DUBUQUE, Iowa — Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, who has rallied against the outsize political influence of billionaires from the outset of his upstart campaign, said Sunday that he would welcome the chance to run against two of them in the fall.
Sanders was asked on NBC’s “Meet the Press” about former New York mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who is reportedly mulling an independent White House bid. Both Bloomberg and Republican front-runner Donald Trump are billionaire businessmen.
“My reaction is, if Donald Trump wins and Mr. Bloomberg gets in, you’re going to have two multibillionaires running for president of the United States against me,” Sanders told host Chuck Todd. “And I think the American people do not want to see our nation move toward an oligarchy, where billionaires control the political process. I think we’ll win that election.”
Sanders, of course, would first have to get past Hillary Clinton in the contest for the Democratic nomination before such a race could take shape.
Sanders appeared on “Meet the Press” from Iowa, where he has a full day of campaign events planned and is locked in a tight race with the former secretary of state.