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Tom Rice's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (SC) - District 7, Republican
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Tom Rice has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Tom Rice is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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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.

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)
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. 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. Issue Position: Common-Sense Economic Policies. 1 January 2012. I'll work to lower taxes, eliminate regulations and end frivolous lawsuits." (votesmart.org)
  • 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: Real Tax Reform. 1 January 2012. "ll Fight for Real Tax Reform that is fairer, flatter and simpler." (votesmart.org)
  • 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)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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)
  • 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)
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 building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

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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Inferred Answer

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