New York Mayor Ed Koch (1924-2013) said that no one should be expected to agree with him on everything, but people should vote for him if they agreed with his positions on most things. “If you agree with me on 9 out of 12 issues, you should vote for me,” Koch often said. “If you agree with me on 12 out of 12 issues, you should see a psychiatrist.”
It’s not known at what date he first said this, but he said this during his unsuccessful re-election campaign in September 1989, when he was seeking a fourth term.
Ronald Reagan (1911-2004) is known for a similar quotation: “My eighty-percent friend is not my twenty-percent enemy,” The sayings mean that no one can be expected to agree with every politician on every issue; small disagreements should be accepted.
New York magazine
Volume 22, Issues 27-30
“And if you agree with me on nine out of twelve issues, you should probably vote for me. If you agree with me on twelve out of twelve, you should probably see a psychiatrist.”
(Spoken by Ed Koch—ed.)
25 September 1996, Mountain Democrat (Placerville, CA), pg. A5:
Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch recently discussed politics on television. He said that if one can agree with a politician on eight out of 12 major issues he should vote for him or her. If one agrees with a politician on everything he should see a psychiatrist, obviously he is a mental case.
Rivals Attack, Mayor Defends
As Political Campaign Begins
By Henry J. Stern
January 14, 2005
A line that Ed Koch often used in his campaigns is, “If you agree with me on nine out of twelve issues, vote for me. If you agree with me on twelve out of twelve, see a psychiatrist.” When you make a choice, think of what he said. And remember that you can change your mind until you pull the lever.
From RFK to W:
How politicians have become less courageous and more interested in keeping power than in doing what’s right for America
By Joe Klein
New York, NY: Broadway Books
If you agree with me on nine out of twelve issues, vote for me. If you agree with me on twelve out of twelve issues, see a psychiatrist.
—EDWARD I. KOCH, RUNNINO FOR MAYOR OF NEW YORK IN I989
Leading from the Center:
Why Moderates Make the Best Presidents
By Gil Troy
New York, NY: Basic Books
In that spirit, New York’s legendary Mayor Ed Koch once challenged his constituents, “If you agree with me on nine out of twelve issues, vote for me. If you agree with me on twelve out of twelve issues, see a psychiatrist.”
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