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Rich Iott

Rich Iott's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Rich Iott
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Chris; 2 Children
Birth Date: 1951
Birth Place: Columbus, OH
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Rich Iott refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2010 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Richard Iott. Press Release - Rich Iott: Repeal 'Health Care Reform' Before It Kills Us. 1 April 2010. "The absolute disregard for human life that supporters of this health care bill have shown is shocking and should be a wake-up call to anyone who cares about preserving life and stopping abortions. They should be joining me in fighting to repeal this bill." (voteiott.com)
  • Ohio Right to Life. 2010. 4 June 2010. The Ohio Right to Life Political Action Committee endorsed Richard Iott in the 2010 general election. (ohiolifepac2.weebly.com)
  • Richard Iott. Issue Position: I Believe. "I believe in the sanctity of life..." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax? 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 Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Richard Iott. June Employment Report nothing to celebrate. 3 July 2010. "Despite the claims of President Obama and other Democrats, the June unemployment report is proof that their tax-and-spend policies and the so-called 'stimulus' are the wrong approach to fixing our economy." (voteiott.com)
  • Troy, Tom. The Blade (Toledo, OH): 9th District GOP Nominee Says He'll Speak For Fed-up. 10 May 2010. "He opposed last year's $52 billion bailout of General Motors Co., which saved thousands of high-paying manufacturing jobs, because he believes letting the market take its course would be better for the economy in the long run. "When companies don't do what they need to do to run an effective business and remain competitive, then they need to fail. Otherwise, we're just promoting incompetency," he said. (www.toledoblade.com)
  • Richard Iott. Issue Position: I Believe. "I am a fiscal conservative and I believe in personal responsibility. [?] I believe that the country cannot borrow its way to prosperity or spend its way to stability any more than you or I can do that in our personal lives or businesses. [?] I believe that Americans are the most innovative and productive people on earth and that they can drive a robust economy which creates jobs and wealth at every level -- if the government will just get out of their way. [?] I believe that less government is good government and that the Constitution clearly defines the limited role of the federal government. [?] I believe in States' Rights and that most laws and regulations should be made at the levels closest to the people which they affect." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Business and Employment Issues: Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security? 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 Crime Issues: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes? 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 Education Issues: Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cogitate. Swamp Bubbles: Rich Iott / Jack Smith Talk About The Issues In Race For 9th District. 25 March 2010. "Both men said there should be no Federal role in education, it should be left to the states." (swampbubbles.com)
  • Richard Iott. Issue Position: I Believe. "I believe that less government is good government and that the Constitution clearly defines the limited role of the federal government. I believe in States' Rights and that most laws and regulations should be made at the levels closest to the people which they affect." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment and Energy Issues: Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Richard Iott signed the Americans for Prosperity: No Climate Tax Pledge. 2010. (www.noclimatetax.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Gun Issues: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Greenberg, Carol. Meet Rich Iott: Republican Candidate for US House #9. 15 April 2010. "He is a member of the Ohio Military Reserve and is also a staunch supporter of 2nd Amendment rights." (conservative-outlooks.com)
No Inferred Answer Health Issues: Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Richard Iott. June Employment Report nothing to celebrate. 3 July 2010. "Our current representative from the 9th District is surprisingly silent on the failure of these polices to do what they promised. In fact, eight months ago, she helped form the Congressional Jobs Now Caucus. As co-chair of that group, she promised that she'd solicit the best ideas for job creation 'from the bottom up.' But despite her claim to not 'rely upon top-down solutions' from Washington, that's exactly what she's done with her vote in favor of the Health Care Bill, her vote in favor of Cap-and-Trade, and her support of numerous other initiatives that ignore market realities and ignore the wishes of the majority of her constituents. Congress needs people who understand how the private sector works and what business owners need in order to be profitable and grow, thus providing more employment opportunities. This is why I am running for Congress. I have the strong business experience - and the lessons from that experience - that is needed in Washington. I have created jobs and I've helped others create jobs. I have the common sense that is so lacking in the decisions we've been getting from our government." (voteiott.com)
  • Richard Iott. Repeal health law piece by piece, Kaptur rival says. 25 March 2010. "From a practical point of view, I don't think a wholesale repeal is going to happen," Mr. Iott said. "It's going to have to be disassembled a piece at a time... There's clearly a lot of resistance to what's in that bill among the public, the whole basic concept of putting your government between you and your doctor." (www.toledoblade.com)
  • Richard Iott signed The Club for Growth: Repeal It Pledge. 2010. (www.repealit.org)
  • Richard Iott. Issue Position: I Believe. "I believe that less government is good government and that the Constitution clearly defines the limited role of the federal government. I believe in States' Rights and that most laws and regulations should be made at the levels closest to the people which they affect." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration Issues: Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants? 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 International Policy Issues: Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Social Issues: Should marriage only be between one man and one woman? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Richard Iott. Issue Position: I Believe. "...I believe that a marriage is an institution between a man and a woman." (votesmart.org)

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