Virtual Debates: 2020 Presidential Candidate

Bill de Blasio

It matters. It matters for this fight for the heart and soul of our party that we nominate a candidate that has seen the face of poverty and didn't just talk about it, but gave people $15 minimum wage. It matters that we nominate a candidate that saw the destruction wrought by a broken healthcare system, and gave people universal healthcare. It matters that we nominate someone who saw the wasted potential of our children denied pre-k and gave it to every single one of them for free. These things really matter, and these are the things I've done in New York and I want to do the same for this whole country, because putting working people first, it matters. We need to be that party again. It matters. With your help we can put working people first again in America.

Source: MSNBC Democratic Primary Debate #1 (June 26, 2019)

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Economic Stimulus

He raised the minimum wage of city workers to $15 an hour, which he claims paved the way for the minimum wage hike in the state of New York.

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Health Care

De Blasio believes everyone should be guaranteed the right to health care, including undocumented immigrants. He has repeatedly called for a national single-payer healthcare plan.

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Education

One of de Blasio’s biggest accomplishments as mayor was the implementation of a universal pre-K program. About 70,000 New York City kids are now enrolled in the city’s pre-K system, up from roughly 20,000 before de Blasio took office. He also worked to reduce school suspensions, with mixed results. De Blasio has also drawn criticism for a failed education reform plan that cost more than $700 million.

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Environment

After President Donald Trump pulled out of the Paris climate agreement, de Blasio signed an executive order that committed New York City to upholding the international agreement.

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Foreign Policy

He urged New Yorkers to boycott automobile manufacturers who do business with Iran.Source: pbs

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