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Dean Longo's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Dean Longo 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.

Unknown Position Unknown Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dean Longo. Campaigns use similar tactics, different messages to reach women. 4 August 2012. "We can decrease the need for abortions without having to impose ineffective legislative control. We do so by improving economic conditions, raising everyone's standard of living, and developing policies that empower strong families." (articles.dailypress.com)
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.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dean Longo. Facebook: Timeline. 7 August 2012. " The impending Sequester is yet another example of a dysfunctional Congress filled with members that are unwilling to work together... A study by George Mason University found the Sequester will cost Virginia up to 200,000 jobs and $10 Billion from its economy...I understand the need to get the national debt under control, but it must be done intelligently; the Sequester does not do that. It directs a 10% cut across the board, meaning the military will be unable to determine where the cuts are taken. As result, the services will have to cut necessary personnel, ships, and aircraft the same amount it will cut unnecessary and obsolete programs. In the end, it will leave us with the smallest Navy and Army since WWI, the smallest Air Force ever, and will leave the Marine Corps unable to effectively respond to even one conflict..." (www.facebook.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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dean Longo. Home. "We need to budget like our families are required to ¦ responsibly." (www.deanlongo.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? 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: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? 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 Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? 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 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.
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dean Longo. Facebook: Timeline. 5 April 2012. "We need to get the guns out of kid's hands so maybe 12-year old C.C. Walker in Chesapeake might still be alive today. We need to get guns out of the hands of people who use them unlawfully on each other so maybe 8-year old LaShea Toliver wouldn't be lying in a Norfolk hospital recovering from bullet to her neck. And maybe Dr King turns 81 this year. Imagine the cost we've all paid." (www.facebook.com)
  • Dean Longo. Video: Official Announcement Speech. 26 April 2012. "We need to get the guns out of the kids' hands ¦ we also need to get the guns out of the hands of the people who use them on each other. We need everyone to know if you unjustifiably use a gun on another person, you forfeit your ability to be a part of our community." 3:45 (www.youtube.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dean Longo. VideoL WTVR: Meet Congressional candidate Dean Longo. 1 February 2012. "If we're going to make health care work, we need to make it work so it's sustainable over a long period of time [¦] if it's going to work [¦] it's gotta be able to be sustainable so that it doesnt become another huge government program that threatens our financial stability in 4-5 years or so [¦] because then you'll end up with a program that a lot of people are relying on and in the end no one will end up getting." 1:33 (wtvr.com)
  • Dean Longo. Dean Longo on SCOTUS decision to uphold ACA. 28 June 2012. "There's no question we need to facilitate good health care, not force a broken health-care system on people. There's no question there are people out there that need health care through no fault of their own. This doesn't actually fix anything. Whether you want to call it an unconstitutional mandate or you want to call it a tax, in the end it's not going to fix very much what-so-ever." (hrblogs.typepad.com)
  • Austin Bogues. Dailypress.com: Newport News Republican to challenge Bobby Scott for House seat. 16 January 2012. "Longo said he would vote for a repeal of the health reform law President Obama signed into law in 2010. 'When you try to get the government at the federal level trying to handle everything for everybody, you end up with a very expensive policy,' he said." (articles.dailypress.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.
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

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

Key

Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

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Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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