09/26/2013 03:35 pm ET | Updated Sep 26, 2013

Joe Lhota: Bill De Blasio Sympathizes With Socialism (VIDEO)

Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota accused rival Bill de Blasio of sympathizing with socialism during an appearance on HuffPost Live on Thursday.

"Bill's political philosophy is based off of the idea that the government needs to be intrusive," Lhota said. "And he decided to pick murderers, in the form of Sandinistas, he decided to go illegally to the nation of Cuba...He's predisposed to what I think are the more left-wing elements in this world and I think New Yorkers need to understand that."

His comments follow a statement pushed out by his campaign earlier in the week, in which he attacked de Blasio for running on a platform taken "directly from a Marxist playbook."

Lhota, however, did stop short of calling the Democratic candidate a socialist.


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