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Jay Townsend

Jay Townsend's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Jay Townsend
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Rebecca; 3 Children
Birth Place: IN
Home City: Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY
Religion: Christian
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Jay Townsend 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.

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.
Yes Inferred Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jay Townsend signed the American Family Business Institute's No Death Tax Pledge. (www.nodeathtax.org)
  • Jay Townsend. News. 24 September 2010. "Today, Conservative- Republican U.S. Senatorial candidate, Jay Townsend presented a signed Death Tax Repeal Pledge to the American Family Business Institute President Dick Patten, at their Washington headquarters. Jay Townsend strongly supports the efforts of the American Family Business Institute to pressure Congress to permanently repeal the Federal Estate Tax or Death tax. Townsend agrees that the Death tax destroys family businesses and farms, hurts American workers, and is fundamentally un-American." (www.townsendfornewyork.com)
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

  • Jay Townsend. Blog. 23 September 2010. "I don't believe in notion of 'too big to fail.' And anybody who has ever taken a course in economics (I earned two college degrees in that subject) knew from the get-go that the pork laden stimulus bill would not work." (www.townsendfornewyork.com)
  • Jay Townsend. Issues: Spending and the Deficit. 22 September 2010. "The answer to our current economic malady is not more massive government borrowing or profligate spending. It is spending restraint, keeping the growth of the federal budget under the rate of inflation, and getting capital into the hands of entrepreneurs, small business owners and private companies so that they have the resources needed to innovate, invent, create wealth and new jobs." (www.townsendfornewyork.com)
  • Jay Townsend. Wall. 24 September 2010. "Jay Townsend for New York No ambiguity on my part. I would vote to extend the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, place a cap on federal spending, and vote to repeal that costly and unnecessary health care bill." (www.facebook.com)
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.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education Issues: Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students? 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 Environment and Energy Issues: Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jay Townsend signed the Contract from America. "Stop costly new regulations that would increase unemployment, raise consumer prices, and weaken the nation's global competitiveness with virtually no impact on global temperatures." (www.thecontract.org)
  • Jay Townsend. Issues: Energy. 22 September 2010. "We also must make it a national priority to use our technological superiority to develop renewable forms of energy. We need to use clean coal technology and promote research and development of solar, geothermal, wind, hydroelectric, biofuel and other clean energy alternatives. The way to do this is to unleash our scientists and entrepreneurs from unnecessary restraints and regulations, and to foster an economic climate that rewards the risk takers and innovators." (www.townsendfornewyork.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Gun Issues: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? 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 Health Issues: Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jay Townsend signed the Contract from America. "Defund, repeal and replace the recently passed government-run health care with a system that actually makes health care and insurance more affordable by enabling a competitive, open, and transparent free-market health care and health insurance system that isn't restricted by state boundaries." (www.thecontract.org)
  • Times-Union. 2010. Times-Union: Biographical details of 5 GOP Senate candidates. 12 September 2010. "'Repeal the health care bill.' Townsend feels it has created uncertainty about the cost of doing business in New York and is affecting the economy." (www.timesunion.com)
  • Jay Townsend signed the Repeal It! Pledge. "I hereby pledge to the people of my district/state upon my election to the U.S. House of Representatives/U.S. Senate, to sponsor and support legislation to repeal any federal health care takeover passed in 2010, and replace it with real reforms that lower health care costs without growing government." (www.repealit.org)
  • Jay Townsend. Issues: Health Care. 22 September 2010. "Measures I will urge Congress to enact include: 1. Allowing the sale of insurance across state lines, which would immediately increase the number of companies competing for customers. 2. Affording small businesses and individuals the same tax benefits on health-plan premiums available to those who work for large employers. 3. Allowing all Americans to purchase tax deductible Health Savings Accounts (HSA's), which could be used to pay for qualified medical expenses of families enrolled in high deductible health plans. 4. Allowing Americans to purchase a la carte health insurance and eliminate the 'one size fits all' mandates imposed by states like New York. For those who have pre-existing conditions or difficulty obtaining affordable insurance due to chronic health problems, high risk pools could be established and funded by modest fees on insurance premiums. 5. Allowing insurance companies to reward, with lower premiums, individuals who engage in healthy behaviors such as smoking cessation, low-fat diets, and regular exercise routines." (www.townsendfornewyork.com)
  • Jay Townsend. Wall. 24 September 2010. "Jay Townsend for New York No ambiguity on my part. I would vote to extend the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, place a cap on federal spending, and vote to repeal that costly and unnecessary health care bill." (www.facebook.com)
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

  • Jay Townsend. Issues: National Security. 22 September 2010. "We need to expand the size of our armed forces to ease the burdens on troops deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq." (www.townsendfornewyork.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Issues: Should marriage only be between one man and one woman? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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