Former aide to 2016 presidential candidate Hilary Clinton, NY City Mayor Bill de Blasio, isn’t prepared to endorse Clinton just yet. It seems as though De Blasio’s progressive agenda won’t involve endorsing Clinton until the former Secretary of State addresses income inequality.
New York City’s mayor has repeatedly criticized Clinton’s approach and policy ideas and although the presidential candidate has displayed clear signs of improvement, there’s still a long way to go. Thus, De Blasio noted, he is prepared to tackle national policy issues himself.
Citing Clinton’s speech on criminal justice reform, Mr. De Blasio noted that the former secretary is on the right track and that she seems to be focusing on a progressive approach
“I think a lot of us, understandably, want to hear the core ideas around the fight against inequality,” Mr. De Blasio added during an MSNBC interview.
The Mayor is already preparing to unveil a progressive agenda of his own on Thursday. His 13-point proposition will be presented to the Capitol as the left’s answer to the Contract with America.
Among De Blasio’s proposed solutions, a universal pre-kindergarten program, an increase of the minimum wage, tax fairness and paid family leave are only some of the points discussed.
The cornerstone of De Blasio’s agenda is solving the issue of income inequality. When asked about this “Progressive agenda,” Mr. De Blasio underlined the yearning for a set of solutions. In the future, NYC’s mayor is planning to host bipartisan presidential discussions so that the 2016 candidates will be able to express their commitment to those issues.
NYC’s Mayor highlighted his admiration for Former Secretary Clinton, pointing to the many years of fruitful collaboration they shared. Despite this deep admiration, though, he feels that the US lies at a critical crossroads where clear visions and workable economic plans are paramount.
“I think that the typical American believes in progressive taxation and wants people to pay their fair share,” he said.
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