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Rep. Ben McAdams endorses 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg

By Jacob Klopfenstein, | Posted - Jan. 31, 2020 at 9:54 a.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — Rep. Ben McAdams, D-Utah, has endorsed former New York City mayor and billionaire businessman Mike Bloomberg for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.

“Washington is full of people who talk, and our country is desperately in need of a doer like Mike who puts people ahead of politics,” McAdams said in a news release posted on Bloomberg’s campaign website Friday. “Mike is someone who will listen, do what’s right, and work across party lines to get things done.”

McAdams also added he believes Bloomberg is the best candidate to make the country fiscally responsible and address issues such as access to quality healthcare.

“I’m honored to have the support of Congressman McAdams, a former mayor who understands the importance of getting things done,” Bloomberg said. “I’m looking forward to working with him to bring people together and rebuild America.”

Bloomberg has spent well over $200 million on his presidential primary campaign so far, running multiple TV ads nationwide, according to the New York Times.

However, he is behind Democrat front-runners such as former vice president Joe Biden and senators Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, and Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, in most polls, according to RealClear Politics.

Bloomberg entered the race after those candidates and has said he plans to skip primaries in early states, including Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. Instead, he will focus on campaigning in Super Tuesday states, such as Alabama and Arkansas, that vote on March 3.

Utah also holds its presidential primary election on March 3.

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