Democratic candidate for mayor Bill de Blasio campaigned in Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx Monday, and despite his significant lead in the polls, he took some parting shots at his Republican opponent, Joseph Lhota. NY1's Grace Rauh filed the following report.
Bill de Blasio says he is always the underdog. Even though he leads in the polls by more than 40 points, he says he is approaching Election Day as though he and Republican Joe Lhota are running neck-in-neck.
"My entire political career, I've run from behind. I've been an underdog. I'm used to that," he said. "And I think it's the only way to do both the work in politics and the work in government, is to be scrappy, have an underdog attitude, to assume you've got a lot of work to do. You can't ever rest on your laurels."
De Blasio had a busy day of campaigning Monday, much busier than most of his days have been since he won the Democratic primary in September.
He kicked things off at a subway stop in Bay Ridge. He swung by a senior center in Edenwald in the Bronx. He wound things down at Rochdale Village in Queens, where he urged his supporters to knock on doors and get people to the polls.
"This is the tool to victory, my friends. It's a new technology we developed. It's highly sophisticated. You can't even see where the electric wire goes in. It's called a clipboard," he said.
The day was not just about rallying the base to get out the vote. De Blasio took several swipes at his Republican rival. He knocked Lhota for campaigning with his old boss, former mayor Rudolph Giuliani.
De Blasio says that Lhota's refusal to tax the wealthy is just one of many areas where they differ. He says that unlike other elections, where voters complain that they can't tell the difference between the candidates, there is a clear choice between him and Lhota, and if the polls are to be believed, voters seem to be choosing him.
It's somewhat remarkable that on the eve of Election Day, de Blasio is in such a strong position. Earlier this summer, polls showed him to be in fourth place in the Democratic primary, but he went on to become the one to beat in the race for mayor of New York City.