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New York - NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio Will Enter The 2020 Presidential Race

Published on: May 15, 2019 05:58 PM
Last updated on: May 15, 2019 06:40 PM
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FILE - Mayor Bill de Blasio holds a press conference in the public plaza of Trump Tower to announce that under NYC’s Green New Deal, 8 Trump-owned properties in NYC will owe $2.1 million per year if he refuses to make climate change retrofits on Monday, May 13, 2019. Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office.FILE - Mayor Bill de Blasio holds a press conference in the public plaza of Trump Tower to announce that under NYC’s Green New Deal, 8 Trump-owned properties in NYC will owe $2.1 million per year if he refuses to make climate change retrofits on Monday, May 13, 2019. Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office.

New York - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is announcing travel plans to a pair of early voting states ahead of an expected entry Thursday into the crowded 2020 Democratic presidential race.

De Blasio is scheduled to appear on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Thursday morning. A spokeswoman says he will travel to Iowa later Thursday and will hold events in that state Friday and in South Carolina on Saturday.

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The spokeswoman, Olivia Lapeyrolerie, declined to confirm Wednesday that de Blasio is entering the race.

But the mayor has been saying publicly for months that he’s considering a run and has said that he will announce his decision this week.

He made several previous campaign-style trips to states expected to play a role in the Democratic nominating process.

So far, his potential candidacy has generated little enthusiasm from hometown constituents.

A recent Quinnipiac University poll found 76% of New York City voters said they believed de Blasio shouldn’t run.

Newspapers have poked fun at his presidential ambitions, noting that while de Blasio won two mayoral elections by large margins and can cite real achievements, including expanding free public prekindergarten citywide, he’s also developed a reputation for political bumbling.

De Blasio has remained undaunted by the obstacles and said he believes he has a message that can resonate with Americans.

On Monday, de Blasio seemed to be laying the groundwork for an announcement by holding a news conference in the lobby of Trump Tower to blame the skyscraper for contributing to air pollution.

But the attention-grabbing location also drew supporters of President Donald Trump who jeered and heckled the mayor as he hollered to make himself heard. Afterward, de Blasio exchanged insults on Twitter with the president’s son Eric Trump, who called the news conference “childish.”

By joining the race, de Blasio could hope to claim a role on the national stage that has eluded him as mayor.

When he took office in 2014, de Blasio seemed briefly poised to become a leading voice for an emerging left wing of the Democratic Party.

But liberal enthusiasm faded over his first term, partly because of political missteps at home and the emergence of bigger names elsewhere. He could face obstacles trying to distinguish himself in a crowded field.



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 May 15, 2019 at 07:43 PM Anonymous Says:

Hope he will get the Jewish vote. He deserves it.

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 May 15, 2019 at 07:54 PM Anonymous Says:

And I hope he stays in it long enough to be rewarded with huge bizyonos. He has been an awful mayor, and that is understated. His disdain for anything moral is legendary. I wish him gigantic failure and shame.

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 May 15, 2019 at 08:02 PM Anonymous Says:

What about the good news ??? When is he leaving ??? Please hurry up before he does any more damage !!! On secod thought ...Corey Johnson ??? OEY !!!!

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 May 15, 2019 at 08:15 PM Anonymous Says:

The NYC housing is so neglected they are forced private management should run it not only didn't he fix it . it just got worse ..and he wants to run for what?

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 May 15, 2019 at 09:54 PM Liepa Says:

The POTUS will make chopped liver out of this ametur !!!

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 May 15, 2019 at 10:19 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

Hope he will get the Jewish vote. He deserves it.

For what?

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 May 15, 2019 at 10:56 PM puppydogs Says:

I think Hashomer can get as many votes as Deblasio does.

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