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Ron Barber

Ron Barber's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Ron Barber
Office: U.S. House (AZ) - District 2, Democratic
First Elected: 06/12/2012
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Announced, Democratic for U.S. House - District 2
Primary Aug. 26, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Nancy; 2 Children: Jenny, Crissi
Birth Date: 08/25/1945
Birth Place: Wakefield, England
Home City: Tucson, AZ
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Ron Barber 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.

What is the Political Courage Test?

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

  • Ron Barber. Twitter: @RonBarber. 16 March 2012. "HB2625 is wrong for AZ. Government should get out of people's personal medical decisions and concentrate on putting people back to work." (twitter.com)
  • Ron Barber for Congress: Statement from Ron Barber on Women's Equality Day. 26 August 2012. " ¦ I believe steadfastly that we must protect a woman's right to make her own healthcare decisions." (ronbarberforcongress.com)
No Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ron Barber. 2012 Phoenix Arizona Election Questionnaire for Congress. Responded "I believe that we must focus on helping the Afghan people stand up and provide their own security, but after more than a decade, we cannot keep our service members in that country much longer. That is why I support the strategic partnership agreement put forward by the Pentagon. By the end of the summer, 23,000 troops will be returning home, with the rest continuing at a "steady pace" over the next year and a half." to the question: "What should be the U.S. policy toward Iraq and Afghanistan moving forward?" to the question: "What should be the U.S. policy toward Iraq and Afghanistan moving forward?" www.azcentral.com/news/politics/2012questionnaires/results.php?id=barberr
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ron Barber. Twitter: @RepRonBarber. 1 August 2012. "Looming $1.2 trillion automatic cuts in defense and domestic programs will cause serious harm to Southern Arizona." (twitter.com)
  • Brady McCombs. Arizona Daily-Star: Barber, McSally offer their ideas to fix US debt. 18 September 2012. "Congress must also search for duplication of efforts in government programs and cut down on Medicare fraud. With defense spending, he said there should be analysis of which weapons systems are needed." (azstarnet.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

  • Ron Barber. 2012 Phoenix Arizona Election Questionnaire for Congress. Responded "We should let the Bush tax cuts for the highest brackets expire. If we did this, earnings under $250,000 would be taxed at the current rate, but earnings over $250,000 would be taxed at the same rate as the 1990s"which is, not coincidentally, the last time we had a balanced budget." to the question: "Should wealthy Americans pay more in taxes?" www.azcentral.com/news/politics/2012questionnaires/results.php?id=barberr
  • Ron Barber. Fiscal Responsibility. 18 September 2012. "He voted to keep taxes low for families earning less than $250,000 each year, and to end tax cuts for the richest Americans." (ronbarberforcongress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ron Barber. Statement by Ron Barber on Labor Day. 3 September 2012. "My priority in Congress is to take action that will help our economy recover and get people back to work. That's why I voted to bring new infrastructure jobs to Southern Arizona and to keep taxes low for middle class families. It's why I am going to keep working to ensure that we invest in education and job training programs that will help workers right here in Southern Arizona." (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Barber. Statement by Ron Barber on Democratic Primary Election for Arizona's 2nd Congressional District. 28 August 2012. "I am committed to creating jobs by rebuilding our infrastructure, investing in education, and expanding the bioscience, high-tech, and solar industries in Southern Arizona." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ron Barber. Issues: Jobs and the Economy. 26 September 2012. "We must focus on small businesses. Small businesses create the lion's share of the new jobs in America. Ron and his wife Nancy owned and operated a small business for 22 years, so he knows what it takes for local businesses to succeed, grow and create good jobs. Ron will continue to work to cut red tape, regulations and tax policies that hold back our businesses." (ronbarberforcongress.com)
  • Ron Barber. Standing Up for the Middle Class. 18 September 2012. "Ron will continue to work to cut red tape, regulations and tax policies that hold back our businesses." (ronbarberforcongress.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

  • Ron Barber. 2012 Phoenix Arizona Election Questionnaire for Congress. Responded "I support the No Child Left Behind waivers that have been granted to Arizona and many other states." to the question: "What should the federal government's role in education be?" www.azcentral.com/news/politics/2012questionnaires/results.php?id=barberr
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • League of Conservation Voters. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. League of Conservation Voters endorsed Ron Barber in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Ron Barber. 2012 Phoenix Arizona Election Questionnaire for Congress. Responded "As a country we must take responsible steps to curb carbon emissions and preserve our environment for current and future generations. Cap-and-trade legislation has been considered in Congress before and did not receive the support it needed to move forward. I hope to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to find a comprehensive energy solution that will succeed, lowering energy costs for American families investing in renewable and clean energy sources for the future like solar and wind." to the question: "Would you support a cap-and-trade-style measure to address climate change?" www.azcentral.com/news/politics/2012questionnaires/results.php?id=barberr
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ron Barber. Personal Liberty. 18 September 2012. "Politicians who have too much to say about your personal freedoms aren't actually interested in protecting them. A person's right to responsibly own and operate firearms is ensured by the Constitution. Ron has pledged to protect all of your Constitutional rights." (ronbarberforcongress.com)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ron Barber. Twitter: @RepRonBarber. 11 July 2012. "I will vote today against repeal of the Affordable Care Act. This is political theater. Fix the law, don't toss it out." (twitter.com)
  • Ron Barber. Phoenix Arizona Election Questionnaire for Congress, RON BARBER. "The Affordable Care Act is far from perfect. However, there are key pieces of the legislation that move us in the right direction [¦] Certainly, more can be done to bring down the cost of health care for individuals and for small businesses"and we should be working to fix those pieces of the law [¦] We should push to fix the parts of the law that should be fixed, not throw the baby out with the bathwater." www.azcentral.com/news/politics/2012questionnaires/results.php?id=barberr
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

  • Bill Hess. San Pedro Valley News-Sun: Dever, Barber reply to President easing of illegal immigration enforcement. 20 June 2012. "Barber stated he does not see the president's action as amnesty, something which the congressman-elect said he does not support. "The federal government has failed to fix our broken immigration system, or secure the border effectively. We in Arizona have paid a heavy price for these failures," Barber said. However, there is no reason for young people, who through no fault of their own were brought into the United States illegally, to be targeted, Barber said. He noted some have joined the nation's military and have served well. "Those who put their lives on the line protecting our country have earned a path to citizenship," the congressman-elect said, as an example of why the younger generation should be allowed to remain." (www.bensonnews-sun.com)
  • Ron Barber. 2012 Phoenix Arizona Election Questionnaire for Congress. "Those here illegally must be required to pass criminal background checks, pay fines and back taxes, learn English and go to the back of the line" to the question: "Would you support some sort of a pathway to legal status for illegal immigrants who are already in the country and in many cases have been here for years?" www.azcentral.com/news/politics/2012questionnaires/results.php?id=barberr
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ron Barber. Phoenix Arizona Election Questionnaire for Congress. Responded "The Defense of Marriage Act was a step in the wrong direction--and I am proud to co-sponsor the Respect for Marriage Act, which will repeal the section of this law that denies marriage rights to many couples. If people want to make a lifelong commitment to one another, they should be able to have the same rights and responsibilities that my wife and I have shared during our 45 years of marriage." to the question: "Do you support or oppose gay marriage? And should the federal government maintain or repeal the Defense of Marriage Act?" www.azcentral.com/news/politics/2012questionnaires/results.php?id=barberr
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.
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

  • Ron Barber. 2012 Phoenix Arizona Election Questionnaire for Congress. Responded "I have pledged to protect Social Security and Medicare, and make sure that it is available to future generations." to question: " Do you support entitlement reform and, if so, what kind?" www.azcentral.com/news/politics/2012questionnaires/results.php?id=barberr
  • Ron Barber. Trying to Decide Your Vote in in CD8? 23 May 2012. "Medicare and Social Security are investments that people have made all of their lives and they should be expecting that they're going be there when they retire. ¦ Certainly [my opponent] Mr. Kelly has repeatedly said he would like to privatize and eliminate and phase out these programs. That's wrong for Southern Arizona seniors. It's wrong for American seniors across the nation. My work when I go to Congress will be to make sure we protect those programs and increase their solvency beyond 2024 for Medicare and beyond 2033 for Social Security. It can be done but privatization and voucher systems is not the way to go." (www.azpm.org)

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