Sharon and Brad Harper with Mike Bloomberg

Sharon and Brad Harper of Morrison talk with presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg at his Manhattan campaign office Tuesday, after winning a national contest to spend time with the Democratic hopeful for the White House

A Morrison couple, Sharon and Brad Harper, were making the rounds with presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg in his city Tuesday, while other Democratic hopefuls were debating in Des Moines, Iowa.

The Harpers won a nationwide contest put on by the campaign to elect the former New York City mayor and billionaire to the White House.

They hung out with him at his campaign headquarters near Times Square, then joined Bloomberg in the audience for "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," where Bloomberg was a guest.

"I believe that Mike Bloomberg realizes that the Presidency of the United States is bigger than himself and his personal desires," Sharon Harper wrote in her winning submission. "I believe that Mike is a compassionate individual, concerned about people across this country, of all different colors, beliefs, lifestyles and the communities in which they live.

"I have followed Mike's accomplishments in business and as Mayor of New York City, and admire his leadership qualities, team building and ability to look beyond himself. I believe that Mike can unite our country, not divide it, as our current administration has done. I know of his strengths and weaknesses, but believe that one overshadows the other. I believe that Mike wants a better world for everyone. I know he will succeed."

The Bloomberg campaign said the Harpers have lived in Colorado for 14 years. "High school sweethearts, they have been married for 42 years and have two kids and five grandkids ranging in age from 5-11," said the campaign.

Bloomberg is self-funding his campaign, so he didn't meet the Democratic National Committee's threshold of contributions from at least 225,000 different people to qualify for the Tuesday night's debate, which pitted former Vice President Joe Biden, South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sens. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Bernie Sanders of Vermont, and billionaire investor Tom Steyer.

After entering the race in late November, Bloomberg chose to skip campaigning in the first two states, Iowa and New Hampshire, and focus on Super Tuesday on March 4, when 14 states, including Colorado, cast ballots.

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