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Carly Fiorina's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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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 2010, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion Issues: Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life? View Citations

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  • Carly Fiorina. Fox News "Fox News Sunday" - Transcript. 13 June 2010. "WALLACE: OK. You oppose abortion, except in the case of rape and incest. Now, I don't have to tell you that Barbara Boxer has made choice a big issue in prior elections. And we've looked at the polls. Most Californians agree with her. FIORINA: But you know, most Californians disagree with Barbara Boxer's extreme views. She believes in taxpayer funding for partial birth abortions. Most Californians don't agree with that. And yes, there are Californians who disagree with me on the sanctity of life. But the vast majority of Californians also say that the issue in this election is jobs, and the issue in this election is out-of-control government spending, out-of-control debt, out-of- control regulations and out-of-control taxation." (
  • National Right To Life Committee. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 22 July 2010. The National Right To Life Committee endorsed Carly Fiorina in the 2010 General Election. (
  • Susan B. Anthony List. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 22 Jul 2010. The Susan B. Anthony List endorsed Carly Fiorina in the 2010 General Election. (
Yes Inferred Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax? View Citations

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  • Carly Fiorina signed American Family Business Institute: Death Tax Repeal Pledge. (
No Inferred Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy? View Citations

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  • Carly Fiorina. Job Creation: Carly Fiorina vs. Barbara. "Carly believes government can best support economic growth by getting out of the way of small businesses and entrepreneurs that are trying to grow and hire." (
  • Carly Fiorina. Carly Fiorina Issues Statement on Unemployment Rate. 2 July 2010. "The loss of 125,000 jobs last month and the less-than-robust growth in private-sector hiring together underscore the fact that the economic "stimulus' plan championed by Democrats like Barbara Boxer has not delivered on its fundamental promise: creating jobs. (
  • Carly Fiorina. Carly Fiorina Speaks at California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce Annual Convention, Discusses Importance of Hispanic-Owned Businesses in Economic Recovery. 12 August 2010. "Fiorina has consistently emphasized the importance of supporting our state's job creators: small businesses, family-owned businesses and entrepreneurs. Her economic growth plan focuses on getting government out of the way and reducing the uncertainty businesses face so that they can do what they do best -- create jobs. Specifically, Fiorina's plan calls for policies that will lower taxes, help our nation fight for every job and incentivize innovation." (
  • Carly Fiorina. Carly Fiorina Issues Statement Commemorating California's Cost of Government Day. 27 August 2010. "U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina today issued the following statement in commemoration of California's Cost of Government Day. According to the Center for Fiscal Accountability, in 2010, it will take the average Californian 239 days to earn the income necessary to cover the costs generated by local, state and federal governments for such things as growth in the public-employee workforce, the failed economic "stimulus" plan, taxpayer-funded bailouts and compliance with onerous regulations: "This year, the average Californian lost 239 days of income to bigger and bigger government and higher and higher regulation championed by career politicians like Barbara Boxer who believe government is the solution to all of our problems. That's four more days of lost work as compared to last year, and eight more days of lost work than the average American in 2010. "Despite this massive growth in government, however, more than 2 million Californians remain out of work, underscoring yet again the abject failure of big-government policies like the economic stimulus plan to create jobs, stimulate real, sustained growth and help our economy recover." (
  • Carly Fiorina. National Federation of Independent Business Endorses Carly Fiorina for U.S. Senate. 18 August 2010. "I'm thankful to have earned the support of NFIB's Save America's Free Enterprise Trust because I believe our nation's small and independent businesses are an important source of both prosperity and jobs for our fellow Americans. Especially in these difficult economic times, it's critically important that we work together to make it easier for these companies to do business here at home and hire our fellow Americans," added Fiorina. "Barbara Boxer, however, seems to believe that growing government is the solution -- underscoring yet again just how little she knows about what it takes to create jobs and help our economy recover. That's why Californians will fire her come Election Day." Fiorina has consistently called for policies that make it easier for small and independent businesses -- our nation's true job creators -- to grow and succeed. In particular, her economic growth plan is founded on the principle that lower taxes and less regulation will help make it easier for these job creators to hire our fellow Americans. Fiorina previously earned the endorsements of such business organizations as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the California Farm Bureau Federation and the Orange County Business Council." (
  • Carly Fiorina. Small-Business Owners Join Carly Fiorina in Decrying Stimulus Plan's Failure to Create Jobs. 13 September 2010. "With our state's unemployment rate at a sky high 12.3 percent and more than 2.2 million Californians still out of work, it's clear that the $814 billion taxpayer-funded economic stimulus plan has failed to bring the 'help and hope' Barbara Boxer promised the people of this state," said Fiorina. "Empty lots like the one we're highlighting today at New Horizons Family Center underscore the fact that our taxpayer dollars are clearly not being used to create jobs. Meanwhile, our federal deficit has hit record levels under Barbara Boxer's watch. Instead of wasting even more taxpayer money on dead-end projects that don't create jobs, I call on Barbara Boxer to introduce a bill that will divert the $272 billion in unspent stimulus funds toward reducing our federal deficit." (
  • Carly Fiorina. Welcome to the Recovery: 9,400 More Jobs Lost in July. 20 August 2010. "U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina today issued the following statement in response to the Employment Development Department's report released this morning showing that 9,400 Californians lost their jobs last month and the unemployment rate remains at a sky-high 12.3 percent: "Today's report is yet further proof that Barbara Boxer's taxpayer-funded big-government bailouts have failed to make a positive difference for our economy. As a career politician, Barbara Boxer has no idea what it takes to create private-sector jobs and drive long-term economic growth and prosperity -- only what it takes to feed the greed of government. The news today that 9,400 Californians lost their jobs last month only adds to the list of economic indicators that prove how Barbara Boxer has failed to stimulate the job creation and economic growth she promised. "It's clear that hiring by our nation's small businesses and entrepreneurs -- and not temporary, taxpayer-funded government employees -- is the key to our economy's recovery. But these job creators aren't seeking expensive taxpayer-funded bailouts; they're seeking the opportunity and the freedom to do what they do best: create jobs. That requires getting government out of their way, cutting taxes and reducing onerous regulations." (
  • Carly Fiorina. Carly Fiorina Discusses Job Creation and Economic Growth During Campaign Stop in Riverside. 19 August 2010. "Fiorina has consistently said that job creation and economic growth will be her top priorities as a U.S. senator. Fiorina's economic growth plan focuses on the principle that lower taxes, fewer burdensome regulations and more innovation will drive our nation's recovery and growth. Among other proposals, Fiorina has called for extending the 2001 and 2003 tax relief measures, giving small businesses a two-year payroll tax holiday for hiring unemployed workers and reducing unnecessary regulations to help get credit flowing again. "Barbara Boxer clearly believes that government is the answer to all of our problems and has relied on budget-busting, big-government economic policies that, in reality, have done little to create jobs or stimulate economic growth," Fiorina continued. "If we are serious about helping our nation's economy recover, then we must begin by getting government out of the way of our job creators: small businesses and entrepreneurs that create nearly two-thirds of our nation's new jobs. Barbara Boxer fundamentally does not understand this principle, and that's why she must be fired this November." (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Business and Employment Issues: Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security? View Citations

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Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime Issues: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes? View Citations

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Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education Issues: Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students? View Citations

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Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment and Energy Issues: Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change? View Citations

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  • Carly Fiorina. Barbara Boxer Votes For Federal Government Power Grab. 11 June 2010. "U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina today issued the following statement in response to Barbara Boxer's vote against a resolution authored by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) that would have prevented the Environmental Protection Agency from overstepping the intent of the Clean Air Act in order to impose regulations on carbon emissions: "I support Senator Murkowski's resolution, and I'm disappointed that it failed. Allowing an unaccountable bureaucracy to regulate a large portion of our economy is a surefire way to kill jobs. "Barbara Boxer's opposition to this measure underscores just how out of touch she is with the reality millions of unemployed Californians face every day. Boxer's priorities do not reflect the priorities of the people she was elected to represent, who are calling for a laser focus on job creation and economic growth."" (
  • Carly Fiorina. Issue Position: Energy and the Environment. "However, Barbara Boxer's misguided cap-and-trade legislation will not lead us in that direction, which is why Carly ardently opposes it. This disastrous bill will lead to more job losses for American families and more onerous regulation on our nation's businesses. In fact, a recent Heritage Foundation report finds that cap-and-trade would cost American families $2,872 every year! Boxer's cap-and-trade scheme won't produce a single megawatt of new energy; instead, it will punish manufacturers and small-business owners and put the U.S. at a competitive disadvantage with nations like China and India." (
No Inferred Answer Gun Issues: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Carly Fiorina. C-Span. 1 September 2010. "We should not be taking constitutional rights away from citizens and at the same time, giving constitutional rights to terrorists?Barbara Boxer agrees that the vast majority of crimes committed wit ha gun are committed by criminals who have broken the law to acquire a gun. So let us prosecute those laws, let us prosecute those criminals, but let us not deny law abiding citizens their constitutional rights and instead give constitutional rights to terrorists?"
  • Carly Fiorina. C-Span. 1 September 2010. Responded: "I think it's crystal clear that we have loads of laws and most of the time criminals are breaking those laws and we are curtailing citizens lawful rights to carry guns. The assault weapons ban is extremely arbitrary in what qualifies as an assault weapon." to the question: "If I understand correctly, you are also for allowing the assault weapons ban disappear."
  • Gun Owners of America. Carly Fiorina is endorsed by Gun Owners of America for the 2010 General Election. (
No Inferred Answer Health Issues: Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option? View Citations

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  • Carly Fiorina signed The Club for Growth: Repeal It! (
  • Carly Fiorina. President Obama's Health Care Overhaul Plan Falls Short. 22 February 2010. "I'm disappointed to see that the President has again put aside his promise of bipartisanship in the health care reform debate. This proposal turns to big-government policies that will increase taxes, further expand the deficit and lead to higher premiums without an increase in the quality of our patient care. Barbara Boxer takes an even more extreme view with her support for the public option, which will only give government a bigger role in our health care. It is doctors and patients who need to gain a bigger role in health care - not government." (
  • Carly Fiorina. Issue Position: Focusing Health Care. ""While our nation's health care system is in need of reform, the legislation passed today is an example of the "cure' being worse than the disease. It is a patchwork of Washington insider deals, and it will cost California taxpayers millions, if not billions, of dollars we cannot afford[Instead,] let's take a step back and fix specific problems with specific solutions that have bipartisan support." -- Carly Fiorina Carly believes strongly that every American should have access to quality, affordable health care. Through her own experiences, she has seen both the good and the bad of our nation's health care system, and it has given her a very keen perspective on what we can do to better connect doctors and increase quality, while also lowering costs. In particular, Carly believes it's essential that decisions about care stay in the hands of patients, their families and their doctors. To improve quality while also lowering costs, Washington should focus on passing bipartisan reforms that are known to be effective, such as encouraging competition in the health insurance market, cracking down on frivolous lawsuits and ensuring no one is denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition. Instead, Democrats forced through a health care overhaul plan that will cost taxpayers at least $940 billion over 10 years in the form of higher premiums, increased taxes and more government spending. The legislation signed into law by President Obama does not focus on patients or on quality care, which is why Carly has pledged to help repeal it and replace it with true reform that lowers costs and improves quality without growing government.." (
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration Issues: Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants? View Citations

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  • Condon, Stephanie. Carly Fiorina Supports DREAM Act, but Says She's Against "Amnesty". 2 September 2010. "In her first debate last night against Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, Fiorina said, "I would support the DREAM Act because I do not believe that we can punish children who through no fault of their own are here trying to live the American dream." The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act would provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented students who came to the United States as minors and meet other certain criteria. The bill was crafted by Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois and Republican Sen. Dick Lugar of Indiana. Boxer and dozens of other senators have signed on as co-sponsors." (
  • Carly Fiorina. Issue Position: Immigration. "At the same time, Carly is also committed to developing an effective visa program and temporary worker program to support legal immigrants who fulfill important roles in our nation's economy. An effective temporary worker program for seasonal agricultural employees and visa programs for workers in other high-skill, high-demand industries can help us fill what are often dire employment needs." (
  • Carly Fiorina. Fox News "Fox News Sunday" - Transcript. 13 June 2010. WALLACE: All right. Let me -- let me ask you about another question. On illegal immigration, you support the Arizona crackdown, the new law in Arizona. What do you say to those Latino voters -- and it's a big voting bloc in California -- who say this is going to lead to racial profiling? FIORINA: You know, I'm very proud of the large number of Hispanic endorsements that I've received. And when I talk with members of the Latino community -- and I will continue to reach out to them -- what they say to me is you know what, this is a question of criminals crossing the border. The truth is this. The federal government isn't doing its job. It's the federal government's job to secure the border. The Obama administration has de-funded securing the border. And while Barbara Boxer stands up and challenges the constitutionality of the Arizona law and vilifies people of Arizona, what she should be doing -- what I would be doing -- is figuratively standing on the president's desk and saying, "Mr. President, the federal government needs to do its job and secure the border." (
Yes Inferred Answer International Policy Issues: Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan? View Citations

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  • Carly Fiorina. Issue Position: Protecting America. "Carly also views defeating the terrorist threat in Afghanistan as an imperative that requires military commitment, economic development and diplomatic energy. To achieve victory, it is critically important to continue listening to our commanders on the ground and to stay until our job is done." (
  • Carly Fiorina. Carly Fiorina Issues Statement on Senate Confirmation of General David Petraeus. 30 June 2010. "It is imperative that we remain committed to a winning strategy in Afghanistan that stabilizes the situation and defeats the enemy. General Petraeus's on-the-ground insight and leadership will be vital to achieving that goal." (
Yes Inferred Answer Social Issues: Should marriage only be between one man and one woman? View Citations

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  • Carly Fiorina. U.S Senate Debate. RESPONDED: "I do believe that marriage is between a man and a woman, but I also have been consistent and clear that I support civil unions for gay and lesbian couples." To the question: "Should Federal law be changed to allow for equal legal status for same sex couples, and if not, why not?" (


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