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Ken Buck's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (CO) - District 4, Republican
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Ken Buck 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

  • "I am pro-life. And I’ll answer the next question: I don’t believe in the exceptions of rape or incest." http://www.factcheck.org/2010/09/social-security-mostly-in-their-own-words/ (www.factcheck.org)
  • "As a father of two, Ken believes in the value of life and is opposed to abortion except to protect the life of the mother." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/535272/#.VW3OnXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
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 letter stating "ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses; andTWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/813534/americans-for-prosperity-federal-taxpayer-protection-pledge#.VW3XAHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "As your U.S. Senator you can be assured I will not vote for tax increases." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/535266/#.VW3O53UVhHw (votesmart.org)
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

  • "What we can't survive is the unprecedented effort to put Congress and the federal government in total control of our free market system." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/535264/#.VW3PTHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The federal government is overspending. And as the endless string of spending in Congress continues, so will the call for higher taxes." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/535266/#.VW3O53UVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As your U.S. Senator you can be assured I will not vote for tax increases." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/535266/#.VW3O53UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "In my lifetime the role of government has changed from promoting initiative to smothering opportunity by taxing, regulating, and harassing American ambition." http://static1.squarespace.com/static/52afd4b6e4b0dbce9d22d7b8/t/5339acbde4b07771f2d21466/1396288701180/The+Scope+of+Government.pdf (static1.squarespace.com)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Most importantly, local control of public schools means getting rid of common corestandards and the federal takeover of education that accompanies them." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/889310/#.VW3PfnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Local control assures the average citizen influence over education policy by giving them the opportunity to speak at a local school board meeting." http://static1.squarespace.com/static/52afd4b6e4b0dbce9d22d7b8/t/5339acbde4b07771f2d21466/1396288701180/The+Scope+of+Government.pdf (static1.squarespace.com)
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" http://votesmart.org/bill/19390/50944/125319/a-bill-to-approve-the-keystone-xl-pipeline#.VW3WrXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "As a member of Congress, I will vote for approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline to furtherdiversify the nations oil import sources as wellas provide jobs in the United States." http://static1.squarespace.com/static/52afd4b6e4b0dbce9d22d7b8/t/5339a124e4b0753aa3c897cf/1396285732154/Energy.pdf (static1.squarespace.com)
No 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

  • "Professional politicians in Washington, D.C. mandate and subsidize energy sources to the detriment of the free market, causing increased energy prices, higher unemployment, jobs lost to foreign countries, empowerment of America’s enemies, and an enlarged national debt." http://static1.squarespace.com/static/52afd4b6e4b0dbce9d22d7b8/t/5339a124e4b0753aa3c897cf/1396285732154/Energy.pdf (static1.squarespace.com)
  • "In healthcare, energy, education, and many other fields where the federal government has interfered, competition in the free market promotes innovation and prosperity." http://static1.squarespace.com/static/52afd4b6e4b0dbce9d22d7b8/t/5339acbde4b07771f2d21466/1396288701180/The+Scope+of+Government.pdf (static1.squarespace.com)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I oppose legislation that places costly rules or tax schemes on coal, because unnecessary regulations drive up energy prices and cost jobs." http://static1.squarespace.com/static/52afd4b6e4b0dbce9d22d7b8/t/5339a124e4b0753aa3c897cf/1396285732154/Energy.pdf (static1.squarespace.com)
  • "However, the so-called 'cap and trade' bill looming in Congress is not the answer. It's a looming disaster for our country." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/535286/issue-position-energy-independence#.VW3ZRnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The government is spying on Americans, infringing on our Second Amendment rights, and deploying the IRS to unfairly target political groups." http://static1.squarespace.com/static/52afd4b6e4b0dbce9d22d7b8/t/5339acbde4b07771f2d21466/1396288701180/The+Scope+of+Government.pdf (static1.squarespace.com)
  • "I will oppose any federal legislation to compile a database of gun owners or to further proscribe Americans' freedoms under the Second Amendment." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/535284/#.VW3QVHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Congress needs to repeal Obamacare and enact free-market reforms that will preserve our freedom and drive down the costs that are breaking both government and business budgets." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/535270/issue-position-healthcare#.VW3QgnUVhHx (votesmart.org)
  • "I will continue to work to repeal and replace it with a healthcare law that benefits the middle class and all Americans." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/949991/buck-votes-to-fully-repeal-obamacare#.VW3TJnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
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

  • "Too many people wait in line to become citizens while others break in illegally." https://static.squarespace.com/static/52afd4b6e4b0dbce9d22d7b8/t/53584336e4b07842e586f1bb/1398293302698/Immigration.pdf (static.squarespace.com)
  • "Illegal immigrants must return to their country of origin to enter the United States with respect to our laws." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/535268/#.VW3QtnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "You can choose who your partner is. I think birth has an influence over it, like alcoholism and some other things, but I think that basically you have a choice." http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1010/43716.html (www.politico.com)
  • "I believe marriage is between one man and one woman. State legislatures should decide the issue not Congress or the federal courts." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/923545/9-news-voter-guide-colorado-district-4-race/?search=marriage#.VXC3unUViko (votesmart.org)
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

  • "I won’t give this president or any other a blank check to engage in unending and poorly defined wars." http://www.chieftain.com/news/pueblo/3331529-120/obama-buck-isis-lawmakers (www.chieftain.com)
Yes 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

  • "The idea the federal government should be running health care or retirement or any of those programs is fundamentally against what I believe and that is that the private sector runs programs like that far better." http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2010/10/08/123404/buck-social-security/ (thinkprogress.org)
  • "For younger workers and future generations, I propose 'Social Security Plus.' Younger workers will know that Social Security is there for them as a safety net, but they should also be encouraged to save more through tax-preferred account." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/552683/#.VW3RGXUVhHw (votesmart.org)

Key

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.

Project Vote Smart's Research: Click on this icon to reveal more information about this candidate's position.

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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