Democratic presidential hopeful Michael BloombergMichael BloombergEngel scrambles to fend off primary challenge from left It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Liberals embrace super PACs they once shunned MORE hit 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 a television advertisement ahead of the president’s State of the Union address on Tuesday, marking the latest escalation in the war of words between the two New York businessmen-turned-politicians.
“The Real State of the Union? A nation divided by an angry, out of control president. A White House besotted by lies, chaos, and corruption,” a narrator says in the ad.
“It doesn’t have to be this way. Next year we can have a leader who will bring people together,” the ad continues. “Mike Bloomberg will get it done.”
The ad will air on MSNBC, Fox, CNN and YouTube platforms just hours before Trump delivers his annual State of the Union address on Capitol Hill.
Bloomberg, who entered the race in November, is working to make up for lost time and spent roughly $132 million on TV advertisements in addition to $8.19 million on digital ads in the fourth quarter.
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He has since seen a rise in the polls, tying with Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) in third place in Morning Consult tracking poll on Monday.
Bloomberg has focused most of his attacks on Trump as he prepares to compete in the Super Tuesday states on March 3.
The two men both aired television advertisements during the Super Bowl, spending more than $11 million on the spots.
Trump took aim at Bloomberg last week, accusing the former New York City mayor of working with the Democratic National Committee to rig the Democratic primary against 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.).
Bloomberg responded on Sunday, saying Trump “lies about everything” and knows that he can beat him.