Candidate Profile
Mike Bloomberg

Democrat

Biography

Name
Mike Bloomberg
Party
Democrat
Race
President of the U.S.
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

Liberal
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Endorsements

Liberals

2
Hardie Davis Jr., Michael Tubbs

Others

3
Judy Sheindlin, Sam Liccardo, Steve Benjamin

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
6
Daniel Donovan (2018), Orrin Hatch (2013), Peter King (2015), Richard "Dick" Lugar (2010), Susan M. Collins (2014), West Main Street Values (2014)

Liberal

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
47
Adam Schiff (2013), Americans for Responsible Solutions (2014), Bill Nelson (2013), Bob Casey Jr (2018), Brad Ashford (2014), Brian Schatz (2014) and 41 more
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
1
Dream Defenders (2020)

Summary

89%

LIBERAL

11%

CONSERVATIVE

Questionnaire

Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Right to Life

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

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iVoterGuide Note:  "...the former mayor wants to protect women’s right to abortion by codifying the Roe v. Wade decision in federal law and by repealing the Hyde amendment, which prohibits federal funding of abortion except to save a woman’s life."  Source

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.

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iVoterGuide Note:  "Bloomberg called out Susan G. Komen foundation’s decision (which has since been reversed) in 2012 not to renew funding for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, saying, 'politics have no place in health care.'”  Source

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

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iVoterGuide Note:  "Bloomberg has stated that 'reproductive freedom is a fundamental human right, and we can never take it for granted.'”  Source

I support the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which requires health care providers to provide life-saving treatment for infants who survive an attempted abortion.

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Economy

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has a livable income.

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What changes should be made to the tax code?

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How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

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What is your position on the minimum wage?

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iVoterGuide Note:  "His plan also calls for a raise in the minimum wage to $15/hour, labor protections, collective bargaining rights for American workers, and pilot programs to provide portable benefits for independent workers."  Source

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

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Religious Liberty

Government should not discriminate against individuals, organizations, or business owners who affirm marriage as between one man and one woman.

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What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

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iVoterGuide Note:  From 2012: "Separation of church and state is one of the basics of our country...The more religious you are, I think the more you should want to keep the separation because someday the religion that the state picks as the 'state religion' might not be yours. The way to solve that is to not have a state religion," said the mayor. "Bloomberg also said he dismissed religious freedom concerns by legislators in Albany. 'I don't know what's going to happen in Albany. I can just tell you what's happening here. This is the last Sunday that these religious organizations will be able to have worship services in the schools. We're not trying to take away their ability to use public property for other kinds of activities.... the courts have ruled...that there are real constitutional concerns here. I have real concerns,'" he said.  Source

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

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iVoterGuide Note:  2019: "Mike stood up for religious freedom, tolerance, and diversity when he forcefully defended the right to build an Islamic community center near the World Trade Center site." From 2012: "Bloomberg also said he dismissed religious freedom concerns by legislators in Albany. 'I don't know what's going to happen in Albany. I can just tell you what's happening here. This is the last Sunday that these religious organizations will be able to have worship services in the schools. We're not trying to take away their ability to use public property for other kinds of activities. But where they have services, and a cynic would say, 'How would you define what a service is,' but that not withstanding, the courts have ruled...that there are real constitutional concerns here. I have real concerns,' he said."  Source  Source


Healthcare

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has health insurance.

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How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

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iVoterGuide Note:  Key elements of Bloomberg's plan include: "a public option; build on the Affordable Care Act; cap health care prices and ban surprise medical bills; lower drug costs."  Source

I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.

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iVoterGuide Note:  Unclear. He would"restrict the sale of health plans that don’t meet ACA standards."  Source


National Security

What is the best way to maintain peace and protect national security?

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What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?

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Immigration

I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

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iVoterGuide Note:  "The 'wall should really be around the local airport, rather than along the Rio Grande and through some mountains, which is impractical to build.'" "'But the wall doesn't add anything,' he said. Bloomberg added the wall would only create a barrier for the equal number of Mexicans who leave the U.S. for home."  Source  Source

Children covered by DACA should be granted legal citizenship.

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How would you re-write immigration laws?

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iVoterGuide Note:  He "supports creating a pathway to citizenship to the approximate 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S." "He also advocates against deportation..." "Bloomberg also states that the U.S. needs to improve border security. Alleging that the majority of undocumented immigrants are here on a visa and arrived via airplane, [Bloomberg joked that] the 'wall should really be around the local airport, rather than along the Rio Grande and through some mountains, which is impractical to build.'"  Source  Source


Education

How would you improve the quality of education in the United States?

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iVoterGuide Note:  "Mike leads national efforts to increase the number of lower-income students enrolled in top colleges. As president, Mike will make it a top national priority to increase student achievement, college preparedness, and career readiness."  Source

I support charter schools.

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iVoterGuide Note:  Yes. "Will Mr. Bloomberg next apologize for supporting charter schools?"  Source


Values

I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.

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iVoterGuide Note:  "Mike helped lead New York State’s push for marriage equality, which became law in 2011.... For two decades, Mike’s company has provided benefits to domestic partners, regardless of gender. Mike’s company received a perfect score from the Human Rights Campaign and was named one of the 'Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality.' Bloomberg created the first-of-its-kind Gender Equality Index to help companies around the world measure and showcase their progress toward gender equality."  Source

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

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iVoterGuide Note:  Jewish  Source


Criminal Justice

I support the death penalty.

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iVoterGuide Note:  "Even former Republican Michael Bloomberg agrees" in abolishing capital punishment.  Source

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.

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How would you address the overcrowding of jails?

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2nd Amendment

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

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iVoterGuide Note:  No. Bloomberg would "ban all guns in K-12 schools, colleges, and universities – except for law enforcement."  Source

What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?

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iVoterGuide Note:  Bloomberg's Gun Safety Policy Plan would: "build a background check system that really works to stop illegal gun sales; require permits for new gun buyers and notify police when gun owners become prohibited; require point-of-sale background checks for all gun sales; require every gun buyer to get a permit before making a purchase; use sales records to identify crime guns and notify local police when individuals have been prohibited from having a gun; allow for screening before guns are purchased; no gun sale should go through without a complete background check; curb the dangers of ghost guns and downloadable guns; keep guns out of the hands of people who pose a danger to themselves or others by closing domestic violence loopholes, prohibiting violent offenders, and expanding red flag laws; defend America’s children and communities by banning assault weapons, protecting schools, and preventing unintentional shootings; tackle daily gun violence through early interventions and take illicit guns off the streets by giving law-enforcement more powerful anti-trafficking tools; make the gun industry accountable by removing its protections from liability and invigorating consumer safety oversight, and use presidential power to elevate the government’s response to the gun violence crisis."  Source


Other Important Issues

Reparations should be given to people on the basis of race.

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Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?

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The United States should not have withdrawn from the Paris Climate Agreement.

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iVoterGuide Note:  "Mike Bloomberg today announced that he will re-engage America in the global fight against climate change as President, rejoining the Paris Agreement as his first act and increasing the U.S. commitment to reduce emissions."  Source

I support BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanction) against Israel if they refuse to allow the creation of a Palestinian state.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "Bloomberg denounced the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel, the effort championed by many left-wing Democrats to punish Israel for its treatment of Palestinians."  Source

The Electoral College should be abolished.

(Did not answer)

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

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