CNN grilled New York City Mayor and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Bill de Blasio on Sunday after he received no support in a newly released poll.
“How do you process this information that not one single Iowa voter named you as a first or second choice in this new polling?” CNN’s Ana Cabrera asked de Blasio.
“Ana, it’s a poll of 600 Iowans, eight months before the caucuses,” de Blasio responded. “This is just the beginning of a very long process.”
“I wonder if being New York City mayor might hurt you in a place like Iowa in that voters may look at you skeptically given life in the big apple is a lot different than life in a Midwest rural community,” Cabrera pressed.
“It’s a fair concern,” de Blasio answered. “But I’m hearing about the same issues I hear from my constituents in New York. I think the Democratic Party for decades formed a coalition, a rural-urban coalition. That’s what Franklin Delano Roosevelt did, it worked for Democrats. It was about working people, farmers, factory workers, everyday people.”