‘On the economic issues, he understood people were hurting. Their lives were getting harder, not easier…’
“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.”
“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.”
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on if he is considering a 2020 presidential bid: “I never rules things out because you never know what life brings, but I am focused on the work I am doing now.” #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/DrwQLqNJWM
— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) January 13, 2019