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Politico: De Blasio Embraces Clinton, Shows Admiration for Sanders

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By    |   Friday, 01 Apr 2016 11:17 AM

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced his support for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, but despite his announcement, Politico reports the New York Mayor is Clinton's most out-of-sync supporter whose views are more closely aligned to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

As the New York primary approaches on April 19, de Blasio declared he would "work hard to help Clinton deliver a decisive win in New York," but Politico notes the mayor couldn't help but show his admiration for Sanders. 

"I'm trying to live out my values," he explained of his Clinton endorsement. "I have a long history with Hillary and a real belief that she's put forward a real vision.

"I very consistently note Bernie has made tremendous contributions. What he's doing is very helpful for this country and for the party."

As Clinton and de Blasio prepare to hold a joint event together in the coming weeks, Politico notes that Clinton's operatives recognize the New York mayor is seen positively by more than half of the Democratic voters there, as well as by African-Americans and Hispanics — voters Clinton needs to defeat Sanders.

Although de Blasio is supporting Clinton, he hinted that the same may not ring true for his two daughters who played major roles in his 2013 campaign.

"They're both adults," he said of his daughters who may be "feeling the Bern."

"This much I can say: They are very distressed by inequality, both are very concerned about college debt and what it means," de Blasio added.

"They have a very sharp real world view of the economic challenges ahead. And they're of course fundamentally concerned about structural racism. They want to see more change."

When asked if he was surprised the primary was extending into April, de Blasio said "the Democratic Party is changing profoundly" and he's excited for the "circus to come to town" on April 19.

"The last competitive presidential primary in New York for Democrats was 1992," he said. "That's not good in terms of voter participation. I don't think it's good for issues pertinent to the state getting on the national stage.

"It's very good; and it's going to allow more discussion of the kinds of things that matter here that we need, like investing in infrastructure, mass transit, education and why the core plans to address income inequality are particularly necessary for our cities."


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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced his support for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, but despite his announcement, Politico reports the New York Mayor is Clinton's most out-of-sync supporter whose views are more closely aligned to Vermont Sen....
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