De Blasio admits he may drop out of 2020 race if he doesn't qualify for October debate

1010 WINS Newsroom
September 04, 2019 - 3:38 pm
Bill de Blasio

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Mayor-turned-Democratic presidential candidate Bill de Blasio admitted Wednesday that he may drop out of the 2020 race if he does not qualify for the October debate. 

De Blasio failed to qualify for the September debate because he didn't meet the polling and funding thresholds. 

"I don't think the debates are the end all be all," he said. "The polling bears that out, the debates have had actually very little impact on polling. But they are kind of the main street of the dialogue."

He continued, "So obviously I wanted to get into the September debates. That wasn't possible."

Looking ahead at the following debate, he said, "I'm going to try to get into the October debates if I can. I think that's a good reason to keep going forward and if I can't I think it's really tough to conceive of continuing."

 It was the first time de Blasio appeared to give himself a deadline for dropping out of the race he joined in May.
Four candidates including de Blasio's fellow New Yorker Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand dropped out of the race last month when it became clear that they would not qualify for the September debate, but de Blasio has suggested that a viral moment may win him a surge of support.
"People go from unheard of to totally famous in 72 hours in America now,'' he said Wednesday. ``So a candidate like me who's not that well known yet, you ask me in 72 hours, right? And something might change.''

De Blasio, who is in his second term, said he is not neglecting his duties as mayor as he campaigns around the country.
"This is a job that requires energy and attention every hour of every day and that's what I do,'' de Blasio said. "There's countless phone calls, countless emails, checking in on all different leaders of different agencies and folks in City Hall. And that is why you continue to see a host of initiatives moving forward. It's the nature of the job as a CEO that you're responsible for making sure that everything is moving. And everything is moving. That's just the reality.''