New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has said he is focused on his work representing the people of New York City, but he would not rule out the possibility of running for president in 2020.
De Blasio appeared on “State of the Union” saying he was focused on his current job but he is going to spread his message because this should be the idea of the Democratic party. De Blasio’s latest State of the City address claimed that there is plenty of money to go around but it’s stuck in the wrong hands.
De Blasio said the Democratic Party is in the midst of an identity crisis in terms of goals and values of the party.
“There are still a lot of moderate voices in the party that did not learn the lessons of 2016, that are not listening to what people need in this country,” he said. “So I want to push this whole party, and I want to inform this debate in this country about the fact that we could go a lot farther, we could be a lot bolder than what we’re doing now.”
De Blasio was reelected as mayor in 2017 and his term concludes at the end of 2021, meaning he would have to cut his time as mayor short and spend most of his second term campaigning, if he did actually make a White House bid.
“There’s not a consensus yet in our party and there is still, I think, a lack of recognition that if you have tens of millions of people hurt, we’re not speaking to them.”
De Blasio also said that the party needs to tell voters specific things they will do for them. ‘We’re going to fix the health care problem, one of the biggest expenses of your life and get you guaranteed health care, a way to have time off with your family.’ … If the Democrats stood up for something like that, it would change the entire discussion.”
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