Michael Bloomberg to take the debate stage ahead of Nevada

The former New York City mayor qualified with a poll from NPR and Marist that showed him in second place in the Democratic race ahead of voting in Nevada.
2:23 | 02/18/20

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Transcript for Michael Bloomberg to take the debate stage ahead of Nevada
We move to the race for the white house and big news for Michael Bloomberg. He will be on the debate stage tomorrow night for the first time after qualifying with this poll from NPR and marist showing him in second place in the democratic race. It comes four days before the next votes in Nevada and Eva pilgrim is tracking all the latest from Las Vegas. Good morning, Eva. Reporter: Good morning, George. He's not on the ballot here but Michael Bloomberg will be on the debate stage. He's been off the campaign trail for the last few days anticipating that he would make this cut prepping for his debate debut. Breaking this morning Michael Bloomberg will be on the debate stage in Las Vegas tomorrow. The billionaire businessman and former mayor of New York has spent 381 million plus dollars of his own money blanketing the airwaves with ads just yesterday releasing this slamming senator Bernie Sanders accusing his campaign of fostering negative energy and highlighting the online anger of some of his supporters so-called Bernie bros. Sanders firing back. We are a democracy, not an oligarchy. You're not going to buy this election. Reporter: Now Bloomberg qualifying to debate as democratic rivals face-to-face for the first time with just hours to spare. The other candidates eager. Michael Bloomberg was $62 billion can buy every ad he wants but he can't, in fact, wipe away his record on everything from dealing with stop and frisk to his foreign policy assertions and the like and, you know, so I'm looking forward to debating him. I can't beat him on the airwaves but I can beat him on the debate stage. Reporter: Meanwhile early voters in Nevada finding long lines. People here waiting three hours to vote. Oh, my god, the line is really long but then I thought this is cool. There's a lot of people here. This is good. Reporter: You think it's that It is that important. Reporter: And they are not alone. More than 26,000 people have already cast their ballots. And I have spoken with party officials who tell me they're doing everything they can to avoid a repeat of Iowa holding multiple training sessions a day for volunteers and even with those long lines for early caucusing they say there have been no major issues. George. Thank goodness for that. Thanks very much.

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