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Bloomberg qualified for the debate, which will take place on Feb. 25 in Charleston, after an NBC News/Wall Street Journal national poll showed him with 14 percent support.
To qualify for the South Carolina stage, candidates must reach 10 percent in four polls approved by the DNC or 12 percent in South Carolina-specific polls. The polls must have been released between Feb. 4, the day after Iowas caucuses, and Feb. 24.
Candidates can also qualify by winning at least one delegate to the Democratic National Convention from Iowa, New Hampshire or Nevada, though Bloomberg is not contesting any of those states.
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The Democratic National Committee (DNC) did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill seeking confirmation that Bloomberg was the sixth candidate to make the Charleston stage.
The South Carolina debate is the second event Bloomberg qualified for Tuesday. Earlier in the day, the former mayor hit the polling threshold for Wednesdays debate in Nevada just before the qualification deadline.
Mike is looking forward to joining the other Democratic candidates on stage and making the case for why he’s the best candidate to defeat Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpCensus Bureau spends millions on ad campaign to mitigate fears on excluded citizenship questionBloomberg campaign: Primary is two-way race with SandersDemocratic senator meets with Iranian foreign ministerMORE and unite the country,” Bloomberg’s campaign manager, Kevin Sheekey, said in a statement regarding the Nevada event. “The opportunity to discuss his workable and achievable plans for the challenges facing this country is an important part of the campaign process.”
Bloomberg, who is completely self-funding his campaign, had not qualified for past debates that included a donor threshold. He has instead relied on a nationwide ad blitz backed by hundreds of millions of his own dollars to fuel the polling surge that helped him qualify for two different debates in one day.
Bloomberg has borne the brunt of a litany of recent attacks from several 2020 Democrats, with many accusing him of using his personal wealth to buy the partys presidential nomination. Some contenders have also accused the Democratic National Committee of changing the rules by dropping the donor qualification to help Bloomberg qualify for the debates.
“That is what being a multibillionaire is about. Some very good friends of mine who were competing in the Democratic nomination people like Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerBloomberg set to debate in Nevada after qualifying in new pollSpeculation swirls around whether Bloomberg will make Las Vegas debate stageConway: Trump is ‘toying with everybody’ by attacking Bloomberg for stop-and-frisk commentsMORE of New Jersey, Julián Castro work really, really hard. Nobody changed the rules to get them in the debate, Sanders said Saturday.
However, some candidates have expressed eagerness to meet Bloomberg on a debate stage. While several say they are at an advertising disadvantage since they dont have Bloombergs personal wealth, many contend that meeting on the debate stage would help level the playing field.
I know that I’m not going to be able to beat him on the airwaves, Klobuchar said last week, but I can beat him on the debate stage.