DE BLASIO’S PRESIDENTIAL PITCH

Mayor Bill de Blasio has officially announced his run for the White House, making him the 24th person to announce a 2020 Democratic presidential run. Will his progressive pitch for the presidency resonate with Democrats? We have the details.

Aired on May 16, 2019.

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> WHAT I BRING IS ABSOLUTE TOTAL FOCUS ON PUTTING WORKING PEOPLE FIRST.

I HAVE DONE IT HERE.

THESE ARE NOT WORDS, THESE ARE DEEDS.

THAT'S WHAT PAID SICK LEAVE IS.

THAT'S WHAT PRE-K IS AND THAT'S WHAT GUARANTEED HEALTH CARE IS.

THESE ARE REALITIES THAT JUST CHANGE PEOPLE'S LIVES.

I INTEND TO BREAK THE MOLD.

I INTEND TO MAKE HISTORY AND I INTEND TO WIN.

IT'S JACK FORD.

IT'S OFFICIAL.

AFTER WEEKS OF HINTING AT A PRESIDENTIAL RUN BILL De BLASIO HAS JOINED THE FRAY.

THE MAYOR IS THE 24th DEMOCRAT TO ENTER THE 2020 PRESIDENTIAL RACE JOINING A CROWDED FIELD LED BY CANDIDATES, MANY OF WHOM HAVE MUCH HIGHER NATIONAL PROFILES.

IN NEW YORK THERE ARE THOSE THAT ARE SKEPTICAL OF THE MAYOR'S PRESIDENTIAL BID.

IN FACT, A QUINNIPIAC POLL SHOWED 77% OF NEW YORK VOTERS SAID HE SHOULD NOT RUN.

NO SITTING MAYOR HAS EVER BEEN ELECTED TO THE PRESIDENCY.

PRESIDENT TRUMP HEARD THE NEWS ON TWITTER CALLING MAYOR De BLASIO, QUOTE, THE WORST MAYOR IN THE U.S. ADDING, IF YOU LIKE HIGH TAXES AND CRIME, HE'S YOUR MAN.

NYC HATES HIM, END QUOTE.

MAYOR De BLASIO WILL NOW TRAVEL TO IOWA AND SOUTH CAROLINA, SOME OF THE FIRST STEPS IN A LONG SLOG OF A PRIMARY CAMPAIGN.

JOINING US AND TELLING US WHAT THIS MEANS FOR THE CITY IS OUR GOOD FRIEND BEN MAX, EXECUTIVE EDITOR OF THE GOTHAM GAZETTE.

IT'S GOOD TO SEE YOU HERE.

YOU HAVE A LOT TO TALK ABOUT WHEN YOU COME VISIT US.

LET'S START OFF WITH, WHY NOW.

I THINK HE TOOK A LOT OF TIME TO DECIDE, AS YOU SORT OF HINTED AT THERE.

AND I THINK HE WAS GENUINELY DECIDING, IS THIS SOMETHING I WANT TO DO.

THIS IS A MAYOR WHO WE'VE KNOWN HAS BEEN LATE POLITICALLY TO CERTAIN THINGS, LOOK AT HIS LACK OF ENDORSEMENT AND FINALLY GETTING ON BOARD WITH HILLARY CLINTON IN THE LAST PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.

I THINK HE WAS GENUINELY TRYING TO FIGURE OUT IF THIS WAS SOMETHING HE WANTED TO DO.

AS YOU NOTED, THERE HAS NOT BEEN A CLEAR CHORUS OF PEOPLE SAYING, RUN, BILL, RUN.

HOW CAN HE BE HURT BY THE LATENESS OF ENTERING INTO THE FRAY?

WELL, THE FIELD IS SO BIG AND FAIRLY ESTABLISHED AND YOU'VE STARTED TO SEE PEOPLE GRAVITATE TOWARDS CERTAIN CANDIDATES, ALTHOUGH I WOULD SAY THAT OTHER THAN SOME OF THE SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE LIKE BERNIE SANDERS WHO RAN LAST TIME AND RETAINED SOME OF THE CORE HE HAD, THERE ARE PROBABLY PEOPLE WHO ARE CONSIDERING A VARIETY OF CANDIDATES AND WHEN THEY'RE POLLED THEY MIGHT BE GOING WITH SOMEONE WHO THEY'RE FAVORING AT THAT TIME, BUT IT IS A LONG ROAD AHEAD.

THERE WON'T BE VOTES CAST IN IOWA UNTIL NEXT YEAR SO THERE'S A LOT OF TIME HERE.

BUT COMING IN AT THIS JUNCTURE, YOU HAVE TO WONDER WHO IS THE AUDIENCE?

WHO HASN'T SORT OF SAID, YOU KNOW, I'M LIKING WHAT ELIZABETH WARREN IS SAYING.

I'M A BERNIE GUY.

I'M A BIDEN WOMAN.

THERE ARE ALREADY PEOPLE WHO HAVE GOTTEN INTERESTED.

STAKED OUT THEIR TERRITORY, IF YOU WILL.

MIGHT BE THERE BE A POSITIVE COMING IN BEING THE LAST ONE INTO THE RACE?

YOU'D HAVE TO --

MAYBE.

YOU KNOW, WHO KNOWS?

YOU'D LIKE TO THINK HE MIGHT BE THE LAST ONE.

IT'S GETTING A LITTLE BIT ABSURD AT THIS POINT BUT, YES, HE GETS TO MAKE SOME WAVES.

MAYBE HIS NEWS CYCLE, GETTING INTO THE RACE IS A LITTLE BIT LONGER THAN WE'VE SEEN FOR OTHERS.

THERE COULD BE SOMETHING TO THAT DEPENDING ON HOW SUCCESSFULLY THE ROLLOUT GOES, THE TRIP TO IOWA, THE TRIP TO SOUTH CAROLINA, CAN HE CREATE SOME GOOD BUZZ.

DOES HE HAVE SOME POLICY PROPOSALS TO ROLL OUT.

WE SHALL SEE HOW WELL HE HANDLES THIS INITIAL PHASE OF THE CAMPAIGN IF HE GETS SOME BUZZ GOING.

ONE OF THE CONCERNS FOR HIM I THINK IS THAT HE DOESN'T HAVE A BIG TEAM ASSEMBLED.

A LOT OF HIS OLD ADVISORS ARE NOT WITH HIM.

FOR OTHER PEOPLE, THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO HAVE BECOME A BIT DISILLUSIONED WITH HIM.

THERE'S A LOT OF QUESTIONS ABOUT HOW HE'S GOING TO PULL OFF EVEN THE EARLY PHASE TO SEE IF HE CAN GET SOME MOMENTUM GOING.

IT'S INTERESTING EVEN IN THE ERA OF MODERN DAY POLITICS, BEING A MAYOR HAS NOT BEEN A SPRING BOARD.

WE MENTIONED JOHN LINDSEY WANTED TO RUN WHILE HE WAS A SITTING MAYOR.

DID NOT WORK FOR HIM.

WE SAW ED KOCH TRYING TO RUN.

MORE RECENTLY MICHAEL BLOOMBERG AS A POSSIBILITY, RUDY GIULIANI.

IT DOESN'T CATAPULT PEOPLE INTO THAT HIGHER OFFICE.

WHAT IS HE GOING TO ARGUE?

WHAT'S HE GOING TO SAY AS TO WHY IT SHOULD BE DIFFERENT FOR HIM AND WHY HE CAN BRING SOMETHING FROM HIS TENURE AS THE MAYOR OF NEW YORK THAT WOULD BE VALUABLE TO THE NATION?

WE DO NEED, I THINK, A LITTLE BIT MORE OF A STUDY AROUND THE COUNTRY AS TO WHY THE MAYOR OF NEW YORK CITY SEEMS LIKE A BIT OF A DEAD END AND WHY PEOPLE WHO DON'T KNOW MAYOR De BLASIO LIKE HIM AROUND THE COUNTRY.

WE'LL LEAVE THAT ASIDE FOR A SECOND.

HE'S GOING TO OFFER THIS BLEND OF PROGRESSIVE AGENDA AND EXECUTIVE EXPERIENCE.

HE'S GOING TO SAY, I'VE DONE IT.

HE'S ALREADY SAYING THAT.

I'VE DONE IT IN NEW YORK CITY AND I CAN DO IT FOR THE COUNTRY BY IMPLEMENTING POLICIES AS HE'S LINING UP THAT HELP WORKING PEOPLE.

AND WE'LL SEE EXACTLY HOW HE DEFINES IT.

I THINK HE'S GOING TO TAKE A VERY BROAD DEFINITION TO WHAT WORKING PEOPLE MEANS BUT HE'S GOING TO TALK ABOUT THINGS LIKE UNIVERSAL PRE-KINDERGARTEN, MAYBE COUPLING THAT LIKE HE HAS IN THE CITY WITH AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS, HIGHER TAXES ON THE WEALTHY, HEALTH SCARE.

YOU NAME IT, HE'S GOING TO OFFER TO VOTERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY SORT OF THIS VISION FOR DOING MORE FROM THE GOVERNMENT FOR WORKING PEOPLE TO PUT SOME OF THE MONEY BACK IN THEIR POCKETS.

AND THERE CAN BE SOME POWER, DON'T YOU THINK, TO THE NOTION OF SAYING THEY'RE ALL PROMISING YOU IF YOU GIVE THEM A CHANCE THEY THINK THEY CAN DO IT AND HE CAN SAY, I'VE DONE IT.

ABSOLUTELY.

I MEAN, EVEN A VICE PRESIDENT LIKE JOE BIDEN CAN'T NECESSARILY STAKE HIS CLAIM TO TOO MANY THINGS THAT HE PERSONALLY MADE HAPPEN.

I MEAN, HE'LL TRY TO CERTAINLY TAKE SOME CREDIT FOR ANYTHING THAT HAPPENED IN THE OBAMA PRESIDENCY, BUT THEN YOU HAVE A BUNCH OF U.S. SENATORS WHO SPENT A LOT OF TIME IN THE MINORITY.

THERE ARE REAL QUESTIONS AS TO WHAT ACCOMPLISHMENTS PEOPLE CAN POINT TO AND HE'S BEEN THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THE CITY, DEMOCRATIC MAYOR WITH A DEMOCRATIC CITY COUNCIL AND HE'S BEEN ABLE TO PUSH THROUGH A LOT OF THINGS.

CRIME IS LOW.

JOBS ARE HIGH.

HE HAS -- AND THIS CAN BE A DETRIMENT TO SOME, BUT HE'S EXPANDED THE CITY BUDGET IN SUCH A SIGNIFICANT WAY THAT HE GOT A LOT OF PROGRAMS HE CAN SAY, LOOK AT THE WAY I TOOK ALL OF CITY GOVERNMENT TO MAKE IT MORE EQUITABLE FOR PEOPLE IN NEW YORK CITY.

SO HE'S GOT SOME THINGS TO RUN ON.

THERE'S ALSO SOME CRISES THAT WE KNOW THAT ARE HERE IN THE CITY THAT HE SHOULD HAVE TO ACCOUNT FOR.

WE'LL SEE IF VOTERS MAKE HIM ACCOUNT FOR THOSE THINGS LIKE HOMELESSNESS, THE PUBLIC HOUSING CRISIS, HIS INATTENTION TO MASS TRANSIT FOR TOO MUCH OF HIS MERRILTY.

I DON'T KNOW THAT THOSE THINGS WILL MATTER TO VOTERS.

HE'S HAD CAMPAIGN FINANCE SCANDALS.

WE'LL SEE.

IS HE GOING TO GET ASKED ABOUT THAT IN IOWA?

I DON'T KNOW.

CRIME IS SIGNIFICANTLY LOWER.

HE'S NEVER HAD A GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH THE NYPD, ESPECIALLY THE UNIONS INVOLVED THERE.

UNIONS, NYPD REPRESENT TIFS, UNION REPRESENTATIVES PROTESTING HIM WHEN HE'S MAKING THE ANNOUNCEMENT OUTSIDE THE STUDIO.

RIGHT.

DOES THAT CARRY OVER DO YOU THINK OCCASIONALLY?

SO THE POLICE UNION, THE PBA, HAS ACTUALLY BEEN FOLLOWING HIM ON THE ROAD AT TIMES THROUGHOUT HIS TIME.

THAT COULD HURT HIM IF THEY CONTINUE TO DO THAT.

THAT'S ALL PART OF THEIR CONTRACT NEGOTIATING.

THEY'VE DONE THAT WITH MAYORS, DEMOCRAT AND REPUBLICAN.

THEY REALLY TAKE THOSE SORT OF TOUGH NEGOTIATING PRACTICES ALL OVER THE CITY AND ALL OVER THE COUNTRY SO THAT COULD ABSOLUTELY HURT HIM.

IF THE MEDIA IN SOME OF THESE PLACES SEE THAT IN THEIR AREAS, THEN IT STARTS TO SEEP INTO THEIR COVERAGE MORE THAN IF THEY HAVE TO GO BACK AND FIGURE OUT WHAT'S GOING BACK IN NEW YORK CITY.

NEXT QUESTION FOR YOU.

OBVIOUSLY HE'S GOING TO HAVE TO BE SOMETHING OF AN ABSENTEE MAYOR AND HE'S BEEN KNOWN TO BE A MICROMANAGER, NOT SOMEBODY WHO LIKES TO DELEGATE.

IT'S HIS STYLE OF MANAGING, BUT THERE'S GOING TO BE A VACUUM.

DO YOU THINK THAT'S GOING TO ACCELERATE THE RACE FOR THE NEXT MAYOR OF NEW YORK?

WE'RE GOING TO SEE PEOPLE SORT OF START TO FILL THAT VACUUM EARLIER THAN THEY MIGHT OTHERWISE?

I THINK THAT'S A GREAT POINT.

I THINK YES IS THE ANSWER.

THERE'S NO QUESTION THAT THE FOLKS THAT ARE LINING UP TO RUN FOR MAYOR ARE GOING TO SEE A BIT OF A VACUUM HERE.

THE MAYOR IS GOING TO HAVE TO BE VERY STRATEGIC ABOUT HOW OFTEN HE COMES BACK ROM THE TRAIL, THE TIME HE SPENDS, THE EVENTS THAT HE HAS, THE CLARITY WITH WHICH HE'S MAKING THIS AND IT'S A BIT OFFENSIVE THAT HE'S NOT HAPPY WITH THE JOB HE HAS LEADING THE CITY.

HE HAS 2 1/2 MORE YEARS OF HIS TERM AND NOW HE'S GOING TO RUN FOR HIGHER OFFICE WHEN THERE'S REAL PROBLEMS TO DEAL WITH AT HOME.

YOU'VE SEEN SOME OF THOSE 2021 CONTENDERS SAY THINGS LIKE THAT WHEN THE MAYOR WAS CONSIDERING THIS RUN.

WE HAVE A LOT OF PROBLEMS HERE.

I THINK WE SHOULD DEAL WITH THOSE.

THE CANDIDACY HAS BEEN LAUNCHED AND WE'LL SEE WHERE IT GOES.

BEN, WE'RE ALWAYS SMARTER AFTER WE SPEND TIME WITH YOU.

WE'LL TALK AGAIN REAL SOON.

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