PREZ BLAZ?

New York Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - BY JIL­LIAN JORGENSEN

MAYOR WON’T RULE OUT 2020 RUN

Blaz for Prez?

Mayor de Bla­sio re­fused to rule out run­ning for Pres­i­dent in 2020 in an in­ter­view Sun­day.

“I never rule things out, be­cause you never know what life brings,” de Bla­sio told CNN’s Jake Tap­per.

The re­marks cap off a week of de Bla­sio court­ing na­tional press for pro­pos­als such as a city law re­quir­ing em­ploy­ers to pro­vide at least two weeks of paid va­ca­tion and ex­panded ac­cess to ex­ist­ing city health care pro­grams.

While he told Tap­per he was “fo­cused” on his cur­rent work, de Bla­sio said he was also ea­ger to ditch City Hall and take his show on the road.

“I’m fo­cused on the job I have, but I’ve also been re­ally clear — I’m go­ing to spread this mes­sage,” he said.

De Bla­sio ar­gued the party is fac­ing se­ri­ous ques­tions in the leadup to the 2020 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion — and that he needs to be part of the con­ver­sa­tion.

“There are still a lot of mod­er­ate voices in the party that did not learn the les­sons of 2016, that are not lis­ten­ing to what peo­ple need in this coun­try,” he said. “So I want to push this whole party, and I want to in­form this de­bate in this coun­try about the fact that we could go a lot farther, we could be a lot bolder than what we’re do­ing now.”

De Bla­sio was re­elected as mayor in 2017 and his term runs through the end of 2021 — mean­ing he’d have to cut his may­oralty short and spend much of his sec­ond term out of town if he does ac­tu­ally make a White House bid.

De Bla­sio had pledged to serve his full four years as mayor if re­elected dur­ing a 2017 pri­mary de­bate.

Sen. Kirsten Gil­li­brand made a sim­i­lar prom­ise — but ap­pears poised to run for Pres­i­dent any­way.

Asked if he might sup­port his home-state se­na­tor’s pres­i­den­tial cam­paign in 2020, de Bla­sio de­murred.

“I don’t talk about hy­po­thetic sit­u­a­tions,” he said. “There’s a lot of good can­di­dates. My point is the mes­sage and the ideas that we should be talk­ing about.”

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