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 BlasioNew York to honor Ginsburg with statue in Brooklyn The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association - White House moves closer to Pelosi on virus relief bill New York again pushes back in-person classes MORE (D) hit former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenJoe Biden looks to expand election battleground into Trump country Trump puts Supreme Court fight at center of Ohio rally Special counsel investigating DeVos for potential Hatch Act violation: report MORE and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisJoe Biden looks to expand election battleground into Trump country Fox's Napolitano: Supreme Court confirmation hearings will be 'World War III of political battles' Rush Limbaugh encourages Senate to skip hearings for Trump's SCOTUS nominee 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.