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Bill de Blasio on Abortion
Click here for 5 full quotes on Abortion OR other candidates on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Supports abortion rights & funding Planned Parenthood. (May 2019)
  • Fight defunding of Planned Parenthood. (May 2019)
  • Crucial to protect women's right to choose in 2019. (Jan 2019)
  • Women, not politicians, should control their bodies. (May 2016)
  • Protect the right to choose. (Oct 2013)
Bill de Blasio on Budget & Economy
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Bill de Blasio on Civil Rights
Click here for 3 full quotes on Civil Rights OR other candidates on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • NYC Unity Project: invest in LGBTQ youth. (May 2019)
  • Co-sponsored the Gender Based Discrimination Protection law. (Oct 2013)
  • Increase NYC usage of minority businesses from 3% to 10%. (Oct 2013)
Bill de Blasio on Corporations
Click here for 4 full quotes on Corporations OR other candidates on Corporations OR background on Corporations.
  • Immigrants didn't create mess; the top 1% did that to you. (Jun 2019)
  • Amazon exemplifies abuse of corporate power by leaving NYC. (Feb 2019)
  • Plenty of money in NYC, but it's in the wrong hands. (Jan 2019)
  • Preserve physical integrity of Industrial Business Zones. (Oct 2013)
Bill de Blasio on Crime
Click here for 15 full quotes on Crime OR other candidates on Crime OR background on Crime.
  • Abolish capital punishment. (Jul 2019)
  • Bringing police & community together drives down crime. (Jun 2019)
  • Federal policies responsible for mass incarceration crisis. (May 2019)
  • OpEd: de Blasio soft on crime, undercuts police. (May 2019)
  • Close Rikers; develop alternatives to incarceration. (May 2019)
  • Ban solitary confinement for youth; reduce it for adults. (May 2019)
  • Free phone calls for people in custody. (May 2019)
  • Eliminate cash bail: future without mass incarceration. (Apr 2019)
  • Fewer and fewer arrests, and crime goes down and down. (Jan 2019)
  • The era of mass incarceration has ended in NYC. (Jan 2019)
  • NYC enjoying major drop in crime rate. (Dec 2017)
  • Worried about why blacks need to be cautious around police. (Nov 2017)
  • Condemn killing police in retaliation for police killings. (Nov 2017)
  • Stop-and-frisk disproportionately targets people of color. (Oct 2013)
  • Invest in Shot Spotter technology: audio & video on streets. (Oct 2013)
Bill de Blasio on Drugs
Click here for 3 full quotes on Drugs OR other candidates on Drugs OR background on Drugs.
  • Ban all alcohol advertising on city property. (May 2019)
  • Sue Big Pharma for opioid addiction; open overdose centers. (Jan 2019)
  • 50,000 arrests for marijuana possession unjust and wrong. (Oct 2013)
Bill de Blasio on Education
Click here for 5 full quotes on Education OR other candidates on Education OR background on Education.
  • OpEd: de Blasio has failed NYC schools. (May 2019)
  • Pre-K and 3-K for All. (Apr 2019)
  • 75% of kids graduated High School; 59% went on to college. (Jan 2019)
  • Stop closures & develop a minimum of 100 community schools. (Oct 2013)
  • Create an early warning system before school failures. (Oct 2013)
Bill de Blasio on Energy & Oil
Click here for 5 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR other candidates on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Supports Green New Deal & Paris Climate Accords. (May 2019)
  • 40% reduction in emissions by 2030. (Apr 2019)
  • NYC Green New Deal: energy-efficient buildings. (Apr 2019)
  • Divest $5B from Big Oil; invest in renewable energy. (Jan 2019)
  • No to fracking; yes to wind, solar, & geothermal. (Oct 2013)
Bill de Blasio on Environment
Click here for 3 full quotes on Environment OR other candidates on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • Ban Styrofoam in NYC; plastic straws are next. (Jan 2019)
  • Increase bicycling to 6% of all NYC trips by 2020. (Oct 2013)
  • SPARE pledge: Stop Polystyrene & Revitalize the Environment. (Oct 2013)
Bill de Blasio on Families & Children
Click here for 6 full quotes on Families & Children OR other candidates on Families & Children OR background on Families & Children.
  • Expand mental health services at youth and runaway shelters. (May 2019)
  • $7 million program to hold domestic abusers accountable. (May 2019)
  • Enforce paid sick leave for temp workers. (Jan 2019)
  • Mandated up to ten days of Paid Personal Time every year. (Jan 2019)
  • Signs legislation protecting against sexual harassment. (May 2018)
  • Launched universal free lunch in NYC schools. (Sep 2017)
Bill de Blasio on Foreign Policy
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Bill de Blasio on Free Trade
Click here for 2 full quotes on Free Trade OR other candidates on Free Trade OR background on Free Trade.
  • USMCA is worse than NAFTA. (Jul 2019)
  • NAFTA was a disaster; we will not repeat mistake with TPP. (Apr 2016)
Bill de Blasio on Government Reform
Click here for 5 full quotes on Government Reform OR other candidates on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • Sue Board of Elections to make Early Voting easier. (Apr 2019)
  • Let's get Big Money out of politics. (Jan 2019)
  • Same-day registration and no-excuse vote by mail. (Jan 2019)
  • Battle corrupting influence of corporate money in politics. (Oct 2013)
  • Citizens United is a body blow to our democracy. (Oct 2013)
Bill de Blasio on Gun Control
Click here for 4 full quotes on Gun Control OR other candidates on Gun Control OR background on Gun Control.
  • Gun ownership should be treated very, very differently. (Jun 2019)
  • Project Fast Track focuses on gangs & illegal guns. (May 2019)
  • Gun laws are necessary to protect the city and ourselves. (Jan 2019)
  • Wall Street for Change: campaign to support gun divestment. (Oct 2013)
Bill de Blasio on Health Care
Click here for 10 full quotes on Health Care OR other candidates on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • Don't defend private health insurance; it's not working. (Jun 2019)
  • Wife runs ThriveNYC for mental health reform. (May 2019)
  • Require measles vaccinations, even for religious schools. (Apr 2019)
  • Everyone has a right to health care. (Jan 2019)
  • Health care is a human right; fight for single-payer. (Jan 2019)
  • MetroPlus: public option for every single New Yorker. (Jan 2019)
  • Guarantee health care for every New Yorker. (Jan 2019)
  • Recruit & train nurses without need to go overseas. (Oct 2013)
  • Enroll 600,000 more New Yorkers in ObamaCare by 2018. (Oct 2013)
  • Train New Yorkers to fill 16,000 nursing positions. (Oct 2013)
Bill de Blasio on Homeland Security
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Bill de Blasio on Immigration
Click here for 10 full quotes on Immigration OR other candidates on Immigration OR background on Immigration.
  • Immigration policy & crisis does not reflect our values. (Jun 2019)
  • Supports sanctuary cities; would abolish ICE. (May 2019)
  • End cooperation & presence of ICE in NYC. (May 2019)
  • Protect DACA immigrants, no matter what. (May 2019)
  • NYC will always be the ultimate city of immigrants. (Apr 2019)
  • Fight the inhumane detention of children at the border. (Jan 2019)
  • Detaining Muslim travelers is simply un-American. (Jan 2017)
  • Greater outreach and assistance to immigrant entrepreneurs. (Oct 2013)
  • Created privately-funded the DREAM fellowship. (Oct 2013)
  • Universal City ID for services for undocumented immigrants. (Oct 2013)
Bill de Blasio on Jobs
Click here for 6 full quotes on Jobs OR other candidates on Jobs OR background on Jobs.
  • Raise the federal minimum wage to $15/hour. (Jul 2019)
  • Put working people first, not wealthy corporations. (May 2019)
  • Would raise the NYC minimum wage to $15/hour. (May 2019)
  • Fight income inequality that creates Tale of Two Cities. (May 2019)
  • $500 million initiative to create 100,000 jobs in NYC. (May 2019)
  • Peg living wage to increases in the cost of living. (Oct 2013)
Bill de Blasio on Principles & Values
Click here for 4 full quotes on Principles & Values OR other candidates on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • Talk about day-to-day issues, not impeachment. (Apr 2019)
  • People are looking for bold, progressive change. (Apr 2019)
  • A progressive who wants to change things. (Dec 2017)
  • We lost our identity in trap of triangulation & moderation. (Dec 2017)
Bill de Blasio on Social Security
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Bill de Blasio on Tax Reform
Click here for 3 full quotes on Tax Reform OR other candidates on Tax Reform OR background on Tax Reform.
  • Favors tax increases on wealthy. (May 2019)
  • OpEd: NYC property taxes favors the wealthy. (May 2019)
  • Fight the agenda of Trump tax giveaway to the wealthy. (Jan 2019)
Bill de Blasio on Technology
Click here for 4 full quotes on Technology OR other candidates on Technology OR background on Technology.
  • Break up tech giants like Facebook, Google, & Amazon. (Jul 2019)
  • Create premiere tech hubs, and create 4.5M jobs. (Jan 2019)
  • Keep MTA fares affordable via payroll tax. (Oct 2013)
  • Create public Wi-Fi hot zones & citywide broadband. (Oct 2013)
Bill de Blasio on War & Peace
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  • No military action without approval of Congress. (Jun 2019)
Bill de Blasio on Welfare & Poverty
Click here for 6 full quotes on Welfare & Poverty OR other candidates on Welfare & Poverty OR background on Welfare & Poverty.
  • We need a president who has seen the face of poverty. (Jun 2019)
  • There's plenty of money to invest; it's in the wrong hands. (Jun 2019)
  • 1990s: Regional director in Pres. Clinton's HUD. (May 2019)
  • Intensify City's anti-displacement and housing affordability. (Apr 2019)
  • More affordable housing than ever, and fewer homeless. (Jan 2019)
  • Recognize & legalize basement apartments & granny flats. (Oct 2013)


VoteMatch Responses
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VoteMatch Question & Answer
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Based on these stances:
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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Supports abortion rights & funding Planned Parenthood: Strongly Favors topic 1
Fight defunding of Planned Parenthood: Strongly Favors topic 1
Crucial to protect women's right to choose in 2019: Strongly Favors topic 1
Women, not politicians, should control their bodies: Strongly Favors topic 1
Protect the right to choose: Strongly Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
$500 million initiative to create 100,000 jobs in NYC: Strongly Favors topic 2
Signs legislation protecting against sexual harassment: Strongly Favors topic 2
Increase NYC usage of minority businesses from 3% to 10%: Strongly Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
NYC Unity Project: invest in LGBTQ youth: Strongly Favors topic 3
Co-sponsored the Gender Based Discrimination Protection law: Strongly Favors topic 3
No opinion on topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Don't defend private health insurance; it's not working: Strongly Favors topic 5
Wife runs ThriveNYC for mental health reform: Favors topic 5
Expand mental health services at youth and runaway shelters: Favors topic 5
Require measles vaccinations, even for religious schools: Strongly Favors topic 5
Everyone has a right to health care: Strongly Favors topic 5
Health care is a human right; fight for single-payer: Strongly Favors topic 5
MetroPlus: public option for every single New Yorker: Strongly Favors topic 5
Guarantee health care for every New Yorker: Strongly Favors topic 5
Recruit & train nurses without need to go overseas: Favors topic 5
Enroll 600,000 more New Yorkers in ObamaCare by 2018: Strongly Favors topic 5
Train New Yorkers to fill 16,000 nursing positions: Favors topic 5
No opinion on topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-3 points on Economic scale)
OpEd: de Blasio has failed NYC schools: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Pre-K and 3-K for All: Opposes topic 7
Stop closures & develop a minimum of 100 community schools: Favors topic 7
Create an early warning system before school failures: Favors topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Fight EPA regulatory over-reach
(+5 points on Social scale)
Ban Styrofoam in NYC; plastic straws are next: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Increase bicycling to 6% of all NYC trips by 2020: Opposes topic 8
SPARE pledge: Stop Polystyrene & Revitalize the Environment: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Strongly Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+5 points on Social scale)
Abolish capital punishment: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Bringing police & community together drives down crime: Opposes topic 9
Federal policies responsible for mass incarceration crisis: Strongly Opposes topic 9
OpEd: de Blasio soft on crime, undercuts police: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Close Rikers; develop alternatives to incarceration: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Ban solitary confinement for youth; reduce it for adults: Opposes topic 9
$7 million program to hold domestic abusers accountable: Favors topic 9
Free phone calls for people in custody: Opposes topic 9
Eliminate cash bail: future without mass incarceration: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Fewer and fewer arrests, and crime goes down and down: Opposes topic 9
The era of mass incarceration has ended in NYC: Strongly Opposes topic 9
NYC enjoying major drop in crime rate: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Worried about why blacks need to be cautious around police: Opposes topic 9
Stop-and-frisk disproportionately targets people of color: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Invest in Shot Spotter technology: audio & video on streets: Favors topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Gun ownership should be treated very, very differently: Opposes topic 10
Project Fast Track focuses on gangs & illegal guns: Opposes topic 10
Gun laws are necessary to protect the city and ourselves: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Wall Street for Change: campaign to support gun divestment: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Favors tax increases on wealthy: Strongly Favors topic 11
OpEd: NYC property taxes favors the wealthy: Opposes topic 11
Plenty of money in NYC, but it's in the wrong hands: Strongly Favors topic 11
Keep MTA fares affordable via payroll tax: Favors topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+5 points on Social scale)
Immigration policy & crisis does not reflect our values: Strongly Favors topic 12
Supports sanctuary cities; would abolish ICE: Strongly Favors topic 12
End cooperation & presence of ICE in NYC: Strongly Favors topic 12
Protect DACA immigrants, no matter what: Strongly Favors topic 12
NYC will always be the ultimate city of immigrants: Strongly Favors topic 12
Fight the inhumane detention of children at the border: Strongly Favors topic 12
Detaining Muslim travelers is simply un-American: Strongly Favors topic 12
Greater outreach and assistance to immigrant entrepreneurs: Favors topic 12
Created privately-funded the DREAM fellowship: Strongly Favors topic 12
Universal City ID for services for undocumented immigrants: Strongly Favors topic 12
Strongly Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-5 points on Economic scale)
USMCA is worse than NAFTA: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NAFTA was a disaster; we will not repeat mistake with TPP: Strongly Opposes topic 13
No opinion on topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(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)
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+5 points on Social scale)
Sue Board of Elections to make Early Voting easier: Strongly Favors topic 16
Same-day registration and no-excuse vote by mail: Strongly Favors topic 16
Battle corrupting influence of corporate money in politics: Favors topic 16
Citizens United is a body blow to our democracy: Strongly Favors topic 16
Favors topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(+2 points on Social scale)
No military action without approval of Congress: Favors topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Supports Green New Deal & Paris Climate Accords: Strongly Favors topic 18
40% reduction in emissions by 2030: Strongly Favors topic 18
NYC Green New Deal: energy-efficient buildings: Strongly Favors topic 18
Divest $5B from Big Oil; invest in renewable energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
No to fracking; yes to wind, solar, & geothermal: Strongly Favors topic 18
Opposes topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(+2 points on Social scale)
Ban all alcohol advertising on city property: Favors topic 19
Sue Big Pharma for opioid addiction; open overdose centers: Strongly Opposes topic 19
50,000 arrests for marijuana possession unjust and wrong: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Strongly Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-5 points on Economic scale)
There's plenty of money to invest; it's in the wrong hands: Strongly Favors topic 20
Put working people first, not wealthy corporations: Strongly Favors topic 20
Intensify City's anti-displacement and housing affordability: Favors topic 20
Create premiere tech hubs, and create 4.5M jobs: Favors topic 20

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