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Bruce Poliquin's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (ME) - District 2, Republican
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Bruce Poliquin 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.

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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

  • Voted in favor of H.R.36 "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" (
  • "Growing up in a traditional Catholic family and being a single father, I understand how fragile and precious life can be. I don't believe requiring taxpayers to fund abortions reflects the values of our Second District families. Additionally, doing so would be in contrast to the moral conscience and religious beliefs of many taxpayers." (
  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood (
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

  • Signed a pledge stating, " I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (
  • "It is important for Congress to use a ground-up approach that will rein in wasteful spending, balance the budget, and cut excessive red tape to allow our hardworking small businesses to grow and create more jobs." (
  • "I'm proud to support H.R. 636, America's Small Business Tax Relief Act, as it will help fix our broken tax code by making the recent Section 179 expensing levels permanent." (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? 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 Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" (
  • "It is important for Congress to use a ground-up approach that will reign in wasteful spending, balance the budget, and cut excessive red tape to allow our hardworking small businesses to grow and create more jobs." (
  • "He will continue to support fiscally responsible pieces of legislation that will stop wasteful government spending which is crippling the economy and jobs in Maine." (
  • "Bangor Airport is an economic hub for the second largest city in our District, directly employing more than 100 hardworking Mainers and connecting travelers and businesses from around the country and the world every day […] This grant will help the airport continue its world-class service for commercial and passenger flights and remain an indispensable part of the region's economy." (
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.1105 "Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015" (
  • "Reducing state taxes is crucial to relieving the financial burden on our families. It will also help build a positive business climate to attract jobs, a key part of my Plan to Help Maine Families." (
  • "Here's my 10-point plan. […] Lower taxes to national averages or less." (
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bangor Daily News "Several groups, including No Common Core Maine, parent groups, the conservative Maine Heritage Policy Center, and Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin have pledged to continue to work to reduce the sway of the standards in Maine, even if they can’t get rid of them outright." (
  • "I have lived and share the educational values of our 2nd District families. I will carry this experience to Washington and fight for local control, student and teacher performance standards, learning excellence, and school choice." (
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" (
  • "Today, I voted to pass the Keystone XL Pipeline Act which will help lower the cost of heating our homes and will increase the production of natural gas and oil to help create more jobs." (
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Today, commercial wind, solar, tide, current, and geothermal technologies contribute a small amount of our energy needs. However, our state government should do everything possible to support their continued development." (
  • "Explore ways to import cheap, clean, renewable power from Canada. […] Aggressively support development of alternate energy sources." (
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.J.Res.23 "A Joint Resolution Providing for Congressional Disapproval Under Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code, of a Rule Submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency Relating to 'Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units' " (
  • "We should all be proud of the decades of hard work to restore many of our natural assets. We cannot go backwards in the protection of our environment." (
  • "I’ll work for energy independence and lower costs through the safe, unsubsidized free market development of all domestic resources including oil, natural gas, hydroelectric, nuclear, wind, solar, tidal, and geothermal." (
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Protect our 2nd Amendment right" (
  • "Over the years, our forefathers, service members and many others have fought to defend our freedoms, including our right to keep and bear arms. As your representative, I will continue their fight and always support and uphold our Constitution." (
  • Rated 79% by National Rifle Association (
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.3762 "Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015" (
  • "End Obamacare" (
  • "As your Representative, Congressman Poliquin will continue to listen to people of the Second District and fix this flawed law by repealing the Medical Device Tax and the 30 Hour Workweek Employer Mandate that are crippling our small businesses." (
  • "As I have repeatedly said, too many of our hard-working families and small businesses continue to be hurt by the negative impacts of ObamaCare. Maine taxpayers deserve a government that works for them, not against them." (
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I do not support amnesty for the eleven million illegal immigrants living in America." (
  • "I’m disappointed with President Obama’s unconstitutional and dangerous unilateral executive action on immigration. I'm also disappointed that the Senate failed to adopt the original House bill that would have prevented via legislation the President's unlawful amnesty for five million individuals who are here illegally." (
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Do you support gay marriage? […] Poliquin: Personally opposes. Is a state-level decision that should have no federal involvement." (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "With increasing threats from ISIL to the United States of America, and our allies around the world, it's imperative for Congress to fund the Department of Homeland Security. We must do everything possible to protect Americans at home and abroad." (
  • "Strong, purposeful American leadership does not mean becoming the world's policeman or committing U.S. troops to costly foreign wars. However, we should proactively disrupt global terror networks by providing peace-loving nations and allies with intelligence, military logistics and equipment, and outspoken diplomatic support." (
No Inferred 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

  • Maine Public Radio News "Poliquin went on to mention a few possible changes, such as raising the retirement age and smaller benefits for wealthier seniors. He doesn't list any of these kinds of specifics on his campaign website […]" (
  • "Our critically important and popular Social Security and Medicare programs must be saved and protected." (
  • Rated 40% by Alliance for Retired Americans (


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.

Unknown Answer

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

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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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