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After bruising debate, Bloomberg seeks reset

Coming off a bruising Democratic presidential debate in Nevada, billionaire businessman Michael Bloomberg on Thursday sought refuge in Utah...

(SOUND BITE) (English) U.S. DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE MICHAEL BLOOMBERG, SAYING:

"Now I know what it's like to be a Utah fan in Provo during the Holy War."

... where he acknowledged the onslaught he endured at Wednesday night's strikingly combative debate...

(SOUND BITE) (English) U.S. DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE MICHAEL BLOOMBERG, SAYING:

"So how was your night last night?"

... and renewed his attacks on the current front-runner: Bernie Sanders.

(SOUND BITE) (English) U.S. DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE MICHAEL BLOOMBERG, SAYING:

"Look, the real winner in the debate last night was Donald Trump, because I worry that we may very well be on the way to nominating somebody who cannot win in November. And if we choose a candidate who appeals to a small base like Senator Sanders, it will be a fatal error."

At the debate - Bloomberg's first of the 2020 race - the former New York City mayor sparred with Sanders, calling the senator from Vermont a socialist who's also a millionaire with three homes.

But Sanders - along with every other candidate on stage - bashed Bloomberg, who has surged in polls by spending hundreds of millions of dollars on a TV ad blitz, challenging him on everything from his vast wealth, New York’s “stop-and-frisk” program and the treatment of women at his media company - the fiercest attacks coming from Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren.

(SOUND BITE) (English) U.S. DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE ELIZABETH WARREN, SAYING:

"I thought it was important for everybody to see exactly who that man is. This is a man who evidently has harassed women, discriminated against women and then covered it all up with non-disclosure agreements. This is a man who has defended racist policies like redlining and stop-and-frisk. It's time to say if Michael Bloomberg wants to help us win the nomination, let's do it Michael Bloomberg. Put your money in but take your ego off the stage."

Warren's campaign said it set fundraising records on Wednesday by bringing in more than $400,000 during the first hour of the debate and $2.8 million by the end of the night.

Sanders' campaign likewise announced it had raised a record $2.7 million the same day.

Bloomberg's campaign moved to stem the fallout on Thursday by announcing new endorsements from members of Congress, and promised a stronger performance at next week's debate in South Carolina.