Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer announced Tuesday he’s gotten enough individual donations to meet the threshold for the next debate and hopes to get the poll numbers he needs to take the stage and share his message.
“We have a broken government,” Steyer, the billionaire who had led a push to impeach President Donald Trump until recently, told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “There’s been a hostile takeover of our government and I’m here to return to government of, by and for the people.”
Steyer said he’s been organizing coalitions to take on unchecked corporate power for the past 10 years, and he thinks his “job one” as president would be to “take back the government from the corporations who bought it.”
Steyer conceded his message is similar to that of Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders but said the “big difference” is that he’s been an outsider who’s fought for his agenda successfully over the past 10 years.
Despite his experience in the private sector, having worked at Goldman Sachs and started an investment firm that made him a billionaire, Steyer said he does not want the private sector writing its own rules for how it behaves, at the expense of the American people.
Meanwhile, he said he does not think there is any question he’ll end up in the top tier of candidates to move beyond the September debates.
“There is a poll that came out last night of the early primary states that has me tied for fourth,” said Steyer, who entered the race late.
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