2020 Democratic presidential primary candidate and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio had a hard time explaining his reasoning for launching a bid for the White House when the majority of his own constituents say he should not run.
Appearing on on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday de Blasio — one of the 23 Democrats vying for the party’s presidential nomination — was asked to respond to his bottoming-out in the polls as well as the fact that “three-quarters” of his New York City constituents think he “shouldn’t run” for the nation’s highest office.
A recent Quinnipiac poll put de Blasio at the bottom of the 2020 Democratic contender pack with only eight percent of respondents viewing the New York City mayor favorably — squarely under South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
De Blasio responded to the network’s Dana Bash by insisting voters will come around as they get to know him and touting his two electoral victories for the mayorship of New York City.
“Voters are going to get to know me, as is true in every election. I’ve had two elections in New York City and won both overwhelmingly. So the people in my city decided they wanted this leadership because it puts working people first. That’s what I do.”
“And people, ultimately, after they hear all the facts and look at all the choices, they want someone who knows how to support working people,” de Blasio continued.
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2020 presidential candidate Bill de Blasio responds to his low favorability ratings: “I found this with polls over and over again. If I believed the polls and listened to the polls in all my other elections, I might just have stayed home" #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/pQgSIQzAOP
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) May 26, 2019
The New York City mayor went on to say that if he had “believed” and “listened to the polls in all [his] other elections, [he] might have just stayed home,” even though the polls leading up to his 2017 re-election put him in a comfortable lead over his opponent.
“It’s not where you start, it’s where you end,” continued de Blasio. “So much of the time the polls don’t tell us the truth.
“When people get to know you and see what you’re about, that’s what they respond to,” he added before talking about how “big changes” could be brought to the nation and arguing that “there is plenty of money in this country” that is “in the wrong hands.”
De Blasio is currently embattled in a large Democratic primary in which he is facing off against a number of big-name Democratic politicians — and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) — for the right to challenge President Donald Trump for the White House.
The New York Mayor’s announcement drew criticism from the president of the New York Police Benevolent Association, who blasted de Blasio’s run as “laughable,” as IJR Red previously reported. President Trump and most of the rest of the internet joined in mocking him as well.
Currently, Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden are considered the frontrunners in the race, with Biden leading the Quinnipiac poll at 35 percent.