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Eric Stewart's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Eric Stewart refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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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 2012, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

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

  • Eric Stewart. Daily News Journal - Eric Stewart Takes His Message on the Road. 25 August 2012. Answered: “I don't know that he can defend his record on a lot of the votes that affect and hurt working families. We talk a lot of times that he's betrayed working families. Another vote that he's cast that he's going to have to defend is in the Ryan budget he voted to give folks making over $1 million a year a $250,000 tax cut. He also cast a vote to get rid of the payroll tax holiday. It raised working families about $800 a year, raised their taxes” to the question: “Why do you think Scott won't debate?” (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Stewart. Eric Stewart, Biography (TN-CD4) “Being conservative with tax dollars, Stewart ha opposed tax increases and a state income tax while voting to balance Tennessee’s budget.” (www.bradleydemocrats.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Eric Stewart. Priorities. 14 August 2012. ”The rebuilding of our economy comes with the rebuilding of our nation’s infrastructure. It's time we put Americans back to work rebuilding our roads, bridges, and schools so that they have the means to participate in our economy, instead of collecting an unemployment check. Safe and modern highways, bridges, airports and rail lines are common-sense investments. Upgrades to energy infrastructure and modernizations to our grid and broadband network bring economic development opportunities and jobs to rural communities as well.” (www.votestewart.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Eric Stewart. Eric Stewart, Biography (TN-CD4) “ In the State Senate, Stewart has fought for a variety of tax incentives for small businesses that create new jobs.” (www.bradleydemocrats.com)
  • Eric Stewart. Issue Position: Jobs/Economy. 14 August 2012. “Rebuilding the middle class is achieved through things like restoring credit flow to small businesses and awarding tax credits for small businesses that that are hiring new employees. It is also achieved by putting an end to government contracts that hire workers overseas when we have manufacturers and businesses in this country that can do the work. If taxpayer dollars are spent on government contracts, that money should be spent creating jobs here at home, not in China.” (www.votestewart.com)
  • Eric Stewart. Twitter: @votestewart. 20 June 2012. “Rebuilding the middle class is achieved through restoring credit to small businesses & awarding tax credits for hiring.” (twitter.com)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? 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 Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Eric Stewart. Daily News Journal - Eric Stewart Takes His Message on the Road. 25 August 2012. Answered: “I won't vote to repeal it, but I will certainly vote to fix it” to the question: “Right after the Supreme Court's decision on the Affordable Care Act, you said you wouldn't vote to kill it.” (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Eric Stewart. Knox News: Stewart Unsure of His Vote for U.S. Senator. 16 August 2012. “Stewart presents himself as a conservative on some issues. For example, the senator said he is opposed to same-sex marriage, noting Tennessee voters approved a state constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman. "I stand with the voters of Tennessee," he said.” (blogs.knoxnews.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? 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 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

  • Eric Stewart. Social Security & Medicare. 28 June 2012. “I'll always stand behind our seniors and fight against any effort to privatize Social Security” (www.votestewart.com)

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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