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Mike Bloomberg on Abortion
Click here for 3 full quotes on Abortion OR other political leaders on Abortion.
  • Government should support embryonic stem cell research. (Apr 2013)
  • Supported by women's groups for strong defense of abortion. (Sep 2010)
  • Reproductive choice is a fundamental human right. (May 2006)
Mike Bloomberg on Budget & Economy
Click here for 3 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR other political leaders on Budget & Economy.
  • 2008: Wall Street executives deserve bonuses. (Sep 2010)
  • Turned NYCís $5 billion deficit into a $4 billion surplus. (Jun 2007)
  • Balanced $6B deficit with higher property taxes. (Oct 2005)
Mike Bloomberg on Civil Rights
Click here for 4 full quotes on Civil Rights OR other political leaders on Civil Rights.
  • Co-chaired "Mayors for the Freedom to Marry" effort. (Jan 2012)
  • Discrimination against blacks means same against Jews. (Sep 2010)
  • 1990s: Three sexual harassment lawsuits at Bloomberg L.P. (Sep 2010)
  • Backs same-sex marriage. (Mar 2007)
Mike Bloomberg on Corporations
Click here for 4 full quotes on Corporations OR other political leaders on Corporations.
  • Rezoning old manufacturing sites led to construction boom. (Sep 2010)
  • Wooed Goldman Sachs to NYC with $1.65 billion in tax breaks. (Oct 2005)
  • Built up a $1.3B company from scratch over 20 years. (Aug 2001)
  • Given $10M upon being fired from Salomon Brothers in 1981. (Aug 2001)
Mike Bloomberg on Crime
Click here for 8 full quotes on Crime OR other political leaders on Crime.
  • Reduce crime but with a more racially sensitive police force. (Sep 2010)
  • Apologizing for police racial errors kept city calm. (Sep 2010)
  • OpEd: never a conspicuous civil libertarian. (Sep 2010)
  • Educate prisoners: build more classrooms at Rikers Island. (Jan 2008)
  • Fewer homicides in NYC than any year on record. (Dec 2007)
  • Reduced murder rate by focusing on domestic violence. (Dec 2007)
  • Mandatory minimum sentencing for gun crimes. (Dec 2006)
  • Lock them up and throw away key, but no death penalty. (Dec 2005)
Mike Bloomberg on Drugs
Click here for 4 full quotes on Drugs OR other political leaders on Drugs.
  • Stopped smoking at 30; then became anti-smoking proselytizer. (Sep 2010)
  • Dubbed "Mommy Mayor" and "Nanny Bloomberg" for anti-smoking. (Sep 2010)
  • You bet I smoked pot; and I enjoyed it. (Apr 2002)
  • NYPD will continue to vigorously enforce drug laws. (Apr 2002)
Mike Bloomberg on Education
Click here for 15 full quotes on Education OR other political leaders on Education.
  • Creationism boggles the mind, two centuries after Darwin. (Apr 2013)
  • Included among celebrity philanthropists who fund schools. (Feb 2011)
  • Pushed for mayoral control of city school system. (Feb 2011)
  • Liberate 1.1 million students from deadly bureaucracy. (Sep 2010)
  • All social problems are ameliorated by better education. (Sep 2010)
  • Increased school budget from $12B to $20B. (Sep 2010)
  • Ban the use of cell phones in public schools. (Sep 2010)
  • Slash bureaucracy; reward principal & teacher excellence. (Jan 2008)
  • End the shameful practice of social promotion. (Jan 2008)
  • No more tinkering at margins: cut bureaucracy; add charters. (Jun 2007)
  • Replaced school board with direct mayoral control. (May 2007)
  • No social promotion; more after-school. (May 2007)
  • Strengthened cell-phone ban in city schools. (May 2007)
  • Focus on increasing high school graduation rates. (Apr 2007)
  • Debated against eliminating social promotion. (Jan 2007)
Mike Bloomberg on Energy & Oil
Click here for 8 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR other political leaders on Energy & Oil.
  • US must set real and binding carbon reduction targets. (Feb 2008)
  • Reducing carbon output increases socio-economic well-being. (Feb 2008)
  • Cities are taking the lead on climate change. (Feb 2008)
  • While greenhouse gas pollution is free, it will be abundant. (Nov 2007)
  • PlaNYC: convert 13,000 taxis to hybrids or high-efficiency. (Nov 2007)
  • Direct charge over cap-and-trade, to raise cost of carbon. (Nov 2007)
  • Make NYC first environmentally-sustainable city. (Sep 2007)
  • Reduce NYC carbon emissions by 30% by 2030. (Jun 2007)
Mike Bloomberg on Environment
Click here for 8 full quotes on Environment OR other political leaders on Environment.
  • Smoking ban has spread from NYC to every big city. (Mar 2013)
  • Containerize 12,000 tons of daily trash & export to landfill. (Sep 2010)
  • PlaNYC 2030: 25-year plan for pollution & infrastructure. (Sep 2010)
  • Congestion pricing: fee for driving into Manhattan. (Sep 2010)
  • Creative housing: deck over highways & build brownfields. (Apr 2007)
  • Clean up 7,600 acres of brownfields; build more parks. (Apr 2007)
  • Environmental justice: clean soot in poor neighborhoods. (Apr 2007)
  • $8 fee to enter NYC by car, to encourage mass transit. (Apr 2007)
Mike Bloomberg on Families & Children
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Mike Bloomberg on Foreign Policy
Click here for 6 full quotes on Foreign Policy OR other political leaders on Foreign Policy.
  • Partner with World Bank: reduce traffic fatalities worldwide. (Apr 2011)
  • Visited Israel for first time just before candidacy. (Sep 2010)
  • Peace is fragile and democracy is fragile. (Sep 2010)
  • 2008: I know foreign policy from negotiating deals worldwide. (Sep 2010)
  • Maintains mayoral office for UN relations, run by his sister. (Feb 2008)
  • Four trips abroad in first four months of 2007. (Apr 2007)
Mike Bloomberg on Free Trade
Click here for 3 full quotes on Free Trade OR other political leaders on Free Trade.
  • Protectionist viewpoint has a heavy price to country. (Dec 2007)
  • Global economy isnít zero-sum game: US & China can both gain. (Dec 2007)
  • Staunchly for free trade and against protectionism. (Mar 2007)
Mike Bloomberg on Government Reform
Click here for 5 full quotes on Government Reform OR other political leaders on Government Reform.
  • Make getting on the ballot easier, & better people will run. (Apr 2013)
  • Failed to lure Olympics to New York City. (Sep 2010)
  • 2005: 8-year term limits; 2009: ran for 3rd term. (Sep 2010)
  • All presidential candidates should declare an issues matrix. (May 2007)
  • 2001: opposed Giuliani extending NYC term limit. (Jan 2007)
Mike Bloomberg on Gun Control
Click here for 10 full quotes on Gun Control OR other political leaders on Gun Control.
  • 80% of NRA members support background checks. (Mar 2013)
  • Background checks do work, and should be highest priority. (Mar 2013)
  • 2006: Created Mayors Against Illegal Guns; now 600 mayors. (Nov 2011)
  • Sued out-of-state gun dealers for selling illegally in NYC. (Sep 2010)
  • Enact common-sense measures to keep guns away from criminals. (Apr 2010)
  • Put the issue of illegal guns back on the national agenda. (Jan 2008)
  • 2nd Amendment doesnít prevent keeping guns from criminals. (Nov 2007)
  • Founder of Mayors Against Illegal Guns. (May 2007)
  • Itís not about gun control, itís about crime control. (Apr 2007)
  • Sued New York City gun dealers to control guns. (Mar 2007)
Mike Bloomberg on Health Care
Click here for 10 full quotes on Health Care OR other political leaders on Health Care.
  • Obesity kills more people than smoking; limit portion size. (Mar 2013)
  • Large sugary drink rule is portion control, not a ban. (Mar 2013)
  • 2000: Two stents implanted in coronary artery. (Sep 2010)
  • $500M to Johns Hopkins' Bloomberg School of Public Health. (Sep 2010)
  • Ban trans-fats and replace with fruit & vegetable vendors. (Jan 2008)
  • $2.5B trust fund for NYC future retireesí health care. (Jun 2007)
  • Pay-for-prevention towards goal of universal coverage. (Jun 2007)
  • Prioritize city healthcare on HIV, diabetes & hypertension. (May 2007)
  • Banned trans fats in NYC restaurants. (Apr 2007)
  • Smoking ban was a crusade of his mayoral administration. (Oct 2005)
Mike Bloomberg on Homeland Security
Click here for 5 full quotes on Homeland Security OR other political leaders on Homeland Security.
  • Supported building mosque near Ground Zero. (Nov 2010)
  • 1960s: Rejected as "1Y" when volunteering for Vietnam. (Sep 2010)
  • New York was 49th lowest per-capita in post-9-11 DHS grants. (Sep 2009)
  • 9/11 FYPD were heroes because they chose to stay behind. (Jan 2007)
  • Use DNA and fingerprint technology for worker ID database. (May 2006)
Mike Bloomberg on Immigration
Click here for 3 full quotes on Immigration OR other political leaders on Immigration.
  • Reforming broken system is most important step for economy. (Mar 2013)
  • Normalize status of otherwise law-abiding illegal immigrants. (May 2007)
  • Border controls fight natural forces of supply and demand. (May 2007)
Mike Bloomberg on Jobs
Click here for 3 full quotes on Jobs OR other political leaders on Jobs.
  • Assist workers displaced by globalization. (Dec 2007)
  • Tariffs to protect jobs end up helping foreign competitors. (Dec 2007)
  • NYC jobs program caused lowest unemployment rate since 1976. (Apr 2007)
Mike Bloomberg on Principles & Values
Click here for 13 full quotes on Principles & Values OR other political leaders on Principles & Values.
  • Self-made billionaire from financial information company. (Sep 2010)
  • 1940s: Raised in Medford, reached Eagle Scout at early age. (Sep 2010)
  • Childhood home included kosher kitchen, but mom bent rules. (Sep 2010)
  • Bill Clinton's sin was self-indulgence, not immorality. (Sep 2010)
  • Outsider to both Republican and Democratic establishment. (Sep 2010)
  • OpEd: Stiff in public; impatient with retail handshaking. (Sep 2010)
  • Candidates' religious beliefs should be kept private. (Sep 2010)
  • Impatient with government; executive ok; not legislative. (Sep 2010)
  • Offered independent ticket by Sen. Chuck Hagel (R, NE). (May 2007)
  • Will decide in early Ď08 on run as self-financed independent. (Mar 2007)
  • Acquisition of money inextricably tied to hard work. (Oct 2005)
  • Charitable giving based on ďWhere can I make a difference?Ē. (Oct 2005)
  • Started Bloomberg company after Salomon Bros. fired him. (Aug 2001)
Mike Bloomberg on Social Security
Click here for the full quote on Social Security OR other political leaders on Social Security.
  • To reduce the deficit we must cut entitlements. (Mar 2013)
Mike Bloomberg on Tax Reform
Click here for 5 full quotes on Tax Reform OR other political leaders on Tax Reform.
  • Raised property taxes to 18.5%, highest in history. (Sep 2010)
  • 2004: Refunded $250M to residential taxpayers, not business. (Sep 2010)
  • $400 property tax rebate to all homeowners. (Jan 2008)
  • Raised taxes on high-earners to incent municipal employees. (Jun 2007)
  • Raised property taxes 18% to pay off budget deficit. (Mar 2007)
Mike Bloomberg on Technology
Click here for 6 full quotes on Technology OR other political leaders on Technology.
  • 1979: On Wall Street at dawn of the computer age. (Sep 2010)
  • 1981: Invented "The Bloomberg terminal" for financial news. (Sep 2010)
  • Teamed with Gov. Rendell on "Building America's Future". (Sep 2010)
  • Wireless network for better NYPD and NYFD communications. (Jan 2008)
  • Investing in infrastructure critical to competitiveness. (Dec 2007)
  • Publicity helps business, but it's best to say it yourself. (Aug 2001)
Mike Bloomberg on War & Peace
Click here for 2 full quotes on War & Peace OR other political leaders on War & Peace.
  • 1960s: No burning passion to go war, but it was expected. (Sep 2010)
  • Nobody wants war to continue, but what happens next? (May 2007)
Mike Bloomberg on Welfare & Poverty
Click here for 3 full quotes on Welfare & Poverty OR other political leaders on Welfare & Poverty.
  • Count poverty based on all costs, minus welfare assistance. (Dec 2007)
  • Opportunity NYC: cash transfer to break cycle of poverty. (Apr 2007)
  • Instituted $7.5B municipal affordable housing plan. (Mar 2007)


VoteMatch Responses
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VoteMatch Question & Answer
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Based on these stances:
(Click on topic for excerpt & citation)
Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Government should support embryonic stem cell research: Favors topic 1
Supported by women's groups for strong defense of abortion: Favors topic 1
Reproductive choice is a fundamental human right: Strongly Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Discrimination against blacks means same against Jews: Strongly Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
Co-chaired "Mayors for the Freedom to Marry" effort: Strongly Favors topic 3
Backs same-sex marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
Strongly Opposes topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(+5 points on Social scale)
Creationism boggles the mind, two centuries after Darwin: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Candidates' religious beliefs should be kept private: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Ban trans-fats and replace with fruit & vegetable vendors: Favors topic 5
$2.5B trust fund for NYC future retireesí health care: Favors topic 5
Pay-for-prevention towards goal of universal coverage: Strongly Favors topic 5
Prioritize city healthcare on HIV, diabetes & hypertension: Favors topic 5
Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+2 points on Economic scale)
To reduce the deficit we must cut entitlements: Favors topic 6
Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Slash bureaucracy; reward principal & teacher excellence: Favors topic 7
No more tinkering at margins: cut bureaucracy; add charters: Favors topic 7
No social promotion; more after-school: Favors topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
No 'rights' to clean air and water
(+5 points on Social scale)
Congestion pricing: fee for driving into Manhattan: Opposes topic 8
Reducing carbon output increases socio-economic well-being: Opposes topic 8
Investing in infrastructure critical to competitiveness: Opposes topic 8
Make NYC first environmentally-sustainable city: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Creative housing: deck over highways & build brownfields: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Clean up 7,600 acres of brownfields; build more parks: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Environmental justice: clean soot in poor neighborhoods: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+2 points on Social scale)
Apologizing for police racial errors kept city calm: Opposes topic 9
OpEd: never a conspicuous civil libertarian: Favors topic 9
Educate prisoners: build more classrooms at Rikers Island: Opposes topic 9
Reduced murder rate by focusing on domestic violence: Opposes topic 9
Mandatory minimum sentencing for gun crimes: Favors topic 9
Lock them up and throw away key, but no death penalty: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-5 points on Economic scale)
80% of NRA members support background checks: Strongly Favors topic 10
Background checks do work, and should be highest priority: Strongly Opposes topic 10
2006: Created Mayors Against Illegal Guns; now 600 mayors: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Put the issue of illegal guns back on the national agenda: Opposes topic 10
2nd Amendment doesnít prevent keeping guns from criminals: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Founder of Mayors Against Illegal Guns: Opposes topic 10
Itís not about gun control, itís about crime control: Opposes topic 10
Sued New York City gun dealers to control guns: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Raised property taxes to 18.5%, highest in history: Strongly Favors topic 11
2004: Refunded $250M to residential taxpayers, not business: Favors topic 11
$400 property tax rebate to all homeowners: Opposes topic 11
Raised property taxes 18% to pay off budget deficit: Favors topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+5 points on Social scale)
Normalize status of otherwise law-abiding illegal immigrants: Strongly Favors topic 12
Border controls fight natural forces of supply and demand: Favors topic 12
Strongly Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Protectionist viewpoint has a heavy price to country: Strongly Favors topic 13
Global economy isnít zero-sum game: US & China can both gain: Strongly Favors topic 13
Tariffs to protect jobs end up helping foreign competitors: Favors topic 13
Staunchly for free trade and against protectionism: Strongly Favors topic 13
No opinion on topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 15:
Expand the military
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Favors topic 16:
More enforcement of the right to vote
(+2 points on Social scale)
Make getting on the ballot easier, & better people will run: Favors topic 16
Opposes topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(-3 points on Social scale)
Nobody wants war to continue, but what happens next?: Opposes topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
US must set real and binding carbon reduction targets: Strongly Favors topic 18
While greenhouse gas pollution is free, it will be abundant: Favors topic 18
PlaNYC: convert 13,000 taxis to hybrids or high-efficiency: Strongly Favors topic 18
Direct charge over cap-and-trade, to raise cost of carbon: Strongly Favors topic 18
Reduce NYC carbon emissions by 30% by 2030: Strongly Favors topic 18
$8 fee to enter NYC by car, to encourage mass transit: Strongly Favors topic 18
Opposes topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(+2 points on Social scale)
You bet I smoked pot; and I enjoyed it: Strongly Opposes topic 19
NYPD will continue to vigorously enforce drug laws: Favors topic 19
Strongly Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Raised taxes on high-earners to incent municipal employees: Strongly Favors topic 20
Balanced $6B deficit with higher property taxes: Favors topic 20

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