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John Dennis' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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John Dennis has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. John Dennis 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

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  • John Dennis. AND Magazine Interviews John Dennis. 10 August 2010. "AND: [...] where do you stand on abortion? DENNIS: Well, before we discuss the issue, let me just say that it's a tricky thing. And this is interesting, as a first encounter, my positions are going to seem kind of disparate, but when united by my guiding principles about what the proper role of government ought to be. I generally don't like discussing the social issues because I don't think they have any relevance in what the Federal government ought to be doing. I don't think abortion is a Federal issue." (votesmart.org)
  • "I don't think abortion is a Federal issue." (votesmart.org)
  • Bonnie Alba. Renew America. Race for San Francisco's 8th District, John Dennis vs. Nancy Pelosi. 2 March 2010. "An intensely personal issue for me " but I don't think it is a settled issue " the Supreme court should never have heard the case of Roe versus Wade " This should never have been legislated from the top down; it should have remained in the states and decided as locally as possible." (www.renewamerica.com)
  • Chelsea Schilling. WND: Is this the challenger who will eject Pelosi? 1 December 2009. "Dennis also said he's strongly opposed to federal funding of abortion." (www.wnd.com)
  • John Dennis. AND Magazine Interviews John Dennis. 10 August 2010. "AND: [...] where do you stand on abortion? DENNIS: Well, before we discuss the issue, let me just say that it's a tricky thing. And this is interesting, as a first encounter, my positions are going to seem kind of disparate, but when united by my guiding principles about what the proper role of government ought to be. I generally don't like discussing the social issues because I don't think they have any relevance in what the Federal government ought to be doing. I don't think abortion is a Federal issue." (votesmart.org)
  • "I don't think abortion is a Federal issue." (votesmart.org)
  • Bonnie Alba. Renew America. Race for San Francisco's 8th District, John Dennis vs. Nancy Pelosi. 2 March 2010. "An intensely personal issue for me " but I don't think it is a settled issue " the Supreme court should never have heard the case of Roe versus Wade " This should never have been legislated from the top down; it should have remained in the states and decided as locally as possible." (www.renewamerica.com)
  • Chelsea Schilling. WND: Is this the challenger who will eject Pelosi? 1 December 2009. "Dennis also said he's strongly opposed to federal funding of abortion." (www.wnd.com)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

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  • Cenk Uygur. The Young Turks: (R) John Dennis Vs Nancy Pelosi in 2010. 21 October 2010. "TYT: I think the highest marginal tax rate should be higher, at least at the Clinton levels of 39.6%. What are your thoughts on that? Dennis: [¦] I think that a dollar in the private sector has actually a multiplier and grows. A dollar in the public sector doesn't. So we should have a bias in keeping as much money in the hands of people at the expense of the government as much as possible." (youtu.be)
  • John Dennis. Issue Position: Debt & Taxes. 6 March 2012. "The premise of an income tax, that government has a right to the fruits of your labor, is antithetical to a free society. An income tax implies that a government owns you and allows you to keep a portion of what you make." (votesmart.org)
  • John Dennis. Video: Phil's Gang John Dennis Interview. 17 September 2010. "Second thing we need to do is to start cutting taxes. Cut income taxes by a third. Abolish the capital gains tax so we can have the capital that we desperately need in order to start growing our way out of the economy. Cut corporate income taxes to make them competitive, if not give us an advantage around the world." (youtu.be)
  • John Dennis. Issue Position: Inflation. 6 March 2012. "Drastically cut, with an eye toward ending, the income tax. This puts real buying power back into the hands of the consumer." (votesmart.org)
  • Bonnie Alba. Renew America. Race for San Francisco's 8th District, John Dennis vs. Nancy Pelosi. 2 March 2010. "I'll give you a scenario: Imagine tomorrow Pres. Obama, Reid and Pelosi stood in front the microphones and stated: We are all agreed that we will cut government spending starting immediately by 50 percent; abolish the capital gains tax and cut income taxes by one third. What would happen in the stock market that day and what would happen to the job markets? The economy would start growing almost overnight." (www.renewamerica.com)
  • Cenk Uygur. The Young Turks: (R) John Dennis Vs Nancy Pelosi in 2010. 21 October 2010. "TYT: I think the highest marginal tax rate should be higher, at least at the Clinton levels of 39.6%. What are your thoughts on that? Dennis: [¦] I think that a dollar in the private sector has actually a multiplier and grows. A dollar in the public sector doesn't. So we should have a bias in keeping as much money in the hands of people at the expense of the government as much as possible." (youtu.be)
  • John Dennis. Issue Position: Debt & Taxes. 6 March 2012. "The premise of an income tax, that government has a right to the fruits of your labor, is antithetical to a free society. An income tax implies that a government owns you and allows you to keep a portion of what you make." (votesmart.org)
  • John Dennis. Issue Position: Inflation. 6 March 2012. "Drastically cut, with an eye toward ending, the income tax. This puts real buying power back into the hands of the consumer." (votesmart.org)
  • John Dennis. Video: Phil's Gang John Dennis Interview. 17 September 2010. "Second thing we need to do is to start cutting taxes. Cut income taxes by a third. Abolish the capital gains tax so we can have the capital that we desperately need in order to start growing our way out of the economy. Cut corporate income taxes to make them competitive, if not give us an advantage around the world." (youtu.be)
  • "The premise of an income tax, that government has a right to the fruits of your labor, is antithetical to a free society. An income tax implies that a government owns you and allows you to keep a portion of what you make.I propose the Federal government:Dramatically cut federal spending immediately, including abolishing the Department of Education.Effectively abolish the Departments of Commerce and Agriculture. Any Constitutionally appropriate functions may be moved to the DOJ or DOI.Abolish capital gains taxesDrastically cut, with an eye toward ending, the income taxUnwind and end both wars within 6-12 monthsFederal budgets must have a surplus" (votesmart.org)
  • Bonnie Alba. Renew America. Race for San Francisco's 8th District, John Dennis vs. Nancy Pelosi. 2 March 2010. "I'll give you a scenario: Imagine tomorrow Pres. Obama, Reid and Pelosi stood in front the microphones and stated: We are all agreed that we will cut government spending starting immediately by 50 percent; abolish the capital gains tax and cut income taxes by one third. What would happen in the stock market that day and what would happen to the job markets? The economy would start growing almost overnight." (www.renewamerica.com)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • John Dennis. John Dennis on New Federal Bailout of Credit Unions. 28 September 2010. 'Washington bailouts have forced taxpayers to rescue institutions that have failed [¦] "We'll pay that cost through deficits that will burden our children for decades. Until we allow these institutions to fail we will never begin a true recovery. Washington's interference in the correction will keep us mired in stagnation." (votesmart.org)
  • John Dennis. Contra Costa/East Bay News - John Dennis on Hypocrisy of Nancy Pelosi. 25 August 2010. "When the government spends money it always takes it from the private sector, one way or another. Lets use the stimulus as an example. The stimulus package of $800B that was sent to 'jump-start' the economy. First of all, the metaphor is ridiculous. The economy doesn't need to be jump-started. What it needs is for its balance sheet to be reorganized so we don't carry so much debt." (votesmart.org)
  • John Dennis. Issue Position: Bailouts. 6 March 2012. "Pelosi has been at the forefront of this effort. She recently decided to pursue another bailout, one specifically for job creation. [¦] One thing is certain, massive spending cannot fix the economy, especially when it is borrowed." (votesmart.org)
  • John Dennis. Issue Position: Inflation. 6 March 2012. "Dramatically cut federal spending immediately. Savings could be realized by abolishing the Departments of Education, Commerce and Agriculture and reorganizing the Department of Homeland Security. Budget savings for these changes would be approximately $300 billion." (votesmart.org)
  • John Dennis. John Dennis Charges Pelosi Statement On September Jobless Report As Deceptive. 13 October 2010. "We shouldn't be surprised. This same Pelosi Congress has proven itself incapable of handling Washington's finances, dramatically growing the debt, which now approaches $14 trillion. As a small business owner and someone who understands economics, stimulus programs and bailouts have only delayed any possible recovery. Small and emerging businesses can lead us out of the current economic stagnation and high unemployment, if Pelosi and Congress just stop trying to help." (votesmart.org)
  • John Dennis. John Dennis on New Federal Bailout of Credit Unions. 28 September 2010. 'Washington bailouts have forced taxpayers to rescue institutions that have failed [¦] "We'll pay that cost through deficits that will burden our children for decades. Until we allow these institutions to fail we will never begin a true recovery. Washington's interference in the correction will keep us mired in stagnation." (votesmart.org)
  • "Given the abject failure of central planning in the 20th century, one would think that we would eschew any such schemes.Yet, the U.S. has the most powerful central bank in history, the Federal Reserve.The Federal Reserve gets its power via inflation, effectively using a back door into your bank accounts and wallets to direct the economy as it sees fit, frequently to the advantage of insiders and the connected.The Fed, through debt monetization, encourages federal government spending, placing massive burdens on current and future generations, all the while destroying the purchasing power.There has long been an inexorable link between wars and central banking, and the American iteration is no different. Just imagine: if Americans were sent a bill every month for their portion of the cost of the wars, how long do you think any war, much less Afghanistan, would last?In addition, because The Fed finances U.S. government debt, the expectation of federal spending constraints is a fantasy.Free markets work, and a free market in money, if we had one, would be no exception.An audit of the Federal Reserve would expose its actions to what would likely be a stunned world. The outcome of that audit could lead to the greatest win for liberty in modern times, i.e. a free market in money." (votesmart.org)
  • John Dennis. Contra Costa/East Bay News - John Dennis on Hypocrisy of Nancy Pelosi. 25 August 2010. "When the government spends money it always takes it from the private sector, one way or another. Lets use the stimulus as an example. The stimulus package of $800B that was sent to 'jump-start' the economy. First of all, the metaphor is ridiculous. The economy doesn't need to be jump-started. What it needs is for its balance sheet to be reorganized so we don't carry so much debt." (votesmart.org)
  • John Dennis. Issue Position: Bailouts. 6 March 2012. "Pelosi has been at the forefront of this effort. She recently decided to pursue another bailout, one specifically for job creation. [¦] One thing is certain, massive spending cannot fix the economy, especially when it is borrowed." (votesmart.org)
  • John Dennis. Issue Position: Inflation. 6 March 2012. "Dramatically cut federal spending immediately. Savings could be realized by abolishing the Departments of Education, Commerce and Agriculture and reorganizing the Department of Homeland Security. Budget savings for these changes would be approximately $300 billion." (votesmart.org)
  • John Dennis. John Dennis Charges Pelosi Statement On September Jobless Report As Deceptive. 13 October 2010. "We shouldn't be surprised. This same Pelosi Congress has proven itself incapable of handling Washington's finances, dramatically growing the debt, which now approaches $14 trillion. As a small business owner and someone who understands economics, stimulus programs and bailouts have only delayed any possible recovery. Small and emerging businesses can lead us out of the current economic stagnation and high unemployment, if Pelosi and Congress just stop trying to help." (votesmart.org)
  • "Given the abject failure of central planning in the 20th century, one would think that we would eschew any such schemes.Yet, the U.S. has the most powerful central bank in history, the Federal Reserve.The Federal Reserve gets its power via inflation, effectively using a back door into your bank accounts and wallets to direct the economy as it sees fit, frequently to the advantage of insiders and the connected.The Fed, through debt monetization, encourages federal government spending, placing massive burdens on current and future generations, all the while destroying the purchasing power.There has long been an inexorable link between wars and central banking, and the American iteration is no different. Just imagine: if Americans were sent a bill every month for their portion of the cost of the wars, how long do you think any war, much less Afghanistan, would last?In addition, because The Fed finances U.S. government debt, the expectation of federal spending constraints is a fantasy.Free markets work, and a free market in money, if we had one, would be no exception.An audit of the Federal Reserve would expose its actions to what would likely be a stunned world. The outcome of that audit could lead to the greatest win for liberty in modern times, i.e. a free market in money." (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

  • Inflation At A GlanceI propose the Federal government:* Dramatically cut federal spending immediately. Savings could be realized by abolishing the Departments of Education, Commerce and Agriculture and reorganizing the Department of Homeland Security. Budget savings for these changes would be approximately $300 billion.." (votesmart.org)
  • John Dennis. Issue Position: Inflation. 6 March 2012. "Dramatically cut federal spending immediately. Savings could be realized by abolishing the Departments of Education, Commerce and Agriculture and reorganizing the Department of Homeland Security. Budget savings for these changes would be approximately $300 billion." (votesmart.org)
  • Lou Dobbs. The Lou Dobbs Radio Show: John Dennis On The Lou Dobbs Radio Show. 10 March 2010. "Cut the Department of Education. Without compunction, I would cut that one tomorrow." (youtu.be)
  • Bonnie Alba. Renew America. Race for San Francisco's 8th District, John Dennis vs. Nancy Pelosi. 2 March 2010. "What I would cut and abolish immediately and instantly without compunction is the Department of Education. It's unconstitutional and belongs in the states, on the local level between parents and teachers as to what is best for the child." (www.renewamerica.com)
  • Inflation At A GlanceI propose the Federal government:* Dramatically cut federal spending immediately. Savings could be realized by abolishing the Departments of Education, Commerce and Agriculture and reorganizing the Department of Homeland Security. Budget savings for these changes would be approximately $300 billion.." (votesmart.org)
  • John Dennis. Issue Position: Inflation. 6 March 2012. "Dramatically cut federal spending immediately. Savings could be realized by abolishing the Departments of Education, Commerce and Agriculture and reorganizing the Department of Homeland Security. Budget savings for these changes would be approximately $300 billion." (votesmart.org)
  • Lou Dobbs. The Lou Dobbs Radio Show: John Dennis On The Lou Dobbs Radio Show. 10 March 2010. "Cut the Department of Education. Without compunction, I would cut that one tomorrow." (youtu.be)
  • Bonnie Alba. Renew America. Race for San Francisco's 8th District, John Dennis vs. Nancy Pelosi. 2 March 2010. "What I would cut and abolish immediately and instantly without compunction is the Department of Education. It's unconstitutional and belongs in the states, on the local level between parents and teachers as to what is best for the child." (www.renewamerica.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • John Dennis. Campaign for Liberty: California Candidate Surveys. Responded "Yes" to the question: "Will you oppose so-called "Cap and Trade" legislation?" (www.campaignforliberty.com)
  • John Feeny. America's Right: The Man Who Would Dethrone A Queen: An Interview with John Dennis, Congressional Candidate, CA-8. 6 April 2010. "Look at cap-and-trade. If this were actually sincere, the aggrieved would benefit in one way or another; instead, the money flows to the government. If this were neutral“if the government were truly acting in the best interest of the people“then the government wouldn't take the money that comes from cap-and-trade. They would distribute it to the people who are presumably the ones injured in some way by the toxins and toxic gases that are being poured into the atmosphere. The reality is that bills like cap-and-trade are set up to have more resources flowing through the government." (americasright.com)
  • John Feeny. America's Right: The Man Who Would Dethrone A Queen: An Interview with John Dennis, Congressional Candidate, CA-8. 6 April 2010. "Look at cap-and-trade. If this were actually sincere, the aggrieved would benefit in one way or another; instead, the money flows to the government. If this were neutral“if the government were truly acting in the best interest of the people“then the government wouldn't take the money that comes from cap-and-trade. They would distribute it to the people who are presumably the ones injured in some way by the toxins and toxic gases that are being poured into the atmosphere. The reality is that bills like cap-and-trade are set up to have more resources flowing through the government." (americasright.com)
  • John Dennis. Campaign for Liberty: California Candidate Surveys. Responded "Yes" to the question: "Will you oppose so-called "Cap and Trade" legislation?" (www.campaignforliberty.com)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • "The right to bear arms is essential to a free society and should not be infringed.The 2nd Amendment is the law of the land.I oppose any attempt to use international treaties to circumvent our Constitutional freedoms.The right to protect life, liberty and property is fundamental; without the means of protection these rights are meaningless." (votesmart.org)
  • John Dennis. AND Magazine Interviews John Dennis. 10 August 2010. "Well, of course, I'm a steadfast defender of the 2nd amendment and the entire bill of rights. The tricky part is of course the gun control. You know, I think a crime only happens when it actually happens. [¦] I think that the proper role of government is to protect people's rights to defend themselves. I don't like it when we get into this sort of pre-crime business. That's part of where the gun control comes in, it's this pre-crime business. It also sets itself up for the potential abuses that come out of that. I think that as long as people haven't committed a crime, that if you're not holding onto a weapon that has the propensity to harm people in and of itself then it should be legal." (votesmart.org)
  • John Dennis. Campaign for Liberty: California Candidate Surveys. Responded "Yes" to the question: "Will you vote to oppose any legislation that allows the federal government to prohibit the sale, use, or carrying of firearms?" (www.campaignforliberty.com)
  • John Dennis. Issue Position: Second Amendment. 6 March 2012. "The right to bear arms is essential to a free society and should not be infringed. The 2nd Amendment is the law of the land." (votesmart.org)
  • "The right to bear arms is essential to a free society and should not be infringed.The 2nd Amendment is the law of the land.I oppose any attempt to use international treaties to circumvent our Constitutional freedoms.The right to protect life, liberty and property is fundamental; without the means of protection these rights are meaningless." (votesmart.org)
  • John Dennis. AND Magazine Interviews John Dennis. 10 August 2010. "Well, of course, I'm a steadfast defender of the 2nd amendment and the entire bill of rights. The tricky part is of course the gun control. You know, I think a crime only happens when it actually happens. [¦] I think that the proper role of government is to protect people's rights to defend themselves. I don't like it when we get into this sort of pre-crime business. That's part of where the gun control comes in, it's this pre-crime business. It also sets itself up for the potential abuses that come out of that. I think that as long as people haven't committed a crime, that if you're not holding onto a weapon that has the propensity to harm people in and of itself then it should be legal." (votesmart.org)
  • John Dennis. Campaign for Liberty: California Candidate Surveys. Responded "Yes" to the question: "Will you vote to oppose any legislation that allows the federal government to prohibit the sale, use, or carrying of firearms?" (www.campaignforliberty.com)
  • John Dennis. Issue Position: Second Amendment. 6 March 2012. "The right to bear arms is essential to a free society and should not be infringed. The 2nd Amendment is the law of the land." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • John Dennis. Blog: Why Am I Doing This Again. 8 March 2012. "There are still many issues left to tackle in broken, statist Washington: [¦] repealing Obamacare." (www.johndennis2012.com)
  • John Dennis. John Dennis Comments on Judge's Ruling Allowing States' Healthcare Suit to Proceed. 15 October 2010. "As your next Congressman, I will help our families and small business owners by working to immediately repeal the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010. [¦] I believe that the courts will eventually conclude that the Pelosi and her colleague's unconstitutionally imposed one the most drastic intrusions into our private lives in recent memory, which will likely increase in health care costs, and generate huge profits for their friends at the big insurance and drug corporations. We need to start over in January with the new 112th Congress and find equitable health care reforms that address and provide reasonable solutions for all Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • John Dennis. Pelosi's Assurance on the Foreclosure Crisis Fall Short. 25 October 2010. "The constant and ineffective intervention of government agencies, the monetary policies of the Federal Reserve, and Pelosi's strong arming of a health care bill have created uncertainty in the business community--- it has only aggravated the business and lending markets." (votesmart.org)
  • "To that end, the first step would be to repeal Obamacare." (votesmart.org)
  • John Feeny. America's Right: The Man Who Would Dethrone A Queen: An Interview with John Dennis, Congressional Candidate, CA-8. 6 April 2010. "To pretend that any one person can design a better health care market makes absolutely no sense. It simply cannot be done, because markets are self-organizing; they can't be designed. Government must get out of the way and allow resources to be allocated according to purchasing power and free choice, and eventually, everyone will get the appropriate health care that they need." (americasright.com)
  • Bonnie Alba. Renew America. Race for San Francisco's 8th District, John Dennis vs. Nancy Pelosi. 2 March 2010. "The healthcare bill was a giant step backwards, a giant leap in the wrong direction. What we should do is start to get the government out of the healthcare business. Government interference in the market had and has a corresponding increase in the costs of healthcare. If we disconnect the government from the healthcare business, the costs will decrease." (www.renewamerica.com)
  • John Dennis. Blog: Why Am I Doing This Again. 8 March 2012. "There are still many issues left to tackle in broken, statist Washington: [¦] repealing Obamacare." (www.johndennis2012.com)
  • John Dennis. John Dennis Comments on Judge's Ruling Allowing States' Healthcare Suit to Proceed. 15 October 2010. "As your next Congressman, I will help our families and small business owners by working to immediately repeal the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010. [¦] I believe that the courts will eventually conclude that the Pelosi and her colleague's unconstitutionally imposed one the most drastic intrusions into our private lives in recent memory, which will likely increase in health care costs, and generate huge profits for their friends at the big insurance and drug corporations. We need to start over in January with the new 112th Congress and find equitable health care reforms that address and provide reasonable solutions for all Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • John Dennis. Pelosi's Assurance on the Foreclosure Crisis Fall Short. 25 October 2010. "The constant and ineffective intervention of government agencies, the monetary policies of the Federal Reserve, and Pelosi's strong arming of a health care bill have created uncertainty in the business community--- it has only aggravated the business and lending markets." (votesmart.org)
  • John Feeny. America's Right: The Man Who Would Dethrone A Queen: An Interview with John Dennis, Congressional Candidate, CA-8. 6 April 2010. "To pretend that any one person can design a better health care market makes absolutely no sense. It simply cannot be done, because markets are self-organizing; they can't be designed. Government must get out of the way and allow resources to be allocated according to purchasing power and free choice, and eventually, everyone will get the appropriate health care that they need." (americasright.com)
  • "To that end, the first step would be to repeal Obamacare." (votesmart.org)
  • Bonnie Alba. Renew America. Race for San Francisco's 8th District, John Dennis vs. Nancy Pelosi. 2 March 2010. "The healthcare bill was a giant step backwards, a giant leap in the wrong direction. What we should do is start to get the government out of the healthcare business. Government interference in the market had and has a corresponding increase in the costs of healthcare. If we disconnect the government from the healthcare business, the costs will decrease." (www.renewamerica.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

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  • John Dennis. Video:8. Immigration and Earmarks - Congressional District 8 California GOP Primary Debate. 23 April 2010. "It's not a great topic because, of course, I don't believe in Amnesty. But I think, more importantly, that we have to start repealing the mandates that attract illegals here in the first place. The first and the biggest mandate is birthright citizenship." (www.youtube.com)
  • Barbara Simpson. Babe in the Bunker: John Dennis on the Babe in the Bunker Show After His Primary Victory | Immigration, Defense | 3 of 5. "I have some good friends who are very uncomfortable about saying 'No amnesty'--of course, I am a no-amnesty guy." (youtu.be)
  • Chelsea Schilling. WND: Is this the challenger who will eject Pelosi? 1 December 2009. "While Pelosi has called enforcement of existing immigration laws, as currently practiced, 'un-American,' Dennis proposes an end to birthright citizenship, amnesty and government services for illegal immigrants. 'People come here and use services mandated by the federal government that help bankrupt states and put hospitals out of business in border towns,' he said. 'To the extent that those illegal immigrants weaken the dollar and usher in the demise of the dollar, I am very opposed to illegal immigration.' As a businessman, Dennis said he knows it is often difficult to find laborers during periods of economic growth. He also said he doesn't believe the U.S. border will ever be 100 percent 'air tight.' 'They can fly in and stay, run across the borders. That's a reality, and I don't think we can ever stop that completely,' he said. 'We can try like heck, and we can stem the flow, but it's always going to happen.' So Dennis proposes a temporary worker program that would require immigrants to identify themselves and register for work before entering the United States. The program would create incentives, such as a fast track to citizenship or partial Social Security benefits, for those who comply. He said harsh penalties would apply to those who don't participate in the program and to the employers who illegally hire them. 'I don't think it's the silver bullet," he said, 'but I think it's something that can contribute to a much more orderly process of immigration.'" (www.wnd.com)
  • John Dennis. Video:8. Immigration and Earmarks - Congressional District 8 California GOP Primary Debate. 23 April 2010. "It's not a great topic because, of course, I don't believe in Amnesty. But I think, more importantly, that we have to start repealing the mandates that attract illegals here in the first place. The first and the biggest mandate is birthright citizenship." (www.youtube.com)
  • Barbara Simpson. Babe in the Bunker: John Dennis on the Babe in the Bunker Show After His Primary Victory | Immigration, Defense | 3 of 5. "I have some good friends who are very uncomfortable about saying 'No amnesty'--of course, I am a no-amnesty guy." (youtu.be)
  • Chelsea Schilling. WND: Is this the challenger who will eject Pelosi? 1 December 2009. "While Pelosi has called enforcement of existing immigration laws, as currently practiced, 'un-American,' Dennis proposes an end to birthright citizenship, amnesty and government services for illegal immigrants. 'People come here and use services mandated by the federal government that help bankrupt states and put hospitals out of business in border towns,' he said. 'To the extent that those illegal immigrants weaken the dollar and usher in the demise of the dollar, I am very opposed to illegal immigration.' As a businessman, Dennis said he knows it is often difficult to find laborers during periods of economic growth. He also said he doesn't believe the U.S. border will ever be 100 percent 'air tight.' 'They can fly in and stay, run across the borders. That's a reality, and I don't think we can ever stop that completely,' he said. 'We can try like heck, and we can stem the flow, but it's always going to happen.' So Dennis proposes a temporary worker program that would require immigrants to identify themselves and register for work before entering the United States. The program would create incentives, such as a fast track to citizenship or partial Social Security benefits, for those who comply. He said harsh penalties would apply to those who don't participate in the program and to the employers who illegally hire them. 'I don't think it's the silver bullet," he said, 'but I think it's something that can contribute to a much more orderly process of immigration.'" (www.wnd.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Today, John Dennis, Congressional Candidate in CA-8 against Speaker Nancy Pelosi, issued the following statement in response to Judge Walker's decision to strike down California's ban on same-sex marriage."Judge Walker ruled that the law violated the equal protection clause and due process. I agree with the ruling. In fact, I voted against Proposition 8 because the government shouldn't be in the marriage business. We don't need gay marriage bans; We need equal benefit arrangements for gay couples." (votesmart.org)
  • John Dennis. California's Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down. 4 August 2010. "Judge Walker ruled that the law violated the equal protection clause and due process. I agree with the ruling. In fact, I voted against Proposition 8 because the government shouldn't be in the marriage business. We don't need gay marriage bans; We need equal benefit arrangements for gay couples." (votesmart.org)
  • Chelsea Schilling. WND: Is this the challenger who will eject Pelosi? 1 December 2009. "As for same-sex 'marriage,' Dennis said, 'I don't think the government has any business being involved in marriage in the first place. As much as I don't have anything against gays by any stretch of the imagination “ as someone seeking federal office “ I can't find a way to support gay marriage.' Asked whether he believes the issue should be left to the states, he replied, 'I'm running for federal office, and the states can decide what they want to do. But it's definitely not a federal issue.'" (www.wnd.com)
  • John Dennis. Bay Area Reporter - Gay-Friendly Republican Challenges Pelosi. 3 August 2010. "During a recent interview with the Bay Area Reporter, Dennis said he is in favor of repealing both the military's anti-gay DADT policy as well as the federal anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act. He voted against California's Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage, yet he doesn't consider himself a marriage equality supporter. 'I don't think marriage is a federal issue. It certainly is not a government issue,' he said. 'I am for people having equal rights and the same tax credits. Now if the right way to resolve that is whether through marriage or not is another matter.'" (votesmart.org)
  • John Dennis. Video: 9. Defense of Marriage Act - Congressional District 8 California GOP Primary Debate. 25 April 2010. "I don't think the federal government has any business being in the marriage business. As a result, I would support the repeal of DOMA [Defense of Marriage Act." (youtu.be)
  • "I've been labeled the pro-gay marriage person and I don't totally disagree with that label, but what I'd really rather see is the government get out of the marriage business in total. I don't even see it as a local issue, frankly, but certainly the federal government has no constitutional authority to get involved in the marriage question. The only reason why they do [get involved] is because of taxes. Because there are 1000+ advantages that people get by getting married that gay couples are not allowed to take advantage of, and I would rather see a much more simplified tax code, and enlist the gay community to help me get the government out of the marriage business. That is the direction I'd rather go." (votesmart.org)
  • Today, John Dennis, Congressional Candidate in CA-8 against Speaker Nancy Pelosi, issued the following statement in response to Judge Walker's decision to strike down California's ban on same-sex marriage."Judge Walker ruled that the law violated the equal protection clause and due process. I agree with the ruling. In fact, I voted against Proposition 8 because the government shouldn't be in the marriage business. We don't need gay marriage bans; We need equal benefit arrangements for gay couples." (votesmart.org)
  • John Dennis. California's Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down. 4 August 2010. "Judge Walker ruled that the law violated the equal protection clause and due process. I agree with the ruling. In fact, I voted against Proposition 8 because the government shouldn't be in the marriage business. We don't need gay marriage bans; We need equal benefit arrangements for gay couples." (votesmart.org)
  • Chelsea Schilling. WND: Is this the challenger who will eject Pelosi? 1 December 2009. "As for same-sex 'marriage,' Dennis said, 'I don't think the government has any business being involved in marriage in the first place. As much as I don't have anything against gays by any stretch of the imagination “ as someone seeking federal office “ I can't find a way to support gay marriage.' Asked whether he believes the issue should be left to the states, he replied, 'I'm running for federal office, and the states can decide what they want to do. But it's definitely not a federal issue.'" (www.wnd.com)
  • John Dennis. Bay Area Reporter - Gay-Friendly Republican Challenges Pelosi. 3 August 2010. "During a recent interview with the Bay Area Reporter, Dennis said he is in favor of repealing both the military's anti-gay DADT policy as well as the federal anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act. He voted against California's Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage, yet he doesn't consider himself a marriage equality supporter. 'I don't think marriage is a federal issue. It certainly is not a government issue,' he said. 'I am for people having equal rights and the same tax credits. Now if the right way to resolve that is whether through marriage or not is another matter.'" (votesmart.org)
  • John Dennis. Video: 9. Defense of Marriage Act - Congressional District 8 California GOP Primary Debate. 25 April 2010. "I don't think the federal government has any business being in the marriage business. As a result, I would support the repeal of DOMA [Defense of Marriage Act." (youtu.be)
  • "I've been labeled the pro-gay marriage person and I don't totally disagree with that label, but what I'd really rather see is the government get out of the marriage business in total. I don't even see it as a local issue, frankly, but certainly the federal government has no constitutional authority to get involved in the marriage question. The only reason why they do [get involved] is because of taxes. Because there are 1000+ advantages that people get by getting married that gay couples are not allowed to take advantage of, and I would rather see a much more simplified tax code, and enlist the gay community to help me get the government out of the marriage business. That is the direction I'd rather go." (votesmart.org)
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  • "I do not believe that our troops should be forced to be policemen of the world. Our troops, first and foremost, should protect Americans where they live - in America." (votesmart.org)
  • "I do not believe that our troops should be forced to be policemen of the world. Our troops, first and foremost, should protect Americans where they live - in America." (votesmart.org)
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  • Chelsea Schilling. WND: Is this the challenger who will eject Pelosi? 1 December 2009. "Referring to Social Security as a 'pyramid scheme,' Dennis advocates offering citizens a chance to opt-out of the system. He also proposes abolishing various departments to save billions, shore up Social Security and pay down the national debt. 'I want to go back and look at every portion of the budget and say, ˜Is this constitutional, or isn't it?'' he said. 'If it isn't, let's cut it and manage to somehow create a surplus as opposed to a deficit. Let's start paying down the debt that we owe.' He said the nation cannot ignore a $12.5 trillion mountain of debt that doesn't include unfunded liabilities. 'We have no choice, we've got to do this,' he said. 'Either that, or we're going to debase the dollar and have a back-door default on what we owe. That will create chaos in the world.' As for Social Security and Medicare, he said he believes the nation still owes the benefits it has promised. 'But I think we have to find a way to make those private and get the government out of the retirement and health-care business permanently,' he said. 'We have to begin a reasonable, responsible march toward that end. I don't think governments are particularly good at creating wealth and managing wealth, and I really don't think they're great at managing money.'" (www.wnd.com)
  • Chelsea Schilling. WND: Is this the challenger who will eject Pelosi? 1 December 2009. "Referring to Social Security as a 'pyramid scheme,' Dennis advocates offering citizens a chance to opt-out of the system. He also proposes abolishing various departments to save billions, shore up Social Security and pay down the national debt. 'I want to go back and look at every portion of the budget and say, ˜Is this constitutional, or isn't it?'' he said. 'If it isn't, let's cut it and manage to somehow create a surplus as opposed to a deficit. Let's start paying down the debt that we owe.' He said the nation cannot ignore a $12.5 trillion mountain of debt that doesn't include unfunded liabilities. 'We have no choice, we've got to do this,' he said. 'Either that, or we're going to debase the dollar and have a back-door default on what we owe. That will create chaos in the world.' As for Social Security and Medicare, he said he believes the nation still owes the benefits it has promised. 'But I think we have to find a way to make those private and get the government out of the retirement and health-care business permanently,' he said. 'We have to begin a reasonable, responsible march toward that end. I don't think governments are particularly good at creating wealth and managing wealth, and I really don't think they're great at managing money.'" (www.wnd.com)

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