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MARIA: WHO ARE YOU EXPECTING TO ENTER THE RACE? >> WELL, I'M NOT SURE EXACTLY WHO WILL ENTER, IF YOU'RE A MICHAEL BLOOMBERG, HILLARY CLINTON, JOHN KERRY OR MICHELLE OBAMA, YOU'RE PROBABLY SITTING THERE THANK YOU, I COULD TAKE THIS FIELD, MAYBE I SHOULD GET IN, MAYBE NOT, ALL FOUR OF THEM ARE POSSIBILITIES, I THINK AT THIS POINT BROAD RECOGNITION OR REALLY DEEP POCKET FINANCES. MARIA: THAT WAS MARK PENN PREDICTING MICHAEL BLOOMBERG WILL ENTER THE 2020 RACE, THAT WAS LAST MONTH AND HAS BEEN SAYING THAT IN SEVERAL MONTHS RECENTLY, BLOOMBERG IS EXPECTED TO FILE PAPERWORK TO GET IN DEMOCRATIC BALLOT MANY -- IN ALABAMA TODAY. JOINING US STAGWELL GROUP PRESIDENT MARK PENN, THANKS SO MUCH. >> GOOD MORNING. MARIA: YOU WERE RIGHT, YOU PREDICTED THIS AA LONG TIME AGO, CONGRATS, YOU MADE THE CALL, FIRST HE HAS TO GET THROUGH THE PRIMARY, HOW DO YOU SEE THE FIELD ACCEPTING MICHAEL BLOOMBERG, WOULD HE BE ABLE TO TAKE ELIZABETH WARREN WHO HAS BEEN RISING AS MUCH AS SHE HAS AND JOE BIDEN WHO HAS BEEN IN THE NUMBER ONE SPOT? >> WELL, I THINK THAT WHAT YOU ARE SEEING IN THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS IS A LITTLE BIT OF WEAKNESS IN PART OF JOE BIDEN AND I THINK ELIZABETH WARREN CREATED AN OPENING WITH HEALTHCARE PLAN THAT WITH 520,052,000,000,000,000-DOLLAR PRICE TAG AND I THINK THAT CREATED A PRETTY SENSIBLE DECISION AND MICHAEL BLOOMBERG, MAYBE I SHOULD GET OUT GIVEN THE FIELD AND HOW IT'S DEVELOPING, HE WILL START ABOUT 6 OR 7%, HE COMES IN AS A SOCIAL PROGRESSIVE BUT ECONOMIC MODERATE AND THE QUESTION WILL BE CAN HE CATCH ON, I DON'T THINK IT'S A SURE THING BUT GIVEN HIS AGE AND POSITION THIS PROBABLE WE WAS REMAINING OPPORTUNITY TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT AND HE'S TAKEN IT. MARIA: WHAT'S THE LIKELIHOOD HE'S NOMINATED AS THEIR CANDIDATE TO GO UP AGAINST DONALD TRUMP. >> WELL, LOOK, I THINK IN THIS FIELD NOW WE COULD WELL HAVE A CONVENTION WHERE NOBODY HAS A MAJORITY GOING INTO IT. NOW KNOW, I HATE TO HANDICAP BEFORE HE EVEN LAUNCHES, HE WILL HAVE TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET SOME DEBATES BEFORE THEY ARE OVER, HE WILL COME WITH A LITTLE BIT OF DISADVANTAGE, MAYBE NOT IN IOWA, NOT IN NEW HAMPSHIRE, FILING DEADLINE FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE IS A COUPLE OF DAYS AWAY AND HILLARY CLINTON HAS A COUPLE OF DAYS LEFT HERE TO MAKE FINAL DECISION. >> MARK, JAMES FREEMAN AT THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, YOU MENTIONED THE POSSIBLE ELIZABETH WARREN HEALTH PLAN ISSUE DRAWING BLOOMBERG INTO THE RACE, I WAS INTERESTED IN THE RECENT NAVIGATOR POLL SHOWING THAT 25% OF DEMOCRATS REALIZE THAT THE BERNIE-WARREN CARE PLAN DOESN'T ALLOW THEM TO HAVE PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE. IS THAT NUMBER GOING TO GET CLOSER TO 10% AS WE GET THROUGH THIS PROCESS AND ARE WE -- SHOULDN'T WE EXPECT A BIG DECLINE FROM BOTH OF THEM? >> I THINK THERE'S NO DOUBT THAT AS PEOPLE LEARN THAT MEDICARE FOR ALL MEANS NO PRIVATE HEALTHCARE FOR ALL. THAT ENTHUSIASM FOR THE CONCEPT WILL FADE AND RATHER THAN AMEND IT, THEY WOULD MAKE IT ACCEPTABLE, I THINK WARREN WENT RIGHT INTO PUBLIC OPINION THAT I THINK WOULD BE QUITE HOSTILE TO THE CONCEPT AND YOU'RE EXACTLY RIGHT, I THINK THE MORE THEY LEARN ABOUT THE MORE HE'S GOING TO HAVE PROBLEMS AND I THINK THAT CREATED AN OPENING FOR THE MODERATES IN THE DEMOCRAT PARTY AND SAY, HEY, IF YOU WANT STRONG CANDIDATE WITH EXPERIENCE AND SOMEBODY WITH SENSIBLE PLANS. >> MARK, QUESTION, WE HAVE SEEN PEOPLE LEAVING THE RACE, BETO O'ROURKE AND SOME OTHERS, IT'S BEEN RUMORED THAT KAMALA HARRIS, SHE MIGHT BE POISED TO EXIT, DO YOU THINK MIKE BLOOMBERG COMING INTO THE RACE PUSHES SOME OTHER CANDIDATES WHO ARE NOT REALLY VERY SECURE IN THEIR FUNDING AND FOLLOWING OUT OF THE RACE? >> I THINK IF A CANDIDATE DOESN'T HAVE A STRONG FOOTHOLD BY NOW IN EITHER IOWA OR NEW HAMPSHIRE, THEY WILL HAVE PROBLEMS REALLY CONTINUING IN THIS RACE AND I THINK KAMALA HARRIS SO FAR HASN'T BEEN ABLE TO ESTABLISH THAT WHEREAS MAYOR PETE IS PRETTY STRONG IN IOWA, SO SUGGEST THAT HE WOULD BE ABLE TO STAY IN AND HOPE FOR A GOOD PERFORMANCE THERE. >> MARK, WIG QUESTION, DIERDRE HERE, YOU SAID IF MICHAEL BLOOMBERG IS ABLE TO MASTER THE DEBATES ONCE HE'S INTO THEM AND EVEN PRESIDENT TRUMP'S CRITICS SAY HE'S AMAZING ON MARA, HE KNOWS HOW TO COMMAND AN AUDIENCE, HOW IMPORTANT IS THAT IN THIS DAY AND AGE, TWITTER, WHATEVER ELSE YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT AND IS MICHAEL BLOOMBERG UP TO THE TASK? >> I THINK HE'S DEFINITELY UP TO THE TASK, THERE'S GETTING IN AND CATCHING ON WITH SOME MOMENTUM, I THINK HE WILL GET IN AND I THINK HE'S GOING SPEND CONSIDERABLE RESOURCES HERE, HE HAS IN MAYORAL RAISES AND HE HAS POWERFUL BIOGRAPHY AND HAS SERIOUS ACCOMPLISHMENTS, HAVING SAID THAT, HE'S GOING TO HAVE TO CONNECT WITH DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY VOTERS NATIONALLY, SOMETHING THAT HE HASN'T DONE YET, THAT MEANS HIS FRESH, PEOPLE GIVE HIM GOOD LOOK. MARIA: DEMOCRAT ARE WITH ALTERNATIVE IDEAS TO ELIZABETH WARREN'S TAX PLAN, EVEN IF THE PARTY CAPTURES BOTH CHAMBERS OF CONGRESS IN 2020, TELL ME ABOUT THAT WEALTH TAX AND WHETHER OR NOT THAT'S ACTUALLY END UP HURTING HER. >> WELL, I DON'T KNOW IN THE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY THE WEALTH TAX WILL HURT OR NOT, OBVIOUSLY THE NUMBER ONE JAB HERE AGAINST BLOOMBERG, A BILLIONAIRE, WE DON'T NEED ANOTHER BILLIONAIRE CLASS AND YOU'LL SEE EMERGENCE OF MORE CLASS WARFARE HERE, YOU HAVE A LEFT OF THE PARTY BRINGING BACK CLASS WARFARE AND BLOOMBERG WILL BE TARGETED AND THEY'LL BUT A DEBATE ABOUT IT. I DON'T THINK THERE'S A NATIONAL SENTIMENT FOR WEALTH TAX IN PARTICULAR, MOST PEOPLE WANT STRONG ECONOMY, JOBS, RISING WAGES AND THEY WANT ANYONE WHO CAN DELIVER THAT. MARIA: THAT'S WHAT WE'VE GOT, RIGHT? WE HAVE UNEMPLOYMENT AT 50-YEAR LOW, WE HAVE A CONSUMER THAT CONTINUES SHOWING REAL STRENGTH, ECONOMY THAT IS GROWING, WHAT WOULD BLOOMBERG'S POLICY BE, GIVEN THE FACT THAT WHAT AMERICA WANTS PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS DELIVERED? >> WELL, I THINK THAT ACTUALLY IF IF YOU'RE BLOOMBERG, LOOK, I CAN DELIVER THE KIND OF ECONOMIC STRENGTH THAT WE NEED, TOUGHNESS IN FOREIGN POLICY THAT WE NEED AND YET I WON'T CREATE ALL OF THE UPHEAVAL AND DIVISION IN SOCIETY, I WILL BRING SOCIETY TOGETHER AND I'LL BE MORE PROGRESSIVE ON ISSUES LIKE CLIMATE CHANGE, GUN SAFETY AND ON IMMIGRATION AND THAT'S A