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Markwayne Mullin

Markwayne Mullin's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Markwayne Mullin
Office: U.S. House (OK) - District 2, Republican
First Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Announced, Republican for U.S. House - District 2
Primary June 24, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Christie; 5 Children: Jim, Andrew, Larra, Lynette, Ivy
Birth Date: 07/26/1977
Birth Place: Westville, OK
Home City: Westville, OK
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Markwayne Mullin 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

  • Markwayne Mullin. Beliefs. 29 February 2012. "Life " from the moment of conception to natural death " is sacred. I am a 100 percent pro-life conservative." (www.mullinforcongress.com)
  • Markwayne Mullin. Facebook: Timeline (Video). Had Enough. "Like you, Markwayne Mullin has had enough of Washington intruding in our lives-that's what Markwayne Mullins top priority in congress will be stopping Barack Obama's socialist agenda. That means Markwayne will work to repeal Obamacare and fight Obama's liberal assault on traditional marriage, the life of the unborn, and Oklahoma's conservative way of life." (www.facebook.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Markwayne Mullin. Little Dixie Update: Candidates Response On Afghanistan. 10 June 2012. "My family has always valued military service. My grandfather is a World War II veteran, and I've always admired the sacrifices he and others made to protect our way of life. As a result, I do not want to have our friends and family members deployed unless we have a clear objective that is in America's best interest. When it comes to executing military strategy, I give a great deal of respect to our military commanders and those with the appropriate background. Wars should not be run by politicians. I support our military leadership and our troops, and I am committed to giving them the resources they need to achieve their objectives. If we deploy our troops, then we should give them everything they need to fight and win"including rules of engagement that favor us, not our enemies." (littledixieupdate.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ted King. Pryor Daily Times: Mullin: business is who he is. 15 June 2012. "On defense spending, Mullin said there is waste in military spending, but he wants "the strongest military in the world within reason" as it is the people's money in taxes being spent." (pryordailytimes.com)
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

  • Markwayne Mullin. Issue Position: I Believe. 1 January 2012. "We are taxed enough. Cutting spending, not raising taxes, is the answer to paying down debt." (votesmart.org)
  • Markwayne Mullin. Americans for Tax Reform: The Taxpayer Protection Pledge. 23 October 2012. "I pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Oklahoma and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Markwayne Mullin. Beliefs. 29 February 2012. "We are taxed enough. Cutting spending, not raising taxes, is the answer to paying down debt." (www.mullinforcongress.com)
  • Markwayne Mullin. Updates. 6 September 2011. "We need to cut government spending, cut frivolous pork projects, cut foreign aid and cut the bloated bureaucracy." Mullin cited the Environmental Protection Agency as government's worst offender, and said he has had to personally fight against unnecessary and "ridiculous" regulations." (www.mullinforcongress.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

  • Markwayne Mullin. Updates. 6 September 2011. "If we want to grow the economy, stop regulating businesses, plain and simple “ stop regulating and give the business owners the confidence to invest and create jobs." (www.mullinforcongress.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

  • Ted King. Congressional hopefuls take the podium. 2 February 2012. "On public education, Mullin said the answer is local control." (pryordailytimes.com)
  • Ted King. Congressional hopefuls take the podium. 2 February 2012. "On public education, Mullin said the answer is local control. (pryordailytimes.com)
  • Markwayne Mullin. Beliefs. 29 February 2012. "Parents should have final decision-making authority in the education of their children, because they know better than Washington, D.C., bureaucrats how to best educate their children." (www.mullinforcongress.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Markwayne Mullin. Beliefs. 29 February 2012. "Domestic energy production is a matter of national security, and our state plays a key role in establishing energy independence." (www.mullinforcongress.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Markwayne Mullin. Updates. 6 September 2011. "If we want to grow the economy, stop regulating businesses, plain and simple “ stop regulating and give the business owners the confidence to invest and create jobs." (www.mullinforcongress.com)
  • James Beaty. McAlester News-Capital: Mullin eyes seat in Congress. 9 September 2011. 'Our first goal is to take a strong look at the EPA,' Mullin said. 'The regulations they throw down are unfunded,' he said, referring to unfunded mandates." (mcalesternews.com)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Markwayne Mullin. Beliefs. 29 February 2012. "The 2nd Amendment is crucial to ensuring our freedom." (www.mullinforcongress.com)
  • Markwayne Mullin. Facebook: Timeline. "The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed; I pledge to exercise and defend my right to bear arms!" (www.facebook.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Markwayne Mullin. Facebook: Timeline. 6 June 2012. "To those who are asking, here is my Pledge to Oklahoma's 2nd Congressional District. As a business owner who has over 50 employees I know the damage that this bill will have to small business and I am fully committed to its repeal. " http://www.facebook.com/mullinforcongress/posts/481731331842949 (www.mullinforcongress.com)
  • Markwayne Mullin. Facebook: Timeline. 6 June 2012. "To those who are asking, here is my Pledge to Oklahoma's 2nd Congressional District. As a business owner who has over 50 employees I know the damage that this bill will have to small business and I am fully committed to its repeal. http://www.facebook.com/mullinforcongress/posts/481731331842949 (www.mullinforcongress.com)
  • Markwayne Mullin. Beliefs. 29 February 2012. "Obamacare must be repealed." (www.mullinforcongress.com)
  • Markwayne Mullin. Facebook: Timeline (Video). Had Enough. "Like you, Markwayne Mullin has had enough of Washington intruding in our lives-that's what Markwayne Mullins top priority in congress will be stopping Barack Obama's socialist agenda. That means Markwayne will work to repeal Obamacare and fight Obama's liberal assault on traditional marriage, the life of the unborn, and Oklahoma's conservative way of life." (www.facebook.com)
  • Markwayne Mullin. Facebook: Timeline. 13 July 2012. "I have made it clear to voters that one of my top priorities will be repealing ObamaCare, along with the horrible taxes and regulations that have come with it," said Mullin. "But I haven't heard the two Democrats in this race take a stand. Congress just voted to repeal it, with the help of Congressman Dan Boren and each of Oklahoma's other Congressmen. So my simple question to Rob Wallace and Wayne Herriman is this: would you have voted yes or no on the recent vote to repeal ObamaCare?" (www.facebook.com)
  • Markwayne Mullin. Facebook: Timeline. 28 June 2012. "This is an extremely sad day for our country. This makes us like socialized countries in Europe. Now every almost every American faces a tax increase disguised as a mandate to buy a particular product. This has to be one of the worst precedents in the history of the country." (www.facebook.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

  • Markwayne Mullin. Beliefs. 29 February 2012. "We must protect America's borders to stop illegal immigration. Amnesty proposals should be rejected. Penalties should be strengthened against illegal immigration and law enforcement given the resources for enforcement." (www.mullinforcongress.com)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Markwayne Mullin. Beliefs. 29 February 2012. "Traditional marriage, between one man and one woman, is a sacred institution that must be preserved. Strong, healthy families are the heartbeat of our nation." (www.mullinforcongress.com)
  • Markwayne Mullin. Facebook: Timeline (Video). Had Enough. "Like you, Markwayne Mullin has had enough of Washington intruding in our lives-that's what Markwayne Mullins top priority in congress will be stopping Barack Obama's socialist agenda. That means Markwayne will work to repeal Obamacare and fight Obama's liberal assault on traditional marriage, the life of the unborn, and Oklahoma's conservative way of life." (www.facebook.com)
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

  • James Beaty. McAlester News-Capital: Mullin eyes seat in Congress. 9 September 2011. "On Social Security, Mullin said, 'It's our money. We need to get government out of it.'" (mcalesternews.com)

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