• Newspapers across the US on Thursday focused on former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s poor first debate performance.
  • Many of the headlines related how Sen. Elizabeth Warren and other candidates ganged up on the billionaire.
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Michael Bloomberg’s shaky performance in his first Democratic presidential debate was the biggest story for many newspapers across the US Thursday morning.

The former New York City mayor was painted as the victim of a brawl on the cover of the New York Post, while other newspapers used boxing puns to explain how the other candidates attacked the billionaire.

Wednesday night’s debate in Las Vegas was the most heated so far, with the candidates turning on each other as the debate season kicks into high gear.

Here’s how 11 American newspapers covered the story on their front pages.


The New York Post painted Michael Bloomberg as the victim of a brawl in their Thursday morning cover.

Foto: sourceNew York Post/Newseum

The New York Daily News focused on Warren’s attacks on the former New York City mayor.

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Foto: sourceNew York Daily News/Newseum

The New York Times used a picture illustrating the disarray on the stage Wednesday night, and wrote that the Democrats hurled “stinging attacks” at each other.

Foto: sourceThe New York Times/Newseum

Many newspapers compared the debate to a boxing match.

Foto: sourceLas Vegas Review-Journal/Newseum

The Orange County Register in California called it a “slugfest.”

Foto: sourceThe Orange County Register/Newseum

The fight analogies went on …

Foto: sourceThe Dallas Morning News/Newseum

… and on …

Foto: sourceSun Journal/Newseum

… and on …

Foto: sourceThe Washington Times/Newseum

… and on.

Foto: sourceThe Boston Globe/Newseum

Meanwhile, The Advocate said it was more like a gunfight.

Foto: sourceThe Advocate/Newseum

The Marin Independent Journal wrote about how Bernie Sanders was also attacked, as the current frontrunner.

Foto: sourceMarin Independent Journal