New York City Mayor de Blasio to Join Crowded Democratic Presidential Field

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio becomes 24th Democrat to seek White HouseMore

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio becomes 24th Democrat to seek White HouseMore

Nevertheless, he persisted. De Blasio dropped his campaign announcement video on Thursday morning, reportedly a day earlier than planned, after being scooped by a high-school journalist.

On the campaign trail in Iowa, I hope he'll be truthful and tell the voters of the Hawkeye State that New York City has a homeless population equal to that of Iowa City and no solution in sight. De Blasio has denied misconduct, saying he acted appropriately at all times. Blasio begins his campaign launch video with what has become the mayor's tagline this year, as he has flirted with declaring his candidacy.

And it really does seem to be everybody.

It's no coincidence that de Blasio was the only Democratic candidate with net negative approval ratings among fellow Democrats in a recent national poll.

"It's not where you start" the race that counts, he said.

His tardy entry into the already crowded primary underscored one of the mayor's most enduring characteristics.

"When a landlord tries to push out a tenant by making their home unlivable, a team of inspectors and law enforcement agents will be on the ground in time to stop it", de Blasio said."We will seize their buildings, and we will put them in the hands of a community nonprofit that will treat tenants with the respect they deserve".

Earlier this month, the New York Times editorial board warned that a de Blasio candidacy would raise ethical questions about political donations he continues to receive. "He likes to take leftist stances, but he always is late to issues". As mayor of the largest city in America, I've done just that. There's just no pleasing some people.

But de Blasio, who has long offered himself as a champion for working-class New Yorkers, has consistently produced eye rolls among the city's chattering class with a number of memorable gaffes. His progressive plan aims to cut emissions from the city's high rises and "ban" the classic glass and steel skyscrapers that make up the Big Apple's skyline.

Most New Yorkers appear unenthusiastic about de Blasio's presidential aspirations. "He's a good guy, though".

That's a good thing for the mayor, since the odds are heavily stacked against him.

By almost any measure, and contrary to Trump's morning broadside, NY has continued to prosper under de Blasio's watch: Crime is at a record low, the economy is booming, tourists are coming and his signature plan to institute free prekindergarten is being copied across the nation.

A liberal Democrat, the 57-year-old de Blasio is serving his second four-year term as mayor of the country's biggest city and will be prevented by term limits from running again in 2021. "If he doesn't have the support in NY, what's going to happen in other states?"

Another challenge facing de Blasio - besides an uphill climb for recognition in a bloated Democratic field full of similar socialist-leaning platforms - is the embattled relationship he's built with the hometown press during his tenure.

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