Diana Taylor, partner of former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, visits Roanoke

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg’s domestic partner made stops in Virginia on Thursday.

Diana Taylor, who was previously New York State Superintendent of Banks, made stops in Danville and at Bloomberg’s campaign office in downtown Roanoke Thursday, Jan. 30.

At the lunch with voters in Roanoke, Taylor made clear her disdain for President Donald Trump.

“One thing I want to say before I get started is there is one thing that we need to do in November as Democrats and that is defeat Donald Trump,” she said to applause from the crowd of about 25 Democratic voters. “As somebody once said, I am sick and tired of being sick and tired and feeling nauseous every morning when I get up and see what demented tweets have come out. It’s just like enough.”

Taylor said Danville voters told her they were most concerned about the climate, healthcare, education, and jobs during a morning round table discussion.

Speaking about healthcare, Taylor touted Bloomberg’s efforts to reduce the number of uninsured in New York City during his tenure as mayor. She said the number of uninsured living in the city dropped by 40% during Bloomberg’s time in the mayor’s office. Politifact rates the claim as true, noting 700,000 more New Yorkers had health insurance during his three terms.

In her appeal to undecided voters, she told the crowd of Bloomberg’s past and noted his roots.

“He is all about service and knows what it’s like to struggle,” Taylor said, adding that the former mayor worked through college in Baltimore. “Michael believes everyone should have the same opportunities he had to be a success.”

Some voters expressed surprise at Bloomberg’s positions on issues, including his support of efforts to combat climate change.

“I’m particularly struck by his environmental positions,” Roanoke resident Curt Bell told the crowd.

Bloomberg is one of several Democrats running for the presidential nomination. He is not competing in Iowa or New Hampshire, instead placing his bets on a solid performance on Super Tuesday, March 3. Virginia is one of 15 states and territories to hold its Democratic primary on Super Tuesday.

A RealClearPolitics polling average shows Bloomberg with support of 8.5% of polled voters (as of Jan. 30, 2020). The polling average shows him in fourth place behind Sen. Elizabeth Warren (14.1%), Sen. Bernie Sanders (22.5%), and former Vice President Joe Biden (28.8%).

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