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Chris Long

Chris Long's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Chris Long
Office: Council Member (Reynoldsburg, OH) - At-Large
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Sandy; 6 Children: James, Mike, Christopher, Matt, Patrick, Shannon
Birth Place: Reynoldsburg, OH
Home City: Reynoldsburg, OH
Religion: Christian
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Chris Long 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.

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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 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

  • Chris Long. The Columbus Dispatch: 2012 U.S. House of Representatives, District 3. Responded "I live my life on the Principles of God, Country and Family. I am Pro-Life" to the question: "Why are you the best candidate for the office you are seeking?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? 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 Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Chris Long. The Columbus Dispatch: 2012 U.S. House of Representatives, District 3. Responded "I do not support the proposed cuts to our Defense spending. [¦] Billions could be saved by continuing and expanding select efficiency initiatives undertaken by former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates; implementing and expanding select reforms recommended by the co-chairmen of the NCFRR; expanding the use of public“private partnerships for performance-based logistics; modernizing base operations and the maintenance and supply systems; reducing wear and tear on military equipment" to the question: "Do you support the Obama administration's plans for defense cuts? If not, how would you pay for averting them?" (c3.thevoterguide.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

  • Chris Long. The Columbus Dispatch: 2012 U.S. House of Representatives, District 3. Responded "I would support making the "Bush Era Tax Cuts" to individuals permanent. The last thing our citizens need during this sluggish economy and time of high unemployment is tax increases. The most effective way to spur economic recovery is to increase the incentives that drive growth of private business and industry" to the question: "How would you reduce or eliminate the federal deficit? Are you willing to end the Bush tax cuts, or significantly reduce spending on entitlements such as Social Security or Medicare?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)
  • Chris Long. Issues: Economy. "As a member of Congress, I will focus my attention on balancing the budget, reducing the size and scope of the federal government, and capping spending as percentage of GDP. I will demand that the federal government produce a budget that focuses on economic growth"not redistribution of income. Additionally, the creation of a responsible tax system that benefits all Americans will be a key duty for the government to carry out. We have a commitment to leave this country better than we found it, and in order to turn America around, it will take leadership that is willing to make the difficult decisions." (chrislong2012.com)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Chris Long. Issues: Economy. "As a member of Congress, I pledge to curtail the out of control spending that continues to strangle the American economy, roll back the billions of dollars of unnecessary regulations that are destroying small businesses, and create a stable economic environment that encourages growth and investment in small business." (chrislong2012.com)
  • Chris Long. Issues: Economy. "As a member of Congress, I will focus my attention on balancing the budget, reducing the size and scope of the federal government, and capping spending as percentage of GDP. I will demand that the federal government produce a budget that focuses on economic growth"not redistribution of income. Additionally, the creation of a responsible tax system that benefits all Americans will be a key duty for the government to carry out. We have a commitment to leave this country better than we found it, and in order to turn America around, it will take leadership that is willing to make the difficult decisions." (chrislong2012.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

  • Chris Long. The Columbus Dispatch: 2012 U.S. House of Representatives, District 3. Responded "The most effective way to spur economic recovery is to increase the incentives that drive growth of private business and industry. Especially important would be the lowering of the capital gains tax rates, this actually increased capital gains tax revenue in the years immediately after the 2003 tax cut" to the question: "How would you reduce or eliminate the federal deficit? Are you willing to end the Bush tax cuts, or significantly reduce spending on entitlements such as Social Security or Medicare?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)
  • Chris Long. The Columbus Dispatch: 2012 U.S. House of Representatives, District 3. Responded "I would support making the "Bush Era Tax Cuts" to individuals permanent. The last thing our citizens need during this sluggish economy and time of high unemployment is tax increases. The most effective way to spur economic recovery is to increase the incentives that drive growth of private business and industry" to the question: "How would you reduce or eliminate the federal deficit? Are you willing to end the Bush tax cuts, or significantly reduce spending on entitlements such as Social Security or Medicare?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)
  • Chris Long. The Columbus Dispatch: 2012 U.S. House of Representatives, District 3. Responded "2. A reduction in Corporate Income taxes to at least 28% and an immediate implementation of expanded tax credits for the purchase of new equipment and/or capital improvements" to the question: "What are the three best things the federal government can do to improve the economy and promote the creation of good jobs?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)
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

  • Chris Long. The Columbus Dispatch: 2012 U.S. House of Representatives, District 3. Responded "I would support the dismantling of many of the Federal Bureaucracies that have been put into place. Most highway, education, and economic development programs should be left in the care of the states and local governments, which have the flexibility to tailor local programs to local needs" to the question: "How would you reduce or eliminate the federal deficit? Are you willing to end the Bush tax cuts, or significantly reduce spending on entitlements such as Social Security or Medicare?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Chris Long. The Columbus Dispatch: 2012 U.S. House of Representatives, District 3. Responded "3. Implement a responsible American energy policy that will promote development and acquisition of proven, viable energy sources and create jobs. The latest move by the Obama Administration killed the Keystone Pipeline costing the Unites States thousands of American jobs" to the question: "What are the three best things the federal government can do to improve the economy and promote the creation of good jobs?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)
  • Chris Long. Issues: Energy. "To make matters worse, this administration has invested tens of billions of our tax dollars on failed green energy companies that also happen to be run by some of the President's largest campaign donors"crony capitalism at its worst. What should be an energy policy devoted to keeping energy prices affordable and to drive economic growth has turned into a means to push a green energy agenda. An agenda driven energy policy is no way to fuel the engine of the American economy. If we are to remain a prosperous country, America must demand a real "all of the above" strategy that explores multiple sources of energy production to include: As a member of Congress, I will work for¦¦ Expanding domestic drilling to tap into America's vast oil reserves, Expanding the use of clean coal and natural gas, The complete elimination of our dependency on foreign sources of energy, Encouraging the free market to explore viable alternative energy sources of the future, Reducing the burden that near record high energy prices place on household budgets" (chrislong2012.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Chris Long. The Columbus Dispatch: 2012 U.S. House of Representatives, District 3. Responded "1. Review and repeal regulations, and consolidate all costly regulatory agencies that are harmful to business growth and/or slow the progress of business growth. New business regulations brought on by the Obama Administration have added an estimated $40 billion in additional costs to our businesses, and add significantly to the time required to expand current facilities or bring new facilities 'on-line'" to the question: "What are the three best things the federal government can do to improve the economy and promote the creation of good jobs?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Chris Long. The Columbus Dispatch: 2012 U.S. House of Representatives, District 3. Responded "I am Pro 2nd Amendment “ Right of The People to keep and bear arms" to the question: "Why are you the best candidate for the office you are seeking?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Chris Long. The Columbus Dispatch: 2012 U.S. House of Representatives, District 3. Responded "I believe the Obama health-care-law should be repealed.(10th Amendment, United States Constitution)" to the question: "Do you support President Obama's health-care law, or should it be repealed? If you favor repeal, do you have a plan to cover the more than 40 million people who would then lack health insurance?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)
  • David Eggert. The Columbus Dispatch: GOP Candidates bring business experience. 4 March 2012. "Both men oppose President Barack Obama's federal health-care law and his plans to cut defense spending." (www.dispatch.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

  • David Owen. ThisWeek Community Newspapers: Reynoldsburg's Long begins campaign for U.S. House seat. 21 December 2011. "If I'm sitting in a boat with a hole in it, the first thing I do is plug up the hole, then move forward with what we're going to do with the 13 million individuals that are here in the United States illegally " maybe some kind of structured program where we can get these people legal." (www.thisweeknews.com)
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

  • Chris Long. The Columbus Dispatch: 2012 U.S. House of Representatives, District 3. Responded "Military force must be used judiciously and with clearly defined, obtainable objectives understood by Congress and the American People" to the question: "Are you willing to use military force to prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • Chris Long. Issues: Entitlement. "As the largest single federal program and a major source of income for America's seniors, Social Security touches the lives of every single American at some point in life. We must remain committed to standing by the promises that have been made, but this cannot be done if we continue to do nothing to reform America's entitlement programs [¦] In 2010, we learned that the Social Security Trust Fund is paying out more in benefits than it is taking in and politicians have already spent the $2.5 trillion surplus needed to prepare for the wave of baby boomers that just began retiring. Social Security was originally planned as insurance to protect America's senior citizens from poverty by paying benefits to those who contribute to the program their entire working career [¦] As a member of Congress, I will work for¦¦ A predictable benefit that provides economic security for those currently receiving benefits as well as the generations to come, Protect benefits for seniors close to and already receiving benefits, Means testing to ensure benefits are paid to those who truly need it, A more reasonable retirement age, Incentives for workers who are able and willing to work longer, and An improved savings plan for younger workers to supplement Social Security" (chrislong2012.com)
  • Chris Long. Facebook: Timeline. 21 July 2012. "Social Security is not the government's money...It's the American Worker's money." (www.facebook.com)

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