MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg is visiting Montgomery Monday.
The billionaire former mayor of New York City met with health experts and providers to discuss his plans to address infant mortality across the country, and especially in Alabama. Alabama has historically had high infant mortality rates, and Bloomberg used his visit to release the maternal health care plan he would work to implement if he is elected president.
Following that meeting, Bloomberg met with Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed.
Bloomberg made a late entry into the crowded Democratic primary race, filing in early November to meet Alabama’s primary deadline. The state’s primary is on March 3, commonly referred to as Super Tuesday.
Bloomberg said he is trying to convince Alabama delegates to give him their votes. When asked if Alabama’s votes were critical for him to win, he said yes, all votes count.
“I think that I can beat Donald Trump," Bloomberg said. "I don’t think Donald Trump should be president of the United States. I said that in 2016 at the Democratic National Convention. I don’t think he is the right person for the job. I think he’s done enormous damage to this country. Both domestically and in terms of our relationships around the world and I’m spending an enormous amount of money to try and replace him.”
He’d previously decided in March that he would not run for president, despite leaning toward it for months. But that changed after he decided he doesn’t believe any of the current candidates are positioned to defeat President Donald Trump.
A Republican National Committee spokesperson provided this statement after Bloomberg’s visit:
“Michael Bloomberg believes he can buy his way into Alabama and push the same radical policy ideas that plagued New York City during his tenure as mayor. Bloomberg was not good for New York and certainly will not look out for the best interests of the Yellowhammer State," said RNC Spokesperson Kevin Knoth.