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Keith Rothfus' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (PA) - District 12, Republican
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Keith Rothfus has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Keith Rothfus 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-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Keith Rothfus. Issue Position: Family Values. 23 March 2012. "I am pro-life and believe that all human beings have an inalienable right to life from the moment of conception to natural death, and I believe that the nation's laws should reflect this foundational principle of our Republic. I will not support taxpayer funding of abortions in any manner, and I will not support giving any tax dollars to any organization that provides or promotes abortion." (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Keith Rothfus in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Keith Rothfus in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Rothfus. Facebook: Wall. 22 January 2011. "Thirty-eight years ago today, Justice Byron White issued a dissenting opinion to Roe v. Wade in which he decried the majority's exercise of 'raw judicial power,' which struck down abortion laws in every state of the country. Since that time, there have been more than fifty million abortions in the U.S. Women deserve better, and on Monday the 24th, we will March for Life." (www.facebook.com)
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

  • FreedomWorks. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. FreedomWorks endorsed Keith Rothfus in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Keith Rothfus. Taxing and Spending. 01 October 2012. "I will fight any attempts to increase taxes, and I will fight to keep in place the tax rates that were put into effect in 2001 and 2003, which are set to expire at the end of 2012." (keithrothfus.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Keith Rothfus. Jobs and the Economy. 8 October 2012. "The big government policies of the Obama administration have failed to produce a robust and growing economy that adds jobs and lets business flourish. From the threat of higher taxes, burdensome compliance costs, and mandates, coupled with unprecedented levels of government spending and deficits, President Obama and the Democrats in Congress have brought us the worst economic recovery since the Great Depression. It is time to change course." (keithrothfus.com)
  • Keith Rothfus. Issue Position: Taxing and Spending. 23 March 2012. "One glance at the image above, and you can see: spending is out of control. Multi-Trillion dollar deficits, bailouts and stimulus packages are placing an unsustainable burden on our economy and on our children and grandchildren. This is unconscionable, and I will take a hard line on spending." (votesmart.org)
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

  • Keith Rothfus. Facebook: Wall. 19 October 2011. "I like the thought proposed in this Heritage piece that would permit states to opt out of No Child Left Behind. We do not need Washington dictating school policy here in Western PA. States that opt should receive a block grant back equal to their share of NCLB funds, and the state should decide how those funds are spent free from Federal dictate." (www.facebook.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Keith Rothfus. Video: 2010 5 03 Rothfus Global Warming. 8 September 2010. Keith Rothfus responded: "I do not believe it's man-made and I am not convinced that it is a fact. I think the science is still out. I think for the last 15 years we haven't had any warming." to the qeustion: "Do you believe that global warming which is now referred to as climate change is a fact, and if so do you blieve that it is man-made?" (www.youtube.com)
  • Keith Rothfus. Issue Position: Energy. 23 March 2012. "I will fight every attempt EPA makes to impose a cap and tax scheme on our economy. And I will stop efforts of an over-reaching Federal government wanting to interfere with Pennsylvania's development of its Marcellus Shale resource. Washington does not always know better, and Pennsylvania is more than able to monitor its own businesses without interference from an agenda-driven EPA." (keithrothfus.com)
  • Keith Rothfus. Facebook: Wall. 2 September 2011. "Happy Labor Day weekend everyone. As we look forward to the President's jobs speech next week, it would be nice to see the following jobs program announced: [¦] -Moratorium on any regualtions that impose more than $100 million in costs on the economy, including EPA regs that would shutter power plants." (www.facebook.com)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Keith Rothfus. Issue Position: Second Amendment. 23 March 2012. "Recently, in the case of District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) case the Supreme Court concluded that the Second Amendment does establish an individual right to keep and bear arms for self-defense. I will pledge not to abridge that right, and I will do everything within my power to ensure that these rights are not abridged either through legislative or judicial means." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Keith Rothfus. Issue Position: Health Care. 23 March 2012. "In 2010, I was the first person running for Congress in Pennsylvania's Fourth Congressional District to pledge to repeal any aspect of Obamacare that was passed into law. I stand by that promise today. I will work with the new Republican Majority in Congress to ensure that health care gets reformed, but in a way that makes sense. I will follow a simple philosophy that includes repealing the bad legislation, replacing this bill with solid, common sense improvements, and reforming the health care system." (keithrothfus.com)
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

  • Keith Rothfus. Issue Position: Family Values. 2 March 2012. "I believe that the family is the basic building block of society and that the stronger the family, the stronger the society, and the less need for government intrusion into our lives. I will protect the family from threats to redefine it or to undercut its importance. I will vote to protect the institution of marriage as being between one man and one woman." (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Keith Rothfus in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Keith Rothfus in the 2012 general election. (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

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

  • Keith Rothfus. Issue Position: Social Security. "Seniors in our district depend on Social Security. As a conservative, I believe that it is essential for Congress to honor the obligations we have made to those dependent on this system. It is essential that we recognize our duty to ensure that our seniors are cared for. I believe the best way to ensure that we meet these obligations is to look at ways that we can grow our economy, rather than slashing benefits or raising taxes. Congress should not enact any change to Social Security, including privatization or increasing the retirement age, that threatens the ability of our seniors to receive the benefits they have been promised." (votesmart.org)

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Inferred Answer

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