Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg rallies in Nashville

Posted at 10:11 PM, Dec 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-19 23:24:54-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke to supporters while opening a Nashville field office on Thursday.

The rally came after Bloomberg got coffee with Nashville Mayor John Cooper while discussing his policies.

"It's great to be able to come here and make a connection with the people," Bloomberg told NewsChannel five in a one-on-one interview, adding that he hopes Tennessee can help make a statement on Super Tuesday, when the state's primaries are held.

"In Democratic primaries, every vote counts. It doesn't matter where the votes come from...and elections that come after that day will be influenced by that," Bloomberg said.

Bloomberg is the latest Democratic candidate to make a stop in the mid-state. Julian Castro, Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg have all held events in Tennessee.

"Tennessee has always tried to be important," NewsChannel 5 political analyst Pat Nolan said.

But even though Belmont University will be holding a presidential debate, Nolan said traditionally-conservative Tennessee won't receive much democratic attention past the primary.

"After the primary election is over, that's going to be basically it," Nolan said.