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Mike Bloomberg on VoteMatch



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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Encourage states to expand who may perform abortions: Strongly Favors topic 1
Codify Roe v. Wade, repeal Hyde Amendment: Strongly Favors topic 1
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)
More African-American home ownership; study reparations: Strongly Favors topic 2
Reinvigorate Civil Rights Division of Justice Department: Strongly Favors topic 2
Set labor rules to end the gender pay gap: Strongly Favors topic 2
Discrimination against blacks means same against Jews: Strongly Favors topic 2
Women's groups cite Bloomberg as model place to be employed: Strongly Favors topic 2
I'd like every company to be 50% male and 50% female: Strongly Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
I convinced NY Republicans to vote for gay marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
Guarantee equal treatment and equal rights for LGBTQ+ people: Strongly Favors topic 3
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)
Keep religion and politics separate: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Creationism boggles the mind, two centuries after Darwin: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Candidates' religious beliefs should be kept private: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-3 points on Economic scale)
2011: We're going to cut back Medicaid and Medicare: Opposes topic 5
Change patent laws to get generic drugs on the market faster: Favors topic 5
Protect & expand access to care in rural areas: Strongly Favors topic 5
Ban flavored tobacco products of all kinds: Favors topic 5
Require insurance coverage for mental health care: Strongly Favors topic 5
Get cities to hike taxes on sugary drinks: Favors topic 5
Expand ObamaCare & Medicare: Favors topic 5
Cut teen smoking by 50%; now focus on e-cigarettes: Favors topic 5
We can never afford to replace employer-based health system: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Individual mandate makes insurance affordable for all: Strongly Favors topic 5
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
No opinion on topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(0 points on Economic scale)
2009: Called Social Security a "Ponzi scheme": Favors topic 6
2009: Social Security a Ponzi scheme, 2020: boost receipts: Favors topic 6
New minimum benefit; expand support for senior savings: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Don't kick the can down the road with retirement funding: Opposes topic 6
To reduce the deficit we must cut entitlements: Favors topic 6
Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-3 points on Economic scale)
NYC schools did improve; and better for minorities: Opposes topic 7
Make education and training a national priority: Strongly Opposes topic 7
More than 126,000 classroom seats added, 600 new schools: Favors topic 7
Help public schools with deductibility of local taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 7
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
No computers in early grade school: Opposes topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Fight EPA regulatory over-reach
(+5 points on Social scale)
Make wildfire resilience a top priority: Opposes topic 8
Established NYC as largest bike-share network: Strongly Opposes topic 8
EPA failing to focus on clean air and clean water: Strongly Opposes topic 8
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)
End cash bail; $2.5 billion for public defenders: Opposes topic 9
Stop and frisk: I was wrong and I am sorry: Strongly Opposes topic 9
I was wrong to rely on stop-and-frisk policing: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Supported 1996 crime bill and stop-and-frisk policing: Favors topic 9
Crime dropped 32%; murders halved; 36% fewer behind bars: Opposes topic 9
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 Favors topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Suicides & family violence reduced with 24-hour gun wait: Opposes topic 10
Close "boyfriend loophole," pass national red flag law: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Ban assault weapons; hold gun industry accountable: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Bloomberg group favors closing background check loopholes: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Gun laws effective but no one law will stop everything: Strongly Opposes topic 10
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)
$5 trillion in new revenue from high earners & corporations: Strongly Favors topic 11
Raise corporate tax rate to 28%, prevent use of tax havens: Strongly Favors topic 11
5% surtax on income above $5 million a year: Strongly Favors topic 11
Wealth tax is counterproductive and unconstitutional: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Progressive tax yes; wealth tax no: Favors topic 11
The wealthy prefer the current rigged system: Strongly Favors topic 11
Wealth tax is unconstitutional & counterproductive: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Business have big cash reserves & need no tax cuts: Strongly Favors topic 11
Reduce 35% corporate tax by eliminating loopholes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Tax cuts paying for themselves defies reality: Strongly Favors topic 11
GOP tax bill is an economically indefensible blunder: Strongly Favors topic 11
Expand the earned income tax credit to raise real wages: Favors topic 11
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)
Staple a Green Card on every foreign student college degree: Favors topic 12
Create an earned pathway to citizenship for undocumented: Strongly Favors topic 12
Fix the country's broken immigration system: Strongly Favors topic 12
Closing the door to immigration would be national suicide: Strongly Favors topic 12
America's greatness begins with immigrants, not with a wall: Strongly Favors topic 12
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)
China tariff--2015: incalculable damage; 2019: not damaging: Opposes topic 13
Trade with China is good for consumers & the US economy: Strongly Favors topic 13
Supports TPP and opposes trade war with China: Strongly Favors topic 13
Vocal defender of global trade and multinational trade deals: Strongly Favors topic 13
Punitive tariffs harms us, kills jobs, strains relations: Strongly Favors topic 13
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
Open borders for trade encourage entrepreneurship: Favors topic 13
American competitive position is strong against China and EU: Favors topic 13
Strongly Opposes topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(-5 points on Economic scale)
US should lead during global emergency; Trump has not: Strongly Opposes topic 14
China doesn't want a democracy; but don't go to war over it: Opposes topic 14
Repair our frayed relationships with our allies: Strongly Opposes topic 14
System of alliances achieved peace & democratic progress: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Saudi Arabia's modernization is going in the right direction: Opposes topic 14
Supports Israel's military response to Gaza rocket attacks: Favors topic 14
No opinion on topic 15:
Expand the military
(0 points on Social scale)
Argued against increasing military spending: Opposes topic 15
False arguments justify increase in military spending: Favors topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+5 points on Social scale)
Protect voting rights; require automatic registration: Strongly Favors topic 16
Restore voting rights to felons after they're out: Strongly Favors topic 16
Phase out paperless voting machines: Strongly Favors topic 16
Fund voter registration in FL, WI, OH, MI, and PA: Strongly Favors topic 16
Make getting on the ballot easier, & better people will run: Favors topic 16
Opposes topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(-3 points on Social scale)
Iraq war was a mistake based on faulty intelligence: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Don't recognize Crimea annexation; do extend START treaty: Opposes topic 17
Deep reservations that 2015 Iran nuclear deal wasn't enough: Opposes topic 17
Supported 2003 Iraq War, as response to 9/11: Strongly Opposes topic 17
No attractive military option against North Korean nukes: Favors topic 17
Israel justified in crossing into Gaza to defend itself: Opposes topic 17
Nobody wants war to continue, but what happens next?: Opposes topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Make climate change a U.S. priority; rejoin Paris Agreement: Strongly Favors topic 18
Make pollution-free homes & vehicles available for all: Strongly Favors topic 18
Founded $500 million group advocating energy reform: Strongly Favors topic 18
$218M effort led to closure of 282 coal-fired power plants: Strongly Favors topic 18
America should be big part of climate solution: Strongly Favors topic 18
If some countries do right thing on climate, we all benefit: Strongly Favors topic 18
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
Favors topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(-3 points on Social scale)
Ban flavored e-cigarettes used to entice kids to smoke: Strongly Favors topic 19
No legalization; pot lowers IQ by 5 to 10 points: Strongly Favors topic 19
You bet I smoked pot, and I enjoyed it; but.: Favors topic 19
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)
Raise minimum wage; pay Earned Income Tax Credit monthly: Strongly Favors topic 20
Invest in growth hubs to generate breakthroughs & jobs: Strongly Favors topic 20
Create 1 million new black homeowners: Strongly Favors topic 20
Proponent of the free market and balanced budgets: Opposes topic 20
Crumbling infrastructure undermines global competitiveness: Strongly Favors topic 20
Mayors Challenge: grants to cities for improving urban life: Favors topic 20
Created or preserved 175,000 affordable homes: Strongly Favors topic 20
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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