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Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg courts Latino voters in El Paso visit

EL PASO, Texas -- Billionaire and former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg courted Latino voters in an El Paso campaign visit Wednesday night, the only remaining hopeful to visit the city.

Bloomberg has focused his Democratic presidential campaign on Super Tuesday states like Texas and California, where primaries across the country assign the majority of delegates, instead of early-voting states like most candidates.

In El Paso, he held an evening campaign event to unveil his plan for a "holistic approach to investing in Latino communities across America."

Introduced by State Rep. Cesar Blanco, Bloomberg took the stage in front of hundreds where he kicked off the El Paso Adelante part of his campaign, "The Path Forward." It focuses on Latino issues as he looks for the Texas vote to win the Democratic presidential nomination.

Bloomberg didn’t wait long before going after President Donald Trump and tying him to El Paso.

“White supremacists hear his language as an invitation to commit and even a license to kill,” Bloomberg said.

Bloomberg also went into immigration, saying he would create a path to citizenship for undocumented migrants already in the U.S. His Latino-focused policies weren’t only immigration and gun violence.

“Our Path Forward starts by improving economic security by expanding the earned income tax credit and by raising the minimum wage to $15/hour,” Bloomberg said.

Raising pay and expanding access to institutions are promises he is making not just to Latino voters -- but also to black Americans earlier in the day in Houston, in a bid to reduce racial and class divides.

“We’ll make public colleges and universities free for every low income student. We have to do something, folks,” Bloomberg said.

Local politicians like El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego, Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagashima, and former Congressman Beto O’Rourke were all at the event. Only one gave his explicit support, and that was Blanco.

“The fact that a candidate is gonna talk about his Latino initiatives here in El Pas, on our border community says a lot about the candidate himself. He respects our community, he loves our community,” Blanco said.

Bloomberg recently opened a campaign office in El Paso. City Rep. Peter Svarzbein announced earlier this month that he would serve as deputy state director in Texas for the Bloomberg campaign.

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Julio-Cesar Chavez

Julio-Cesar Chavez is an ABC-7 reporter.

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14 Comments

  1. President Trump’s mini-Mike. This guy is so short he needs a ladder to get out of his boots. Another loser just like Beto O’Dork.

    BTW – KVIA. Be sure to post how many morons attended his rally. lmao.

  2. Mini Michael is at the bottom of the democrat list when it comes to El Paso’s democrats. Elezzibeth warren has a better chance than he does.

    At least he’s muddying up the waters for the other democrat candidates, but doubtful he’ll win the nomination. I wonder who he will back once he is shown the exit door.

    Hey beto, Mikey needs your help.

  3. Mini mike is coming to the right town to buy votes i’m sure veronica has told him all it takes is free bud light and burritos and he’ll have these rubes eating out of his hands

  4. look at petey svarzbein that overpaid fat no working turd sweatin bullets out there cuz nobody is showing up for the free bud light and burritos, what a shame lol

  5. Either vote for the BLOOM and hardworkers, or the malingering white section 8 military faking injury stay at home whitees faking an injury and making their wives work. Washing their trucks at mid day while the world works. Faking fully capable men wanting a free ride. Lazy mofos submen raised by weak moms. Entitled white stay at home losers. They make their wives work. LOSERS. POOR EXAMPLES FOR THEIR SIBLINGS. GOT A HEADACHE ON A BLAST. MORE MONEY. LOL

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