Jeff Weaver, a senior adviser for Bernie Sanders, said it would be "wrong" to change rules that would "accommodate Mayor Bloomberg, who has raised no grassroots donations and is instead flooding the airwaves across the country funded by his billions of dollars of personal assets".
Other candidates, such as Senator Cory Booker (D- New Jersey) and former Obama housing secretary Julian Castro, have dropped out of the race in recent months after failing to qualify for debates.
On ABC's "This Week", Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang said the new DNC debate rules might not be so appealing to Bloomberg, who has yet to participate in a debate as a result of the previous standards.
The Democratic National Committee announced new rules for getting on stage for the party's February 19 debate in Nevada - and they have the potential to shake up who is on the stage.
"I would love it", Trump told Hannity.
"He lies about everything so it shouldn't be a surprise that he said things like that", Bloomberg said, adding, "I stand twice as tall as he does on the stage, on the stage that matters".
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The same DNC that has held fast to its rules while one candidate after another complained about the seemingly arbitrary means of deciding which polls would count toward a qualifying threshold has opted to discard its individual donor requirement starting with the February debate. He wants a box for the debates, why should he be entitled to that? This is good news for Billionaire Michael Bloomberg only. Bloomberg donated more than $100,000 to the DNC just days before he entered the race; candidates typically make such contributions to get access to the party's national voter database.
Billionaire Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg is unveiling a tax plan that would target the wealthy - increasing rates on capital gains and corporate gains as well as introducing a new 5 percent surtax on incomes above $5 million. "This change is clearly tailor made to deliver him to the debate stage".
Other Democrats have inspired the DNC to permit Bloomberg's participation. They shouldn't change the rules to let a billionaire on.
In response to the rules change, Booker's former campaign manager Addisu Demissie sent out a tweet with a GIF of Justin Timberlake looking incredulous. Bloomberg's campaign denies that and calls Trump a "liar". Hannity laughed, and Trump insisted, "They're accurate".
Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar mentioned this week that she'd be "positive" with Bloomberg being at the debate level. "But I'm trying to do organizing, so that's what I'm doing", said Susan Newcomer, the chair of the Democratic Party in Grand County.