Representative Brad Wenstrup's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Brad Wenstrup
Current Office: U.S. House - District 2, Republican
First Elected: 11/06/2012
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 2
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary May 6, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Monica; 1 Child: Brad Jr.
Birth Date: 06/17/1958
Birth Place: Cincinnati, OH
Home City: Cincinnati, OH
Religion: Catholic
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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 are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • Brad Wenstrup. Life back to normal (sort of) for Brad Wenstrup after upset. 8 March 2012. "A Catholic, Wenstrup opposes abortion rights." (news.cincinnati.com)
  • Brad Wenstrup. Greater Cincinnati March for Life. 20 January 2012. "This Sunday will mark the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion throughout America. [¦] I hope you will join me in praying and working for an end to this mortal stain on our nation." (usabrad.com)
  • Brad Wenstrup. Cincinnati Right To Life: 2012 Federal Questions. Responded "Yes, with exceptions. I believe that there should be an exception in the case of necessity to save the life of the mother. I believe that this situation is rare, and that this is a consistently pro-life position as I would consider this to be a life-saving procedure" to the question: "Do you support federal and state legislation to ban abortion-on-demand from fertilization to birth?" (www.affirminglife.org)
  • Brad Wenstrup. Issue Position: Abortion. 1 February 2012. "I am strongly pro-life and believe that life begins at conception. I'm a proud supporter of Family First and Right to Life. One of the dangers inherent in Obamacare is that federal funding for abortion will be codified. In Congress, I'll support efforts to ensure that doesn't happen. Further, I'll work to make sure our nation isn't supporting a culture of abortion around the world by rejecting funding for the UN's controversial Population Fund." (votesmart.org)
  • Brad Wenstrup. Twitter: BradWenstrup. 19 June 2012. "Honored to receive the Ohio Right to Life PAC endorsement. Monica and I have always defended & will protect the rights of the unborn #life" (twitter.com)

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  • Brad Wenstrup. Bio. 15 February 2012. "Since 2009, Wenstrup has continued actively supporting the war against terror and reducing the size of government while opposing legislation such as Obamacare." (usabrad.com)
  • Brad Wenstrup. Issue Position: National Security and Defense. 1 February 2012. "Killing Bin Laden was a significant benchmark in the War on Terror, but it wasn't the conclusion. When I was a Combat Surgeon with the U.S. Army in Iraq, I saw the effects of violent anti-American activism first hand. Whether it's Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, or other places around the world -- there are still far too many havens for terrorists who want to kill Americans. Starting with securing our borders and continuing with increased emphasis on intelligence gathering and expanded use of Special Forces teams like Navy SEALs and Army Green Berets, we must remain active and vigilant to ensure our nation remains safe and free." (votesmart.org)

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  • Gary Abernathy. Wenstrup meets with Hillsboro leaders. 2 August 2012. "Wenstrup said that even though he is a member of the military, he agrees that cuts in defense spending can be identified. 'But not personnel,' he said. 'Only a small percentage of people are even eligible to join the military,' said Wenstrup. 'And if we cut our own troops, where are they going? There are no jobs right now.'" (timesgazette.com)

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  • Brad Wenstrup signed COAST: 2009 Cincinnati Mayoral and Council Candidate Taxpayer Protection Pledge. 29 July 2009. "I pledge to the taxpayers of the City of Cincinnati and all of the people of this City that I will oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes and create new fees during the 2010-2011 term of Cincinnati City Council. This includes without limitation, any increase in the City earnings tax or property tax, and the imposition of new fees such as a garbage collection fee." (coast-usa.blogspot.com)
  • Brad Wenstrup. Cincinnati Enquirer: 2012 Primer: 2nd Congressional District Republican primary. Responded "We are in the middle of a recession, now is not the time to increase the already heavy tax burden. That said, I would be willing to increase the fees Members of Congress pay for participation in the Congressional Pension and Healthcare Plans to bring these programs more in line with the private sector. A flat tax is one idea that deserves consideration; along with a national sales tax that is coupled with the elimination of the income tax" to the question: "Which federal taxes or fees, if any, would you be willing to raise?" (news.cincinnati.com)

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  • Brad Wenstrup. Facebook: Notes. Brad Wenstrup Announces Candidacy for Congress. 16 June 2011. "Politicians “ in both political parties “ spend too much money. And they forget to focus on what matters most “ fixing the economic mess they created and putting people back to work." (www.facebook.com)
  • Brad Wenstrup. Issue Position: Jobs and the Economy. 1 January 2012. "People in Southwest Ohio have been hard hit by the economic crisis. They need help. They need more jobs. And that starts with this simple notion -- government needs to stay out of the way of small businesses instead of strangling these job creators with over-regulation." (votesmart.org)

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  • Brad Wenstrup. Issue Position: Economy. 1 February 2012. "People in Southwest Ohio have been hard hit by the economic crisis. They need help. They need more jobs. And that starts with this simple notion -- government needs to stay out of the way of small businesses instead of strangling these job creators with over-regulation. The people who live here want to work -- they are willing and able. They want leaders who will advance policies that will attract more businesses -- and the jobs that come with them -- to Southwest Ohio." (votesmart.org)
  • Brad Wenstrup. Cincinnati Enquirer: 2012 Primer: 2nd Congressional District Republican primary. Responded "I believe that Congressmen need to be ambassadors for their districts. We've got to encourage investment and growth by eliminating burdensome regulations and taxes, and the uncertainty caused by temporary "fixes" rather than long-term solutions." to the question: "What's the best way a member of Congress can help the economy in Greater Cincinnati specifically?" (news.cincinnati.com)

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  • Brad Wenstrup. Cincinnati Enquirer: 2012 Primer: 2nd Congressional District Republican primary. Responded "I would look at every program and department and ask three simple questions: 1) what are you tasked with improving; 2) is this something that the Constitution authorizes the Federal Government to do; and 3) have you been successful in your task. Most immediately, the Department of Education clearly fails on all three questions, and I would work to eliminate it on day one" to the question: "Which, if any, federal programs you would be willing to cut?" (news.cincinnati.com)

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  • Brad Wenstrup. Facebook: Timeline. 1 March 2012. "God has provided us with an abundance of resources. We can and must use them. Wherever we can safely and efficiently extract resources from our own land, we should. Keystone Pipeline is an excellent example of where we should be utilizing our resources. Opening ANWAR, off-shore and Oil shale drilling are also viable uses of our resources. Hope this answers your question." (en-gb.facebook.com)

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  • Brad Wenstrup. Issue Position: Second Amendment. 1 February 2012. "I'm a proud gun owner, and Life Member of the NRA. Like so many other Ohioans, I'm frustrated that our constitutional right to keep and bear arms continues to be under attack by liberals and anti-gun zealots. Unfortunately, even the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision reaffirming that the Second Amendment guarantees the individual's right to keep and bear arms was upheld only by a single vote. And President Obama and his far-left cronies are working overtime to limit the ability of law-abiding citizens to have guns. That's why we must be vigilant to ensure that Congress and the courts don't encroach upon our gun rights." (votesmart.org)

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  • Brad Wenstrup. Issue Position: Health Care. 1 February 2012. "As a doctor, I can tell you that ObamaCare is bad policy and bad medicine. It hurts patients and will hurt our ability to recruit and retain doctors in our communities. Sadly, too many politicians claim to oppose Obamacare but stand idly by while others step up and take action to stop it. We must all work to repeal ObamaCare and replace it with patient-centered solutions such as the ability to keep insurance between jobs and states." (votesmart.org)
  • Brad Wenstrup. Bio. 15 February 2012. "Since 2009, Wenstrup has continued actively supporting the war against terror and reducing the size of government while opposing legislation such as Obamacare." (usabrad.com)
  • Brad Wenstrup. We neet to stop Obamacare EVERYWHERE. 12 August 2011. "We need to stop Obamacare EVERYWHERE. Progress was made today, but there is still work to do!" (usabrad.com)
  • Brad Wenstrup. Twitter: Bradwenstrup. 11 July 2012. "I'm glad the House is voting to repeal #Obamacare today. We need to hold the Democrats accountable for supporting this monstrosity! #tcot" (twitter.com)
  • Brad Wenstrup. Times Gazette: Wenstrup meets with Hillsboro leaders. 2 August 2012. "Brad Wenstrup said Thursday he believes Republicans 'missed the boat' when they had a chance to reform the health care system in the United States, but the Affordable Care Act supported by the Obama administration, passed by Congress and recently upheld by the Supreme Court fails to address the real problems and goes too far with a penalty for not purchasing health insurance." (timesgazette.com)

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  • Pauline Arrillaga. News-Times: How will gay marriage play on the ground? 14 May 2012. "Wenstrup, who defeated incumbent Jean Schmidt, R-Ohio, in the primary, voiced his opposition to gay marriage when asked about it at the inn." http://www.newstimes.com/news/article/How-will-gay-marriage-play-on-the-ground-3555257.php#page-2 (www.newstimes.com)
  • Brad Wenstrup. Facebook: Timeline. 27 February 2012. "Pro-Life, Pro-Marriage, Pro-Second Amendment." (www.facebook.com)

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