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Carly Fiorina's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Carly Fiorina has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads. Carly Fiorina 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 2016, 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

  • "Because life is an important issue that we shouldn't be afraid to talk about. Like I said at that March for Life event, science is on our side. It shows that unborn babies feel pain and dream at five months and that the DNA on the day that we die is the same DNA we had as a zygote. Every human life is precious and has potential." http://www.christianpost.com/news/interview-potential-gop-presidential-candidate-carly-fiorina-talks-abortion-common-core-gay-marriage-and-her-christian-faith-133652/ (www.christianpost.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

  • ATR.com "Carly Fiorina, a candidate for the presidency of the United States, has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge to the American people. The pledge is a written commitment to the American people to "oppose and veto any and all efforts to increase taxes." Previously, Fiorina signed the Pledge as a U.S. Senate candidate from California in 2010. "Carly has a long history of supporting and defending taxpayers," said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform." https://www.atr.org/carly-fiorina-signs-taxpayer-protection-pledge-american-people (www.atr.org)
No Inferred Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Washington Post "Fiorina said a number of Republican governors have made changes to their criminal justice systems that have reduced prison populations while driving down violent crime rates. She cited "decriminalizing drug addiction and drug use" as an example of a successful reform but did not elaborate on what sort of decriminalization she would like to see nationally. Aides did not respond to a request for more information." http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2015/05/04/carly-fiorina-drug-addiction-shouldnt-be-criminalized/ (www.washingtonpost.com)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • New York Times "Ms. Fiorina generally believes that reducing government regulations helps to spur the economy, and she opposed the 2009 federal stimulus program as a wasteful use of taxpayer money." http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/05/us/politics/carly-fiorina-on-the-issues.html (www.nytimes.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • PBS "the former CEO argued against any increase in the gas tax in a Wall Street Journal Op-Ed, saying lower gas prices are an important factor in America's economic recovery." http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/carly-fiorina-believe-candidate-stands-10-issues/ (www.pbs.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

  • "America's future prosperity requires that changes be made to Common Core. The facts are pretty clear, the bigger our education department becomes, the worse our public education becomes. There's no connection between spending more money in our nation's capital and a better school system. Parents should be given choice, competition, and accountability in the classroom. Teaching entrepreneurship, innovation, risk taking, and imagination comes with local control and we have to maintain this in our school system." http://www.christianpost.com/news/interview-potential-gop-presidential-candidate-carly-fiorina-talks-abortion-common-core-gay-marriage-and-her-christian-faith-133652/ (www.christianpost.com)
  • PBS "In a position paper while running for the U.S. Senate in California, Fiorina strongly advocated for metric-based accountability in schools. She praised No Child Left Behind as setting high standards and Race to the Top for using internationally-benchmarked measures." http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/carly-fiorina-believe-candidate-stands-10-issues/ (www.pbs.org)
  • The Hill "GOP candidate Carly Fiorina said on Sunday she would give Common Core a failing grade for how it teaches American students. "Our education system is a big problem," Fiorina told host Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday." "When a Washington bureaucracy gets involved in program, it becomes heavy-handed and standardized," she said. "It's how Washington bureaucracy works."" http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/243552-fiorina-us-education-a-big-problem (thehill.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Well, first, just on Keystone Pipeline, perhaps the president will veto this. But on what basis would he do so? The American people support it by wide majorities. What we are doing today is actually worse for global greenhouse gas emissions than the Keystone Pipeline would be. It would create jobs despite his bizarre statement that it wouldn't." http://www.nbcnews.com/meet-the-press/meet-press-transcript-november-16-2014-n249601 (www.nbcnews.com)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Des Moines Register "Carly Fiorina missed last weekend's Ag Summit but mark her down as a "no" on continuing federal renewable energy incentives such as the wind energy tax credit and the renewable fuel standard beyond the short term. "The right answer ultimately is that the government shouldn't be in the business of subsidizing anything," Fiorina said. "Subsidies and a variety of tax credits distort the markets.'" http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/kathie-obradovich/2015/03/14/fiorina-phase-federal-energy-incentives/24757665/ (www.desmoinesregister.com)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • New York Times "But she has argued against regulation in California to reduce climate-warming emissions, saying such actions by individual governments alone "won't make a bit of difference in climate change." She has also been critical of efforts to reach international treaties to fight climate change, expressing skepticism that huge carbon emitters like China will change their behavior." http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/05/us/politics/carly-fiorina-on-the-issues.html (www.nytimes.com)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I support the 2nd Amendment and the rights of gun owners like me and my husband because it is our God-given right & our Constitutional right." https://www.facebook.com/CarlyFiorina/videos/10155701310515206/ (www.facebook.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "CHUCK TODD: And welcome back. The panel is still here. And I want to pick up on quickly on the healthcare conversation. Carly Fiorina, would you be advising for repeal at this point in time? And do you think at some point, you've got to almost stop talking about repeal, or no? CARLY FIORINA: I think that the Republican House will pass the bill that repeals it. I think ultimately this bill does need to be repealed." http://www.nbcnews.com/meet-the-press/meet-press-transcript-november-16-2014-n249601 (www.nbcnews.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

  • "Carly believes that the solution to our nation's illegal immigration problem must begin with securing our borders. Without secure borders, we cannot begin to have a rational discussion about immigration policy. Technology holds great potential to help in our nation's security efforts, and Carly believes we should use every tool at our disposal to ensure our borders are secure. 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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/514432/issue-position-immigration#.VbJ0LnUViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • New York Times "While she does not endorse same-sex marriages, Ms. Fiorina supports granting government benefits to same-sex couples. She defended the recent Indiana law, subsequently altered, that drew criticism for having the potential to allow discrimination against gay people. "People of religious conviction know that marriage is a religious institution with a spiritual foundation because only a man and a woman can create life, which is a gift that comes from God," she said. "We must protect their rights as well.'" http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/05/us/politics/carly-fiorina-on-the-issues.html (www.nytimes.com)
  • PBS "When running for U.S. Senate in 2010, she supported California's Proposition 8 to make same-sex marriage illegal and that she believes gay couples should be afforded the right to civil unions." http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/carly-fiorina-believe-candidate-stands-10-issues/ (www.pbs.org)
  • "The debate about gay marriage is really a debate about how the government bestows benefits and whether they should be bestowed equally. I believe they should... I also believe that people of religious conviction know that marriage is a religious institution with a spiritual foundation because only a man and a woman can create life, which is a gift that comes from God. We must protect their rights as well." http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-04-02/carly-fiorina-reaffirms-support-for-same-sex-civil-unions (www.bloomberg.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.
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

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

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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.

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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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