign is airing an ad touting Mr. Bloomberg's work with Mr. Obama — who has remained neutral in the crowded Democratic primary — on gun safety laws, education and jobs for teenagers, with a voice-over from a speech Mr. Obama gave introducing him as a leader who can "bring people together to seek pragmatic solutions."
Mr. Bloomberg has put more than $15 million behind the 30-second ad, according to estimates from political-ad tracker Kantar/CMAG. Through Friday, the ad has aired more than 23,000 times in at least 177 media markets.
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In speeches on the campaign trail, Mr. Bloomberg and those who have endorsed him also bring up the billionaire's work with Mr. Obama. "Anybody that Obama likes, I love 'em," said Elenora Woods, president of the NAACP's Chattanooga chapter, introducing Mr. Bloomberg at one of his events in Tennessee Wednesday.