NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announces 2020 presidential run
De Blasio announced his entrance into the race ahead of an appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America” in a Youtube video, with his slogan “Working People First.”
His campaign video starts off with him saying, “There’s plenty of money in this world, there’s plenty of money in this country. It’s just in the wrong hands.” De Blasio highlights how he put working families first in New York City, making the city stronger, and he believes that can happen for the country too.
His entrance will bring the total number of candidates to 23 with nearly nine months before the first votes are cast.
While the mayor’s campaign is expected to begin Thursday morning, he’s been running against President Trump since he took over. At his November 2017 re-election party in Brooklyn, he said the city had “sent a message: You can’t take on New York values and win, Mr. President. If you turn against the values of your hometown, your hometown will fight back.”
When the Alabama state legislature passed its near total abortion ban this week, he called it “vile and illegal” in a tweet and then urged the state’s Republican governor, Kay Ivey, to come down “on the right side of history” and veto the bill.
De Blasio’s status at home has taken a hit as he ventured more openly into national politics. The popular policies — like universal pre-K and raising the minimum wage — have mostly disappeared from the headlines, which have focused on speculation over potential fundraising scandals and stories about the mayor’s commuting habits.
The murder rate in New York City is low and declined again last year, but economic inequality — the focus of de Blasio’s first campaign — remains a problem, as does the public housing authority, which has left many tenants living in squalor. De Blasio’s constant feuding with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, most visibly over the city’s troubled subway system, which is run by the state, also means he won’t enter this primary with much support from statewide leaders.
But last week on the PIX11 Morning News, the city’s first lady laughed at the prospect of being the nation’s first lady.
“Wherever I go, whatever I do it’s going to be about mental health,” she said.
However, the mayor may have to look for support outside the city, as a recent poll shows 76% of New Yorkers don’t believe he should run.
“I think he should focus on being the mayor and do a better job,” one New Yorker said.