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Mayor de Blasio still thinks he has a shot at the White House


Mayor de Blasio still thinks his presidential campaign could still take off after four months of low polls and mediocre fundraising.

“There’s still time on the clock,” de Blasio said on WNYC’s “The Brian Lehrer Show” Friday.

Hizzoner suggested earlier this month that he would suspend his long-shot bid for the White House if he doesn’t make the October primary debate.

The mayor said recent proposals – including a “robot tax” as part of a plan to protect workers from automation – “got some good attention.” De Blasio also visited San Juan earlier this week where he unveiled a plan to “restore and revitalize” Puerto Rico.

“These kind of ideas, I think, have a life of their own and bring a lot of support,” the mayor said on WNYC.

De Blasio has until 11:59 p.m. Oct. 1 to meet polling and fundraising thresholds to make next month’s debate. The same qualifications were place for Thursday’s debate, which he missed, though de Blasio has said he hopes to make the stage in mid-October with another few weeks of fundraising and polls.

To get in both the September and October debates, candidates must earn at least 2% in four separate national or early-state polls and their campaigns have to have 130,000 unique donors and 400 individual contributors per state in at least 20 states.

De Blasio consistently polls around zero to 1% and he’s refused to detail his fundraising progress since June 30, when the most recent federal campaign filing period ended.

By the end of June, the mayor raised $1.1 million from roughly 6,700 donors. The Daily News found that at least $370,000 in contributions – roughly a third of the haul – are tied to people and entities with business or interests before the city.

Most of his contributions also came from members of the Hotel Trades Council, which endorsed de Blasio’s campaign for president in June. The de Blasio administration moved to require a special permit for hotel development – which the major industry union had been pushing and city planners have balked at since Mayor Bloomberg pushed for one.

Still, de Blasio continued to insist Friday that the donations don’t sway public policy.

“The folks who have donated are folks I have worked with and know,” de Blasio said on WNYC. “I make decisions on the merits.”