New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is telling Democrats in Iowa that he has not ruled out a run for president.

The Sioux City Journal reports that de Blasio told voters at a Sioux City bar on Saturday that the Democratic Party must return to its progressive roots.

He said working people will “answer the call of the Democratic Party” if they hear that the party is “resolute in defense of their interests.”

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at an event hosted by the local Democratic party in Sioux City, Iowa, Saturday, Feb. (Justin Wan/Sioux City Journal via AP)
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at an event hosted by the local Democratic party in Sioux City, Iowa, Saturday, Feb. (Justin Wan/Sioux City Journal via AP)

In recent decades, de Blasio suggested the party has been taken over by moderates, at the expense of the common people. Yet he suggested the party can win over the working class once again. 

“I know working people can answer the call of the Democratic Party easily, in every part of the country, if they heard that we were resolute in defense of their interests. I know it. I’ve seen it,” he said. 

“I have not ruled out a run for president, obviously,” de Blasio said during his remarks. In a later conversation with reporters, he said the decision is a personal one, and that he wants to further consult his family.

The prospect of a de Blasio White House run has not been warmly received in the mayor’s hometown.

Seven candidates attending a debate for New York City public advocate on Wednesday all said de Blasio was not qualified to run for president. Assemblyman Ron Kim, a Democrat from Queens, called de Blasio “completely delusional.”

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, center, talks with Paul Chelstad, left, and Mark Leonard of Sioux City during an event hosted by the local Democratic party in Sioux City, Iowa, Saturday, Feb. (Justin Wan/Sioux City Journal via AP)
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, center, talks with Paul Chelstad, left, and Mark Leonard of Sioux City during an event hosted by the local Democratic party in Sioux City, Iowa, Saturday, Feb. (Justin Wan/Sioux City Journal via AP)
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at a event hosted by the local Democratic party in Sioux City, Iowa on Saturday, Feb. (Justin Wan/Sioux City Journal via AP)
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at a event hosted by the local Democratic party in Sioux City, Iowa on Saturday, Feb. (Justin Wan/Sioux City Journal via AP)

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