Robert Zerban's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Robert Zerban
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 1
Primary Aug. 12, 2014
Gender: Male
Amardeep Kaleka

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Democratic

Paul Ryan

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Republican

Jeremy Ryan

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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 are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • Robert Zerban. Choice and Women's Rights. 17 April 2012. "'I support a woman's right to choose.' [¦] My values are about choice, freedom, and respect. I respect each individual's right to determine their own behavior in accordance with their own faith or values. That determination, that choice, must be made by each woman in her own way. I also oppose discrimination and will support legislation and funding to improve the lives of women." (www.robzerban.com)

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  • Robert Zerban. Issue Position: National Security and War. 1 January 2012. "I support a full withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)

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  • Robert Zerban. Protecting Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. 17 April 2012. "We can also eliminate tax loopholes and cut waste in the defense budget to pay for Medicare and many other investments we need to make for students, seniors, and middle class families." (www.robzerban.com)
  • Robert Zerban. Issue Position: National Security and War. 1 January 2012. "I support a full withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan. I support using those funds to rebuild our middle class and reduce the deficit [¦] I support cutting some wasteful weapons systems and research programs that are costing far too much money. I support investing this money in the American middle class instead [¦] We can maintain a strong security posture while cutting a lot of waste out of the defense budget. These funds can help us reduce the debt and make critical investments at home. Defense has become a way for politicians to fund pork projects. We maintain dozens of bases abroad, some of which are no longer necessary. We continue to purchase new nuclear and chemical weapons, despite the fact we have more than enough to destroy the world multiple times. We purchase expensive planes, ships, and new weapons technologies that are not necessary to achieve security. In short, we can cut a lot of wasteful spending and be just as safe." (votesmart.org)

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  • Robert Zerban. Tax Reform. 17 April 2012. "I support ending loopholes and reducing tax rates to make our code fairer and to ensure a strong middle class. I oppose raising income taxes on people who make less than $250,000 a year. I support changing our tax code so that individuals making more than $250,000 would return to Clinton-era tax levels and ending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy. I support the Buffett Rule and believe the wealthiest should pay their fair share. No secretary should pay a higher tax rate than their billionaire boss and I think this is clearly a matter of justice and economic opportunity for the middle class. I support treating capital gains and carried interest as personal income. Whether you make your income from stock trading or selling hot dogs, your income should be treated the same. I support lowering all personal income tax brackets evenly with the above fix so the majority of Americans pay less in taxes without adding to the deficit." (www.robzerban.com)
  • Robert Zerban. Revitalizing Manufacturing and Creating Jobs. 17 April 2012. "The Bush tax cuts for the wealthy and for oil and gas companies are not affordable and must end. I also support ending loopholes like capital gains and carried interest which allows financial professionals to pay a lower tax rate than those who earn their livings from a paycheck." (www.robzerban.com)

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  • Robert Zerban. Facebook: Wall. 22 March 2012. "Ryan's latest "Path to Poverty" would cut President Obama's budget by $5.3 Trillion dollars - $17,000 per American “ leaving a gaping hole in nearly all of the safety nets and programs designed to help our most vulnerable populations while giving his donors exactly what they want. I'm fighting back by launching a $17,000, 53-hour challenge so we can get common-sense leadership in Congress. Please join me by contributing $5.30 toward our goal of $17,000 in the next 53 hours to bring strong economic leadership, not corporate handouts, to Congress. And please share this to your own wall to help spread awareness about Paul Ryan's destructive plans. Thank you all for your support!" (www.facebook.com)
  • Robert Zerban. Issue Position: Infrastructure. 1 January 2012. "President Eisenhower made us a stronger nation by building our interstate highway system. President Roosevelt built great dams and other important projects to help revitalize the economy. I support similar measures. Infrastructure development creates jobs, and I support repairing our infrastructure and using American-made materials whenever possible [¦] I will stand strong in Congress to make sure we make these investments that will create jobs now while building a solid platform for commerce for years to come." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Zerban. Issue Position: Revitalizing Manufacturing and Creating Jobs. 1 January 2012. "I support rebuilding our infrastructure to increase economic activity and create construction jobs." (votesmart.org)

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  • Robert Zerben. Revitalizing Manufacturing and Creating Jobs. 17 April 2012. "I will support changes to our tax code to reward job creation in America, not outsourcing of jobs." (www.robzerban.com)

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  • Robert Zerban. Facebook: Wall. 19 April 2012. "We have to invest in our future not millionaires. Supporting our students should be one of the highest priorities of our elected officials." (www.facebook.com)
  • Robert Zerban. Education. 17 April 2012. "I support investments and programs to make our educational system the best in world. [¦] I will work to ensure schools have the funding they need at all levels. I support investing in curriculum materials and computers as well as extracurricular programs including sports and the arts. I support free or reduced cost lunch programs and other nutrition programs because no child should have to learn while they are hungry." (www.robzerban.com)

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  • Robert Zerban. Issue Position: Energy Independence and Reducing Carbon Emissions. 1 January 2012. "I oppose oil drilling in the Great Lakes and the Everglades and disagree with Paul Ryan's vote to allow this [¦] There has been a lot of opposition to green energy and to the EPA and its mission of protecting the environment. Much of this opposition, and phony scientific studies, come from oil and coal interests that want to see our nation remain dependent upon their products. I disagree with climate change deniers and believe addressing this problem will not only help our environment, but also our economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Zerban. WI-01 Protecting the Great Lakes. 20 February 2012. "I am appalled, yet not surprised, that Congressman Paul Ryan chose to sell out Wisconsinites by voting to allow offshore oil drilling in the Great Lakes and the Everglades. Our lakes are an economic engine and add beauty and majesty to our environment. This is too important for Paul Ryan to play politics with. Because of the Great Lakes, anglers spend billions each year in Wisconsin. Tourists come from neighboring states and beyond. Wisconsin has nearly 175,000 Great Lakes-dependent jobs. We don't want to become the next Gulf Coast with oil washing up on our shores. We don't want to lose our tourism and fishing. I certainly don't want to look at the lake on a beautiful day and see oil rigs." (www.dailykos.com)

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  • Robert Zerban. Energy Independence and Reducing Carbon Emissions. 17 April 2012. "I support legislation to reduce carbon emissions and to encourage utilities to adopt more renewable energy in their portfolios. I support a Renewable Electricity Standard of 25% by 2025 [¦] I support the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act and will defend these bills and the Environmental Protection Agency's funding and ability to enforce this legislation." (www.robzerban.com)

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  • Robert Zerban. Rob Zerban's Stance on Issues. 28 December 2011. "Americans have a complicated history with gun control. Clearly there needs to be protections in place to prevent criminal elements from obtaining lethal weapons. But we must also must protect the right of ordinary citizens to own guns, per our Constitution. I shoot skeet and trap occasionally." (www.scribd.com)

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  • Rob Zerban. Rob Zerban's Stance on Issues. 28 December 2011."I believe the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was a good first step by did not go far enough. I was disappointed the public option was not included." (www.scribd.com)
  • Rob Zerban. Zerban: U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Protects Millions from Living at the Mercy of Health Insurance Corporations. 27 June 2012. "I am pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, protecting millions of Americans from living at the mercy of health insurance corporations." (votesmart.org)

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  • Robert Zerban. Robert Zerban Questionnaire. 27 April 2012. "I believe immigrants should be offered a clear path to citizenship. We should work with Central American nations to normalize migration. I oppose the Bush work visa programs which demeans laborers and provides them with no substantive recourse should employer abuse occur." www.pdacommunity.org/.../101-rob-zerban-candidate-questionnaire.

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  • Robert Zerban. LGBT Community. 17 April 2012. "The government cannot pick and choose which of its citizens have rights and should offer the option of marriage, with full and equal rights, to all of its citizens." (www.robzerban.com)

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  • Robert Zerban. Issue Position: Protecting Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. 1 January 2012. "Paul Ryan's "Path to Prosperity" Plan for the House GOP focuses on privatizing, downsizing, and radically altering Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. I could not disagree more [¦] I will work to protect Social Security and Medicare from privatization and to keep these programs efficient and sustainable." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Zerban. Social Security. 17 April 2012. "I oppose efforts to privatize Social Security and endanger the funds by placing them into the stock market. This benefits large financial interests, not seniors. [¦] I oppose efforts by Paul Ryan and other Republicans to place Social Security into private accounts invested in the stock market. Millions of seniors would have been wiped out in the Great Recession under Ryan's plan if their retirement was put into the hands of Wall Street. I believe the program works in its current form, but must be strengthened for the future." (www.robzerban.com)

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