WASHINGTON – Mayor Bill de Blasio is running for president to “put working people first,” the New York City Democrat said in a video posted to Twitter on Thursday.
Today I am proud to announce my candidacy for president of the United States of America, because it's time to finally put working people first.https://t.co/p7LYipgAPg
— Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) May 16, 2019
De Blasio, 58, who leads the nation’s largest city, touted his progressive bonafides. He noted that since he assumed office in 2014 NYC has approved legislation to mandate paid sick leave, provide free pre-kindergarten education and raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour.
De Blasio lambasted President Donald Trump as “bully.”
He said: “Don’t back down in the face of a bully, confront him … Donald Trump must be stopped, I’ve beaten him before and I will do it again.”
De Blasio is the 23rd Democrat to enter the 2020 contest. His competitors include a fellow mayor, a former mayor, two governors, a former governor, seven senators, a former senator, four representatives, two former representatives, a former vice president, an entrepreneur and an author.
Sixteen senators, 19 members of Congress, and 17 governors have become president.
Six presidents had no prior political experience. They include: Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ulysses S. Grant, William H. Taft, Herbert Hoover, Zachary Taylor and Donald Trump.