Presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg returned to Tennessee on Wednesday to rally voters ahead of Super Tuesday.
The results of the March primary will be pivotal for those seeking the Democratic nomination, especially for the former New York mayor.
On March 3, 14 states including Tennessee will vote on the Democratic primary. That’s also the first time Bloomberg will be on the ballot anywhere in the country.
With Iowa and New Hampshire already voting on nominees, Bloomberg has already fallen behind on the delegate count, and he’s aware of it. But Wednesday he told WPLN News he’s more electable than others.
“What I’ve gotta do is explain to the Democrats in Tennessee why I will be a better president than anybody else,” Bloomberg said. “One of the things that I certainly will tell them … is that I think I have a better chance of beating Donald Trump.”
But first, Bloomberg would need to get the nomination. And he’s put together a big team in Tennessee to try to win it.
And to do this, he’ll have to convince those undecided voters like 24-year-old Ashley Oble. She is between Mass. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Bloomberg.
“I also really appreciate the fact that Michael Bloomberg is funding his own campaign instead of going to poor people who are barely able to pay their rent,” Oble said. “He’s taking care of all of it. He’s putting his money where his mouth is in supporting his own campaign.”
Eric Hunt, 68, said Bloomberg’s billionaire status is not an issue for him. He said he cares about electing someone who could ultimately beat Trump.
“The other (candidates), they are weak,” Hunt said. “We need someone strong who’s going to talk back to (Trump). We need a strong person, and he’s strong.”
Early voting closes Feb. 25. You can find where to vote by visiting GoVoteTN.com.