NYC Mayor de Blasio Wants to Court Trump Voters in 2020 Presidential Bid

‘On the economic issues, he understood people were hurting. Their lives were getting harder, not easier…’

NYCity to Guarantee Health Care for All, Including Illegals

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(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he won’t rule out a potential 2020 presidential run.

“You never know what life brings,” de Blasio told CNN’s “State of the Union.”

De Blasio claimed that he is too busy to consider it with his current responsibilities, but he added: “I never rule things out.”

The mayor recognized that the Democratic primary field will be crowded—with his predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, and New York’s current Democratic governor, Andrew Cuomo, among those potentially jockeying for voters.

But de Blasio noted that Democrats need to find a candidate who can speak to the people President Donald Trump won in 2016.

“There’s a lot of good candidates,” he said. “But there’s not a consensus yet in our party. 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. Donald Trump spoke to them.”

Trump “was speaking to people’s pain and challenges” when he ran in 2016, de Blasio said, and that’s what Democrats need to tap into.

“Unfortunately, we could hear a lot of the negativity we later saw in Donald Trump, divisiveness, too,” he added. “But on the economic issues, he understood people were hurting. Their lives were getting harder, not easier.”

Regardless of whether he runs for the 2020 nomination, de Blasio said he wants to push the Democratic Party to be more aggressive in its agenda.

“We could go a lot farther,” he said. “We could be a lot bolder than what we’re doing.”

De Blasio has already pushed a leftist agenda in New York City, announcing last week that the city would guarantee universal health care to its residents.

“Health care isn’t just a right in theory, it must be a right in practice,” de Blasio tweeted after the announcement.

“Our plan is guaranteed health care for all and says this should be a priority to ensure that we have a decent kind of society,” de Blasio told CNN on Sunday.

“This is the kind of thing Democrats should stand for. If we say to the American people our job is to get you health care no matter what, no matter how much money you make or what your situation, that’s the kind of thing that is going to resonate with the American people because so many Americans, tens of millions are struggling to make ends meet. Health care is one of their biggest expenses.”