Bruce Braley’s debate claim ‘I’ve never met Michael Bloomberg’ fact-checked

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Asked during Saturday night’s debate about an NRA-sponsored ad calling out Iowa senatorial candidate Bruce “Bailey” Braley, Braley said he had no idea on what the ads were based, as he has never met gun control money man Michael Bloomberg.

Braley given chance to rebut NRA ad: “I’ve never met Michael Bloomberg.” #IASEN

— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) October 12, 2014

Asked about NRA ad saying he and Bloomberg are buds on gun control, Braley said, "I've never met Michael Bloomberg." #iasen

— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) October 12, 2014

Braley dismisses NRA attack ads: “The answer is I’ve NEVER met Michael Bloomberg! I have no idea what these ads are based upon." #IASEN

— James Hohmann (@jameshohmann) October 12, 2014

Joe Pounder, president of America Rising, did some digging and found a press release on Braley’s own website recounting a No Labels event at which Braley and Bloomberg both appeared.

.@BruceBraley says he never met Bloomberg. FACT CHECK: #IASen #IAdebate

— Joe Pounder (@PounderFile) October 12, 2014

Braley says he never met Bloomberg. His own website shows this is a lie. #IAsen

— Jimmy (@JimmyPrinceton) October 12, 2014

WOW! RT @AmericaRising FACTCHECK: @BruceBraley DID meet Michael Bloomberg! He JUST lied #iasen #IADebate

— Reince Priebus (@Reince) October 12, 2014

Bruce Braley Lied When He Said He Hasn’t Met Michael Bloomberg. What else is he lying about? #IAsen #IAdebate

— Brad Dayspring (@BDayspring) October 12, 2014

Is it possible that Braley and Bloomberg shared the stage but never technically met? Certainly. However, some are now claiming that Bloomberg wasn’t even at the No Labels event, despite what Braley’s press release says.

@Reince @AmericaRising @BruceBraley No he did not. Bloomberg wasn't even there. #IAsen

— Susan Nelson (@susaniniowa) October 12, 2014

I happened to staff Bruce at the no-lablels event that day. No sign of Bloomberg. @BuzzFeedAndrew #IADebate

— SarahRuth (@sbenzing) October 12, 2014

In either case, Igor Bobic makes a solid point.

Scandal isn’t that Braley may have met Bloomberg, real scandal is that he spoke at a No Labels event #IASEN

— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) October 12, 2014



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