Mayor of New York Bill de Blasio announced this Wednesday that he will probably withdraw his candidacy for the presidency of the United States if he fails to classify the debate that will confront the Democratic candidates in October.
“I’m going to try to get into the October debates and, if I do, I think that’s a good reason to move forward. And if I don’t make it, I think it’s very difficult to conceive of it continuing,” De Blasio said in a question at a press conference.
The New York mayor, who polls place in the queue, has not made it past the cut for the Sept. 12 debate, in which 10 of the 20 candidates will participate.
In order to qualify for the debate, the Democratic National Committee established two requirements: candidates had to obtain at least 2% of the support in 4 of 21 polls and, in addition, they had to receive donations from at least 130,000 people.
Similar conditions are expected to be maintained for the October debate, so De Blasio is unlikely to have access a priori.
This Wednesday was the first time that the mayor of New York suggested the possibility of abandoning the race for the White House, which he joined last May.
De Blasio, 58, is serving his second term at the head of the largest city in the United States and is considered a politician on the left wing of the Democratic Party.
So far, polls have given him minimal support as a presidential candidate, a race in which the big favorites are former Vice President Joe Biden and Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
Several candidates have already left the race for the 2020 presidential election, including New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who announced her retirement last week after failing to meet the requirements to participate in the next debate.