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Tom Rice

Tom Rice's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Tom Rice
Office: U.S. House (SC) - District 7, Republican
First Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Announced, Republican for U.S. House - District 7
Primary June 10, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Wrenzie; 3 Children: H.T., Jacob, Lucas
Birth Date: 08/04/1957
Birth Place: Myrtle Beach, SC
Home City: Myrtle Beach, SC
Religion: Episcopal
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Tom Rice refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

What is the Political Courage Test?

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 2012, 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

  • Kelly Marshall Fuller. Georgetown Times: Tom Rice announces for District 7. 23 November 2011. "He said he is a fiscal conservative, is pro-life and wold like to 'get rid of Obamacare.'" (www.gtowntimes.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tom Rice. Video: Tom Rice, Carolina This Week 11.20.2011. 21 November 2011. "We can't afford to continue to be the policemen for the world. [¦] Some things become more expensive if you don't tend to them. We are knee deep in Afghanistan and if we pull out now, is it going to become another terrorist haven that is going to become an enemy of the United States and we're gong to have to pay even more later to take care of [¦] I support to the extent that he possibly can, pulling our troops back [¦] but we've got to take care of where we already are. We've got to finish the job." (www.youtube.com)
  • Tom Rice. Video: Tom Rice, Carolina This Week 11.20.2011. 21 November 2011. "We can't afford to continue to be the policemen for the world [¦] Some things become more expensive if you don't tend to them. We are knee deep in Afghanistan and if we pull out now, is it going to become another terrorist haven that is going to become an enemy of the United States and we're gong to have to pay even more later to take care of [¦] I support to the extent that he possibly can, pulling our troops back [¦] but we've got to take care of where we already are. We've got to finish the job." (www.youtube.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tom Rice. Video: First in the Seventh Debate 10. 8 June 2012. "We cannot afford to be the world's policeman. I believe our biggest national security threat is not Iran, it's ourselves. It's the federal government. We are spending ourselves into bankruptcy. We cannot continue down this path." (www.youtube.com)
  • Tom Rice. What I Will Fight For. "I'll Fight to Strengthen our Military¦because the security of our homeland is the number one priority of our government. I'll work to ensure that our enemies are never allowed to arm themselves with nuclear weapons." (votetomrice.com)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • Tom Rice. Video: WMBF News This Week, Tom Rice, Part 3. 30 June 2012. "I would I would prefer the flat tax [¦] I think we've got to have comprehensive tax reform." [2:38]. (votetomrice.com)
  • Tom Rice. Issue Position: Real Tax Reform. 1 January 2012. "ll Fight for Real Tax Reform that is fairer, flatter and simpler." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Rice. Less than a week before the Primary. 28 June 2012. "I believe we shouldn't spend money we don't have nor burden future generations with our irresponsible fiscal behavior. I believe government taxes us too much and wastes money on things they have no business being involved with." (votetomrice.com)
  • Tom Rice. Video: WMBF News This Week, Tom Rice, Part 3. 30 June 2012. "I would I would prefer the flat tax [¦] I think we've got to have comprehensive tax reform." [2:38]. (votetomrice.com)
  • Lauren Hinnant. SC now News: Candidate Spotlight: Tom Rice, 7th Congressional District. 20 April 2012. "We all pay too much in taxes to a government that seems completely out of touch with pure common sense." (www2.scnow.com)
  • Tom Rice. Issue Position: Common-Sense Economic Policies. 1 January 2012. I'll work to lower taxes, eliminate regulations and end frivolous lawsuits." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tom Rice. Facebook: Wall. 2 March 2012. "We must return our focus to creating an environment in this country that nurtures job growth, rather than allowing the government to intervene and "create" jobs." (www.facebook.com)
  • Jackie R. Broach. Coastal Observer: Politics: 7th District candidates try to stand out in a crowded field. 2 July 2012. "The development of infrastructure is an investment. [¦] It pays for itself in returns and "in the long run it will actually reduce the deficit." (www.coastalobserver.com)
  • Tom Rice. Video: First in the Seventh Debate 15. 8 June 2012. "Now here locally, we need infrastructure. This entire district has been left behind for decades. We need a strong advocate. With respect to job creation we're doing it right here in Horry county. We looked to see what it took to make ourselves competitive; we put it in a plan. It's working. It's working right now." (www.youtube.com)
  • Tom Rice. Video: WMBF News This Week, Tom Rice, Part 2. 30 June 2012. "We're going to have infrastructure built and maintained in this country or we're going to become a third world country because it will crumble. There are going to be limited dollars. What we have to do is efficiently allocate it, and the way to do that is to analyze each project; let them stack up against each other based on merit and the ones that have the most merit based on return in tax dollars, on jobs created, based on commerce created those are the projects that are going to get funded." [1:00]. (votetomrice.com)
  • Jackie R. Broach. Coastal Observer: Politics: 7th District candidates try to stand out in a crowded field. 2 July 2012. "'The development of infrastructure is an investment' [¦] It pays for itself in returns and 'in the long run it will actually reduce the deficit." (www.coastalobserver.com)
  • Tom Rice. Facebook: Wall. 2 March 2012. "We must return our focus to creating an environment in this country that nurtures job growth, rather than allowing the government to intervene and 'create' jobs." (www.facebook.com)
  • Tom Rice. Video: WMBF News This Week, Tom Rice, Part 2. 30 June 2012. "We're going to have infrastructure built and maintained in this country or we're going to become a third world country because it will crumble. There are going to be limited dollars. What we have to do is efficiently allocate it, and the way to do that is to analyze each project; let them stack up against each other based on merit and the ones that have the most merit based on return in tax dollars, on jobs created, based on commerce created those are the projects that are going to get funded." [1:00]. (votetomrice.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tom Rice. Video: WMBF News This Week, Tom Rice, Part 2. 30 June 2012. "I agree government doesn't create jobs, but it can create a fertile field for private employers to create jobs." [5:03]. (votetomrice.com)
  • Lauren Hinnant. SC now News: Candidate Spotlight: Tom Rice, 7th Congressional District. 20 April 2012. "The hundreds of new jobs we have that are directly attributable to our efforts on County Council, have convinced me that government's role is not create jobs, but rather to assist private sector job-creators in building, expanding, and risking their capital." (www2.scnow.com)
  • Lauren Hinnant. SC now News: Candidate Spotlight: Tom Rice, 7th Congressional District. 20 April 2012. "I know that in order to get America back on the right track we need to lower taxes on job creators, repeal Obamacare, and stop the glut of new regulations coming from Washington that are strangling entrepreneurs and job-creators." (www2.scnow.com)
  • Tom Rice. Facebook: Wall. 2 March 2012. "We must return our focus to creating an environment in this country that nurtures job growth, rather than allowing the government to intervene and "create" jobs." (www.facebook.com)
  • Tom Rice. Video: WMBF News This Week, Tom Rice, Part 2. 30 June 2012. "I agree government doesn't create jobs, but it can create a fertile field for private employers to create jobs." [5:03]. (votetomrice.com)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tom Rice. Video: WMBF News This Week, Tom Rice, Part 3. 30 June 2012. Responded "It needs to be handled locally." to the Question: "Education, Tom Rice, do we cut it for federal funding?" [3:34]. (votetomrice.com)
  • Tom Rice. Video: WMBF News This Week, Tom Rice, Part 3. 30 June 2012. Responded "It needs to be handled locally." to the Question: "Education, Tom Rice, do we cut it for federal funding?" [3:34]. (votetomrice.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Charles D. Perry. Horry Independent: Seventh Congressional District Candidates put on the hot seat. 19 January 2012. "Rice said he would support offshore drilling. 'The energy resource off the coast of South Carolina is natural gas, [and that] puts us at a little less risk,' he said. 'We have got to explore every available energy resource. We have got to do whatever we can to become energy independent.'" (hry.stparchive.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? 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 Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tom Rice. Guns and Horry County. 2 July 2012. "Recently, a handful of residents in Horry County have spurred a controversy over our 2nd Amendment rights. County Council discussed this issue tonight and decided that our public safety department can resolve this issue by enforcing existing laws. As a strong supporter of gun rights, I am proud that so many attended the council meeting tonight and made their position known in this important debate. I want to thank the leadership of local gun rights supporters who have fought against unnecessary infringement on 2nd Amendment rights." (votetomrice.com)
  • Tom Rice. Issue Position: Defend the Constitution. 1 January 2012. "I'll Fight to Defend the Constitution including the right to life and our Second Amendment rights." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kelly Marshall Fuller. Georgetown Times: Tom Rice announces for District 7. 23 November 2011. "He said he is a fiscal conservative, is pro-life and wold like to 'get rid of Obamacare.'" (www.gtowntimes.com)
  • Lauren Hinnant. SC now News: Candidate Spotlight: Tom Rice, 7th Congressional District. 20 April 2012. "I know that in order to get America back on the right track we need to lower taxes on job creators, repeal Obamacare, and stop the glut of new regulations coming from Washington that are strangling entrepreneurs and job-creators." (www2.scnow.com)
  • Tom Rice. Tom Rice Releases Statement On Supreme Court Ruling. 28 June 2012. "While the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the individual mandate provision of Obamacare, I still believe that it is wrong for the American people. Instead of mandating coverage for millions of Americans, I favor repealing Obamacare and replacing it with sensible, smart reform." (votetomrice.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? 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 Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? 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 National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? 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 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

  • Tom Rice. Video: Tom Rice Speaks at Bonefish Grill. 25 June 2012. "When you look at where we are today we've got entitlements [¦] social security, medicare, medicaid, welfare, SSI, food stamps, all that stuff and then you add it up, 1.9 trillion dollars a year today [¦] If you really want to accomplish something [¦] It's going to require spending caps. It's going to require entitlement reform. Something like the Ryan plan. It lays our specifics for how we would [unintelligible]. (www.youtube.com)
  • Tom Rice. Video: WMBF News This Week, Tom Rice, Part 3. 30 June 2012. "We've got to be able to reform the entitlements or we can't stop, headed toward a cliff." [2:55]. (votetomrice.com)
  • Tom Rice. Video: Tom Rice Speaks at Bonefish Grill. 25 June 2012. "When you look at where we are today we've got entitlements [¦] social security, medicare, medicaid, welfare, SSI, food stamps, all that stuff and then you add it up, 1.9 trillion dollars a year today. [¦] If you really want to accomplish something [¦] It's going to require spending caps. It's going to require entitlement reform. Something like the Ryan plan. It lays our specifics for how we would [unintelligible]. (www.youtube.com)
  • Tom Rice. Video: Tom Rice on Ryan Budget. 12 June 2012. " Social Security is a promise that was made by our government decades ago. We've got to make that promise iron clad. For people who are in retirement or close to retirement, I don't think there should be any change, for those who are back a little bit we're gong to have to have some delays in qualification I think, and we're also going to have to maybe do some [unintelligible]. For younger people, I think there should be options for individual saving accounts. (www.youtube.com)
  • Tom Rice. Video: WMBF News This Week, Tom Rice, Part 3. 30 June 2012. "We've got to be able to reform the entitlements or we can't stop, headed toward a cliff." [2:55]. (votetomrice.com)

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