De Blasio denies attacking Obama in debates: 'It's a family discussion'

New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioProtesters splash red paint on NYC streets to symbolize blood De Blasio: Robert E Lee’s ‘name should be taken off everything in America, period’ House Democratic whip pushes back on calls to defund police: We need to focus on reform MORE (D) said Friday that he did not attack former President Obama during the second Democratic presidential debate this week when he and other candidates asked former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE about his role in Obama-era deportations. 

“I was not attacking Obama,” de Blasio said in an appearance on “The View.”


“It’s questioning whether those deportations made sense and asking a vice president to explain his role in it,” he added. 

The mayor called his disagreement with Biden a “family discussion.”

“If we can have this discussion in our family — and yeah in this case it’s a family discussion that happens to be televised, we then can figure out who we are as Democrats and go into battle ready to win,” De Blasio said. 

He also said he challenged Biden because he wanted Biden to explain what he did and what he stands for.

The interview followed a tense Wednesday night debate moment in which de Blasio pressed Biden, the 2020 front-runner, on his opinion on whether 3 million deportations under the Obama administration were a good idea.

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-N.J.) also went after Biden’s relationship with Obama, saying the former vice president couldn’t pick and choose when to tout his Obama connection. 

The candidates are among more than two dozen vying for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.  

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