sunny.png
Saturday July 20th, 2019 9:09PM

NY Mayor Bill de Blasio could be latest White House hopeful

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to visit a pair of early voting states ahead of an expected entry into the crowded 2020 Democratic presidential race.

De Blasio is scheduled to appear Thursday on ABC's "Good Morning America." A spokeswoman says he will travel to Iowa later in the day and will hold events in that state Friday and in South Carolina on Saturday.

The spokeswoman, Olivia Lapeyrolerie, declined to confirm that de Blasio is entering the race. But the mayor has been saying publicly for months that he's considering a run and has said that he will announce his decision this week.

He made several previous campaign-style trips to states expected to play a role in the Democratic nominating process.

So far, his potential candidacy has generated little enthusiasm from hometown constituents. A recent Quinnipiac University poll found 76% of New York City voters said they believed de Blasio shouldn't run.

Newspapers have poked fun at de Blasio's presidential ambitions, noting that while he won two mayoral elections by large margins and can cite real achievements, including expanding free public prekindergarten citywide, he's also developed a reputation for political bumbling.

De Blasio has remained undaunted by the obstacles and said he believes he has a message that can resonate with Americans.

On Monday, de Blasio seemed to be laying the groundwork for an announcement by holding a news conference in the lobby of Trump Tower to blame the skyscraper for contributing to air pollution.

But the attention-grabbing location also drew supporters of President Donald Trump who jeered and heckled the mayor as he hollered to make himself heard. Afterward, de Blasio exchanged insults on Twitter with the president's son Eric Trump, who called the news conference "childish."

By joining the race, de Blasio could hope to claim a role on the national stage that has eluded him as mayor.

When he took office in 2014, de Blasio seemed briefly poised to become a leading voice for an emerging left wing of the Democratic Party.

But liberal enthusiasm faded over his first term, partly because of political missteps at home and the emergence of bigger names elsewhere. He could face obstacles trying to distinguish himself in a crowded field.

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP National News, AP Online National News, Top General short headlines, AP Online Headlines - Washington, AP Elections, General Election News, General Presidential Election News, AP Entertainment, AP Online TV News, AP Elections - Political Conventions
© Copyright 2019 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Trump to provide rare look of finances in disclosure report
Trump's latest financial disclosure report is expected to provide a rare glimpse into whether his presidency has helped or hurt his business empire
12:05AM ( 6 minutes ago )
NY Mayor Bill de Blasio could be latest White House hopeful
Democratic race for president could be getting another candidate as New York Mayor Bill de Blasio tees up interview, visits to Iowa and South Carolina
12:04AM ( 8 minutes ago )
Border security, green card changes drive new Trump proposal
A new immigration proposal from President Donald Trump focuses on beefing up border security and rethinking the green card system
12:03AM ( 9 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Trump criticizes prosecutors at event for fallen officers
President Donald Trump used a Capitol Hill ceremony for fallen law enforcement officers to renew his pitch for changes to the nation's immigrations law and to criticize some big-city prosecutors
10:40PM ( 1 hour ago )
Abortion ban aims for high court, but won't get there soon
Abortion ban aims for high court, but won't get there soon
10:22PM ( 1 hour ago )
Alabama governor signs near-total abortion ban into law
Alabama's governor has signed the most stringent abortion ban in the nation
10:01PM ( 2 hours ago )
AP Online Headlines - Washington
NYC mayor announces Iowa trip ahead of expected 2020 entry
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is announcing travel plans to a pair of early voting states ahead of an expected entry into the crowded Democratic presidential race
6:36PM ( 5 hours ago )
Falco, Perrette, Chuck Lorre sitcom set for new CBS season
"The Big Bang Theory" finale has yet to air and CBS is already back in business with its creator
5:55PM ( 6 hours ago )
Pamela Smart denied chance at freedom in husband's death
Pamela Smart has again been denied a chance at freedom nearly three decades after she was sentenced to life in prison without parole for recruiting her teenage lover to kill her husband in New Hampshire
4:31PM ( 7 hours ago )
AP Entertainment
TV's Sandra Lee selling home she shares with NY Gov. Cuomo
Food Network star Sandra Lee says she is selling the home in the New York City suburbs that she shares with her longtime partner, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
1:53PM ( 10 hours ago )
CBS defends 'Bull' renewal after star faced misconduct claim
CBS is defending its decision to renew "Bull after a sexual harassment claim against Michael Weatherly, star of the drama 'Bull'
1:33PM ( 10 hours ago )
Optimus Prime, Megatron remember 35 years of Transformers
Voice actors behind Optimus Prime, Megatron look back on 35 years of Transformers franchise
1:06PM ( 11 hours ago )
AP Online TV News
Trump to provide rare look of finances in disclosure report
Trump's latest financial disclosure report is expected to provide a rare glimpse into whether his presidency has helped or hurt his business empire
12:05AM ( 7 minutes ago )
Border security, green card changes drive new Trump proposal
A new immigration proposal from President Donald Trump focuses on beefing up border security and rethinking the green card system
12:03AM ( 9 minutes ago )
Historic JFK terminal gets new life as luxury hotel
The famous winged TWA terminal at New York's Kennedy Airport has come out of its decades-long retirement with a new life as a luxury hotel
11:51PM ( 21 minutes ago )
Karlsson, Sharks beat Blues 5-4 after controversial no-call
Erik Karlsson scores controversial overtime goal as San Jose Sharks beat St. Louis Blues 5-4 in Game 3
11:30PM ( 42 minutes ago )
US, UK teams share $10M XPRIZE award for child literacy
A US company founded by game-developer parents who wanted to help their special-needs son and a London-based educational nonprofit will share a $10 million XPRIZE award for software they developed to teach illiterate children to teach themselves to read
11:24PM ( 48 minutes ago )