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Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders take swipes at billionaire Michael Bloomberg in response to his potential US presidential bid

Lauren Frias , Business Insider US
 Nov 08, 2019, 11:50 AM
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), former Vice President Joe Biden, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) on stage during the Democratic Presidential Debate at Texas Southern Universitys Health and PE Center on September 12, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Ten Democratic presidential hopefuls were chosen from the larger field of candidates to participate in the debate hosted by ABC News in partnership with Univision. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
  • 2020 US Democratic candidates Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Bernie Sanders had something to say about reports that billionaire and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is planning to enter the presidential race.
  • Both senators have proposed taxes on the ultra-wealthy in the US, much to the dismay of billionaire philanthropists like Bill Gates and Leon Cooperman.
  • Bloomberg is poised to enter the race and file paperwork for the Alabama primary by the end of this week.
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US Democratic 2020 candidates Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Bernie Sanders have both proposed taxes on the ultra-wealthy in the US. So it comes as no surprise that both senators had a response reports that billionaire and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is planning to enter the American presidential race.

Warren welcomed Bloomberg to the 2020 race with a tweet, but the welcome came with an edge as she added a link to her billionaire calculator, which calculates the tax rate of the billionaires under her proposed wealth tax.

"If you're looking for policy plans that will make a huge difference for working people and which are very popular, start here," the Massachusetts senator wrote in the tweet, linking her billionaire calculator, which she created seemingly as a jab to critics of the tax like Bill Gates and Leon Cooperman.

Bloomberg likely won't have any problem navigating Warren's calculator if he were to visit the site. If you answer the first prompted question, "Are you a billionaire?" with "yes," it asks for your net worth, and there is a link below the response box reading, "If you're Michael Bloomberg click here."

If you click no to the initial question, users are presented a list of billionaires -including Bloomberg - to click and see how much they would be taxed.

The Warren campaign sent out an email following reports that Bloomberg is planning to run, describing him as "one of the first billionaires to attack Elizabeth's plan for a wealth tax."

"The wealthy and well connected are scared," the email read. "They're scared that under a Warren presidency, they would no longer have a government that caters to their every need. So they're doing whatever they can to try to stop Elizabeth and our movement from winning in 2020 and bringing big, structural change in 2021."

Sanders' response to Bloomberg's run also came with a dig, but the Vermont senator didn't directly tag the former New York mayor in the tweet. While Sanders doesn't have a billionaire calculator like Warren, he has proposed a similar wealth tax on the richest Americans.

"The billionaire class is scared and they should be scared," Sanders tweeted following reports that Bloomberg is contemplating a run.

Bloomberg is planning to file paperwork for the Alabama primary by the end of this week, The New York Times reported. He initially said that he wasn't interested in a presidential campaign earlier this year in March, and instead would redirect his efforts "to help fund Democratic candidates in down-ballot races and give money to causes combatting climate change," Insider's Grace Panetta reported.

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