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Tom Smith's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Tom Smith 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

  • Tom Smith. Issue Position: Pro Life. 1 January 2012. "Tom Smith is pro-life, period. He will work in the United States Senate to protect our most vulnerable citizens." (votesmart.org)
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.
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tom Smith. Restoring the American Dream. 27 September 2012. "Providing for our national defense is a constitutional obligation of government. For the welfare of all citizens, as well as our troops who serve in harm's way, it is necessary that our military be funded adequately to perform its mission. The emphasis should not be on how much to cut defense, but rather how much is needed to defend the country." (restore.tomsmithforsenate.com)
  • Tom Smith. End Out-of-control Federal Spending. 3 October 2012. "Providing for our national defense is a constitutional obligation of government. For the welfare of all citizens, as well as our troops who serve in harm's way, it is necessary that our military be funded adequately to perform its mission. The emphasis should not be on how much to cut defense, but rather how much is needed to defend the country." (restore.tomsmithforsenate.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

  • Tom Smith. Issue Position: No Tax Hikes. 1 January 2012. "Tom Smith opposes the Obama-Casey tax increases. He knows that in these tough economic times we cannot afford higher taxes for anyone. He will fight to keep taxes down. And Tom will fight to reform our tax code making it simpler and fairer." (votesmart.org)
  • FreedomWorks. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. FreedomWorks endorsed Tom Smith in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Smith. Restoring the American Dream. 27 September 2012. "A single flat tax rate will reward hard work and investment by eliminating high marginal tax rates. The increasing marginal rates in the current system negatively affect personal behavior by reducing the incentive for additional work and investment." (restore.tomsmithforsenate.com)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tom Smith. Issue Position: Getting Pennsylvania Back to Work. 1 January 2012. "Tom knows that jobs are created by the free market, not politicians in Washington. The Obama-Casey policies have led to record job loss. Whether it is the bank bailout, the auto bailout, or the stimulus, Bob Casey has supported policies in Washington that have hurt America's economic competitiveness." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Smith. Restoring the American Dream. 27 September 2012. "Federal spending slows economic growth by taking dollars away from private sector investment. Leaving those dollars in the free market economy provides additional resources for growth and job creation." (restore.tomsmithforsenate.com)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tom Smith. Restoring the American Dream. 27 September 2012. "The federal government granting specific businesses favoritism such as tax breaks, financial grants, market protection and other incentives is referred to as "Crony Capitalism." The practice distorts the market, creating significant advantages for the firms receiving them, while seriously disadvantaging others who are excluded from participating." (restore.tomsmithforsenate.com)
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.
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tom Smith. Issue Position: Energy. 1 January 2012. "Tom knows we need an energy policy that brings all options to the table to reduce costs and reduce our dependence on foreign sources." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Smith. Restoring the American Dream. 27 September 2012. "The federal government has greatly limited domestic energy production through declaring acreage closed to development, drilling moratoriums, and through a host of other policies designed to stifle and delay energy production. These policies need to be modified or eliminated to unleash the production capability of the industry. They should be permitted to produce in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWAR), offshore and on federally owned lands. The attitude of the regulator should be how we can foster domestic energy production in an environmentally sound fashion." (restore.tomsmithforsenate.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tom Smith. Obama-Casey War on Coal Blazes Through Senate. 26 June 2012. "I applaud Sen. Inhofe and his colleagues who supported the measure. Unfortunately for Pennsylvania and America as a whole that group did not include Sen. Bob Casey," said U.S. Senate candidate Tom Smith. "As the owner of several coal mining companies, I was on the receiving end of President Obama and Senator Casey's costly, job-killing regulations. I saw firsthand the damage that an out-of-control government can do to an American economy struggling to create jobs. The President's EPA has clearly declared a war on coal - an industry crucial to our economy and Sen. Casey has done nothing to support the energy industry and the Pennsylvania jobs it creates." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Smith. U.S. Senate Candidates Denounce War on Coal. 18 August 2012. "Smith, a former coal company owner sold his coal companies in 2010 citing an out-of-control Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as one of the chief reasons: "From my first job as a union employee in the mines until I sold them, I saw firsthand how overreaching government regulation can cripple our economy and destroy jobs," said Smith. "President Obama, and his allies Senators Brown and Casey, have declared a war on coal and therefore a war on good jobs and affordable domestic energy in the Midwest and across America. Senator Casey has consistently supported overreaching EPA regulations that have led to plant closures and massive job loss across the region," added Smith." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Smith signed Americans for Prosperity: No Climate Tax. 31 October 2011. "I, Tom Smith, pledge to the taxpayers of the State of Pennsylvania and to the American people that I will oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tom Smith. Issue Position: Second Amendment. 1 January 2012. "Tom Smith is a lifelong sportsman, gun owner, and strong supporter of the Second Amendment. He is a longtime member of the National Rifle Association. As Senator, he will oppose any attempt to limit the rights of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tom Smith. Issue Position: Repeal Obamacare. 1 January 2012. "Tom will vote to repeal this expansive and intrusive government takeover of health care and replace it with a market based solution that lowers costs and increases access." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Smith. Restoring the American Dream. 27 September 2012. "ObamaCare must be repealed and replaced with a new healthcare reform bill that leverages free-market competition to increase access, maintains the doctor-patient relationship, decreases costs, and promotes the quality and innovation that have made our healthcare system the envy of the world." (restore.tomsmithforsenate.com)
Yes Inferred 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

  • Tom Smith. Video: PA USA Senate Candidates debate Part 4 - "ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION", at Susquehanna Valley, 2012. 20 February 2012. "And the best way to start to secure the borders is we the people start sending people to congress that will stand up and say this country is precious to us and illegal immigrants need to be kept out or removed." (youtu.be)
  • Tom Smith. Issue Position: Securing the Borders. 1 January 2012. "Tom knows we must secure our borders, and he opposes amnesty for those who came here illegally." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Colby Itkowitz and Nicole Radzievich. The Morning Call: Congressional candidates' views on gay marriage evolving with society. 9 May 2012. "His Republican opponent, Tom Smith, is personally against both gay marriage and civil unions, but would leave the policy decision up to the states, campaign manager Jim Conroy said. Smith would support a federal marriage amendment because it would require a state's ratification to officially add it to the U.S. Constitution, his spokesman said, but would oppose a federal ban on civil unions for gay couples." (articles.mcall.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

  • Tom Smith. Restoring the American Dream. 27 September 2012. "Allow younger workers to invest a portion of their Social Security contributions into a personal investment account of their choice. The participants would assume the risk of investment performance and any funds remaining upon death would flow to their estate." (restore.tomsmithforsenate.com)

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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