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Media Mogul Mike Bloomberg Is Running for Mayor. Will His Billions Make a Difference?

MEREDITH WRIGHT
Age 27
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Actor

Who is Mike Bloomberg? A billionaire owner of a large radio network who has plans to run for mayor.

Does being a billionaire qualify someone to run for office? This is the true meaning of capitalism. You have the most money and you can be mayor. I heard that he was for school uniforms for all city students and I wondered if he planned to subsidize that himself. I do think that when you have his kind of money, you have a sense of privilege that most of us don't. If money is no object, how well would he handle a budget?

What rich person would you like to see as mayor? Susan Sarandon. She's committed and active.


NYJEWELL
Age 26
Resides Brooklyn
Occupation Data card operator

Who is Mike Bloomberg? He's running for something. He's a rich guy who's trying to get elected.

Does being a billionaire qualify someone to run for office? No. It just means you're rich and you'll have enough money to finance your own campaign. These are people who have too much money, and the fact that they're running for public office proves that they're bored and can't think of anything else to do with themselves.

What rich person would you like to see as mayor? Michael Jordan. He's more famous than the president, who, by the way, isn't the one running the country. He's just the spokesman.


KELLY TISDALE
Age 24
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Bartender

Who is Mike Bloomberg? He owns Bloomberg News and he's running for mayor as a Republican.

Does being a billionaire qualify someone to run for office? I'm not sure what qualifies you to run for public office. Some people think that D.C. mayor Marion Barry's smoking crack gave him valuable personal experience. He was repeatedly reelected.

What rich person would you like to see as mayor? Ted Turner. He should have bought that Moscow radio station before it was taken over by the government, but he has become a real activist.


REBECCA SANTOS
Age 34
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Customer service rep

Who is Mike Bloomberg? I've never heard of him.

Does being a billionaire qualify someone to run for office? No. It just means you're rich and have nothing to do. If you want to do something useful with your money, why not build businesses and hire people who are out of work? We need rich people to spend their money on important things more than we need them to run for public office.

What rich person would you like to see as mayor? Donald Trump. He's the all-time New Yorker and he says whatever's on his mind.


MATT WILHELM
Age 23
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Programmer

Who is Mike Bloomberg? He's the founder of a company that gives you financial information in little boxes.

Does being a billionaire qualify someone to run for office? Not automatically. Building a business requires qualities found in a monomaniac. Caring for the public good requires an altogether different type of person.

What rich person would you like to see as mayor? George Soros, because he supports a free and open society.


ANNA COLON
Age 26
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Mother

Who is Mike Bloomberg? I have no idea.

Does being a billionaire qualify someone to run for office? With all that money, why would anyone run for office? Even if politicians like Peter Vallone or Fernando Ferrer, who are both very experienced, were billionaires, I'd wonder why they were bothering to run for mayor. Why do you want that kind of headache?

What rich person would you like to see as mayor? No rich person should be mayor. What's the point? You'd just be proving that you were a rich masochist.


STEPHANIE LUPINSKIE
Age 25
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Publicist

Who is Mike Bloomberg? He's an entrepreneur who decided to run for mayor as an outsider.

Does being a billionaire qualify someone to run for office? The money doesn't qualify him, but he's obviously skilled at networking. He has to have worked with a lot of different kinds of people, because you don't build a business like his all by yourself. Right now, he's missing a lot of voters by running his campaign on television.

What rich person would you like to see as mayor? Oprah Winfrey. I don't always agree with her, but she has built an empire and has done a lot of charitable work along the way.

 
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