Exclusive - Bill de Blasio Extended Interview Pt. 3

  • Aired:  02/03/14
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In this exclusive, unedited interview, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio defends his plan raise money for universal pre-K access. (2:54)

LET ME ASK YOU A QUESTION.BECAUSE I'M GOING TO END UPPAYING A LITTLE BIT MORE.

CAN I GO TO THE PRE-K AND BELIKE YOU ARE MINE!

[LAUGHTER]AND SO YOU BETTER GET THOSE

GRADES UP BECAUSE I'M ON YOURASS.

>> WE'RE GOING TO CREATE APROGRAM FOR YOU THAT ALLOWS YOU

TO DO THAT.

I THINK YOU DESERVE THAT RIGHT.

>> Jon: THE 50/50 THING NOFLY?

>> I THINK WE NEED MORE RELIABLEMONEY.

THE STATE HASN'T OFFERED ASPECIFIC DOLLAR FIGURE.

THIS IS A FIVE YEAR $2.6 BILLIONPLAN TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERY

CHILD GETS A STRONG START INSCHOOL.

>> Jon: COULDN'T BLOOMBERGCHUCKED THAT IN ON HIS WAY OUT?

THREW IT INTO A POT.

>> IT COULD HAVE BEEN AGRATUITY.

>> Jon: THANKS FOR HAVING MEAS MAYOR.

HAVE SOME PRE-K.

>> SOMETHING FOR YOU, PAL.

[ LAUGHTER ]HERE IS THE THING.

WHEN I TALK TO WEALTHIER FOLKSAND SAY WE WANT YOU TO PAY A

LITTLE MORE SO WE CAN DO THIS.

SOME PEOPLE GET UPSET AND SAYARE YOU TRYING TO PUNISHSUCCESS.

I SAY WE'RE NOT TRYING TO PUNISHSUCCESS WE'RE TRYING TO CREATE

MORE SUCCESS STORIES.

>> Jon: I UNDERSTAND THAT THEPEOPLE IS THAT HAVE DONE VERY

WELL IN THIS CITY HAVE DONE WELLIN THIS CITY BECAUSE OF THE

OPPORTUNITY THAT THIS CITY ANDITS INFRASTRUCTURE HAVE OFFERED

US.

I THINK IT'S THE LEAST WE CAN DOTO AS THEY SAY PAY IT FORWARD.

THIS IS NOT YOU HAVE TO GIVE US95% OF YOUR MONEY.

IT'S A REASONABLE WAY OF LOOKINGAT IT.

THAT BEING SAID, THE FEAR IS WERETURN TO A DIFFERENT TIME IN

NEW YORK WHEN IT WAS LESSORDERLY AND THINGS WERE MORE

CHAOTIC AND HOW DO YOU TELLPEOPLE THAT THAT IS NOT THE CASE

THAT THIS IS GOING TO BE CHANGEBUT DONE IN A MANNER THAT

IS MUCH MORE REASONABLYPRESCRIBED?

>> WHENEVER YOU SEE APROGRESSIVE MOMENT.

WHENEVER YOU SEE PROGRESSIVELEADERS COME INTO OFFICE THAT

CHARGE IS THROWN IN ONE WAY ORANOTHER THAT WE'LL HAVE A MORE

COMPASSIONATE SOCIETY.

IT'S SPECIOUS. IT'S NOT TRUE.

THE BOTTOM LINE IS WE KNOW THEGREAT THREAT TO THIS COUNTRY IS

INEQUALITY.

THE GREAT THREAT TO THIS CITY ISINEQUALITY.

IT'S GOING TO BE UNSUSTAINABLEFOR THE LONG TERM.

PEOPLE NEED A CORE HOPE IN OURSOCIETY.

THEY NEED A CORE AMOUNT OFVISIBILE OPPORTUNITY AND IT'S

SLIPPING AWAY.

IF YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUTDESTABILIZING REALITIES TALK

ABOUT INEQUALITY.

PROGRESSIVES CAN RUNGOVERNMENTS EFFECTIVELY. CANFOCUS ON PUBLIC SAFETY AND BERESPONSIBLE BUT

WE'LL DO IT IN A WAY THATRESPECTS PEOPLES' RIGHTS.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>> Jon: I'LL HAVE YOU BACK IN

THREE YEARS.

WE'LL TALK ABOUT IT.

[ LAUGHTER ]MAYOR BILL DEBLASIO.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE][CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

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