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Bruce Blakeman's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

On The Ballot: Running, Conservative, Tax Revolt, Republican, Independence for U.S. House - District 4
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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.

Unknown Position Unknown Answer Abortion Issues: Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax? View Citations

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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

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  • Times-Union. 2010. Times-Union: Biographical details of 5 GOP Senate candidates. 12 September 2010. "My priority is to create jobs by cutting government spending, cutting taxes and giving incentives to businesses so that we can start to hire people and put New York back to work." (www.timesunion.com)
  • Bruce Blakeman. Issues: The Economy. 24 September 2010. "It is time to change course. We need to reinvigorate the private sector - especially small businesses - not the state sector. And the way to do that is by lowering taxes and reducing regulation, thereby energizing entrepreneurs to expand their enterprises and begin hiring. We need to make the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts permanent, reduce the business tax rate, and rescind the increase in the highest personal income tax rate scheduled for next year. We also need to rescind Gillibrand-backed Obamacare, which will increase taxes, and replace it with measures that expand health insurance availability and lower costs. At the same time, we need to rein in spending by cutting back on all programs except for defense and national security. In short, we need to stimulate the economy by letting taxpayers keep more of their money in the first place and decide how to spend it." (www.blakeman2010.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Business and Employment Issues: Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security? View Citations

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Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime Issues: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes? View Citations

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Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education Issues: Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students? View Citations

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No Inferred Answer Environment and Energy Issues: Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change? View Citations

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  • Bruce Blakeman. Issues: Energy and the Environment. 24 September 2010. "America needs an energy policy that works with and for the private sector to limit our dependence on foreign energy sources while ensuring a safe environment. Cap and trade has no place here. It is a shell game, which will jeopardize the economic viability of our nation. And it will do nothing to improve the environment. It is merely a pretext for government to take over yet another part of the economy - this time, the energy sector." (www.blakeman2010.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Gun Issues: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Health Issues: Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option? View Citations

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  • Bruce Blakeman. Issues: Health Care. 24 September 2010. "There are other, fairer ways to reform health care, such as allowing the sale of insurance across state lines, permitting individuals more opportunities to purchase insurance not linked to their employer, not mandating a laundry list of services, allowing insurance companies to offer varied plans, including hospitalization only or catastrophic insurance, and bolstering state plans to help those with pre-existing conditions. These would go a long way toward increasing availability and reducing costs. We need to expand freedom of choice of health care." (www.blakeman2010.com)
  • Confessore, Nicholas. 2010. New York Times: Bruce Blakeman Makes Case for Senate Bid Against Gillibrand. 20 January 2010. "Asked what he would do for people who are worried about losing their health care coverage or do not have health insurance, Mr. Blakeman said he had no particular plan of his own but believed that Democrats in Washington were bent on "dismantling" a system that already worked reasonably well." (www.nytimes.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration Issues: Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer International Policy Issues: Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan? View Citations

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  • Bruce Blakeman. Issues: Afghanistan. 24 September 2010. "I am committed to winning in Afghanistan, the spawning ground of the 9/11 terrorist attackers. We must ensure that it does not again become a terrorist training camp. I believe that when you go to war, you go to win, and you give your fighters all the tools and support to get the job done successfully. That means not second guessing forces in the field and not imposing Rules of Engagement so restrictive that fighters fear facing a murder charge if they pull the trigger." (www.blakeman2010.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Issues: Should marriage only be between one man and one woman? View Citations

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  • Confessore, Nicholas. 2010. New York Times: Bruce Blakeman Makes Case for Senate Bid Against Gillibrand. 20 January 2010. "Mr. Blakeman took questions on...gay marriage (he is against it)?" (www.nytimes.com)

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