Michael Bloomberg was born on February 14, 1942, in Boston, Massachusetts. Bloomberg put himself through Johns Hopkins and Harvard and became a partner at Salomon Brothers. He started his own company which revolutionized the distribution of financial information and made him a billionaire. Bloomberg became mayor of New York City in 2002, and he later won election to a second and a controversial third term. Afterward, the businessman and philanthropist devoted himself to combating the effects of climate change, before seeking the Democratic nomination for president in 2020.
On the Issues
AAI tracks the official and campaign-trail statements of each presidential candidate on the issues we care about most.
Scroll the issues to read what Michael Bloomberg has said on the campaign trail.
For our take on why these are the 12 issues that are most important to our community, read here.
Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
Securitization and Surveillance
"All of the people came from the same place and all that came were from a place they happened to be one religion. And if they’d been another religion, we would’ve done the same thing.” -- Bloomberg defends surveillance program targeting Arab and Muslim communities in New York by invoking 9/11. (2/27/20, PBS)
Criminal Justice Reform
Bigoted Speech: Instances of Condemnation and/or Use
NO BAN Act
- "Mike has long opposed the B.D.S. movement, which undermines one of our most important allies and the only democracy in the Middle East. He is a vigorous defender of free speech. He has supported the right of B.D.S. members to speak on college campuses. But he believes government funds should not be used to support the B.D.S. movement, which is antithetical to our foreign policy, our national security and our democratic values." (02/07/2020, The New York Times)
- "Intense negotiations by the parties offer the best chance for success. The U.S. has an important role to play in fostering these discussions." (02/07/2020, The New York Times)
- Donald Trump's abandonment of the Iran nuclear deal is "tantamount to giving Iran permission to re-launch its nuclear program.” (01/26/2020, Bloomberg.com)
- "As president, I will work to make the strongest deal possible to constrain the Iranian regime’s aggression and territorial ambitions, and put an end to their nuclear program, because the world must never allow Iran to threaten Israel and the whole region with a nuclear attack." (01/26/2020, Bloomberg.com)
U.S. Presence in the Arab World
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