In mid-May, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio became the latest candidate to throw his hat into the 2020 presidential elections ring. The Mayor, who is affiliated with the Democratic Party, made the announcement during a national “Good Morning America” broadcast on ABC, and he is joining a crowded field: 252 Democrats have registered as candidates, and 22 of them have the benefit of clout by virtue of being elected officials or public figures, including two other Mayors.
The political platform thus far presented by Mayor de Blasio is on the progressive and liberal side. Addressing income inequality is one of his main talking points, and he is known to favor high taxation on mega corporations and wealthy individuals. As for political strategy, he intends on targeting United States President Donald Trump; in fact, he started doing so a few days before announcing his candidacy. On May 13, the Mayor chose the lobby of Trump Tower in Manhattan to hold a news conference on proposed environmental legislation, and he took the opportunity to deliver a few critical remarks about the President.
It should be noted that de Blasio has previously told his fellow Democrats that the party should build political strength by ignoring Trump, but he has clearly changed his mind. Trump is certainly paying attention: shortly after the Mayor appeared on television, the President fired up his Twitter account and posted a video calling de Blasio the worst Mayor in the history of New York City.
The first few days of Mayor de Blasio’s candidacy have been difficult. He has endured mocking, heckling and ridicule. A recent poll among New York City residents revealed that 76 percent think he should not participate in the election; moreover, they are concerned that he will abandon his municipal duties while pursuing his political ambitions. Either way, the Mayor is a long shot when compared to candidates such as former Vice President Joe Biden, who has a strong lead to win the primary Democratic seat. Senator Bernie Sanders ranks second, followed by Senator Elizabeth Warren and Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana. These are all strong challengers to the incumbent President seeking re-election. Although the Trump campaign has not yet released polling figures, political analysts believe that his chances of being re-elected are about the same as Mayor de Blasio winning the primary.
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