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Jerry Tetalman

Jerry Tetalman's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Jerry Tetalman
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Kathy
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Jerry Tetalman 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-choice Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jerry Tetalman. Platform. 15 March 2012. "Support a woman's right to choose." (www.jerryforcongress2012.com)
  • Jerry Tetalman. Facebook: Wall. 17 February 2012. "Listen and call in to support Jerry, and to support a woman's right to family planning without government or religious interference." (www.facebook.com)
  • Jerry Tetalman. Facebook: Wall. 16 February 2012. "We need to replace Rep. Issa with a congressman who supports women's rights." (www.facebook.com)
No Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jerry Tetalman. Video: Jerry Tetalman for Congress 2012. 31 October 2011. "We had wars for ten years that have not been paid for and those are wars that are coming to an end. Thank goodness that this, end of this year, the Iraq War is finally ending. The troops are coming home. Let's give it up for Obama [...] and then in Afghanistan, he has in our schedule to 2014. That eventually will end." (youtu.be)
  • Jared Whitlock. The Coast News: Candidates running against Rep. Issa in 49th district square off in debate. 4 May 2012. "And in contrast to Tetalman, who favors Obama's recently announced withdrawal plan in Afghanistan, Eiden said troops should be pulled out from Afghanistan 'as quickly as possible.'" (thecoastnews.com)
  • Jerry Tetalman. Issue Position: World Peace and International Relations and Terrorism. 19 March 2012. "America shall strive to be a beacon of freedom, human rights and democracy. Our foreign policy shall reflect these ideals. We will develop and support the United Nations and NATO as institutions of global governance. America will act with its allies to maintain peace and security in the world. Terrorism shall be viewed as a criminal act. The people responsible shall be brought to justice and individuals held responsible. America shall remain vigilant in stopping and deterring acts of terror." (jerryforcongress2012.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jerry Tetalman. League of Women Voters Education Fund: 2012 Questions & Answers. Responded "The deficit must be reduced while at the same time the economy must be energized. We should do what is economically prudent, and not engage in gridlock politics such as last year when Congress's inability to raise the debt ceiling led to a lowering of our credit rating. Defense spending priorities should be shifted away from a war footing. Domestic programs that support the poor and middle class are a priority" to the question: "How should the federal budget deficit be addressed, now and into the future? How should budget priorities for defense and domestic programs be adjusted?" (www.smartvoter.org)
  • Mark Walker. North County Times: ELECTION: Tetalman says women are key to unseating Issa. 11 June 2012. "He supports letting the Bush-era tax cuts expire later this year and letting planned massive Defense Department cuts go through. He said he supports the military and veterans, and believe much of the cost-cutting facing the Pentagon can be accomplished by shuttering overseas bases." (www.nctimes.com)
Yes 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

  • Jerry Tetalman. Video: Jerry Tetalman for Congress 2012 49th District. 3 April 2012. "I think that we need to change our tax code to make it more fair. I think that one of the problems right now is that the wealthy are not paying their fair share and that the burden of taxes are on the working class people." (youtu.be)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jerry Tetalman. Issue Position: Economy. 19 March 2012. "Help create jobs and sustainable economic growth by creating a favorable business environment through sound fiscal policy. The deficit must be reduced while at the same time the economy must be energized. Businesses need access to low interest loans to encourage expansion and job creation." (jerryforcongress2012.com)
  • Jerry Tetalman. Video: Jerry Tetalman for Congress 2012 49th District. 3 April 2012. "I would promote the idea of increasing jobs through public works programs." (youtu.be)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jerry Tetalman. Video: Jerry Tetalman for Congress 2012 49th District. 3 April 2012. "In order to stimulate our economy, we need to support small businesses by giving tax breaks to small businesses to allow innovation to take place, and we need to become more competitive in the world." (youtu.be)
  • Jared Whitlock. The Coast News: Candidates Running Against Rep. Issa in 49th District Square off in Debate. 4 May 2012. "When asked about job creation, Tetalman advocated giving small businesses tax breaks and said the country should embrace more public-private partnerships." (votesmart.org)
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

  • Jerry Tetalman. Jerry Tetalman for Congress 2012. 31 October 2011. "We have to look at what built the middle class. Supporting public education is essential [¦] We are looking at a whole generation that is not getting educated [¦] or are coming out of an education system with a burden of a huge debt." (www.youtube.com)
  • Jerry Tetalman. Issue Position: Education. 19 March 2012. "Support states and local government in providing an excellent and equitable education for all Americans." (jerryforcongress2012.com)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jerry Tetalman. Issue Position: Energy and Environment. 19 March 2012. "America is vulnerable to a disruption in imported oil. We need to begin a program of electrification of our transportation system. Electric vehicles will also improve air and water quality. We need to develop alternative fuels such as hydrogen and build more mass transit including high-speed rail. Renewable energy such as solar and wind need to be expanded." (jerryforcongress2012.com)
  • Jerry Tetalman. Platform. 15 March 2012. "Support renewable energy sources; Promote environmental protections." (www.jerryforcongress2012.com)
  • Jerry Tetalman. League of Women Voters Education Fund: 2012 Questions & Answers. Responded "I support environmental protections and sustainable energy policies, including the development and use of alternative and sustainable energy resources such as wind, solar, and geo-thermal" to the question: "What are your priorities with respect to our nation's energy policy? Should there be an emphasis on clean energy and reducing carbon emissions, and/or on reducing our dependence on foreign sources?" (www.smartvoter.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jerry Tetalman. Twitter: @JerryTetalman. 23 July 2012. "FOCUS: The NRA's Dark Gun Culture" (twitter.com)
  • Jerry Tetalman. Twitter: @JerryTetalman. 5 July 2012. "'Furious' probe ought to focus on lax gun laws http://en.twitter.com/JerryTetalman/status/220878174668595200 (www.baltimoresun.com)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jerry Tetalman. Issue Position: Health Care. 19 March 2012. "Access to basic health care is a human right. Support ongoing health care reform with the goal of providing quality health care to all Americans." (jerryforcongress2012.com)
  • Mark Walker. North County Times: Carlsbad Democrat takes on Issa in new 49th Congressional District. 7 November 2011. "Health care is a basic human right, and Social Security is something a lot of people depend on." (www.nctimes.com)
  • Tony Cagala. The Coast News: Candidate Takes Grassroots Approach for Congressional Campaign. 29 December 2011. "I believe that health care is a human right and that the system we currently have is quite broken and we need to move to a more universal health care system." (thecoastnews.com)
  • Jerry Tetalman. Platform. 15 March 2012. "Support health care reform." (www.jerryforcongress2012.com)
No 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

  • Jerry Tetalman. Issue Position: Immigration. 19 March 2012. "America needs an immigration reform bill that supports human rights and addresses the reality of an economy that utilizes immigrant labor. Our laws need to strive to create a situation that benefits Americans and American business while providing opportunity to immigrants. We need to develop a guest worker program. America needs to work closely with Mexico to develop a plan to reduce illegal immigration. The Dream Act is needed to protect children who were brought to this county by their parents, and who now want to attend college in the country they know as home." (jerryforcongress2012.com)
  • Jerry Tetalman. Platform. 15 March 2012. "Support common sense immigration reform." (www.jerryforcongress2012.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Daniel Woolfolk. Camp Pendleton Patch: Pride at the Beach Attracts Civilian, Military Alike. 8 October 2011. "The military community has made great progress in accepting homosexual service members but there are still some challenges to be met. The next step is to make sure to get military family benefits to same sex spouses. That should be equal. That has to be done at the federal level." (camppendleton.patch.com)
  • Jerry Tetalman. Issue Position: Equality of Opportunity. 19 March 2012. "Promote a society that provides equal rights and opportunity to all people." (jerryforcongress2012.com)
  • Jerry Tetalman. Issue Position: LGBT. 1 January 2012. Equality is a human right, and all citizens should have equal rights regardless of their sexual orientation. Same sex couples should have the same marriage rights of any other couple." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jerry Tetalman. Issue Position: Terrorism. 1 January 2012. "Shall be viewed as a criminal act. The people responsible shall be brought to justice and individuals held responsible. America shall remain vigilant in stopping and deterring acts of terror." (votesmart.org)
No 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

  • Christopher Cadelago. U-T San Diego News: Democrat Faces Long Odds to Unseat Issa. 31 October 2011. "Medicare and Social Security and the push back against them is a big issue to me. People feel that those are under assault and I feel that they are an important part of our safety net." (www.utsandiego.com)
  • Jerry Tetalman. Video: Jerry Tetalman for Congress 2012 49th District. 3 April 2012. "If we were to privatize this, as Darrell Issa would like to do, to privatize Social Security, to privatize, you know, Medicare, this is not a good thing. There is no guarantee. If you put your money rather than in the Social Security, you put it in the stock market, it can go down. There's no guarantee. It's much too important and it's been much too successful of programs to switch with it now and try to privatize it." (youtu.be)
  • Jerry Tetalman. Issue Position: Social Security and Medicare. 19 March 2012. "America needs to maintain and protect a system that has supported seniors and the disabled. We need to keep the system solvent for future generations and provide a safety net for our most vulnerable members of society." (jerryforcongress2012.com)
  • Jerry Tetalman. Platform. 15 March 2012. "Maintain and protect Social Security and Medicare." (www.jerryforcongress2012.com)

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