TODAY   |  September 09, 2013

Anthony Weiner: I have ‘good’ chance to win primary

The controversial New York City mayoral candidate, who has struggled to keep his campaign on message in the wake of scandals related to sexting, said that in spite of his fourth-place ranking in popular polls, he hasn’t dropped out of the race because he believes the voters should decide whether he gets elected.

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>> but we'll begin this half hour with anthony weiner . the democratic primary is tomorrow. anthony good morning.

>> good morning.

>> good to see you. i don't have to tell you where the polls are. the last one had you at 7%. do you still feel you can pull this out. what are your chances of winning?

>> they're good.

>> how do you explain that when we see you at number 4.

>> this is why we have elections. voters get to decide these things, you know and i'm confident we're going to do well.

>> you said that you knew this race would be brutal for you. that you predicted basically the arc of coverage that you got. that kind of begs the question, why would you go forward with it? why would you do it knowing how brutal it would be? did you put your political ambitions over your family?

>> well, because i didn't think that you should get to decide. i knew the media coverage would be what it is but i thought citizens wanted a choice. somebody that would make a campaign based on an idea or someone focused on them. cameras circled around me at subway stops and voters sneaking in and saying tell me about housing and schools and the things maybe the guys the cameras aren't going to talk about. so i made a decision i wasn't going to let you all decide. they're going to decide tomorrow. if they want a candidate with good ideas and has the independence to do it, they'll choose me.

>> if they vote and it turns out something along the lineses we will they have rejected you personally?

>> i am not going to say you shouldn't fight for things you believe in. in the same way, a lot of people don't want your show but you still want them to and you still want to put on a good show. that's the way i view these things. if you believe in something and you belief you want to fight for it and i fought for these things my entire life. i'm not going to stop because it got tough. and whatever i went through as a candidate is not close to what some go through that are voting tomorrow.

>> it struck me that what got you personally was how tough it was on your wife?

>> she wasn't a big part of my roll out. she was four seconds in the opening video. she wasn't on the campaign trail for a month after. this thing was always about me. always about the issue in the campaign and frankly it was also a lot about the mistakes i made in my personal life .

>> and it's a moment when this second wave of scandal broke she came out and said i have forgiven him. and if i have forgiven him then voters can forgive him. do you regret having him put herself out there.

>> it's like i had her do something. she's my wife and she has things she wants to say and she is just someone who wanted to stand up and say that she thought the coverage was over the top and these things about my personal life which were far in our background should not be things that are dispositive for me being elected. she is voting for me tomorrow but this campaign isn't about me. i know you have this fast nation about making this a soap opera but for citizens of new york a lot wanted it to be the issues of the campaign. maybe you were right and i was wrong.

>> i had to be struck when i saw your closing ad. it was on the stoop you grew up on in brooklyn. the first ad had her by your side. we have to leave the question --

>> in the interview the other day you asked me seven questions about her. she is my wife i love her deeply.

>> you're still together.

>> i'm the candidate and tomorrow is the election. i know there might be someone out there in iowa someone cares about my wife but citizens of new york want to talk about their future and so do i.

>> what do you think your future is? if you don't win tomorrow would you run for election again?

>> my intention is to win tomorrow. i'm going to be all around the city. telephone, town hall meetings , talking about issues. and that's why i'm running for mayor.

>> do you feel like you would ever run for congress again.

>> no.

>> why not.

>> congress is not that good a job anymore. there's such a center of gravity around stopping anything from happening. the tea party has held hostage to the place. being mayor of the city of new york say better place . i hope to be the mayor of the city of new york and i see no reason to go to congress after that.

>> you told me this behavior that got you into trouble is behind you. you're no longer engaging in that behavior.

>> yes i did tell you that.

>> is that correct?

>> yes.

>> and i noticed this quote from you last spring you mention your brother and you said you would be great if you ran you'd be a great mayor or something but don't do it if it's going to screw you up again. do you feel it's been worth it.

>> this is a little bit what the problem is. you want to talk about this personal thing and my background. i guess you can do that with candidates. this is now -- the citizens of city know embarrassing things about my personal life . i was one of the leading fighters for healthcare and i have the best ideas in this campaign. every time someone said i want to talk about something besides the people of the city, i try to focus it back.

>> thank you for being here. we appreciate it.

>> you're welcome.