Former NBA star Tim Duncan backs Bloomberg in new ad

Former NBA player Tim Duncan announced his support of presidential candidate Michael BloombergMichael BloombergEngel scrambles to fend off primary challenge from left It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Liberals embrace super PACs they once shunned MORE in a new ad released by the campaign Wednesday.

Duncan, a native of the U.S. Virgin Islands, highlighted the former New York City mayor’s efforts to help the islands recover after they were hit by hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017.

“There was widespread destruction. Food and water were running low. The people of the islands needed help,” Duncan says in the ad.

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“Mike and his team among many others acted fast to aid in feeding, clothing and getting people to safety,” he added. “And in this, Mike Bloomberg showed his true compassion for helping those in need.”

The Bloomberg campaign confirmed last year that it would be opening a field office in the Virgin Islands, a move uncommon for primary candidates. 

The former mayor’s campaign also released an ad Wednesday that compiled praise given to him by fellow candidate Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE. The former vice president responded on Twitter, saying, “I don’t endorse Republicans.”

The ads came out hours ahead of Bloomberg’s first 2020 Democratic debate appearance Wednesday night in Las Vegas. 

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