Presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg weighs in on key issues plaguing the Mid-South

WATCH: Mike Bloomberg weighs in on key issues plaguing the Mid-South

The race for the White House returned to Memphis Friday morning.

With most of the democratic presidential candidates focused on Saturday’s South Carolina Primary, former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg will be on ballots for the first time Tuesday, including in Tennessee and Arkansas.

The billionaire businessman made a campaign stop this morning here in Memphis for the second time.

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FOX13’s Shelia O’Connor spoke to the candidate one-on-on about key issues plaguing the nation and the Mid-South.

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland introduced Bloomberg to a crowded Mingelwood Hall.

Earlier his week Strickland shared his support for Bloomberg.

After his speech, FOX13’s Shelia O’Connor spoke to Bloomberg one-on-on about key issues plaguing the nation and the Mid-South.

We told him about the recent gun violence in Memphis, including the deaths of three children in drive-by shootings. And told him about Tennessee Governor Bill Lee's proposal to let people carry guns without a permit.

We asked him point blank how do you stop this issue from getting worse and Bloomberg responded, “you've got to convince the governor not to do that. This year, 40,000 people will either commit suicide or murder with handguns."

When we pressed him about healthcare, a big issue for people in the Mid-South, Bloomberg said, “We are too wealthy and caring of a country to leave people without the ability to when they don't feel well, the ability to go to the doctor and find out if they're sick and if they are sick get care.”

Thursday night, President Trump tweeted about Bloomberg saying, "word is Mini Mike Bloomberg performed so poorly in the two debates, that he is thinking about dropping out of the Democrat Primary."

We also asked Bloomberg if he has any plans to drop out to which he responded, “It is Donald Trump’s fondest wish I’m sure because he knows that I can beat and that I’m the only one that’s can beat him.”

Watch our full interview with Mike Bloomberg below.

WATCH: Mike Bloomberg weighs in on key issues plaguing the Mid-South