De Blasio recounted his two terms as mayor, warning that “real policy” was not a substitute for “real popularity,” and claiming that his popularity tanked at the end of his tenure due to a lack of connection with voters.
De Blasio’s last years in office were controversial and fraught with contention on issues ranging from crime and law enforcement to his administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mayor Bill de Blasio gestures as he leaves Delacorte Theater in Central Park in New York on March 16, 2021. (Lev Radin/Sipa USA)
“I failed to give New Yorkers a clear sense of where I was taking them. I lost my connection with the people because I mistook real policy for real popularity. I let a focus on individual initiatives, no matter how noble or substantive, distract me from offering an overarching vision for the future.”
Instead, de Blasio stressed the need for a short and snappy message to show voters the future America that the administration is working toward.
“Biden still has a chance to do what I did not: present a clear, sharp message and repeat it incessantly. And I don’t just mean a catchphrase, but a vision for the direction of the country under his administration.”
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrive at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, Saturday, April 30, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
There has been much speculation about Democrats potentially competing in a primary against Biden, who is suffering from historically bad polling.
Analysis from The Washington Post recently ranked Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg above Vice President Harris, who also has had poor favorability. Others listed include former 2020 candidates Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar and Cory Booker, as well as California Gov. Gavin Newsom and even New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Fox News’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn and Jon Brown contributed to this report.
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