07/17/2014 10:00 am ET

Bill De Blasio Defends Leg Warmers And 'Socialism' On Colbert

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made good on his promise to appear on "The Colbert Report" last night, where he was promptly pressed on his agenda for the city as 109th mayor.

"You want to bring us back to the 80's," Colbert insisted. "The bad days of the squeegee men, the rampant crime, and leg warmers."

De Blasio defended the leg warmers as "not so bad," and then touted the progressive, "inclusive" narrative that's become a staple of his income inequality-fighting administration.

"You mean socialist," the host retorted, citing de Blasio's previous work for the Sandinista party. "You're a communist."

Focusing on more current issues, Colbert then asked about the looming Long Island Rail Road strike -- which some critics say is enough to force de Blasio to cancel his upcoming 10-day vacation in far-off Italy.

"Are you sending in the Pinkertons with the truncheons to give them a taste of Daddy Warbucks?"

"The Long Island Rail Road is under the jurisdiction of Governor Cuomo," de Blasio answered. "He’s working very hard to come to a resolution."

Colbert mocked, "Not my problem! Not my problem!”

Watch the full clip above, in which the pair also discuss the trickle-down economics of Colbert's money bucket, universal pre-K for "freeloading miscreants," child labor, and de Blasio's predecessor.