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NYC Mayor Sells Universal Pre-K in a Way ‘Morning Joe’ Can Understand

de BlasioA week after “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough called his effort to close a New York City charter school “disgraceful,” NYC mayor Bill de Blasio appeared on the show this morning to explain his universal education plans in terms the show’s hosts would understand.

“I wanted to speak the way the culture of this show would understand,” de Blasio joked after explaining that his proposed tax for New Yorkers making more than $500,000 a year is the equivalent of $900 dollars a year per person—or in “Morning Joe” vernacular—the cost of a small soy latte at Starbucks.

“There you go,” co-host Mika Brzezinski said. “And Willie (Geist), that’s where you are every morning getting your soy latte.”

Later in the conversation, the mayor vowed that he’s not against charter schools, but needs to focus on all of New York City public education.

The segment after the jump.

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