De Blasio Ends Presidential Campaign

‘It's clear to me that's a high bar and it's one that I'm not going to be able to meet’

• September 20, 2019 11:10 am


Democratic presidential candidate and New York City mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday that he is ending his presidential campaign.

"I feel like I've contributed all I can to this primary election and it's clearly not my time," de Blasio told MSNBC's 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 Democrat party that stands for working people."

De Blasio described his campaign as an "extraordinary experience," and learned there is "a lot more unity" in America than he thought.

"I actually think it's a lot better country than what we often see portrayed," de Blasio said. "There's a lot more unity out there, there's a lot more hope. Folks don't like this moment of division and anger. They want to get by it."

However, union workers don't believe Democrats have their backs, according to de Blasio.

The mayor said he would not make an endorsement of any 2020 candidate at this time.

"I'm not making endorsements today, it's something I'll think about," he said. "I will support, of course, whoever is the Democratic nominee and everybody on that stage."

He said the primary reason he could not stay in the race was that there was a high bar that he couldn't meet.

"The bar is so high so early that for a lot of us clearly, some of my fellow chief executives, governors, couldn't make that cut," de Blasio said. "It's clear to me that's a high bar and it's one that I'm not going to be able to meet. And I think that's the central reason."

De Blasio trailed all his fellow Democratic candidates that polled below 1 percent, according to the Daily News.