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Bernie Sanders Is ‘Confident’ He’d Win Over Michael Bloomberg

January 24, 2016, 8:07 PM UTC
Democratic Candidate For President Bernie Sanders Holds Rally In Birmingham On MLK Jr. Day
BIRMINGHAM, AL - JANUARY 18: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) walks with wife Jane Sanders and other family members as he prepares to speak at Boutwell Auditorium, January 18, 2016 in Birmingham, Alabama. Sanders spoke to a capacity crowd of around 5,000 supporters. (Photo by Hal Yeager/Getty Images)
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By Melissa Chan

Bernie Sanders said Sunday he’s confident he could take on two multi-billionaires should Donald Trump win the Republican nomination and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg enter the race as an independent candidate.

The Vermont senator discussed the possibility of taking on the duo on ABC News’ This Week, telling co-anchor Martha Raddatz the showdown would be “interesting.” “It will tell people what I have been saying for a long time,” Sanders said, “that this country is moving away from democracy to oligarchy, that billionaires are the people who are controlling our political life.”

“That is not what, to my view, American democracy is supposed to be about, a contest between billionaires,” he added. “If that takes place, I am confident that we will win it.”

Sanders’ comments come after Hillary Clinton said she will be the one to secure the Democratic nomination and save Bloomberg from having to make a decision. Bloomberg is exploring an independent campaign for president, TIME confirmed Saturday.

“He’s a good friend of mine,” Clinton said of the former mayor. “The way I read what he said is if I didn’t get the nomination, he might consider it. Well, I’m going to relieve him of that and get the nomination so he doesn’t have to.”

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