Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley claimed in a debate with GOP Senate candidate Joni Ernst that he has “never” met liberal billionaire Michael Bloomberg, but a press release on his website shows he appeared at an event with Bloomberg four years ago.
Braley, responding to television ads that claimed Braley has similar views on gun control as Bloomberg, said “I’ve never met Michael Bloomberg! I have no idea what these ads are based upon.”
A Dec. 13, 2010 press release on Braley’s website says:
Joined by a bipartisan group of current and former elected officials, including Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Rep. Bob Inglis (R-SC) and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I), among others, Braley called for politicians on both sides of the aisle to come together and “realize that we are most effective as a nation when we help people, not by abandoning our principles, but by coming together and having a rational, adult conversation about how we solve complex problems.”