De Blasio attacks Biden and Harris in opening statement

De Blasio attacks Biden and Harris in opening statement
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New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioMayor accuses de Blasio of dumping New York's homeless in Newark Conservatives must absolutely talk politics at the Thanksgiving table Booker campaign announces six-figure ad buy to qualify for December debate MORE (D) hit former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump to hold campaign rally in Michigan Castro hits fundraising threshold for December debate Buttigieg draws fresh scrutiny, attacks in sprint to Iowa MORE and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisCastro hits fundraising threshold for December debate Poll: Majority of voters name TV as primary news source Buttigieg: Harris 'deserves to be under anybody's consideration' for vice president MORE (D-Calif.) during his opening statement at Wednesday's Democratic presidential primary debate, contrasting himself with the two front-runners on stage.

"There are good people on this stage, but there are real differences," de Blasio said in Detroit.

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"Joe Biden told wealthy donors that nothing with fundamentally change if he were president," he added. "Kamala Harris said she's not trying to restructure society. Well, I am."

De Blasio, who entered the race in May, has struggled to make headway in the polls and fundraising amid the crowded Democratic field.

The mayor presented himself as a progressive leader and appeared to be drawing a contrast between himself and Harris and Biden, painting them as more moderate.

He also appeared to be taking a page out of Harris's playbook from the first Democratic debates last month, when she confronted Biden on his civil rights record.

Harris's move on the second night of the first debates paid off for her in the polls and fundraising, pushing her into the primary field's top tier.