Saturday night in the early primary state of New Hampshire means political talk at a bar for Mayor de Blasio.
The mayor arrived in New Hampshire on Saturday. It’s the third visit he’s made to a state with an early nominating contest in the last three weeks. He says he has not ruled out a run for the White House. In fact, he has promised to announce a decision “sooner rather than later.”
The mayor has been pushing one central message on the road: There’s plenty of money in this country, but it’s just in the wrong hands. He says it is a line that is resonating with the public.
"They want to see their leaders say out loud there is something wrong and unacceptable and it has to be reversed…working people want to see themselves being rewarded instead of the 1 percent and it’s encouraging that this idea is being talked about in this election,” de Blasio said.
Back at home, the polls and headlines about a de Blasio White House run have been rough. Even de Blasio’s allies have warned against a 2020 run.
But in Manchester, any heat he’s getting from New Yorkers seems far away. The mayor appears at ease fielding questions and talking about his record and his stance on key policy issues.
The mayor’s Political Action Committee (PAC) is paying for these trips.
Six City Hall staffers are with him as he makes his way through New Hampshire to help him as volunteers. The PAC is paying for their travel, though.