De Blasio: 'Not the week' to announce presidential run

New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioProtesters splash red paint on NYC streets to symbolize blood De Blasio: Robert E Lee’s ‘name should be taken off everything in America, period’ House Democratic whip pushes back on calls to defund police: We need to focus on reform MORE (D) said late Monday that it was “not the week” to announce a presidential run.  

“It’s not the night, no,” told host Errol Louis on NY1 radio, according to the New York Daily News. “And not the week.”

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The mayor also told Lewis that he was not certain of his plans after news reports circulated last week claiming that de Blasio would soon enter the race.

“There was a story that assumed some specific thing that never was and you can’t have an announcement before there’s a decision,” de Blasio said, according to the newspaper. “I think that’s normal, it’s a big decision, obviously.”

If he entered the race, the New York City mayor would join a crowded field of more than 20 other announced Democratic hopefuls vying for the party’s nomination in 2020. Recent polls have shown the race largely dominated by two candidates, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.), while other hopefuls including South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) have risen in the polls as well in recent days.

De Blasio has been stoking 2020 speculation for months, and in February visited the nearby state of New Hampshire, the site of the first primary elections of 2020.

“He wants to make sure ideas like pre-K for all, paid personal time and mental health are on the table as Democrats debate the party’s vision for the future,” de Blasio’s communications director, Mike Casca, said at the time.

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