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 BlasioDe Blasio knocks Bloomberg over stop and frisk apology Deval Patrick enters 2020 race De Blasio slams Bloomberg run for president: He 'epitomizes the status quo' 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 BidenFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE, on the other hand, has regained a double-digit lead over fellow White House contenders, reaching 29 percent support in the poll.

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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 TrumpFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate 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 Ann WarrenFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE (Mass.), Bernie SandersBernie SandersFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE (I-Vt.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisFive takeaways from the Democratic debate Gabbard, Buttigieg battle over use of military in Mexico Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE (Calif.) — have met the polling and fundraising thresholds to take the debate stage this fall.