DEMOCRATIC FIGHT NIGHT

February 21, 2020 at 4:30 am

The Bern and billion-dollar Bloomberg were slated to go head-to-head, but it was Elizabeth Warren who landed the knockout at the debate.

Aired on February 20, 2020. 

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>>> GOOD EVENING.
WELCOME TO "METROFOCUS."
THE GLOVES ARE OFF.
DEMOCRATS UNLOADED ON MAYOR
MICHAEL BLOOMBERG IN HIS FIRST
DEMOCRATIC DEBATE OF 2020.
THE SHOWDOWN IN VEGAS TAKING
PLACE JUST DAYS BEFORE THE
NEVADA CAUCUSES AND LESS THAN
TWO WEEKS BEFORE THE CRUCIAL
SUPER TUESDAY PRIMARIES PROVE TO
BE A ROUGH WELCOME TO THE DEBATE
STAGE FOR NEW YORK'S FORMER
MAYOR.
BLOOMBERG TOOK HIT AFTER HIT
FROM HIS FELLOW CANDIDATES WHO
CHALLENGED HIM ON EVERYTHING
FROM STOP AND FRISK TO
ALLEGATIONS OF WORK PLACE
HARASSMENT AND HIS DECISION TO
DIP INTO HIS VAST PERSONAL
FORTUNE TO FUND HIS PRESIDENTIAL
CAMPAIGN.
BUT ARGUABLY, THE MOST STINGING
BLOWS WERE LAND BY SENATOR
ELIZABETH WARREN WHO REPEATEDLY
CHALLENGED BLOOMBERG ABOUT
NONDISCLOSURE AGREEMENTS SIGNED
BY WOMEN AT HIS COMPANY.
>> MR. MAYOR, ARE YOU WILLING TO
RELEASE ALL OF THOSE WEAPON FROM
THOSE NONDISCLOSURE AGREEMENTS
SO WE CAN HEAR THEIR SIDE OF THE
STORY?
>> WE HAVE A VERY FEW
NONDISCLOSURE AGREEMENTS.
>> HOW MANY IS THAT?
>> LET ME FINISH.
>> HOW MANY?
>> NONE OF THEM ACCUSED ME OF
DOING ANYTHING OTHER THAN MAYBE
THEY DIDN'T LIKE A JOKE I TOLD.
AND LET ME -- THERE ARE
AGREEMENTS BETWEEN TWO PARTIES
THAT WANTED TO KEEP IT QUIET.
AND THAT'S UP TO THEM.
>> JOINING US NOW TO DISSECT THE
DEBATE, THE FORMER MAYOR'S
PERFORMANCE AND WHERE HE GOES
FROM HERE.
POLITICAL COMMENTATOR AND "NEW
YORK TIMES" BEST SELLING AUTHOR,
ELLIS, WELCOME BACK TO THE SHOW.
>> I LOVE YOUR BOXING ANALOGY.
I THINK WE NEED TO BRING IT TO A
CAGE MATCH.
>> OKAY.
IF THERE WAS EVER A PLACE FOR
THIS TO GO DOWN, VEGAS WAS THE
CITY.
>> PERFECT.
YOU'RE RIGHT.
>> FIRST I WANT TO GET YOUR
WINNERS AND LOSERS.
I FEE LIKE THE LOSER HAS BEEN
DETERMINED.
>> IT WAS A TOUGH NIGHT FOR MIKE
AND SOME OF IT WAS PREORDAINED.
HE'S THE NEW GUY IN THE RACE.
HE'S BEEN SURGING.
UP 17, 19% AND HE IS INDEED THE
THREAT SO YES, THEY'RE GOING TO
GIVE HIM A ROUGH WELCOME.
HE DIDN'T HELP HIS CAUSE.
I THINK THE CLIP YOU JUST PLAYED
WITH SENATOR WARREN WAS MAYBE
THE PRIME EXAMPLE.
HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN PREPARED FOR
A COUPLE OF OBJECTION SLAPS AND
IT DIDN'T COME OFF SO WELL.
>> WHAT WE DID SEE WAS A
CIRCULAR FIRING ROUND.
>> ALTHOUGH DIFFERENT PEOPLE GOT
DIFFERENT LEVELS OF STRAFING.
BERNIE CAME THROUGH AT THIS TIME
BEST, I WOULD SAY.
>> WHO SEEMED TO COME AWAY
VIRTUALLY UNDER SCATHED?
>> HE'S THE FRONT-RUNNER AT THIS
POINT.
SO UNDER NORMAL CIRCUMSTANCES,
ALL THE FOLKS BELOW HIM SHOULD
BE AIMING AT HIM.
AND INDEED, SEVERAL OF THEM MAY
NOT BE HERE A MONTH FROM NOW AND
THEY ARE REALLY AT THE POINT, IF
THEY'RE GOING TO MAKE THEIR
MARK, THEY HAVE TO DO IT SOON.
BECAUSE BOY, THAT WALL COMING ON
SUPER TUESDAY WILL BE BIG.
BUT ONE OF THE EFFECTS OF THE
PRESENCE OF MAYOR MICHAEL ON
STAGE WAS THAT BERNIE GOT TO
SLIDE A LITTLE BIT.
>> SO WHAT WOULD YOU SAY FROM
THE POINT OF VIEW, AT LEAST OF
THE DIFFERENT CAMPAIGNS, WAS
THAT IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN BROUGHT
UP?
OF COURSE WE SAW EVERYBODY GO SO
HARD AT FORMER MAYOR BLOOMBERG.
WHAT WERE SOME OF THE ISSUES
THAT YOU WERE HOPING WOULD HAVE
BEEN BROUGHT UP BUT NEVER GOT
MENTIONED?
>> THEY FALL INTO TWO
CATEGORIES.
ONE IS I WANT TO HEAR THE DIRECT
COMPARISONS FOR HOW I THE
CANDIDATE STAND TO TAKE ON
DONALD TRUMP.
IF YOU TALK TO DEMOCRATS OF ALL
PER SITUATIONS, THE THING THAT
THEY CARE ABOUT MOST IS WHO CAN
BEAT TRUMP.
JUST BRING IT ON.
GIVE ME ONE WHO HAS THE BEST
CHANCE AND I'M FOR THAT PERSON
AND I THINK THAT'S WHAT MOST
DEMOCRATS WILL SAY.
THE SECOND THING IS I THINK IT
WILL BE NICE, IT IS DIFFICULT AT
THIS MOMENT, IN THIS SITUATION.
TO TALK ABOUT SOME OF THOSE
ISSUES THE VOTERS CARE MOST
ABOUT.
WHAT WILL YOU DO ABOUT MY HEALTH
CARE?
HOW WILL YOU SOLVE THE
IMMIGRATION CRISIS?
WHAT WILL YOU DO TO HELP MAKE
SURE THAT THE ADVANTAGES OF OUR
ECONOMY AREN'T ALL STUCK UP AT
THE TOP?
LET ME HEAR MORE ABOUT THAT.
>> WAS THIS A WISE STRATEGY FOR
SO MANY OF THE CANDIDATES TO
SORT OF PERHAPS WORK OUT THEIR
POLITICAL AGGRESSION ON MAYOR
BLOOMBERG, CONSIDERING HE'S NOT
EVEN GOING TO BE ON THE BALLOT
FOR THE CAUCUSES?
>> IT PAINED ME TO HEAR AND
YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT.
IN THE LONG RETURN, IT'S NOT THE
BEST STRATEGY FOR DEMS.
ONE IS THAT THEY BLOODIED EACH
OTHER UP.
IT SEEMS LIKELY THAT MANY, MAYBE
ALL THESE CANDIDATES WILL BE
WITH US AT LEAST FOR A WHILE,
DIVIDING THAT NONBERNIE PART OF
VOTE INTO MANY NARROW SLICES AND
THAT'S PROBABLY NOT GOOD FOR THE
DEMS EITHER.
BUT IT IS PROBABLY INEVITABLE
WHEN YOU HAVE SO MANY IN A RACE.
ARE YOU GOING TO AMY OR MAYOR
PETE AND SAY SHOULD YOU DROP OUT
FOR THE GOOD OF THE PARTY.
GOOD LUCK HAVING THAT
CONVERSATION WITH AN AMBITIOUS
POLITICIAN.
>> SPEAKING OF THEM, IT SEEMS
LIKE THEY WERE HAVING THAT
CONVERSATION WITH EACH OTHER
LAST NIGHT.
>> WHEN YOU HAVE THIS MANY
CANDIDATES IN THE RACE, IT
NATURALLY DEVOLVES INTO SEVERAL
MINI RACES.
THE PROGRESSIVE FIGHT BETWEEN
ELIZABETH WARREN AND ARE BERNIE
SANDERS.
THE MODERATE LANE, AT THIS
MOMENT, THE MOST CROWDED AND
MAYOR PETE AND AMY KLOBUCHAR ARE
TWO OF THE ONES WHO I WOULD SAY
ARE AT THE GREATEST PERIL.
THEY BOTH HAD GOOD NIGHTS IN NEW
HAMPSHIRE.
PETE DID IN IOWA AS WELL.
BUT BOY, THERE IS NOT MUCH
EVIDENCE THAT HE'S PREPARED TO
FIGHT ON THE BIG STAGE OF SUPER
TUESDAY.
AND THEN THERE IS BIDEN IN THE
MIX WHO WAS ACTUALLY PRETTY GOOD
LAST NOTICE.
>> ACTUALLY, HE WAS.
I WANT TO FOCUS ON PETE AND AMY
FOR A MOMENT.
>> YOU HAVE NOT BEEN IN THE
ARENA DOING THAT WORK.
YOU'VE HELP RISED A BUNCH OF
TALKING POINTS AND A BUNCH OF
THINGS.
I CAN TELL YOU ONE THING, WHAT
THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY WANT.
THEY WANT A LEADER THAT HAS A
HEART FOR THE IMMIGRANTS OF THAT
COUNTRY AND THAT IS ME.
>> MAYBE LEADING A DIVERSE CITY
THAT WAS FACING RUIN DOESN'T
SOUND LIKE THE ARENA TO YOU.
I'M USED TO SENATORS TELLING
MAYORS THAT SENATORS ARE MORE
IMPORTANT THAN MAYORS.
THIS IS THE ARENA, TOO.
YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE IN
WASHINGTON TO MATTER.
>> A LOT OF THINGS.
HAD POWS AND BATMAN ANIMATION
COMING UP THROUGH THAT.
ONE OF THE THINGS I WAS SEEING
FROM REACTIONS, FROM PEOPLE
ONLINE, THEY DIDN'T WANT TO SEE
THE DEMOCRATS FIGHTING WITH
KLUTT THIS WAY.
THAT THIS WAS GOOD FOR THE
PRESIDENT.
>> YEAH.
THEY ARE TWO OF THE BETTER
TALKERS IN THE FIELD.
BOTH OF THEM ACTUALLY.
THEY'RE PRETTY GOOD ON STAGE.
THAT BACK AND FORTH WAS AN
EXAMPLE.
I THINK THEY BOTH GOT IN A
COUPLE OF GOOD LICKS THERE.
IN THE LONG RUN THOUGH, IT'S
SOMETHING THAT THE WEAKER
CANDIDATES IN THE FIELD DO.
FEEL LIKE THEY NEED TO DO TO GET
RECOGNIZED IN THIS GRASS, BEFORE
IT'S TOO LATE, GET ME UP IN THAT
TOP CIRCLE OF THE.
>> OF COURSE, THE PRESIDENT WAS
WATCHING.
I DO WANT TO QUOTA TWEET THAT HE
TWEETED OUT SHORTLY AFTER THE
DEBATE.
IT WAS PERHAPS THE WORST IN THE
HISTORY OF DEBATES AND THERE
HAVE BEEN SOME REALLY BAD ONES.
HE WAS STUMBLING, BUMBLING AND
GROCERY INCOMPETENT.
NOT SO EASY TO DO WHAT HE DID.
>> WELL, LIKE MOST THINGS DONALD
TRUMP TWEETS, A LITTLE
OVERSTATED BUT THERE IS A LITTLE
KERNEL THERE.
IT WASN'T A GREAT NIGHT FOR
MAYOR MIKE.
IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHO DONALD
TRUMP IS WORRIED ABOUT, WATCH
WHO HE IS INSULTING THE MOST
VICIOUSLY.
SO FOR A WLI, OF COURSE, IT WAS
JOE BIDEN.
NOW IT'S MIKE.
AND YOU KNOW, I THINK ON THE
TRUMP SIDE OF THE STREET, THEY
WOULD PREFER TO RUN AGAINST
BERNIE SANDERS THAN MIKE
BLOOMBERG.
AND I THINK YOU WILL SEE IN THE
WEEKS TO COME, MORE EFFORTS TO
TRY TO SPRENHANCE THAT REALITY.
>> IS THAT SOMETHING THAT WE
SHOULD EXPECT TO SEE?
DO WE SEE A LOT MORE MIKE
BLOOMBERG COMING BACK FOR THE
NEXT DEBATE IN SOUTH CAROLINA?
>> JENNA.
$60 BILLION COVERS A LOT OF
SINS.
THE THING I'M WRESTLING WITH,
AND I'M GOING BACK AND FORTH ON
THIS.
IT IS HOW MUCH IT MATTERS.
MICHAEL BLOOMBERG IS NOT GOING
TO WIN THE PRESIDENCY BY BEING A
SWIFT DEBATER.
THOSE OF HOUSTON FOLLOWED HIM
THROUGH 12 YEARS OF HIS MAYORTY
AND WALL STREET GUY, WE KNOW
THAT THOUGH HE HAS SHOWN HIMSELF
TO BE A MAN OF AMAZING
ACHIEVEMENTS, HIS PUBLIC
PERFORMANCES, AS AN ORATOR, A
DEBATER, WERE NEVER HIS STRONG
SUIT AND HE PROVED IT LAST
NIGHT.
HE IS NOT GREAT ON A STAGE.
HE HAS TO BE A LOT BETTER.
THIS IS A LEVEL OF PERFORMANCE
THAT CANNOT BE SUSTAINED.
HE HAS TO COME BACK AND DO A
BETTER JOB AT I.
IN THE END, THAT'S NOT WHERE
HE'LL MAKE HIS ASSISTANT.
IT WILL BE A WHOLE DIFFERENT
KIND OF ARGUMENT ABOUT
COMPETENCE AND DISSATISFACTION
WITH THE REST OF THE FIELD.
>> IF I REMEMBER CORRECTLY,
THAT'S WHAT WE SAW FROM HIP WHEN
HE FIRST RAN FOR MAYOR.
IT WAS NOT ABOUT INSPIRATION.
YOUR CITY HAS PROBLEM.
I CAN FIX YOUR PROBLEM.
YOUR COUNTRY HAS A PROBLEM.
I CAN FIX YOUR PROBLEM.
>> AND IT IS A REASONABLE
ARGUMENT IN AMERICA.
A LOT OF US FEEL LIKE, HEY, OUR
GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE DOING A
MORE EFFECTIVE JOB FOR US.
AND MIKE BLOOMBERG HAS A RECORD
TO POINT TO, ISSUES THAT HE'S
BEEN ENGAGED IN, BIG THINGS,
SOME OF IT WITH HIS OWN
CHECKBOOK.
HE DIDN'T EFFECTIVELY MAKE CASE
LAST NIGHT.
THERE IS STILL A WAY TO MAKE IT
IN THOSE HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF
DOLLARS OF TV ADS ARE PART OF
IT.
HE ALSO NEEDS TO BE IN THE ARENA
AND SAY, YOU CHILDREN CAN BE
SQUABBLING WITH EACH OTHER.
WHEN YOU'RE READY FOR A
GROWN-UP, I'M THE GUY WHO CAN
ACTUALLY SOLVE THIS.
OH, AND BY THE WAY, WITH THE GUY
IN THE WHITE HOUSE HUE ALL WANT
TO BEAT.
>> WHEN IT COMES TO MESSAGING,
DO YOU THINK ANYBODY ELSE MISSED
AN OPPORTUNITY TO CLEARLY
DEFINED THEMSELVES AS TO WHAT IT
IS THE CAMPAIGN ASSISTANCE FOR
AS OPPOSED TO THE OTHER
CANDIDATES?
>> IT IS INTERESTING.
THEY DID NOT TALK ABOUT HOW
THEY'LL GO AGAINST TRUMP.
I WISH ALL OF THEM HAD DONE MORE
OF THAT.
THEY'RE GETTING BETTER AT THIS.
ONE OF THE IRONIES OF POLITICS
IS THAT OFTEN RIGHT BEFORE YOU
HAVE TO DROP OUT, YOU HAVE YOUR
BEST PERFORMANCES AND I HAVE TO
SAY, I THINK THE OTHER FIVE OF
THEM WERE AMONG THE BEST THAT WE
HAVE SEEN.
ELIZABETH WARREN WAS SO MUCH
BETTER.
PETE AND AMY ARE CLAWING AT EACH
OTHER.
THEY ALL SOUNDED PRETTY GOOD.
JOE BIDEN, IF HE HAD BEEN THAT
JOE BIDEN, I DON'T KNOW THAT HE
WOULD HAVE HAD SUCH A POOR
SHOWING IN IOWA AND NEW
HAMPSHIRE.
MAYBE TOO LATE BUT INTERESTING
TO WATCH.
>> IT WAS DEFINITELY INTERESTING
TV.
WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU BACK
TO GIVE US MORE INSIGHT INTO THE
DEBATES.
>> THE FUN GOES ON.
>> IT CERTAINLY DOES.
THANK YOU.

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