New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio Ends 2020 Presidential Bid

'It's clearly not my time,' de Blasio says, vowing to support whoever wins the Democratic Party's nomination

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio addresses a crowd in South Carolina, September 16, 2019.
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday said during an MSNBC television appearance that he is dropping out of the 2020 presidential campaign.

De Blasio, 58, launched his candidacy in May with the central campaign message "Working People First", becoming at the time the 24th Democrat to attempt to take on President Donald Trump in next year's election.

He had announced his presidential run by heading to the Statue of Liberty, where he said the country is in an “identity crisis” around immigration, which he called “the founding and unifying element of the American experience.”

The mayor, who is barred from seeking a third four-year term in New York in 2021, has struggled to build a national profile, eclipsed by progressive U.S. senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

De Blasio said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that he would support whoever wins the Democratic Party's nomination.

He said he feels he’s contributed all he can “to this primary election,” but “it’s clearly not my time.”

“We are figuring out who we are,” de Blasio said then. “There are American values we need to return to and fight for in order to achieve our greatest potential.”