De Blasio brushes off low poll numbers: 'The vast majority of Democratic voters are going to make their decision late'

De Blasio brushes off low poll numbers: 'The vast majority of Democratic voters are going to make their decision late'
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New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioFear first, education last? MSNBC contributor Maya Wiley departs network to explore New York mayoral run NYPD has arrested at least eight for vandalizing Black Lives Matter memorial MORE, a 2020 White House hopeful, on Tuesday rejected concerns about his low poll numbers, saying most Democratic voters are “going to make their decision late.”

"There is not, in the end, I think, a sense among Democratic voters that they are secure where they want to go,” de Blasio told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota. “The vast majority of Democratic voters are going to make their decision late.

“I’ve proven in New York that big changes can happen,” de Blasio added. “When I go all over the country, this is what people want to see, and I can say, ‘Hey, I’ve actually gotten this done.' So the more people get to know this record and this vision that I have, I think it’s going to move people.” 

De Blasio has less than 1 percent support in a new CNN poll, trailing more than a dozen other 2020 Democrats. Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe Biden2020 Democratic Party platform endorses Trump's NASA moon program Don't let Trump distract us from the real threat of his presidency Abrams: Trump 'doing his best to undermine our confidence' in voting system MORE, on the other hand, has regained a double-digit lead over fellow White House contenders, reaching 29 percent support in the poll.


Part of the challenge, de Blasio said on CNN, is to “prove that you can get things done for the American people” and to be “tough enough” to point out President TrumpDonald John TrumpOklahoma City Thunder players kneel during anthem despite threat from GOP state lawmaker Microsoft moving forward with talks to buy TikTok after conversation with Trump Controversial Trump nominee placed in senior role after nomination hearing canceled MORE’s failed campaign promises, taking aim at Biden in his presidential pitch.

“With all due respect to Joe Biden … you’re not going to see Democrats want a candidate without that strong message, because without that message, we don’t beat Donald Trump,” he said.

De Blasio, who launched his White House bid in May, has yet to qualify for the third round of Democratic presidential primary debates in September.

Ten other Democratic presidential contenders — including Biden and Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Warren4 reasons why Trump can't be written off — yet Here are top contenders to be Biden's VP Kamala Harris to young Black women at conference: 'I want you to be ambitious' MORE (Mass.), Bernie SandersBernie SandersGOP lawmaker: Democratic Party 'used to be more moderate' 4 reasons why Trump can't be written off — yet Progressives lost the battle for the Democratic Party's soul MORE (I-Vt.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThe 'pitcher of warm spit' — Veepstakes and the fate of Mike Pence Crump, attorney for George Floyd's family, endorses Harris for Biden VP pick Davis: My recommendation for vice president on Biden ticket MORE (Calif.) — have met the polling and fundraising thresholds to take the debate stage this fall.