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Brendan Mullen 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 are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Vote Smart's Research

  • Stuart Rothenberg. Roll Call: So You Want to Be a Political Handicapper, Part II. 1 November 2011. "The first-time candidate calls himself a "pro-life, pro-gun moderate Democrat"..." (www.rollcall.com)
  • Brendan Mullen. Less than 90 Days to Go! 12 August 2012. "As a Veteran, husband and father, traditional Hoosier values, like hard work, public service, faith and family, run deep. I will be a voice for the unborn and a strong advocate for our 2nd Amendment Rights." (votesmart.org)
  • Brendan Mullen. Video: Mullen for Indiana: Running. 9 August 2012. "Growing up in South Bend, I was raised with strong Hoosier values: respect life, family, and the right to bear arms." (www.youtube.com)

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  • Brendan Mullen. The Washington Times: Brendan Mullen. "He also supports the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan." (www.washingtontimes.com)
  • Tim Vandenack. The Elkhart Truth: Mullen cites business background, "steadiness" in District 2 U.S. House race. 5 May 2012. "On Afghanistan, he proposes a 'swift, calculated withdrawal of U.S. Troops.'" (www.etruth.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brendan Mullen. Issue Position: Honoring Our Service Members and Veterans. 11 April 2012. "America needs to honor that sacrifice, by ensuring that our service members are fully trained and equipped to do their duty and return home safely." (www.mullenforindiana.com)

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  • Brendan Mullen. Outpouring of Grassroots Support Drives Brendan Mullen Campaign to Raise More than $547,000. 16 April 2012. "Stand up for our middle class families and protect seniors and Medicare not millionaires and billionaires at the expense of everyone else." (www.mullenforindiana.com)
  • Brendan Mullen. The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2011. 11 April 2012. "It is disappointing to watch Congress, once again, descend into partisan gridlock that may result in Hoosiers seeing their taxes go up in 2012. There is absolutely zero reason for this to happen. It's complete mission failure. It's tough enough for average families, but instead of providing some relief, Congress would protect tax breaks for billionaires, and force regular, middle class Hoosiers to take a hit in our paychecks [¦] I will fight for common sense solutions like a tax cut for regular, middle income Hoosiers." (www.mullenforindiana.com)
  • Brendan Mullen. Tax Day: Brendan Mullen Calls on Congress to Make Tax Code Fair for Middle Class Hoosiers. 24 May 2012. "On Tax Day today, middle class Hoosier families are paying taxes at a higher rate than millionaires and they want to know once again, why Washington isn't on their side. I believe that the tax code must get simpler and fairer and Congress has to budget by cutting spending the right way and not giving tax breaks to millionaires and oil companies when we are and our kids are haunted by a national debt that keeps growing, and growing. I am running to fight for a tax reform that helps reduce our deficit, ensures fairness for middle class families, and closes tax loopholes that help send our jobs overseas." (votesmart.org)
  • Brendan Mullen. Facebook: Wall. 22 December 2012. "Brendan Mullen for US Congress released the following statement when house Republican leadership failed to pass, H.R. 3630, The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2011, resulting in a tax hike on working families in January: 'It is disappointing to watch Congress, once again, descend into partisan gridlock that may result in Hoosiers seeing their taxes go up in 2012. There is absolutely zero reason for this to happen. It's complete mission failure. It's tough enough for average families, but instead of providing some relief, Congress would protect tax breaks for billionaires, and force regular, middle class Hoosiers to take a hit in our paychecks.'" (www.facebook.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brendan Mullen. Issue Position: Creating New Jobs, Fixing Our Economy. 11 April 2012. "Indiana employers are being held back by a tax system that favors Wall Street over Main Street. Instead of bailing out banks, we need to help the people who create 90% of the new jobs in this country: small business. And we need to make sure we close the loopholes that give our largest employers tax breaks for sending American jobs overseas." (www.mullenforindiana.com)
  • Brendan Mullen. South Bend Tribune: Congressional Contenders: Branden Mullen. 7 October 2012. Responded "We should start by making Washington listen to business owners and members of our communities, so plans will protect the middle class and help create jobs. Targeted investments in transportation, entrepreneurship and small businesses that create jobs could be one part of the equation. But every dollar spent must be shown to create jobs and must not be wasted. The federal government should handle its budget like middle class families and small business owners." to the question: "If the economy were again to teeter on the brink of depression, would you support a plea by either President Barack Obama or President Mitt Romney for a stimulus effort through infrastructure projects? If so, what type of projects and with what safeguards against waste? If not, what other steps would you support in such a crisis?" (articles.southbendtribune.com)
  • Brendan Mullen. Issue Position: Cutting Wasteful Spending. 11 April 2012. "Washington is covered in more red ink, and both parties are at fault. To protect priorities like Social Security and schools, we need a responsible plan to cut the deficit. That starts with wasting less money, whether that means ending pork-barrel spending on things like snake control in Guam, or closing billion dollar tax loopholes for oil companies or corporations that send jobs overseas." (www.mullenforindiana.com)
  • Brendan Mullen. Indy Star: Brendan Mullen. "Instead of finger pointing and plans to privatize Social Security and end Medicare as we know it, we need to focus on what matters: cutting down on runaway spending and getting Hoosiers back to work." (c3.thevoterguide.org)
  • Brendan Mullen. Brendan Mullen Announces Run to Represent Indiana's 2nd District in Congress. 6 June 2012. "Instead of bickering and finger pointing, we need jobs and a revitalization of our middle class. [¦] Instead of runaway spending and deficits, we need to live within our means." www.mullenforindiana.com/_docs/MullenForCongressCampaign.pdf

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  • Brendan Mullen. Issue Position: Cutting Wasteful Spending. 11 April 2012. "Washington is covered in more red ink, and both parties are at fault. To protect priorities like Social Security and schools, we need a responsible plan to cut the deficit. That starts with wasting less money, whether that means ending pork-barrel spending on things like snake control in Guam, or closing billion dollar tax loopholes for oil companies or corporations that send jobs overseas." (www.mullenforindiana.com)
  • Brendan Mullen. Facebook: Wall. 22 December 2012. "Brendan Mullen for US Congress released the following statement when house Republican leadership failed to pass, H.R. 3630, The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2011, resulting in a tax hike on working families in January: 'It is disappointing to watch Congress, once again, descend into partisan gridlock that may result in Hoosiers seeing their taxes go up in 2012. There is absolutely zero reason for this to happen. It's complete mission failure. It's tough enough for average families, but instead of providing some relief, Congress would protect tax breaks for billionaires, and force regular, middle class Hoosiers to take a hit in our paychecks.'" (www.facebook.com)
  • Brendan Mullen. Issue Position: Creating New Jobs, Fixing Our Economy. 11 April 2012. "Indiana employers are being held back by a tax system that favors Wall Street over Main Street. Instead of bailing out banks, we need to help the people who create 90% of the new jobs in this country: small business. And we need to make sure we close the loopholes that give our largest employers tax breaks for sending American jobs overseas." (www.mullenforindiana.com)

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  • Brendan Mullen. Issue Position: Strong Schools, a Stronger Economy. 11 April 2012. "Strong Indiana communities start with strong local schools. We need to rebuild our world class educational systems to help our kids compete with places like China and India, and prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow. Plus, strong schools create a stronger economy: companies put down roots where they can find well-trained workers and quality schools for the families of their employees." (www.mullenforindiana.com)

Vote Smart's Research

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

Vote Smart's Research

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brendan Mullen. Less than 90 Days to Go! 12 August 2012. "As a Veteran, husband and father, traditional Hoosier values, like hard work, public service, faith and family, run deep. I will be a voice for the unborn and a strong advocate for our 2nd Amendment Rights." (votesmart.org)
  • Brendan Mullen. Video: Mullen for Indiana: Running. 9 August 2012. "Growing up in South Bend, I was raised with strong Hoosier values: respect life, family, and the right to bear arms." (www.youtube.com)
  • Stuart Rothenberg. Roll Call: So You Want to Be a Political Handicapper, Part II. 1 November 2011. "The first-time candidate calls himself a "pro-life, pro-gun moderate Democrat" ¦" (www.rollcall.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brendan Mullen. South Bend Tribune: Congressional Contenders: Brendan Mullen. 7 October 2012. Responded "Any legislation as complicated and comprehensive as this will have flaws that need to be fixed. As a small business owner and father of two little girls, I believe we have a long way to go to make this law fair for small businesses and health care affordable for our families. I believe that bringing people together to discuss the issues individually, one by one like my team and I did when facing challenges during my time in the U.S. Army or as I grew my small business is a common-sense approach to solving problems. As a father and as a son, we must protect our families from insurance industry abuses that would drop a family's coverage because of a pre-existing condition to a child or deny preventive care to our seniors. These patient protections must be upheld. At the same time, I have deep concern and skepticism about the burden to individual taxpayers, businesses and the national debt. One of my first priorities would be to eliminate the tax on medical devices and redefine the role of the Independent Payment Advisory Board. Such a tax will cost Hoosiers jobs, especially in the 2nd District, which we can't afford." to the question: "The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has both popular and unpopular provisions. What provisions, if any, would you favor keeping in any changes in the current law or in a new plan replacing it? And what provisions would you want eliminated through revision or in a new plan?" (articles.southbendtribune.com)
  • Brendan Mullen. Brendan Mullen for Congress. "As a small business owner, I am concerned about the implications of Obamacare's burdensome regulation on Hoosier small businesses and on its cost to taxpayers as getting our national debt under control is a top priority. As a veteran and as a father, I don't believe this law does enough to make health care costs more affordable for our families. Washington needs to hear the frustration of Hoosiers and both sides need to come together to fix this law [¦] we've got to improve health care to make it more affordable for middle class families and small businesses. We need bipartisan, common-sense solutions to improve this law and make it affordable and sustainable for future generations." (www.mullenforindiana.com)
  • Brendan Mullen. NJ Decides Presidential Election 2012. "Mullen says the 2010 health care reform bill has some good aspects, such as increasing the number of people insured, but also has some problems. A provision requiring companies of a certain size to provide health care or face fines creates uncertainty for business owners, he says." (hosted.ap.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brendan Mullen. South Bend Tribune: Congressional Contenders: Branden Mullen. 7 October 2012. Responded "For years, the federal government has failed to address immigration in any substantive way, forcing border states like Arizona and interior states like Indiana to address the issues on their own, resulting in a patchwork of laws that only makes this important security challenge even more complicated. Like President Reagan, I believe any immigration reform must be comprehensive, and bipartisan. Unlike President Reagan, I oppose amnesty. Any approach must provide a legal immigration process for workers, refugees and others whose intentions are to improve their own quality of life by contributing to the nation's overall economic prosperity. But it also must safeguard against those who mean us harm. As much as illegal immigration is a problem in our country, much of the problem can be resolved by removing its incentives. We must enforce the laws currently in place that prohibit employers from hiring illegal workers." to the question: "In light of the recent Supreme Court decision striking down much of Arizona's immigration law, many are looking to the federal government to address the issue of reform. What should Congress do on illegal immigration, and what specific measures do you support?" (articles.southbendtribune.com)

Vote Smart's Research

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

Vote Smart's Research

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brendan Mullen. Brendan Mullen Announces Run to Represent Indiana's 2nd District in Congress. 16 April 2012. "Instead of privatizing Social Security and eliminating Medicare as we know it, we need to live up to our commitments to our parents and grandparents." www.mullenforindiana.com/_docs/MullenForCongressCampaign.pdf.
  • Brendan Mullen. Brendan Mullen Earns Spot in DCCC's Competitive Red to Blue Program. 16 April 2012. "Create jobs, stand up for middle class families, protect Medicare and Social Security and reignite the American dream." (www.mullenforindiana.com)
  • Brendan Mullen. Brendan Mullen Files for Congressional Race to Represent Indiana's Second District. 11 April 2012. "Instead of finger pointing and plans to privatize Social Security and end Medicare as we know it, we need to focus on what matters: cutting down on runaway spending and getting Hoosiers back to work." (www.mullenforindiana.com)
  • Brendan Mullen. Issue Position: Cutting Wasteful Spending. 11 April 2012. "Washington is covered in more red ink, and both parties are at fault. To protect priorities like Social Security and schools, we need a responsible plan to cut the deficit. That starts with wasting less money, whether that means ending pork-barrel spending on things like snake control in Guam, or closing billion dollar tax loopholes for oil companies or corporations that send jobs overseas." (www.mullenforindiana.com)
  • Brendan Mullen. Issue Position: Keeping Social Security and Medicare Strong. 11 April 2012. "America has set the example for the world on how to compassionately care for our seniors. And for many Hoosier seniors, Social Security and Medicare are what ensure years of family visits and grandkids rather than choosing between medical care and food. I won't tell my aging parents, "Sorry, all the work you did was for nothing." I will fight to make Washington keep our promises to Indiana seniors like my parents, protect Medicare and fight any attempt to privatize Social Security into risky accounts tied the ups and downs of the stock market." (www.mullenforindiana.com)

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