Bloomberg would back Sanders over Trump, but hopes he would change policies

Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg said he would support Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) over President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE in November if the progressive lawmaker is his party’s nominee. 

“I don’t agree with him on virtually anything,” Bloomberg told Axios of Sanders in an interview on Monday. “But I have committed to support the Democratic candidate because I find Trump so unsuited for the job.”

Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City, added that he “would hope” Sanders would “change some of his policies,” if he did win. 


“Or Congress would make him change some of his policies,” he added. 

The comments come as Sanders has risen in national and early state polls. 

A RealClearPolitics average of Iowa polls shows Sanders leading the field at 23 percent, a 3.3-point lead over former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE. The results of Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses were delayed after reporting issues, according to the state party. 

The results will be released some time Tuesday, the party said. 

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Bloomberg skipped the Iowa caucuses, and will be opting out of running in the next three nominating contests in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. Instead, the billionaire is focusing his self-funded campaign on the Super Tuesday states.

Despite his late entry in the race, Bloomberg is currently fourth in the Democratic field, with 8 percent support nationally, according to a RealClearPolitics average of recent polls.