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Jack Uppal 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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*Note: This percentage is calculated based on the number of issue areas addressed by the candidate on the Political Courage Test at the conclusion of the testing period. It does not indicate support or lack of support by Project Vote Smart.

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

  • Margaret Snider. Roseville Press-Tribune: Uppal says issues are complex, would like to debate McClintock. 2 July 2012. "On abortion, he believes that the government should not interfere in a decision that is between a woman and her conscience." (rosevillept.com)
  • Dreier, Hannah. Washington Times: California 2012 Election Center: Jack S Uppal. 11 July 2012. "He is pro-choice, saying the government does not have the right to interfere." (www.washingtontimes.com)

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  • 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.

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  • Mike Roberts. Village Life: "Uppal" Battle to Unseat McClintock. 4 May 2012. " We need to [¦] craft a budget strategy that works for the country [¦] It's going to take strategic investments, some more spending cuts, and yes, it will probably take tax increases on those who can most afford it." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Uppal. Jack Uppal announces 4th District candidacy. 13 December 2011. "But Americans can't demand more if they're worried about their jobs, health and homes. I support helping those with underwater mortgages refinance loans at today's lower interest rates, and I support the Health Care Affordability Act because it helps us in the middle class. I support extending the payroll tax cuts in 2012 because it puts money into the pockets of middle class families. [¦]" (www.rocklintoday.com)
  • Jack Uppal. Issue Position: Economy. 1 January 2012. "Trickle down economics doesn't work. Giving huge tax breaks to the wealthy and to corporations hasn't produced one job." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Uppal. Facebook: Wall. 17 February 2012. "Today, finally, Congress showed that they remember how to work together as they extended the payroll tax cut for the rest of this year. There were provisions that did not sit well with people on both the right and the left, but the bill, HR3630, had broad appeal in both parties. But, Tom McClintock still voted against it. He appeared to be happy to extend the Bush era tax cuts for the wealthy without any mechanism to pay for them, but he is opposed to payroll tax cuts for 160 million working middle income Americans. I guess that tells you what he stands for." (www.facebook.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jack Uppal. Villiage Life - "Uppal' Battle to Unseat McClintock. 4 May 2012. "Throughout this district there are projects that would bring jobs and growth into our communities, but they can't get support from their congressman," he said. "We need that stimulus as much as anyone." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Uppal. Issue Position: Jobs. 25 April 2012. "Our government has a long history of creating jobs and entire industries. In the last 50 years, the United States has created several million jobs. The Space program in the 60's spun off thousands of new industries. The internet itself was the creation of government, not big business; and as a result hundreds of thousands of jobs have been created in just the last 10 years. President Obama is right when he wants us to take on Energy Independence. With the governments help, entire new industries will be created along with thousands of new jobs in the private sector. Big solutions require big investments. We did so in the 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's. Then we stopped. It's time we get back on track and get America working again." (www.jackuppal.com)

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  • Jack Uppal. Issue Position: The Economy. 25 April 2012. "Don't be misled. Trickle down economics doesn't work. Giving huge tax breaks to the wealthy and to corporations hasn't produced one job. Businesses aren't hiring because the middle class can't afford to buy their products. It's not because businesses are overtaxed or overregulated. The only way to get Americans working again is to strengthen the middle class families so that they are able to purchase things again. If the middle class does not grow and thrive, our economy will continue to suffer." (www.jackuppal.com)
  • Sean Janssen. DemˆHouse candidates call for public investments. 9 December 20122. "Uppal said tax cuts will not inspire companies to create jobs. 'You hire people because of demand for your product, and who is buying that product? It's the middle class,' he said. 'You don't need to stimulate business. You need to stimulate the middle class who buy products to create jobs.' [¦]" (www.uniondemocrat.com)

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  • Jack Uppal. Blog: Primary Election Information: Ballots Being Mailed on May 7. 7 June 2012. "In order to bring our country back to its pre-recession strength, I believe it is essential to invest in the resources that have made our national great: our education system, both college and trade schools; and rebuilding our infrastructure." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jack Uppal. Democracy For America: Campaigns “ Jack Uppal for Congress. "...Long term growth will come from government investments in programs that meet some our pressing future challenges such as energy independence, transportation development, and work towards an energy infrastructure that reduces greenhouse emissions." (www.democracyforamerica.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jack Uppal. Daily Kos: CA-04: A Candidate with Heart in a Red District. 16 July 2012. "On the issues of environment, he staked out some moderate positions. [¦] He also said that although the EPA performs an essential function, it needs to change the way it issues and enforces regulations. He said that the EPA's way of issuing regulations piecemeal and not giving much time to allow affected jurisdictions to prepare should change. Instead, in his view, regulations should be issued in a bundle with enough of a window to allow affected jurisdictions to make necessary changes and minimize the costs of implementation." (www.dailykos.com)
  • Jack Uppal. Democracy For America: Campaigns “ Jack Uppal for Congress. "...Long term growth will come from government investments in programs that meet some our pressing future challenges such as energy independence, transportation development, and work towards an energy infrastructure that reduces greenhouse emissions." (www.democracyforamerica.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

  • Jack Uppal. Jack Uppal announces 4th District candidacy. 13 December 2011. "But Americans can't demand more if they're worried about their jobs, health and homes. I support helping those with underwater mortgages refinance loans at today's lower interest rates, and I support the Health Care Affordability Act because it helps us in the middle class. I support extending the payroll tax cuts in 2012 because it puts money into the pockets of middle class families. [¦]" (www.rocklintoday.com)
  • Mike Roberts. Village Life: "Uppal" Battle to Unseat McClintock. 4 May 2012. "It's not perfect, and will probably require some tweaks, but it does a good job covering those who can't afford insurance [¦] Going back to what we had is unsustainable.". (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Margaret Snider. Roseville Press-Tribune: Uppal says issues are complex, would like to debate McClintock. 2 July 2012. "He is in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage." (rosevillept.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

  • Jack Uppal. Blog: Primary Election Information: Ballots Being Mailed on May 7. 7 June 2012. "In these tough times, spending cuts are essential, too. But they must be prudent spending cuts, that will ensure the future viability of our Social Security and Medicare systems critical for maintaining the quality of life for our seniors today and in the future. I would work to reduce the burdensome, and constantly changing, federal regulations that create barriers to prosperity for our business owners and farmers." (votesmart.org)
  • Jack Uppal. Daily Kos: CA-04: A Candidate With Heart in a Red District. 16 July 2012. "Moving on to the issue of medicare and social security, he dismissed concerns that the funding problems are as dire as some people think. As to social security, he ardently opposed any form of privatization and instead talked up the idea of raising or eliminating the FICA cap. On medicare, he conceded that it was more complicated, but added that the Affordable Care Act has added many years to medicare's life expectancy by cutting waste and abuse and fixing up Part D. He took this opportunity to criticize the Ryan Budget and McClintock's support of it, going into how it essentially provides the retired with vouchers which limits how much healthcare they can afford." (www.washingtontimes.com)

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