- "I feel like I've contributed all I can to this primary election and it's clearly not my time," de Blasio said on MSNBC's Morning Joe.
- De Blasio had hinted at quitting the race in early September, after failing to qualify for that month's debate.
- "NYC is devastated, he's coming home," President Trump trolled de Blasio on Twitter.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Friday that he would not be a candidate for the 2020 presidential race, and was dropping out of the Democratic Party’s presidential primaries and caucuses. Since announcing his interest in becoming the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee, de Blasio’s candidacy had never been taken seriously and his performance in the opinion polls wasn’t good either.
“I feel like I’ve contributed all I can to this primary election and it’s clearly not my time,” the mayor stated while appearing on MSNBC’s program, Morning Joe. “So I’m going to end my presidential campaign, continue my work as mayor of New York City, and I’m going to keep speaking up for working people and for a Democratic Party that stands for working people,” he added. “Whoever our nominee is, let’s make sure we’re speaking to the hearts of working people and they know we’re on their side. And if we do that, we’re going to win. If we don’t, this is an election that could go the other way,” de Blasio added.
Bill de Blasio, 58, has been Mayor of New York City since January 2014. He threw his hat in the race in May, but his campaign largely failed to take off. For instance, he failed to achieve a mark exceeding 1% in a national poll, which made him the subject of ridicule in the media, and elsewhere. On Tuesday, the Washington Post derided de Blasio’s campaign as having “burned down, fallen over, and sunk into a swamp.”
De Blasio managed to qualify for the first two rounds of debates, but did not qualify for the September debate, which featured stiffer criteria. This made him unlikely to qualify for the next debates in October. No doubt, de Blasio failed to stand out in the crowded and competitive field of potential Democratic Party nominees.
Trump Mocks de Blasio in a Tweet
“Oh no, really big political news, perhaps the biggest story in years,” President Trump tweeted. The “part time Mayor of New York City,” who was “polling at a solid ZERO but had tremendous room for growth, has shocking [sic.] dropped out of the Presidential race.” Trump mockingly added that “NYC is devastated, he’s coming home!”
De Blasio had hinted at quitting the race in early September, after failing to qualify for that month’s debate, if polling did not improve for him. “I’m going to go and try to get into the October debates, and if I can, I think that’s a good reason to keep going forward. And if I can’t, I think it’s really tough to conceive of continuing,” de Blasio had told news reporters then.
Several Democratic candidates have withdrawn from the race in recent weeks. Several more remain in the race, however, with 19 major candidates vying to face the Republican President in November 2020. Three candidates find themselves at the top, going by opinion polls: former Vice President Joe Biden, and Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT).