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Robert Dold's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: Elected to U.S. House (IL) - District 10, Republican
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Robert Dold has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Robert Dold 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 2014, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I am pro-choice" (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Dold. Chicago Tribune: Come on, Mr. Seals. 25 October 2010. "Let's be clear. I'm pro-choice. I believe in a woman's right to choose. I don't believe that should be a decision that the government gets in between a doctor and the patient." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Dold. Chicago Tribune: Dold, Seals Spell Out Differences. 14 September 2010. ""Let me be clear, I'm pro-choice, while I may be more moderate than (Seals) is on this issue." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Dold. Video: Robert Dold “ Public Affairs. 8 February 2010. "Jeff Berkowitz: But in general you favor a women's right to choose? Robert Dold: Yes. JB: And so in general you wouldn't like to see roe v wade overturned, at least not completely? RD: That's correct." (www.youtube.com)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Robert Dold in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Dold. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Robert Dold voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Dold. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Robert Dold voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Dold. Issue Position: Social Issues. 10 November 2011. "I am pro-choice and believe that this very personal and difficult decision belongs to each individual woman. I support access to common-sense family planning and comprehensive sex education. I oppose partial-birth abortion procedures, except in cases of where the health or life of the mother is in danger. Further, I do not believe that federal taxpayer money should be used to pay for abortion procedures. Most important, I will support preventative initiatives and family planning aimed at reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies, to ultimately reduce the number of abortions. Preventing unwanted pregnancies and births while protecting the health of women should be our shared goal." (votesmart.org)
  • "I am pro-choice" (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Dold. Chicago Tribune: Come on, Mr. Seals. 25 October 2010. "Let's be clear. I'm pro-choice. I believe in a woman's right to choose. I don't believe that should be a decision that the government gets in between a doctor and the patient." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Dold. Chicago Tribune: Dold, Seals Spell Out Differences. 14 September 2010. ""Let me be clear, I'm pro-choice, while I may be more moderate than (Seals) is on this issue." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Dold. Video: Robert Dold “ Public Affairs. 8 February 2010. "Jeff Berkowitz: But in general you favor a women's right to choose? Robert Dold: Yes. JB: And so in general you wouldn't like to see roe v wade overturned, at least not completely? RD: That's correct." (www.youtube.com)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Robert Dold in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Dold. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Robert Dold voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Dold. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Robert Dold voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Dold. Issue Position: Social Issues. 10 November 2011. "I am pro-choice and believe that this very personal and difficult decision belongs to each individual woman. I support access to common-sense family planning and comprehensive sex education. I oppose partial-birth abortion procedures, except in cases of where the health or life of the mother is in danger. Further, I do not believe that federal taxpayer money should be used to pay for abortion procedures. Most important, I will support preventative initiatives and family planning aimed at reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies, to ultimately reduce the number of abortions. Preventing unwanted pregnancies and births while protecting the health of women should be our shared goal." (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

  • "Healthcare mandates, raising taxes, and placing more rules on businesses makes life harder for all of us -- doing so makes it harder for businesses to innovate and invest in jobs, and nearly impossible for the price of groceries, gas, clothing, and other commodities to remain affordable." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Dold signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Illinois and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.." (atr.org)
  • Robert Dold signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Illinois and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.." (atr.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Robert Dold. The National Debt. 22 March 2012. "Madam Speaker, our national debt now exceeds $15.5 trillion. I think it's fair to say that Washington has a spending problem. Republicans and Democrats alike have overspent over the years. In the past 4 years, Washington has spent over $5 trillion of taxpayer money that we don't have. The degree of how much this actually means to the American public, I think, is incomprehensible. Most people that I talk to just say that's a heck of a lot of money. I talk about the deficit of $1.5 trillion that we spent this last year and they say I just think it's a lot of money. It works out to be about $3.4 million a minute in deficit spending [¦] Madam Speaker, that's what we're facing. We must pass a budget that takes the step necessary to rein in the out-of-control spending that our country has today and put ourselves on a path to economic prosperity. We have no other choice." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Dold. Electrical Contractors' Association Endorses Robert Dold. 14 July 2010. "The $787 billion stimulus package hasn't helped put people in the electrical construction industry back to work, because credit is still too hard to get and projects cannot move forward. Couple that with uncertainty over the health care bill and a massive tax hike scheduled for January 1, 2011, and you have a perfect storm that prevents businesses from growing and hiring...Washington must do a better job in helping small businesses grow and hire." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Dold. Government Spending. 5 September 2012. "I believe we need to bring down our debt and rein in spending to put America back on a path to prosperity." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Dold. Issue Position: Economy and Jobs. 11 November 2011. "The limited recovery to date has been largely subsidized by the massive spending on the part of the federal government. The stimulus and other Congressional spending have not served to address the fundamental challenges facing our economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Dold. Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2013. 28 March 2012. "We've got $15.5 trillion in debt; we borrow 42 cents of every single dollar. It's time that we put people before politics and progress before partisanship so that we can get something done. It's about providing solutions for our country so that we can come together, have a document that we can use to be able to move the country forward. We need to cut back and rein in spending. We need to be able to provide that certainty for American businesses that are out there." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Dold. The National Debt. 22 March 2012. "Madam Speaker, our national debt now exceeds $15.5 trillion. I think it's fair to say that Washington has a spending problem. Republicans and Democrats alike have overspent over the years. In the past 4 years, Washington has spent over $5 trillion of taxpayer money that we don't have. The degree of how much this actually means to the American public, I think, is incomprehensible. Most people that I talk to just say that's a heck of a lot of money. I talk about the deficit of $1.5 trillion that we spent this last year and they say I just think it's a lot of money. It works out to be about $3.4 million a minute in deficit spending [¦] Madam Speaker, that's what we're facing. We must pass a budget that takes the step necessary to rein in the out-of-control spending that our country has today and put ourselves on a path to economic prosperity. We have no other choice." (votesmart.org)
  • "We must cut spending to put our government back on firm financial ground. We should bring spending back down to near 20% of Gross Domestic Product, which is the historical average, instead of letting spending rise to nearly 25% as currently proposed.Clearly, our first priority must be to actually have a budget. For the first time since 1974, this year Congress decided not to have a budget despite being in the midst of a global recession and domestic economic crisis. As a small business owner I find this irresponsible." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Dold. Electrical Contractors' Association Endorses Robert Dold. 14 July 2010. "The $787 billion stimulus package hasn't helped put people in the electrical construction industry back to work, because credit is still too hard to get and projects cannot move forward. Couple that with uncertainty over the health care bill and a massive tax hike scheduled for January 1, 2011, and you have a perfect storm that prevents businesses from growing and hiring...Washington must do a better job in helping small businesses grow and hire." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Dold. Government Spending. 5 September 2012. "I believe we need to bring down our debt and rein in spending to put America back on a path to prosperity." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Dold. Issue Position: Economy and Jobs. 11 November 2011. "The limited recovery to date has been largely subsidized by the massive spending on the part of the federal government. The stimulus and other Congressional spending have not served to address the fundamental challenges facing our economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Dold. Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2013. 28 March 2012. "We've got $15.5 trillion in debt; we borrow 42 cents of every single dollar. It's time that we put people before politics and progress before partisanship so that we can get something done. It's about providing solutions for our country so that we can come together, have a document that we can use to be able to move the country forward. We need to cut back and rein in spending. We need to be able to provide that certainty for American businesses that are out there." (votesmart.org)
  • "We must cut spending to put our government back on firm financial ground. We should bring spending back down to near 20% of Gross Domestic Product, which is the historical average, instead of letting spending rise to nearly 25% as currently proposed.Clearly, our first priority must be to actually have a budget. For the first time since 1974, this year Congress decided not to have a budget despite being in the midst of a global recession and domestic economic crisis. As a small business owner I find this irresponsible." (votesmart.org)
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

  • Robert Dold. Chicago Tribune: Editorial Board Questionnaire. "The bi-partisan NCLB legislation had some positive results, such as encouraging schools to recognize whether some groups of students were falling through the cracks of our educational system, but it also created several critical problems. Fortunately, there appears to be new interest in both Congressional chambers and in both parties to write a new education law that will replace NCLB. I think this reauthorization will be better for 10th District children than Race to the Top, which, Like No Child Left Behind has the capacity to do some good work, but may also give too much power over our local classrooms to Washington, D.C.. I believe that any broad education law must include a rational assessment system that is aligned from pre-school through college and values individualized student growth, as opposed to the current narrowly focused testing models. It must allow greater spending flexibility for local school districts to give them more freedom to develop innovative teaching methods inside their classrooms." (primaries2010.elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • Robert Dold. Chicago Sun-Times: U.S. House, Dist. 10: Robert Dold. 11 November 2011. Responded: "I support President Obama's goal of improving education and accountability for our schools and students. However, I am wary of federal education programs that seek to impose one-size-fits-all solutions on local schools. For example, inadequate testing models in No Child Left Behind must be improved. The re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Act should include growth model testing and greater flexibility at the local level [¦] I believe that parents, school districts and teachers must be the integral part of developing a locally tailored evaluation system that works best for their own community." to the question: "Please comment on the president's education agenda, specifically on the Race to the Top competition that emphasizes core national standards and tests and the use of student test data to evaluate and reward teachers" (www.suntimes.com)
  • Robert Dold. Chicago Tribune: Editorial Board Questionnaire. "The bi-partisan NCLB legislation had some positive results, such as encouraging schools to recognize whether some groups of students were falling through the cracks of our educational system, but it also created several critical problems. Fortunately, there appears to be new interest in both Congressional chambers and in both parties to write a new education law that will replace NCLB. I think this reauthorization will be better for 10th District children than Race to the Top, which, Like No Child Left Behind has the capacity to do some good work, but may also give too much power over our local classrooms to Washington, D.C.. I believe that any broad education law must include a rational assessment system that is aligned from pre-school through college and values individualized student growth, as opposed to the current narrowly focused testing models. It must allow greater spending flexibility for local school districts to give them more freedom to develop innovative teaching methods inside their classrooms." (primaries2010.elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • "I support putting control of education-resources in the hands of leaders at the local level, where people understand their community and are invested in the performance of their schools." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Dold. Chicago Sun-Times: U.S. House, Dist. 10: Robert Dold. 11 November 2011. Responded: "I support President Obama's goal of improving education and accountability for our schools and students. However, I am wary of federal education programs that seek to impose one-size-fits-all solutions on local schools. For example, inadequate testing models in No Child Left Behind must be improved. The re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Act should include growth model testing and greater flexibility at the local level [¦] I believe that parents, school districts and teachers must be the integral part of developing a locally tailored evaluation system that works best for their own community." to the question: "Please comment on the president's education agenda, specifically on the Race to the Top competition that emphasizes core national standards and tests and the use of student test data to evaluate and reward teachers" (www.suntimes.com)
  • "I support putting control of education-resources in the hands of leaders at the local level, where people understand their community and are invested in the performance of their schools." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted Yea - HR 4348 - Extension of Surface Transportation Funding and Approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Protecting the environment is a top priority of mine in Congress. Over the years, many have abused the world we live in and that is why I support actions to clean up our environment, conservation programs, and initiatives that educate the public on the importance of keeping the world we live in clean. " (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Dold. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Robert Dold voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • "Protecting the environment is a top priority of mine in Congress. Over the years, many have abused the world we live in and that is why I support actions to clean up our environment, conservation programs, and initiatives that educate the public on the importance of keeping the world we live in clean. " (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Dold. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Robert Dold voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Robert Dold. Issue Position: Social Issues. 10 November 2011. "The right to bear arms is a Constitutional right for American citizens. I believe we must work to balance this Constitutional right with our obligation to keep our citizens and our communities safe. I support resonable restrictions and believe the gun-show loophole should be closed. We must use the technology available today to work to remove guns from the hands of criminals." (votesmart.org)
  • "I support resonable restrictions and believe the gun-show loophole should be closed" (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Dold. Video: Robert Dold “ Public Affairs. 8 February 2010. "Robert Dold: I believe in the 2nd amendment [¦] Jeff Berkowitz: A person has a right to self defense and you would think own a handgun in the home? RD: Absolutely, yes JB: But your not gonna cut out all gun control. You think it's right for the state and perhaps the federal government to regulate some of that? RD: I think it's critical that there's education. I myself as a scout master, I can tell you that we go through hunter safety...I think we need to have responsible gun ownership with regional restrictions. JB: And responsible gun control? RD: Responsible, sure." (www.youtube.com)
  • Robert Dold. Issue Position: Social Issues. 10 November 2011. "The right to bear arms is a Constitutional right for American citizens. I believe we must work to balance this Constitutional right with our obligation to keep our citizens and our communities safe. I support resonable restrictions and believe the gun-show loophole should be closed. We must use the technology available today to work to remove guns from the hands of criminals." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Dold. Video: Robert Dold “ Public Affairs. 8 February 2010. "Robert Dold: I believe in the 2nd amendment [¦] Jeff Berkowitz: A person has a right to self defense and you would think own a handgun in the home? RD: Absolutely, yes JB: But your not gonna cut out all gun control. You think it's right for the state and perhaps the federal government to regulate some of that? RD: I think it's critical that there's education. I myself as a scout master, I can tell you that we go through hunter safety...I think we need to have responsible gun ownership with regional restrictions. JB: And responsible gun control? RD: Responsible, sure." (www.youtube.com)
  • "I support resonable restrictions and believe the gun-show loophole should be closed" (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Robert Dold. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Robert Dold voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Dold. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Robert Dold voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • voted to repeal (votesmart.org)
  • voted to repeal (votesmart.org)
No 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

  • Robert Dold. Make it better: Candidate Questionnaire: Robert Dold. 11 November 2011. "I do not believe it is realistic or logical to think we can send home the 11-12 million immigrants who have come here illegally, and we need a bi-partisan effort to find solutions. The goal of reform should be to allow those individuals who want to work and pay taxes without taking public benefits the ability to work toward legal status, and to rid our country of law-breakers or those who merely want public benefits. Any reform legislation must include enhanced border security to protect American citizens, first and foremost." (www.makeitbetter.net)
  • Robert Dold. Make it better: Candidate Questionnaire: Robert Dold. 11 November 2011. "I do not believe it is realistic or logical to think we can send home the 11-12 million immigrants who have come here illegally, and we need a bi-partisan effort to find solutions. The goal of reform should be to allow those individuals who want to work and pay taxes without taking public benefits the ability to work toward legal status, and to rid our country of law-breakers or those who merely want public benefits. Any reform legislation must include enhanced border security to protect American citizens, first and foremost." (www.makeitbetter.net)
  • "From Round Lake to Waukegan and Des Plains to Mundelin, there are individuals and families living in the shadows and in fear that their lives could be ripped apart by deportation. Most of these people are contributing members of our society, paying taxes and growing our economy. So while securing our borders and ensuring that we enforce the laws we put in place must remain the top priority, particularly in this unsettled time of global terrorism, it’s time that our government provide those who are contributing to our society a pathway out of the shadows and an opportunity to become part of the American dream." (doldforcongress.com)
  • "From Round Lake to Waukegan and Des Plains to Mundelin, there are individuals and families living in the shadows and in fear that their lives could be ripped apart by deportation. Most of these people are contributing members of our society, paying taxes and growing our economy. So while securing our borders and ensuring that we enforce the laws we put in place must remain the top priority, particularly in this unsettled time of global terrorism, it’s time that our government provide those who are contributing to our society a pathway out of the shadows and an opportunity to become part of the American dream." (doldforcongress.com)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Russell Lissau. Daily Herald: Dold, Seals differ on gay marriage. 26 October 2010. "I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. But I do believe that same-sex couples should have the right to enter into contractual relationships that would allow for the rights mentioned above." (could not find article on daily herald website). (goliath.ecnext.com)
  • Robert Dold. Chicago Sun-Times: U.S. House, Dist. 10: Robert Dold. 11 November 2011. "I support the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between a man and woman. I believe same-sex partners should have the ability to enter into contractual agreements." (www.suntimes.com)
  • Robert Dold. Issue Position: Social Issues. 10 November 2011. "I believe that marriage is between a woman and man. However, I also recognize that gay and lesbian couples have the right to have loving, committed relationships as well. Therefore, I believe that same sex couples should have the right to enter into contractual relationships." (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Robert Dold in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Russell Lissau. Daily Herald: Dold, Seals differ on gay marriage. 26 October 2010. "I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. But I do believe that same-sex couples should have the right to enter into contractual relationships that would allow for the rights mentioned above." (could not find article on daily herald website). (goliath.ecnext.com)
  • "I believe that marriage is between a woman and man" (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Dold. Chicago Sun-Times: U.S. House, Dist. 10: Robert Dold. 11 November 2011. "I support the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between a man and woman. I believe same-sex partners should have the ability to enter into contractual agreements." (www.suntimes.com)
  • Robert Dold. Issue Position: Social Issues. 10 November 2011. "I believe that marriage is between a woman and man. However, I also recognize that gay and lesbian couples have the right to have loving, committed relationships as well. Therefore, I believe that same sex couples should have the right to enter into contractual relationships." (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Robert Dold in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe that marriage is between a woman and man" (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Robert Dold. Robert Dold: Candidate Profile. 23 February 2012. "We must continue to remain vigilant against Al Qaeda, and be aware of new regions in the world where the terrorist network is growing in strength. In the summer of 2011, I joined with other Members of Congress to send a letter to Secretary Clinton, urging the U.S. Department of State to develop a strategic plan that confronts the threat of Al Qaeda's expansion in Yemen." (www.dailyherald.com)
  • Robert Dold. Robert Dold: Candidate Profile. 23 February 2012. "We must continue to remain vigilant against Al Qaeda, and be aware of new regions in the world where the terrorist network is growing in strength. In the summer of 2011, I joined with other Members of Congress to send a letter to Secretary Clinton, urging the U.S. Department of State to develop a strategic plan that confronts the threat of Al Qaeda's expansion in Yemen." (www.dailyherald.com)
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

  • Robert Dold. Issue Position: Entitlement Crisis “ Social Security and Medicare. "For younger people, we should offer options for a portion of their payroll taxes to be put into personal retirement accounts." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Dold. Chicago Tribune: Editorial Board Questionnaire. 11 November 2011. "I would propose allowing a portion of Social security payments (not more that 25%) to be put into Government authorized individual retirement accounts that would be able to be passed to heirs if not used." (primaries2010.elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • Robert Dold. Glenview Patch “ Dold, Seals Divided on Economy at Glenbrook South. 23 September 2010. "I don't want to privatize Social Security; you heard it from me." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Dold. Issue Position: Entitlement Crisis “ Social Security and Medicare. "For younger people, we should offer options for a portion of their payroll taxes to be put into personal retirement accounts." (votesmart.org)
  • "The Social Security program currently provides a vital foundation of support for 56 million Americans. It is an earned benefit for workers who have paid in over the years. I know how important Social Security is to the seniors, survivors of deceased workers, and disabled workers who rely on it for economic security, which is why the program must be protected, and its sustainability ensured, for the future. I am committed to working in a bipartisan fashion to preserve Social Security so that our children and grandchildren will not be denied the program's promise when they retire and need it." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Dold. Chicago Tribune: Editorial Board Questionnaire. 11 November 2011. "I would propose allowing a portion of Social security payments (not more that 25%) to be put into Government authorized individual retirement accounts that would be able to be passed to heirs if not used." (primaries2010.elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • Robert Dold. Glenview Patch “ Dold, Seals Divided on Economy at Glenbrook South. 23 September 2010. "I don't want to privatize Social Security; you heard it from me." (votesmart.org)
  • "The Social Security program currently provides a vital foundation of support for 56 million Americans. It is an earned benefit for workers who have paid in over the years. I know how important Social Security is to the seniors, survivors of deceased workers, and disabled workers who rely on it for economic security, which is why the program must be protected, and its sustainability ensured, for the future. I am committed to working in a bipartisan fashion to preserve Social Security so that our children and grandchildren will not be denied the program's promise when they retire and need it." (votesmart.org)

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