Combative Weiner still says he can win

Combative Weiner still says he can win
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POSTED: Monday, September 9, 2013 - 9:00am

UPDATED: Monday, September 9, 2013 - 9:04am

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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