Bill de Blasio was never going to get the 2020 Democratic nomination for president.
He knew this, Democratic voters knew this, even the media knew it.
Now, he has finally dropped out.
CBS News in New York reports:
Campaign 2020: New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio Ends Presidential Bid
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio ended his 2020 presidential campaign Friday.
“Getting out there, being able to hear people’s concerns, address them with new ideas, has been an extraordinary experience,” the mayor announced in an interview on MSNBC. “But I have to tell you, at the same time, I feel like I’ve contributed all I can to this primary election, and it’s clearly not my time. 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.”
CBS2’s Political Reporter Marcia Kramer asked de Blasio about his decision.
“Practically, I looked at the numbers, I looked at the deadlines for the next debate, and I just didn’t feel it was coming together, and it was time to move on,” he said.
The mayor launched his campaign in May but had trouble attracting supporters. Most polls, including one in New York, gave him 0%.
De Blasio told Kramer he was hampered by getting into the race late and that it was hard to do two things at once – run the city and run for president.
“Everything’s interconnected. I think if you start early, you get more attention, you get more resources. But there was not a way to start earlier, given my responsibilities,” he said.
Trump tweeted about this and it’s pretty funny:
Oh no, really big political news, perhaps the biggest story in years! Part time Mayor of New York City, @BilldeBlasio, who was polling at a solid ZERO but had tremendous room for growth, has shocking dropped out of the Presidential race. NYC is devastated, he’s coming home!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 20, 2019
Bill de Blasio needs to focus on fixing New York City.
There is plenty that has to get done there.