With New York City poised to elect its next mayor in less than three months, on Tuesday evening "Piers Morgan Live" welcomed current race leader Bill de Blasio for a live, primetime interview.
Joined by actress Cynthia Nixon, de Blasio listened proudly as his endorser sung his praises:
"I've known him fighting in the trenches for public schools and for public school funding and to fight back budget cutbacks. For me, there is no other candidate that is going to, you know, change the course of the last 12 years and create a fairer and more equitable New York for everybody," said the woman who made "Sex and the City's" Miranda Hobbes a household name. "There was never any choice in my mind."
Referencing another, slightly more controversial Democratic candidate, Morgan asked Nixon if the "subtle charms of Anthony Weiner" have appealed to her.
Grinning, the 47-year-old Grammy and Emmy award winner said she hasn't been impressed:
"I feel like in a race that's been marked by scandal and really small ideas, in Bill de Blasio, we have a guy with big ideas who's a real game changer ... it's so welcome and so overdue," Nixon told Morgan.
Joining "Piers Morgan Live" in the program's New York City studio, Nixon detailed the ways in which her candidate differs from the others:
"He is the only person running who has the guts to go out there and say, 'we need to have a small tax on the rich so we can provide universal, full-day, Pre-K for every four-year-old in New York City.'"
Allowing himself to dream forward into the future, de Blasio revealed the elements of his agenda that he feels would have the greatest likelihood of being achieved during his term:
"The inequality that is really unfortunately fundamentally affecting people all over the city," stressed the candidate. "A lot of New Yorkers are struggling. So my number one hope is after four years to have fundamentally addressed the inequality issue, the tax on the wealthy to start to fix our schools, for example. Paid sick leave, here's an area where hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers have no paid sick days, and the city has the power to pass local legislation that would achieve that. And then finally, stop and frisk."
With one term in the books, what might success look like to de Blasio?
"I want to say that at the end of four years we've actually brought police and community back together and that we've respected the constitution."
Watch the clip for more of Morgan's interview with Nixon and De Blasio, and for the next edition of "Piers Morgan Live," watch CNN every night at 9.
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