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 BlasioOversight panel eyes excessive bail, jail overcrowding in New York City The real 'threat to democracy'? Pols who polarize us with their opinions Five faces from the media who became political candidates 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."

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“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."

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“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 TrumpFormer defense secretary Esper sues Pentagon in memoir dispute Biden celebrates start of Hanukkah Fauci says lies, threats are 'noise' MORE’s tweets, he said, are “very artfully … keeping attention off that central issue.”