UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Friday in an interview with MSNBC television that he had ended his bid for next year’s US presidential election.
De Blasio, 58, announced his candidacy in May and his campaign slogan was “Working Class First” to be the 24th member of the Democratic Party seeking to challenge President Donald Trump in the 2020 election.
The mayor of New York is not eligible for a third four-year term in New York in 2021. De Blasio has struggled to provide convincing justifications to stand out among a wide range of potential Democratic candidates, including former Vice President Joe Biden and a long list of veteran politicians.
Trump received the news that De Blasio had ended his campaign with cynicism.
“Wow, really very important political news, maybe the most important news in years! New York City mayor Bill De Blasio, who has zero support for the presidency in the polls but had a good chance of improving, pulled out of the race for the presidency.
De Blasio won little support in the polls and was overtaken by Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
De Blasio told MSNBC’s Morning Joe that the “main reason” for his decision was the Democratic Party’s rules for television debates. De Blasio failed to qualify for a Sept. 12 debate involving 10 potential candidates for the party’s nomination.
“It has become clear to me that the standards are so high that I will not be able to meet them,” he said.
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