BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) Mike Bloomberg's Democratic presidential campaign rolled into Burlington on Monday.
The billionaire and former New York City mayor is ignoring the first four primary states, including New Hampshire, and instead focusing on Super Tuesday states like Vermont.
Our Ike Bendavid was at ECHO on the Burlington Waterfront where Bloomberg talked to a crowd of potential voters and has more on what Bloomberg had to say.
The former mayor tried to steal Vermonters' hearts by talking about maple syrup and craft beer and even calling himself a flatlander. But he also touted his resume to try to win their votes.
The former New York City mayor made it known why he is running for president.
"Let me be clear: I am running to defeat Donald Trump," Bloomberg said to cheers.
The Democratic presidential candidate pointed to his success as the mayor of New York City for more than a decade.
"I did manage to unite that city when I was there," Bloomberg said.
He campaigned on issues like fighting climate change, gun violence and the opioid epidemic.
"I do think we need to rebuild America," Bloomberg said. "And we need to do more than just win in November; we need to unite this country."
Bloomberg is skipping the first four primary states: Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. That's why he is focusing now on Super Tuesday states like Vermont.
"I wasn't going to be able to compete, so I thought I would spend my time working on all the other states in the country," he said.
Bloomberg addressed the packed crowd for nearly 20 minutes and never mentioned any of his Democratic opponents. He only talked about taking on Donald Trump.
His campaign says Bloomberg is the first Democrat to host an open campaign event in Burlington for 2020, right in Sanders' backyard.
"Bernie Sanders is a local favorite, I'm sure. But what I am trying to do is to replace Donald Trump and reignite this country," Bloomberg said.
Some of those in attendance said they wanted to hear from the candidate firsthand.
"My mind is not made up. I know what party I want to vote for but I want to believe in the person," said Anna Colavito of Stowe.
"I actually believe that he could beat Donald Trump and that's why I am looking at him to support him," said Hannah Cawley of Colchester.
"One-hundred percent I think the biggest mistake you can make is underestimating Mike Bloomberg," said Howard Dananbarg of Stowe.
"Yes I do. I feel I am the only candidate that can beat Trump," he said.
The state Democratic Party said they welcome any candidate who is running for president to stop in Vermont. But they also say they are not in the business of presidential candidate visits.