Asked about his Iowa operation, de Blasio acknowledged that his political action committee, Fairness PAC, has conducted polling in the state. “The ultimate decision as I’ve said is a personal one and a family one but of course it makes sense to look at other information,” he said.
De Blasio’s possible presidential campaign has not attracted wide support. A Quinnipiac poll last month found that 76 percent of New York City voters don’t want him to seek the Democratic nomination for president.
But de Blasio’s supporters say he has a proven record on issues such as police reform and expanding full-day prekindergarten citywide.
“Bill de Blasio has had a fair amount of big, progressive achievements as mayor of New York City,” said Rebecca Katz, a former adviser who is not working on de Blasio’s possible presidential campaign. “I don’t want to get in his head too much, but my guess is he wants the world to see it, understand it and thank him for it.”
The mayor spoke hours after Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado announced that he was joining the Democratic primary race.
De Blasio, who is term-limited and must find a new job after 2021, denied he would be running mainly to raise his profile and secure a position in another Democrat’s administration.