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 BlasioPatagonia says to shut stores for a few hours during Global Climate Strike Nearly 60 US mayors pen op-ed backing Buttigieg's 2020 bid Gabbard drives coverage in push to qualify for October debate 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."

Asked by ABC’s George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosSunday shows - Guns dominate after Democratic debate Cruz on reported Kavanaugh allegations: There's nobody Democrats don't want to impeach Klobuchar: Investigation into Kavanaugh 'a sham' MORE about former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenGiuliani clashes with CNN's Cuomo, calls him a 'sellout' and the 'enemy' Giuliani says 'of course' he asked Ukraine to look into Biden seconds after denying it Trump whistleblower complaint involves Ukraine: report 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 TrumpMarine unit in Florida reportedly pushing to hold annual ball at Trump property Giuliani clashes with CNN's Cuomo, calls him a 'sellout' and the 'enemy' Giuliani says 'of course' he asked Ukraine to look into Biden seconds after denying it MORE’s tweets, he said, are “very artfully … keeping attention off that central issue.”