During an appearance on the MSNBC cable channel on Friday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday said that his intentions were of calling it quits in his bid for the White House in the 2020 presidential campaign.
Edited by: JV Staff
Having announced his presidential aspirations in May of this year, De Blasio, 58, originally crafted his central campaign message as “Working People First.” The mayor of the Big Apple then joined a crowded field to become the 24th Democrat to attempt to challenge President Trump in next year’s election for the White House.
Struggling to build a national profile, DeBlasio’s objective was to stand out in the field of candidates as representative of struggling workers and families who are financially challenged. In his role as mayor, DeBlasio is legally barred from seeking a third four-year term in New York in 2021 so his future in politics in not clear at this juncture.
News of the mayor ending his presidential bid was greeted with sarcasm by Trump.
“Oh no, really big political news, perhaps the biggest story in years! Part time Mayor of New York City, @BilldeBlasio, who was polling at a solid ZERO but had tremendous room for growth, has shocking dropped out of the Presidential race,” Trump tweeted early on Friday. “NYC is devastated, he’s coming home!”
De Blasio had not succeeded in garnering support in the national polls and was eclipsed by far left wing senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, according to a Reuters report.
Speaking on the MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program, DeBlasio said that a “central reason” for his decision to quit the race was the rules that the Democratic party had implemented in terms of qualifying for televised debates.
He had failed to qualify for a Sept. 12 debate that featured the 10 leading candidates for the party’s nomination, as was reported by Reuters.
“The bar is so high so early that for a lot of us — clearly, some of my fellow chief executives, governors — couldn’t make that cut,” de Blasio said. “It’s clear to me it’s a high bar, and that it’s one I’m not going to be able to meet.”
Reuters reported that during the campaign, DeBlasio had underscored a list of progressive causes that he successfully championed under his leadership, including universal pre-kindergarten, the end of the policing practice known as stop-and-frisk and paid sick leave. He made note of the fact that this was accomplished in a city that has a population of more than 8 million.
New Yorkers, for the most part, were not terribly supportive of DeBlasio’s race for the White House in 2020 and believed that he should stay put in the Big Apple, serving his constituents rather than attempting to campaign for the nation’s highest elective office.
A Quinnipiac University poll in April found more than three-quarters of New Yorkers did not feel he should make a White House bid.