NYC mayor steps onto bigger political stages

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The success or failure of Mayor Bill de Blasio's pre-K rollout could have political implications for the first-year mayor. (Photo: Getty Images/ stock photo of Bill de Blasio)

NEW YORK (AP) – A speech at the United Nations. A spot next to Al Gore leading a massive climate change march. A prime speaking slot at a political conference in England.

Those big stages – all happening this week – have become more common for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, whose profile is on the rise both nationally and internationally.

De Blasio is increasingly viewed in political circles as a rising star, particularly in the most liberal wing of the Democratic party. And his horizons appear to be broadening beyond the borders of New York City.

Pundits believe his increased stature will help him espouse his liberal view of urban politics.

It could make him an important surrogate in the 2016 presidential election.