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Hundreds line up for Mike Bloomberg rally in Salt Lake City


SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News)– Hundreds gathered for a Michael Bloomberg rally in downtown Salt Lake City Thursday.

The former Republican and self-made billionaire Michael Bloomberg traveled to the Beehive State from Sin City after making his first appearance at a Democratic Presidential Debate. 

Bloomberg referenced Utah sports to describe Wednesday’s debate.

“Just like last night at the debate,” Democratic candidate for president Michael Bloomberg said. Now I know what it’s like to be a Utah fan in Provo during the Holy War.”

Bloomberg wasted no time take swings at Senator Bernie Sanders, the candidate who won over Utah Democrats in 2016. 

“We may very well be on the way to nominating someone who cannot win in November,” Democratic candidate for president Michael Bloomberg said.

“If we choose a candidate who appeals to a very small base like Senator Sanders it will be a fatal error, we need Democrats and independents to win.”

His campaign says he has spent $3 million of his own money on television advertisements in Utah alone. 

At last check, the Bloomberg Campaign has 19 paid workers in Utah. 

Thursday’s rally was the second time Bloomberg was in Utah, pitching his candidacy to voters. 

Many of which we spoke to are still undecided on who to vote for during Super Tuesday. 

“I am here to help my decision making about who to vote for,” Park City resident Pal Zimmermann said. 

So far, former Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and Congressman Ben McAdam’s have endorsed Bloomberg’s campaign. 

The latest poll from the Hinckley Institute with the Deseret News shows 32% of Utahans are more likely to vote for Bloomberg and 45 % are more likely to vote for President Trump. 


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For this Beetdigger and Ute it’s an honor to be doing what he loves in his home state! Glen is an award-winning journalist, who joined the ABC4 News team in June 2013. You can catch him anchoring ABC4 News at 5 and 6, Monday through Friday. He also serves as our Senior Political Correspondent, keeping you up to date on issues that impact your life at the city, state and national level. His political reports run throughout the week, and he hosts Inside Utah Politics, Sunday mornings at 8. The Utah Headliners Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has recognized Glen as the best government and military television reporter in the state. Before returning home to Utah, he spent 11 1/2 years developing his journalism skills in other states. He held various on-air and management positions at KPVI in Pocatello, Idaho, WGBA in Green Bay, Wisconsin and KKCO in Grand Junction, Colorado during that time. Read More...