New York City Mayor De Blasio Ends 2020 Presidential Bid

Gretchen Ertl/Reuters

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday said during an MSNBC television appearance that he is dropping out of the 2020 presidential campaign.

De Blasio, 58, launched his candidacy in May with the central campaign message “Working People First”, becoming at the time the 24th Democrat to attempt to take on President Donald Trump in next year’s election.

The mayor, who is barred from seeking a third four-year term in New York in 2021, has struggled to build a national profile, eclipsed by progressive U.S. senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

De Blasio said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that a “central reason” for his decision was the party’s rules for qualifying for televised debates.

De Blasio had failed to qualify for a Sept. 12 debate that featured the 10 leading candidates for the party’s nomination.

“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.”

(Reporting by Jan Wolfe; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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Good thing he has that part-time mayor gig to fall back on. I wonder if he’ll be able to hang on to that?


There were 20 in the bed and common sense said “Roll over, Roll over”
So they all rolled over and Bigfoot fell out
There were 19 in the bed and the public… breathed a sigh of relief.


Another loser drops out. Nineteen to go.

Trump/GOP – 2020.





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