De Blasio: Democratic debates should address 'why did we lose and what do we do differently'

De Blasio: Democratic debates should address 'why did we lose and what do we do differently'
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New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioDe Blasio slams Bloomberg on stop and frisk: He only apologized because he's running for president Please bring back the old (pragmatic, centrist) Mike Bloomberg De Blasio to Buttigieg: 'Try to not be so smug when you just got your ass kicked' MORE (D), one of the two dozen Democratic presidential hopefuls, said Sunday that the Democratic primary debates should focus on "why did we lose [in 2016] and what do we do differently?"

In his view, he said on ABC's "This Week," the reason was “we stopped talking to working people, some of them stayed home, some of them voted for Trump."


“The Democratic party did not seem like the party of labor unions, the party that would fight for the working man and woman, and so we lost the allegiance of a lot of people who’ve been with us for generations,” de Blasio added. “We can’t let that happen again."

Asked by ABC’s George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosTrump says he wants 'no help from any country' in 2020 election Rahm Emanuel: Sanders is 'stoppable' National security adviser: 'I haven't seen any intelligence' that Russia is trying to help Trump MORE about former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden looks to shore up lead in S.C. Hillicon Valley: Dems cancel surveillance vote after pushback to amendments | Facebook to ban certain coronavirus ads | Lawmakers grill online ticketing execs | Hacker accessed facial recognition company's database Vulnerable Democrats brace for Sanders atop ticket MORE’s campaign, which has emphasized Biden’s ties to organized labor, de Blasio was skeptical.

“Joe Biden needs to back up that warm folksy rhetoric with a vision that will actually help working people,” de Blasio said, citing Biden’s support for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and remarks assuring wealthy donors that a Biden presidency would not upset the status quo.

Americans “want to break out of that status quo,” de Blasio added. Controversies over issues like President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes MORE’s tweets, he said, are “very artfully … keeping attention off that central issue.”