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Richard Hudson's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (NC) - District 8, Republican
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Richard Hudson has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads. Richard Hudson is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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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 2016, 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

  • Rated 100% by the National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/interest-group/252/rating/7227 (votesmart.org)
  • "Richard is 100% Pro-Life and will fight for legislation which protects life from conception until natural death." http://richardhudsonforcongress.com/life/ (richardhudsonforcongress.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

  • "[...] Richard has pledged to never increase taxes as a member of Congress." http://richardhudsonforcongress.com/taxes/ (richardhudsonforcongress.com)
  • "While over-taxation is one piece of the problem, the flaws in the tax code go far beyond just excessive rates. […] I am committed to making taxes simple, flat, and fair for everyone." http://hudson.house.gov/tax-reform/#.VaAj33UVikp (hudson.house.gov)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? 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 Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "[...] Richard believes it is long past time for conservatives to draw a line in the sand. We can count on him to fight to restore fiscal sanity to Washington, DC. Washington is broken and we need conservative solutions and steadfast leadership to fix it." http://richardhudsonforcongress.com/taxes/ (richardhudsonforcongress.com)
  • "The only way to create jobs is by restoring fiscal sanity to Washington. Years of reckless spending have led our country into a dire economic situation overtaken by mountains of debt and a tax code that is crippling our nation’s job creators and North Carolina’s hardworking families. I am committed to working with my House colleagues to find commonsense solutions to halt the wasteful spending, reform a cumbersome tax code, and decrease the size of government."http://hudson.house.gov/economy-and-jobs/#.VaAla3UViko (hudson.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I support any effort to limit the massive growth of government that brings with it new and higher taxes, and look forward to working with my colleagues on legislation that will spur job growth, reduce the tax and regulatory burden, and provide an environment of certainty to business and individuals." http://hudson.house.gov/tax-reform/#.VaAmc3UViko (hudson.house.gov)
  • "We need tax reform that broadens and flattens tax rates and eliminates many of the loop holes." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/136448/richard-hudson/#.VaAlAnUViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We can commit to improving education by moving from the bureaucratic-dominated status quo to a reformed system that includes accountability and increased parent choice." http://hudson.house.gov/education/#.VaAoP3UVikq (hudson.house.gov)
  • "[...] he supports eliminating bloated education bureaucracy, so our tax dollars are used to educate children, not to fund liberal bureaucrats. Richard is also a strong supporter of school choice and believes competition is the best way to improve education performance at all levels. Richard will fight for the right of parents to home school their children and as our Congressman, he will maintain his strong support of charter schools." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/674844/issue-position-education#.VaApwnUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We have waited long enough. This bipartisan vote to construct the Keystone XL pipeline is just another example of how serious the House is about growing our economy, spurring job-creation and securing energy independence." http://2013-nc08.congressnewsletter.net/common/mailings/index.cfm?id=178#q=prettyphoto&iframe=true&width=758&height=500 (2013-nc08.congressnewsletter.net)
  • Voted in favor of S.1. "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VaArZHUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "A balanced and responsible approach is the solution. This means developing more of America's own energy resources, including wind, solar, clean coal, biofuels, nuclear energy, as well as oil and natural gas, which will reduce our dependence on Middle Eastern oil and create thousands of jobs here at home." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/848363/issue-position-american-energy/?search=solar#.VbJqyHV3nfY (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "On top of this economy, where folks are struggling and just trying to stay afloat, trying to keep food on the table for their families and paying the bills, the President comes out today 4 years to the day from when he introduced his disastrous cap-and-trade ideas and has this new scheme that's going to add cost to our energy, that's going to destroy jobs in this country, and it's just unconscionable." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/796094/affordable-energy/?search=cap-and-trade#.VaA-SXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a pledge stating "I, Richard Hudson, pledge to the American people that I will oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue." http://americansforprosperity.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Richard_Hudson.pdf (americansforprosperity.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 90% by Gun Owners of America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1226/rating/8555 (votesmart.org)
  • "A lifelong hunter, sportsman and member of the National Rifle Association, Richard knows the Second Amendment is America’s First Freedom. Richard vigorously defends the rights of all law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms. Richard knows that our God-given rights ensure that Americans can own firearms for hunting, shooting sports, self-defense or any other lawful purpose." http://richardhudsonforcongress.com/protecting-the-2nd-amendment/ (richardhudsonforcongress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "North Carolinians deserve better, and I'll continue to fight for them to repeal and replace Obamacare with patient-centered reforms that provide quality health care, lower costs and restore the doctor-patient relationship." http://hudson.house.gov/press-releases/hudson-statement-on-obamacare-anniversary1/#.VaBBI3UVikq (hudson.house.gov)
  • "These are just a few reasons why I am so committed to repealing this law in its entirety and replacing it with real, patient-centered reforms that expand access to quality health care while actually lowering costs. We must get rid of this disastrous law because at the end of the day this is all about people." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/841513/newsletter-obamacare#.VaPKK3UViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The President's lawless actions reward those who come here illegally at the expense of legal immigrants who are following the law and waiting in line; these actions threaten American jobs by giving work permits to illegal immigrants over American workers; and these actions make it harder to deport convicted child predators by downgrading their priority for deportation." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/953856/upholding-the-rule-of-law/?search=illegal#.VaPODnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Granting amnesty to illegal immigrants would be an affront to the millions of legal immigrants and to the citizens of our great country." http://hudson.house.gov/immigration/#.VaPLfnUViko (hudson.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by the Christian Coalition of America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1467/rating/7752 (votesmart.org)
  • "Richard believes that marriage should always be a sacred union between one man and one woman." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/674843/issue-position-traditional-marriage#.VaPT4XUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Additionally, this resolution authorizes arming and training appropriately vetted opposition fighters in the battle against ISIS. While I continue to have deep concerns about President Obama’s leadership in this conflict and remain skeptical that his strategy will be sufficient, I do believe it is important to take necessary steps to defeat this barbaric enemy." http://hudson.house.gov/press-releases/hudson-votes-to-lock-in-preobama-spending-levels-and-combat-isis/#.VaPW5nUViko (hudson.house.gov)
  • "We must identify individuals who pose a threat, such as extremists with Western passports who have joined the fight in Iraq or Syria, and take the necessary steps to protect the homeland." http://hudson.house.gov/common/popup/popup.cfm?action=item.print&itemID=604 (hudson.house.gov)
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

  • Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/136448/richard-hudson/#.VaPZonUViko (votesmart.org)

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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.

North Carolina Congressional Election 2014 Political Courage Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

Pro-lifeCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles
NoIn order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
NoCandidate AnswerIn order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Other or expanded principles
Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles

I believe we need true campaign-finance reform that includes more transparency. We should require more frequent online reporting. We should eliminate 527s and force full disclosure so the voters know who is paying for political advertisements.

YesDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesDo you support lowering taxes as a way of promoting growth in the economy?
NoDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support building the Keystone XL pipeline?
YesDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles
NoDo you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Other or expanded principles
YesInferred Answer Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations
  • Richard Hudson. Project Vote Smart 2012 North Carolina Political Courage Test. Selected "No Answer" for: "Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?" Immigration: Other or expanded principles: "We have got to secure the border and stop the flow of illegal immigrants. Then we need to reform the legal immigration system so it is easier to come here legally than illegally. We need to reform our visa system so that we issue visas based on employer needs, not based on a lottery. We also need to end "birth right citizenship." Once we acheive these reforms, then we can consider what to do with illegal immigrants who are already here. They should never have a path to citizenship, but we need to deal with them compassionately and humanely."
  • Richard Hudson. Issue Position: Immigration. 20 March 2012. "Richard opposes illegal immigration in all forms. He believes government should discontinue offering public assistance to illegals to discourage them from coming to America illegally. Richard will fight to build the entire fence along the Southern Border of the United States and believes securing the border is the necessary first step in reforming our immigration policy. He opposes amnesty for illegals and will work to ensure that illegals convicted of crimes are swiftly deported upon the completion of their sentence." (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Hudson. Project Vote Smart 2012 North Carolina Political Courage Test. Selected "No Answer" for: "Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?" Immigration: Other or expanded principles: "We have got to secure the border and stop the flow of illegal immigrants. Then we need to reform the legal immigration system so it is easier to come here legally than illegally. We need to reform our visa system so that we issue visas based on employer needs, not based on a lottery. We also need to end "birth right citizenship." Once we acheive these reforms, then we can consider what to do with illegal immigrants who are already here. They should never have a path to citizenship, but we need to deal with them compassionately and humanely."
  • Richard Hudson. Issue Position: Immigration. 20 March 2012. "Richard opposes illegal immigration in all forms. He believes government should discontinue offering public assistance to illegals to discourage them from coming to America illegally. Richard will fight to build the entire fence along the Southern Border of the United States and believes securing the border is the necessary first step in reforming our immigration policy. He opposes amnesty for illegals and will work to ensure that illegals convicted of crimes are swiftly deported upon the completion of their sentence." (votesmart.org)
  • "Granting amnesty to illegal immigrants would be an affront to the millions of legal immigrants and to the citizens of our great country." http://hudson.house.gov/immigration/#.VaPLfnUViko (hudson.house.gov)
  • "The President's lawless actions reward those who come here illegally at the expense of legal immigrants who are following the law and waiting in line; these actions threaten American jobs by giving work permits to illegal immigrants over American workers; and these actions make it harder to deport convicted child predators by downgrading their priority for deportation." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/953856/upholding-the-rule-of-law/?search=illegal#.VaPODnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Granting amnesty to illegal immigrants would be an affront to the millions of legal immigrants and to the citizens of our great country." http://hudson.house.gov/immigration/#.VaPLfnUViko (hudson.house.gov)
  • "The President's lawless actions reward those who come here illegally at the expense of legal immigrants who are following the law and waiting in line; these actions threaten American jobs by giving work permits to illegal immigrants over American workers; and these actions make it harder to deport convicted child predators by downgrading their priority for deportation." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/953856/upholding-the-rule-of-law/?search=illegal#.VaPODnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Granting amnesty to illegal immigrants would be an affront to the millions of legal immigrants and to the citizens of our great country." http://hudson.house.gov/immigration/#.VaPLfnUViko (hudson.house.gov)
  • "The President's lawless actions reward those who come here illegally at the expense of legal immigrants who are following the law and waiting in line; these actions threaten American jobs by giving work permits to illegal immigrants over American workers; and these actions make it harder to deport convicted child predators by downgrading their priority for deportation." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/953856/upholding-the-rule-of-law/?search=illegal#.VaPODnUViko (votesmart.org)
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
YesShould the U.S use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the United States from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
Other or expanded principles
Spending
Indicate what federal spending levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.
Slightly Decreasea) Agriculture
Greatly Decreaseb) Arts
Slightly Decreasec) Defense
Greatly Decreased) Education
Greatly Decreasee) Environment
Slightly Decreasef) Homeland Security
Greatly Decreaseg) International aid
Slightly Decreaseh) Medical Research
Slightly Decreasei) Scientific Research
Greatly Decreasej) Space exploration
Eliminatek) United Nations
Greatly Decreasel) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories
Taxes
Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.
Eliminatea) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Decreaseb) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusc) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Maintain Statusd) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Maintain Statuse) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
f) Income taxes (low-income families)
g) Income taxes (middle-income families)
h) Income taxes (high-income families)
Eliminatei) Inheritance taxes
j) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories

f,g,h,j: We need tax reform that broadens and flattens tax rates and eliminates many of the loop holes.

Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

First, we need to get the economy moving by eliminating burdensome regulations, reforming the tax code, establishing an "all of the above" energy policy and replacing ObamaCare with market reforms in health care. Second, we need to dramatically reduce spending, balance the budget and start paying down the national debt. Finally, we need real immigration reform. We need to close the borders first and foremost, end "birth right citizenship," and then we can reform the legal immigration system so we can track immigrants, verify citizenship for employment, and then we can have a worker program that meets our workforce needs.

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