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 BlasioSenate Democrats push Trump to permanently shutter migrant detention facility The Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape CNN to host de Blasio, Bullock town halls MORE (D) hit former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPossible GOP challenger says Trump doesn't doesn't deserve reelection, but would vote for him over Democrat Joe Biden faces an uncertain path The Memo: Trump pushes back amid signs of economic slowdown MORE and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisJoe Biden faces an uncertain path Biden: 'There's an awful lot of really good Republicans out there' Fighter pilot vs. astronaut match-up in Arizona could determine control of Senate 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.


"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.