De Blasio’s 2020 Dreams Crumble After Just 15 People Attend Iowa Campaign Event
Presidential candidate gets mixed response from weak crowd in in Cedar Rapids
New York Mayor and 2020 longshot Bill de Blasio spoke to a crowd of around 15 likely Democratic voters as he pitched his presidential dreams at an event in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
The presidential candidate took the floor at Parlor City Pub to a smattering of applause from the sluggish brunch set.
“Everything should be about our families, our lives, what everyday people are going through, what working people are going through,” de Blasio told the weak crowd.
Not counting press corps and campaign staff, the attendees, numbered around 15.
“If we as Democrats are talking about that, we’re winning,” said de Blasio, before repeating his campaign slogan, “Working people first."
“Here’s the bottom line: We have a country that’s favored the 1 percent now for literally 40 years,” said de Blasio.
“The rich have gotten richer. Everybody else has been pretty much-treading water.”
De Blasio's pitch was met with a mixed reception by the few who were in attendance.
“I liked a lot of what he said,” 78-year-old retiree Carol Wickey said.
“[But] I thought in his prepared comments he focused too much on working people.”
Wickey added that she feared the divisive tone would create a wedge between Democratic voters.
“He did not say anything that would sway me that he would be my choice as a candidate,” she said.
“Nothing made him stand out among the other two dozen people.”
Geoff Johnson questioned whether de Blasio had enough faith in the campaign’s “viability” to caucus for Hizzoner.
"There are 25 candidates,” said the 40-year-old call-center worker.
“He’s fairly high on the list, but I’m not sure he quite makes the top five at this point, but some of that may just be because of the viability situation.”
“There’s gonna be a father-son competition,” he told the Cedar Rapids attendees.
“Yes, Dante maybe younger, he may be stronger, he may be better-looking, but that’s not going to stop me. Wisdom also counts.”
But de Blasio’s fellow local politicians spent their time enjoying the annual Dominican Day Parade on Sunday, adding the mayor should’ve joined them.
“One of the largest growing communities in our city is the Dominican community, and anyone who is running for president should be here today to see the diversity that makes this city and country great,” said City Councilman Ben Kallos, who represents the Upper East Side.
Added state Attorney General Letitia James, “The mayor should definitely be here. He has a lot of potholes to fix in the city.”
Earlier this month, Bill de Blasio boasted his progressive credentials on Wednesday's debate, riling against former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris of California.
The New York City mayor promised he would "raise taxes" on wealthy Americans if he wins the election.