During his mayoral campaign, Adams separated himself from economically left-wing Democrats like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and other policymakers he described as having “socialist” leanings
New York City Mayor Eric Adams is reportedly interested a bid for the 2024 Democratic presidential nomination if Joe Biden, the oldest president in American history, decides not to run for a second term.
An anonymous source close to Adams told the New York Post Adams thinks the national party has gone too far left, and the mayor thinks he has a platform to win.
“Eric has told me repeatedly that he thinks that he has a platform to run for national office, for president in 2024,” the source said. “He has said that repeatedly. He thinks New York is a national platform.”
Adams, a former Police Captain for the NYPD, garnered national attention after winning a tight race in New York, becoming the city’s 110th mayor and second mayor of color.
He campaigned on a tough-on-crime platform, promising safer streets and smarter policies to a city which has seen rising crime since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the first five months of Adam’s leadership, the city has so far continued to struggle with crimeADVERTISEMENT
“The policies I ran on, they were clear,” Adams told voters in November 2021. “It’s about being safe. It’s about working on behalf of blue-collar people.”
During his mayoral campaign, Adams separated himself from economically left-wing Democrats like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and other policymakers he described as having “socialist” leanings. He has taken a firm stance against what he sees as a threat to the country’s identity.
“I’m no longer running against candidates. I’m running against a movement. All across the country, the DSA socialists are mobilizing to stop Eric Adams,” Adams told voters last year.
He’s been criticized from inside his party for his opposition to some leftist policies, like calls to defund the police.ADVERTISEMENT
“Right now, we would be not saying just ‘Mr. Mayor,’ you’d probably be saying ‘Mr. President,’” he said.
Adams’ advisor Even Thies said the mayor has not discussed presidential aspirations with anyone at this time.
“The mayor has not had any conversations with anyone about running for president,” Thies said. “He is 100% focused on lowering crime and improving the economy in New York, and bringing this city back.”