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Duncan Hunter's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 50, Republican
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 50
Patrick Malloy
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Duncan Hunter has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Duncan Hunter is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2016, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by the National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/104308/duncan-hunter#.Vn9DVmwViko (votesmart.org)
  • “I am pro-life and believe life begins at conception.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/557522/issue-position-pro-family#.Vmn9tmwViko (votesmart.org)
  • “I am an original cosponsor of the Life at Conception Act to prohibit abortions by declaring that life begins at conception.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/826952/issue-position-family-values#.Vmn9LGwViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “We can start by reducing the tax burden on small business by at least 10 percent. We can also reduce marginal income tax rates while dispensing with the taxes on unemployment benefits.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/441488/stimulus-wont-jumpstart-economy/?search=income%20tax#.VmoQKGwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a pledge stating “[…] oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses […]” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/813534/americans-for-prosperity-federal-taxpayer-protection-pledge/?search=income%20tax#.VmoPr2wVikp (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “The Democratic stimulus package is the wrong approach at a time when tax relief and job creation must be our primary focus.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/441488/stimulus-wont-jumpstart-economy/?search=stimulus#.VmoHBGwViko (votesmart.org)
  • “For all that was promised, the stimulus plan enacted last year failed to make job growth a reality. Instead, it created more bureaucracy and authorized new federal spending that is doing a far better job stimulating government expansion and the deficit than it is improving the economy.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/481888/op-ed-crushing-the-status-quo/?search=stimulus#.VmoHnWwViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “We can start by reducing the tax burden on small business by at least 10 percent. We can also reduce marginal income tax rates while dispensing with the taxes on unemployment benefits.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/441488/stimulus-wont-jumpstart-economy/?search=income%20tax#.VmoQKGwViko (votesmart.org)
  • “To allow our economy to reach its full potential, we must streamline federal rulemaking procedures, reduce the tax and regulatory burden on businesses and provide certainty, which will allow businesses to thrive, expand and hire once again.” http://hunter.house.gov/issue/economy (hunter.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “In doing so, it is imperative that the federal government works to provide flexibility, expand local control, allocate funding for what works, and increase options for students and parents.” http://hunter.house.gov/issue/education (hunter.house.gov)
  • Education Week “I think Race to the Top injects the federal government too much, [that] having the states fight over money [is a mistake].” http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/rick_hess_straight_up/2011/04/straight_up_conversation_rep_duncan_hunter.html (blogs.edweek.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating “It is time to act in our nation's best interest and approve the Keystone XL pipeline.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/761081/letter-to-barack-obama-president-of-the-united-states-keystone-xl-pipeline/?search=keystone#.VmoBBmwViko (votesmart.org)
  • “Construction of the Keystone Pipeline not only represents a major step toward achieving greater energy independence, but it also stands to create thousands of jobs in the energy and manufacturing sectors […]” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/663655/hunter-statement-on-administrations-rejection-of-keystone-xl-pipeline/?search=keystone#.VmoAFWwViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “We must achieve energy independence but I believe it can be accomplished without putting a greater tax burden on the American people. I am supporting the American Energy Act which solves this problem by producing both traditional and renewable energy behind the strength of American workers, encouraging greater efficiency and conservation, and advancing the technology of the future.” http://hunter.house.gov/june-2009-third-edition (hunter.house.gov)
  • “The only way to free ourselves from terrorist despots who negotiate international policy using oil prices is to keep working on alternative energy while at the same time following an 'all of the above' approach.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/702950/issue-position-energy-independence#.VmoJs2wViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “[…] California's environmental regulatory framework continues to push businesses and jobs elsewhere, especially in the evaporating manufacturing sector.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/444875/humaneventscom-op-ed-keep-your-eyes-on-california#.VmoKG2wViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “The Second Amendment is deeply roote din our nation's history and tradition. Ensuring it's protected for future generations, whether for purposes of protection or outdoor recreation, is among my top priorities.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/488003/hunter-supports-amicus-brief-for-supreme-court-gun-case/?search=second%20amendment#.VmoChWwViko (votesmart.org)
  • “The ability to purchase and possess firearms is a right protected by the Constitution--and is part of our country's history and tradition. The U.S. House of Representatives has considered and passed several important initiatives to preserve and strengthen Second Amendment rights.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/826955/issue-position-second-amendment/?search=second%20amendment#.VmoB8GwViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “[…] I supported numerous measures to defund the law--over $52 billion in excessive federal spending, including the Repeal of Obamacare Act, a bipartisan bill that passed in the House on July 11, 2012.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/984517/issue-position-health-care/?search=obamacare#.VmoDDWwViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “Reject amnesty or any legal status that rewards those living in the U.S. illegally.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/474732/hunter-no-amnesty/?search=amnesty#.VmoRCmwViko (votesmart.org)
  • “Real immigration reform will take time and a unified Congress and a president who understands and amnesty is not the answer.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/637428/politico-secure-the-borders-before-reform/?search=amnesty#.VmoRfWwViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “I support the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage as the legal union between one man and one woman.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/826952/issue-position-family-values#.Vmn9LGwViko (votesmart.org)
  • “I believe marriage is a vitally important and sacred institution. I oppose the legalization of same-sex marriages.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/557522/issue-position-pro-family#.Vmn9tmwViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “The reasons to support Jordan with drone technology could not be more apparent.[…] Damage has been done to U.S. relations with Jordan, but the simple act of approving drone exports would prevent further harm.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1015578/wall-street-journal-jordan-needs-us-drones-to-fight-isis/?search=syria#.VmoLlGwViko (votesmart.org)
  • “The biggest mistake the U.S. can make in the fight against ISIL is to arm the Syrian opposition […] We must not only stop the advance of radical fighters in Iraq. We must crush ISIL outright.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/927821/hunter-to-president-arming-syrian-opposition-to-fight-isil-a-mistake/?search=syria#.VmoM1GwViko (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

Key

Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

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Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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