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The race for New York City mayor kicked off in earnest Wednesday, as incumbent Mayor Bill de Blasio, fresh off his Democratic primary victory, traded barbs with Republican opponent Nicole Malliotakis at separate campaign events.
De Blasio, who trounced a field of underdog primary rivals Tuesday by collecting 74 percent of the vote, addressed about two dozen supporters at his campaign headquarters in Brooklyn, where he called the upcoming general election a battle “between a progressive Democrat and a pro-Trump Republican.”
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Malliotakis, a state assemblywoman from Staten Island who voted for Donald Trump in the general election after endorsing Marco Rubio in the primary, said at a news conference in Queens that de Blasio was trying to raise his profile by making the race about the president who polls show is largely unpopular in his hometown.
“I’m not in this race to fight an ideological war. I’m not looking to do what the mayor is doing, which is try to raise a national profile,” Malliotakis told reporters before visiting a church senior center.
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She said she opposed Trump’s move to revoke the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which shielded from deportation young immigrants who came illegally to the United States as children and allowed them to work. De Blasio also has denounced the program’s elimination, and has said the city would use its legal resources to protect affected residents.
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