New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio Ends Presidential Campaign – CBS New York
The mayor announced his withdrawal Friday in an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
“Getting out there, being able to hear people’s concerns, address them with new ideas, has been an extraordinary experience,” he said. “But I have to tell you, at the same time, I feel like I’ve contributed all I can to this primary election, and it’s clearly not my time. So I’m going to end my presidential campaign, continue my work as mayor of New York City, and I’m going to keep speaking up for working people.”
De Blasio launched his bid in May, but his campaign largely failed to take off. He failed to qualify for the most recent debate.
The mayor had announced his presidential run by heading to the Statue of Liberty, where he said the country is in an “identity crisis” around immigration, which he called “the founding and unifying element of the American experience.”
“We are figuring out who we are,” he said then. “There are American values we need to return to and fight for in order to achieve our greatest potential.”
On his campaign’s first day, he dived into an insult match with President Donald Trump.
“He’s a con artist. I know his tricks. I know his playbook,” the mayor said.
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