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NY Mayor de Blasio enters 2020 presidential run

IANS  |  New York 

city Bill de jumped into the 2020 presidential on Thursday, joining at least 22 other Democratic candidates for the party's nomination.

The announced his run with a video released by his campaign.

"There's plenty of money in this world. There's plenty of money in this country. It's just in the wrong hands," De says at the beginning of the video.

"(President) must be stopped. I've beaten him before and I will do it again... I'm Bill de and I'm running for because it's time we put working people first."

De Blasio has travelled to early primary states including Iowa, New Hampshire, and and formed a federal (PAC) called Fairness PAC to bankroll his travels, reported.

His entry into the brings the total number of Democratic candidates to 23, including Indian-origin Senator and former Vice Joe Biden, with nearly nine months before the first votes are cast.

De Blasio has sought for years to position himself as a national progressive leader, after racking up accomplishments in his first few years in office including universal pre-kindergarten, paid sick days and living wage legislation and a city ID card available to undocumented immigrants.

But frustrations have built over New York's crumbling public housing system where hundreds of children got after officials lied about doing inspections, and high homelessness.

Polls show the faces an uphill battle in the for the One poll found that 76 per cent of City voters did not want him to run.

Under De Blasio, has challenged Trump immigration policies, including family separation, in court and maintained a commitment to fighting climate change, despite the administration's rolling back of environmental regulations and withdrawal from the climate accord.

Trump called De Blasio's bid a "joke".

"The Democrats are getting another beauty to join their group. of NYC, considered the worst Mayor in the US, will supposedly be making an announcement for today. He is a joke, but if you like high taxes and crime, he's your man. NYC hates him!"

The Mayor plans to visit and to close out the week.

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First Published: Thu, May 16 2019. 20:22 IST
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