Snapshot on the issues: Bill de Blasio

Oralandar Brand-Williams
The Detroit News

Detroit — Bill de Blasio, 58, is the mayor of New York City and a former regional director for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

Here are highlights of remarks de Blasio made in Wednesday's Democratic debate.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio participates in the debate.


Health care: "Ask the American people. They are sick of what the pharmaceutical companies are doing to them. They feel it's holding back their families because they can't get the coverage they need. We can have a system that actually covers everyone. How about we be the party that's going to disrupt the status quo for working people?"

Taxes: "When I'm president, we will even up the score and we will tax the hell out of the wealthy to make this a fairer country and to make sure it's a country that puts working people first."

Impeachment: "Yeah, move for impeachment, but don't forget to do the people's business and to stand up for working people because that's how we're actually going to beat Donald Trump. The best impeachment is beating him in the election of 2020."

Immigration: "It's all kind of a charade because there’s 11 million people here, and everyone, in theory, has broken the law, but they’re part of our communities now.  They’re part of our economy. They’re our neighbors. Why are we even discussing on one level whether it’s a civil penalty or a criminal penalty, when it’s an American reality?"

Trade: "President Trump is trying to sell NAFTA 2.0. He's got a new name for it. It's just as dangerous as the old NAFTA. It's going to take away American jobs like the old NAFTA like it did to Michigan. We cannot have Democrats be party to a new NAFTA."

Flint water crisis: "We have a huge problem and it's decades-old in New York but here's what we've done about. We've declared the eradication of all lead, literally ending the notion of lead poisoning, once and for all as the goal for our administration and we're doing something about it. Lead poisoning has gone down 90 percent since 2005 and we're going to literally bring it down to zero."