Mayor Bill De Blasio Is Running for President

Mayor Bill de Blasio has become the latest Democrat to enter the presidential race, announcing his candidacy on Thursday morning.

"I'm Bill de Blasio and I'm running for president because it's time we put working people first," the mayor said in an online video announcement.

De Blasio called Trump a "bully" and said he knows how to take him on.

"Donald Trump must be stopped. I've beaten him before and I will do it again," de Blasio said.

In his three minute video, de Blasio touted his accomplishments in New York City. That includes expanded health care, universal pre-k and raising the minimum wage. He promised to take the fight against income inequality to the nation's capital.

"As president, I will take on the wealthy. I will take on the big corporations. I will not rest until this government serves working people. As mayor of the largest city in America I have done just that," de Blasio said.

De Blasio already has weekend trips planned to Iowa and South Carolina, where previous events have been sparsely attended. He has also traveled to the early primary state of New Hampshire.

The mayor is the 24th Democrat in the race and he’s considered a long shot to win the nomination. A recent Quinnipiac University poll found that his approval rating is 42 percent and 76 percent of New Yorkers said he shouldn’t run for president.

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