The difference between rich and poor is stunting economic growth, the mayoral candidate says.

“The biggest problem that’s facing us right now and that is actually stunting our economic growth is the fact that we have a wealth gap that is out of control,” New York City Mayoral candidate John Liu said in a recent conversation with Nation correspondents, editors and staff. Listen to the full audio to hear Liu’s vision for the city if he wins the post in city hall.

This is the first in a series of conversations with New York’s mayoral candidates. Tune in next week to hear Bill de Blasio explain his platform.

—Alec Luhn

For more on economic inequality in the city, check out The Nation‘s special issue about Bloomberg’s New York.