'You're a breath of fresh air:' Bloomberg kicks off Day 1 of 2020 campaign meeting voters at Virginia diner

David Caplan
November 25, 2019 - 4:46 pm
Newly announced Democratic presidential candidate, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg meets with Virginia House Delegate-Elect Nancy Guy at a coffee shop on November 25, 2019 in Norfolk, Virginia.

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NORFOLK, Va. (1010 WINS) -- Michael Bloomberg headed to Virginia Monday for his first public appearance since announcing his presidential bid on Sunday.

Virginia is part of  the former NYC mayor's strategy of focusing on states with primaries on Super Tuesday.

Bloomberg, 77, visited Selden Market in downtown Norfolk with newly-elected Virginia delegate Nancy Guy. He stopped by D'Egg Diner, dubbed "Norfolk's favorite juice bar," and spoke with diners, and partook in breakfast. 

"You're a breath of fresh air," one of the diners could be heard saying to him in a video posted by WAVY-TV. "Thank you for running," another said. 

Newly announced Democratic presidential candidate, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at a press conference to discuss his presidential run on November 25, 2019 in Norfolk, Virginia.
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Following his visit to the diner, Bloomberg held a press conference. 

Bloomberg said he’s a problem-solver who can rebuild America and beat the “existential threat” that is President Donald Trump.

Bloomberg warned that Trump has an even better chance of being reelected now than he did before. He told reporters that he “looked in the mirror and said, ‘I just cannot let this happen.’”

“If he wins again we may never recover for the damage he has done,”  Bloomberg said of Trump. “I can win and lead ...I know what it takes to beat Trump, because I already have ... Sadly mass shootings like in Virginia Beach are common ... We have climate change that is growing worse by the day ... I am a problem solver."

When asked by a WAVY-TV reporter what his message to the other Democratic 2020 candidates is, he said, "They got to take care of themselves."

Bloomberg also said, "I'll be making gun violence a major issue of my campaign, just as I made it a major issue of my life in government and philanthropy. I spent hundreds of millions of dollars fighting the NRA to win common-sense gun laws, and I'm not stopping now."