NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg isn’t wasting any time hitting the campaign trail, just one day after he officially announced his bid to run for the Democratic nomination for president.
One of Bloomberg’s first stops: D’Egg diner near the Selden Market in Norfolk.
He is later than other Democratic candidates in announcing his intent to run for president. The primary won’t happen until March 3, but Bloomberg has a lot of ground to make up. However, he says he doesn’t need to worry about money.
“I will not accept any contributions, and I will work for $1 a year, just as I did as mayor of New York,” he said Monday.
Bloomberg joined an already crowded Democratic field, which saw another recent addition in former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. Both are expected to vie for more moderate voters.
Bloomberg’s pledged to spend heavily on his campaign, with over $100 million of his fortune on online ads and at least $30 million in television ads that are set to run across the country starting Monday.
The major ad blitz far eclipses the all-time broadcast record for political ad buys in a week, topping President Obama’s nearly $25 million purchase in the last week of his 2012 campaign.
Bloomberg came to Virginia quickly after announcing he’s running for President on Sunday. He came to Hampton Roads because he has been very involved in Virginia politics, he said.
Bloomberg spoke about how he helped turn Virginia blue and put millions of dollars into it.
He first met with delegate-elect Nancy Guy, (D-83rd District), who got over $348,000 in campaign funds from Bloomberg.
Guy, a Democrat and former Virginia Beach School Board member, topped incumbent Republican Chris Stolle by just 27 votes in their 83rd District race. Stolle has since filed a petition for a recount.
She also introduced him at his news conference — and he didn’t waste time going after Donald Trump.
“We’ve got a president and commander in chief who has no respect for the rule of law, for ethics, or honor, or the values that make America great.”
He spent time outlining where he stands on some of the issues.
“I will outline plans for good paying jobs, providing quality health care, stopping gun violence, decreasing crime and incarceration, raising taxes on the wealthy like me, protecting rights, and establishing America’s place in the world for protecting peace and stability.”
He spoke about the Virginia Beach mass shooting, which rocked the Southside community May 31.
“It has become commonplace, mass shootings… Just 17 miles from here … I took on Trump and the gun violence and won with stronger laws in states across the country. I took on Trump, the climate change denier, and have led efforts to close more than half of coal power plants.” Bloomberg contributes to campaigns through two political action committees, Beyond Carbon and Everytown for Gun Safety.
Bloomberg has said he is in the race because he’s not happy with the current field of candidates.
10 On Your Side asked him about his comments about the Democratic field.
He said it is too liberal and too anti-business.
Bloomberg said he isn’t sure how he will play with the Democratic party, and voters.