De Blasio Hints at End of Presidential Run if He Does Not Qualify for October Debate - NBC New York

De Blasio Hints at End of Presidential Run if He Does Not Qualify for October Debate

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    What to Know

    • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said if he does not qualify for the October Democratic debate he will re-evaluate his presidential run

    • He said he’s disappointed to have not made the September Democratic debate; The deadline for the October debate is Oct 1

    • De Blasio's comment is a a notable shift since in the past he has said he would continue the race regardless of debates

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he’s disappointed to have not made the September Democratic debate and if he does not qualify for the October debate it is time for him to re-evaluate his presidential run. 

    The deadline for the October debate is Oct. 1.

    De Blasio's comment is a a notable shift since in the past he has said he would continue the race regardless of debates.

    De Blasio officially announced he was running for president in May as a Democrat, defying deep voter opposition at home to enter the crowded field with an unabashed message of progressivism.

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    (Published Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019)

    De Blasio launched a campaign website and made the announcement in a three-minute campaign video titled "Working People First."

    "There's plenty of money in this world. There's plenty of money in this country. It's just in the wrong hands," De Blasio says in the video, which touts his accomplishments bringing universal pre-K, paid sick leave and a $15 minimum wage to the city. "I'm running for president because it's time we put working people first."

    De Blasio refered to President Donald Trump as a "bully" and said he must be stopped.

    Since the announcement of his presidential run, de Blasio has faced bouts of controversy, including during the August Democratic debate in Detroit on Aug. 1, where he was heckled over his handling of police officers in the Eric Garner case.

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