Up Late with Alec Baldwin   |  October 11, 2013

DeBlasio's emphasis on families of all kinds

New York City mayoral candidate Bill Deblasio joins Alec Baldwin to discuss his political emphasis on families of all kinds, and helping them through hardship.

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>>> i think that what bill brings to the table, what he brings to the city, well, a few things. one, he's very smart. two, he is a person who brings people together. he's very sensitive and respectful of all peoples.

>> your wife seems like a woman who probably the greatest complement i can pay her is she seems incapable of tell a lie or having a false moment. and one of the things is how your wife feels about you. your wife is really very fond of you. and the question we wanted to ask you, what do you think it is about you that your wife loves?

>> let me reverse that for a second.

>> how did you close that deal?

>> let me reverse that for a second. the profile of the "the new york times," i would say that profile actually captured a lot of why i fell in love with her. she went through a lot of tough stuff. she came out resolute and strong and full of hope and embrace and life for the people around her and wanting to make this world different and better. she doesn't know how to tell a lie. she's forceful and strong-willed. she never lets me get away with, you know, some kind of contradicti contradiction. and i love all that about her. and i think when i started to realize, even before i realized she was the one, i always say it was love at first sight when i met her. she felt nothing. but for me, it was love at first sight . so i had a sense --

>> it was hard work.

>> right. i think we saw something similar in each other. we both had been through some difficult stuff. but we both came out still with hope intact. we loved a lot of the same things. one year in 1993 , this is a great little indicator, we were still pretty early on. it was about 1 1/keers into our rip. and there was a african film festival. we went to 21 of the 2 films. and in the process, really still in the early development of the our relationship, we found that we wanted to do the same things. we thought the same way and noticed the same things in the scenes. and i think we loved the pursuit of life's interests and the sort of, to quote an album cover of a welcome-known band, "life's rich pageant." there was a sort of joy rile grappling with things in the world.

>> do you think that new york in is place in the post-racial obama years --

>> be careful with that phrase. the boefl obama years, i don't know that i would say racial.

>> but where new yorkers in particular, to me it's post racial in terms of racial politics , where we have a re re-elected african-american, do you think the videos would have played as well as they did if your son wasn't half african-american?

>> obviously it would be gorgeous to one day have a post racial society. i think you're right, that the election of obama was a watershed moment. now we have to build on that watershed moment. here, i think there was a warmth that people connected to in the videos and ads and just the experience of our family. i can't tell you how many people told me after election night what my daughter said when she introduced me and as a parent they felt like pride in her for a daughter to be getting up there and giving that speech. for both our kids and sort of the relationship that we have, i think people have picked up on a very human level. but there is something that's true, yes, it's a indicator of a society that may be healing and getting better. but i don't think we think too ostentationously. we fell in love . and --

>> this is part of a plan.

>> and our daughter, to her great credit, she turned to the media spontaneously, it's not like my dad fell in love with a black woman 20 years ago so he could put her on display.

>> i want your kids to wear a t-shirt that says, "i'm not part of a grand plan".

>> right. we fell in love . our family. we always knew we would somehow be involved --

>> like people do.

>> but we knew one thing. we met in city hall . we body felt we were change agents in our own ways. we just knew we were about the work of change and it was something we would do together. and when you fast forward to today, there is something in everything that we did that was simply about family. family takes many forms and we love and appreciate all kinds of families. and it doesn't matter, traditional, untraditional. and there was a moment wherefore dante's birthday we went to a restaurant in brooklyn , and right in the middle of the meal, an older woman, i think italian-american from everything that i could see, and she walked up and started to talk to him about the ad. and she turned to the table and said, that ad was about family. and then she walks away. and i think that was one of those moments of ngtds. we are talking about, you know, trying to respect every kind of people, trying to have a city and government that actually helps people along that helps them through their struggles, that really loves an embraces people from the beginning point, which is family of every kind. and that's what got communicated. and it was less about look at the different skin colors and it was more about a coheerns and a hope of where we have to go as a society.

>> now, i looked at the times video, "the new york times" website. hers to lose.

>> quinn led polls for month, but more opted for a cleaner break than she offered.

>> you were in my mind you scored a defensive touchdown. someone else fumbled the ball on the 10 yard line and you ran it 90 yards in the end zone .

>> there's have very vivid analogy.

>> it was thrilling. but someone else had an apparatus that everybody else was bullet proof. what happened between him and her?

>> as a youth, i always admired deeken jones the defensive end for the rams. and i like your analogy. that's what i envision myself doing if i pursued myself in football.

>> stripping the ball.

>> i like that.

>> you did strip the ball.

>> i think the central reality is this mayor, and i could tell you the things i think he's done well that we need to continue. he's been great on the environment, public health , smart about diversity our economy. but it's not a state secret that he had a certain thing that grew with time that the closed circle got more closed. decreased. and as he pursued certainly the term limit change in '08 was the break pount point, that ended some of the faith that people had in his independence and reformism and the things that they actually liked about him. and before that, here's a really, really wealthy guy but he means well and he's using it as a vehicle of independent pens in public policy . after that it seemed a lot more self-serving. and it really framed the discussion about whether or not government was going to respond to people or whether it was going to respond to some other dynamic.

>> two quick questions. bloomberg wants you to have a world class transition. what does that mean to you?

>> i think he's been very fair on this point. the people haven't spoken, we have a lot to do. but his signals have been right.

>> and as the former city council from brooklyn , are you moving to gracie mansion or are you going to stay in brooklyn ?

>> we don't entertain that kind of question until the people speak on november 5th . that's all i can say.

>> thank you.

>> enjoyed it.

>>> i want to thank my guest today, new york city