Bill de Blasio, New York mayor, will announce this week whether or not he attends the campaign for the Democratic Party primaries for the US presidential election of 2020.
“I have been talking to my family, this week we will make a final decision and I will announce it this week, but until I have made a decision, there is no point in talking about this issue,” the mayor said in response to a reporter during a ceremony. held this Monday in the city.
De Blasio, 58, has always sounded like one of the possible candidates for the primaries of his party and he has never hidden that this possibility arises.
On May 3, the mayor already announced that he was evaluating this possibility.
Although he said there was no point in talking about his candidacy, he said: “I am going to say something general about leadership: what matters for leadership – and I lead the most diverse place on the planet – is a leader who can understand the workers, to the common people and respond to their needs, it is not important what their origin is”.
De Blasio answered a question about the reason for considering his candidacy when there are already a score of Democratic candidates of different social and ethnic origins.
De Blasio has visited Iowa and New Hampshire in recent months, two of the first states to vote in the primaries, and his team has conducted surveys among the voters of the first of them.
Among the candidates for the Democratic nomination are former Vice President Joe Biden, Senators Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and former Congressman Beto O’Rourke.
De Blasio assumed the mayoralty of the largest city in the United States in 2014, after winning by an overwhelming majority elections in which the fight against inequality was the focus of his campaign.
After promoting numerous measures of progressive cut, in 2017 he easily managed re-election, although his management has many critics and his figure is not too popular in New York.
At first glance, De Blasio would be far from the favorites in the primaries and local media have speculated that his candidacy seeks mainly to make it more known nationally to be eligible for a position in a future Democratic Government, since he can not opt to a third term in New York.
“I have never presented myself to anything without the intention of winning, and they can look at my history, I have never been a favorite in anything,” the mayor denied when asked about this option this week.