New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has yet to endorse Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, but he says he does not encourage Vice President Joe Biden to make a 2016 run.
“Joe Biden is a great human being,” de Blasio said in a television interview with NY1’s Errol Louis on Thursday night. “I think he’s done extraordinary things for this nation.”
However, “If you’re talking about the state of the presidential race, I think it’s pretty straightforward: We have a very impressive group of Democratic candidates right now,” de Blasio said. “I don’t think we need additional candidates.”
The mayor’s announcement came as the Vice President was visiting New York City, otherwise known as “Clinton Country,” to support Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a pep rally at the Javits Convention Center to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour statewide.
And, although raising the minimum wage is one of de Blasio’s top priorities, the New York Times notes that the mayor was not included in the pep rally, nor did they have any time scheduled to meet during the vice president’s visit.