Combative Weiner still says he can win
September 9th, 2013
08:46 AM ET
5 years ago

Combative Weiner still says he can win

(CNN) – The day before New York City's mayoral primary, embattled Democratic candidate Anthony Weiner still thinks he has a good chance of winning, maintaining that voters are far more interested in his policies than his personal history.

The former congressman, in an interview on NBC's "Today Show" said that his chances going into the primary are good, despite the latest polls showing Weiner in single digits, far behind city public advocate Bill de Blasio, council speaker Christine Quinn and comptroller Bill Thompson.

An aggressive, almost combative Weiner spent much of the interview arguing that the media has focused too much on revelations that he sexted even after he resigned from Congress in 2011 after a controversy over his sending of such lewd messages. He said he was finished answering questions about his wife, top Hillary Clinton adviser Huma Abedin, and he rejected the notion that he should have avoided a run because of his personal history.

"I didn't think you [the media] should get to decide, I thought voters should get to decide. I knew the media coverage should be what the media coverage is," Weiner said. "But I thought that citizens wanted a choice."

Weiner has spent the months since the new sexting revelations pushing back against the media coverage, attempting instead to paint himself as an underdog with the ideas New York voters want. "You have this fascination about making this a soap opera," he said.

Win or lose Tuesday, Weiner would not comment on his political future and said that he has no intention of seeking a return to Congress. "Congress is not that good a job anymore," he said.

"There's such a center of gravity around stopping anything from happening. The Tea Party right has frankly held the place hostage. It's not a great place if you want to go and solve problems. Being mayor of the city of New York is a better place."

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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Data Driven

    "The Tea Party right has frankly held the place hostage. It's not a great place if you want to go and solve problems."

    When he's right, he's right.

    September 9, 2013 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  2. kirk

    He is right about that, nothing will get done until the gop is the minority, very corrupt congress

    September 9, 2013 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  3. kirk

    Ahh yes, the Karl Rove school of denial

    September 9, 2013 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  4. Tom

    I suppose the good news is we only have to put up with this clown for another 24 hours then his political career can vanish into history.

    September 9, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  5. O'drama ya Mama

    Why is it that the media refuses to report on his policies. He actually does have really good ideas for NYC. Although he does have personal issues, I actually like him better then any of the other candidates when it comes to his polices.

    September 9, 2013 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  6. kirk

    Combative weiner, ha ha, yeah, he's a real tool

    September 9, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  7. ThinkAgain

    Wiener's wife really should divorce him. She will only get sicker trying to be in a relationship with such an egomaniacal, self-centered, addict.

    September 9, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  8. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Anthony, the only way you can win the Democratic primary is if your three opponents either withdraw or die. Of course, your victory in the primary will guarantee a Republican win in the general election, so think carefully.

    September 9, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    "Congress is not that good a job anymore," he said.
    Probably the smartest thing that he's said in years.

    September 9, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |