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I'll see your Bill Clinton and raise you one Richard Branson


An eclectic billionaire and a popular former president have respectively lent their support to an entertainer and a previously little-known millionaire in the race to become Miami Beach's next mayor.

The latest: Virgin Group CEO and private space explorer Sir Richard Branson announced he would be “very interested in sponsoring” candidate Steve Berke’s idea to string gondolas across Biscayne Bay, according to the Berke campaign.

The announcement comes a day after former President Bill Clinton endorsed millionaire mayoral candidate Philip Levine, according to the Levine campaign.

Neither endorsement could be independently verified by the Miami Herald.

Berke, who says he is the subject of an MTV2 documentary about of his run for office, calls his idea the SkyLink. It would be the “world’s longest urban cable car system,” running from the mainland to Miami Beach, according to the Berke campaign. It would alleviate traffic and become a “bucket-list” tourist attraction, Berke has said.

“Our customers fly into Miami International Airport every day and I think SkyLink is a breathtaking public transportation solution they’d all enjoy,” Branson said, according to a campaign press release. Therefore, I’d be very interested in sponsoring the SkyLink as a public-private partnership.”

Miami Beach voters go to the polls Nov. 5. Also running, Michael Góngora, who says he has the support of another billionaire, this one much closer to home: Norman Braman.