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Ron DeSantis' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (FL) - District 6, Republican
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Ron DeSantis 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.

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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

  • Cosponsored and voted in favor for H.R.36 "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/53364 (votesmart.org)
  • "Ron is pro-life and believes society should foster a culture of life." https://www.desantis2016.com/issues/culture-of-life/ (www.desantis2016.com)
  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/137630/ron-desantis/2 (votesmart.org)
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

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 622 "State and Local Sales Tax Deduction Fairness Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/53297#.VbaU1HUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a pledge stating "I, Ron DeSantis, pledge to the taxpayers of the 6th district of the state of Florida and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." http://www.atr.org/atr-releases-list-federal-pledge-signers-a7140 (www.atr.org)
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

  • "Congress should not authorize billions in new borrowing without offsetting expenditures in other areas. If a family maxes out its credit cards and faces the need for new spending, it is forced to prioritize by reducing its spending in other areas. Here, Congress has failed even to attempt to identify reductions in nonessential spending." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/761944/rep-desantis-says-no-to-new-debt#.VbaV1HUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Ron knows that we can start growing our economy if we stop growing government." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/683726/#.VaggEvlViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor H.R.37 "Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50971#.Vabiy_lViko (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a pledge stating "I, Ron DeSantis, pledge to the taxpayers of the 6th district of the state of Florida and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." http://www.atr.org/atr-releases-list-federal-pledge-signers-a7140 (www.atr.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I am committed to removing federal mandates on K-12 education and enabling our local and state officials to make educational decisions in the best interest of our students, parents, and teachers." https://www.desantis2016.com/endcommoncore/ (www.desantis2016.com)
  • Sunshine State News "We should at least repeal No Child Left Behind and Obama's Race to the Top." http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/story/ron-desantis-lighting-fire-under-congress-cd-65 (www.sunshinestatenews.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.Vabg1PlViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.3 "Keystone XL Pipeline Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50797 (votesmart.org)
No 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

  • Signed a letter stating, "Ensuring that our nation's patchwork tax code undergoes significant reform is a noble goal and, as part of this process, we believe Congress should stop picking winners and losers and finally end the wind PTC." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/914004/letter-to-john-boehner-speaker-of-the-house-and-kevin-mccarthy-majority-leader-of-the-house-end-the-wind-production-tax-credit (votesmart.org)
  • "Government needs to stop picking winners in losers in the marketplace. We must utilize America’s energy resources in a way that benefits the American consumer." https://www.desantis2016.com/issues/the-middle-class-squeeze-and-rising-cost-of-living/ (www.desantis2016.com)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.J.Res.23 "A Joint Resolution Providing for Congressional Disapproval Under Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code, of a Rule Submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency Relating to "Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54616 (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.1040 "Prohibits Implementation of Certain Climate Assessments" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/49367#.VbJK5nUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I, Ron DeSantis, pledge to the American people that I will oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/807634/americans-for-prosperity-no-climate-tax#.VlY6omwViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.1098 "Prohibits District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/49464 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/137630/ron-desantis/37 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "He will call for the full and complete repeal of ObamaCare […]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/683726/issue-position-ron-will-campaign-on/?search=obamacare#.VlY9UWwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51284#.Vabj2PlViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.45 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51284#.Vabj2PlViko (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

  • Voted in favor of H.R.5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50625 (votesmart.org)
  • "And make no mistake, by issuing work permits to illegal immigrants, the President's edict will have serious policy consequences: it will fuel more illegal immigration, thereby exacerbating the problem, will further disadvantage legal immigrants and U.S. citizens seeking to utilize our immigration system in accordance with the laws of our land, and will put a downward pressure on the wages of American blue collar workers." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/938312/desantis-president-has-acted-outside-the-constitutional-system-and-violated-the-public-trust#.VbaZ4HUVhH (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe that illegal immigration is a major problem that undermines the rule of law. We must enforce the laws we have on the books, secure our borders and deny special benefits to illegal immigrants such as in-state tuition rates. This approach is best for American citizens and is fair to those who have taken the time and effort to go through the legal immigration process." http://jacksonville.com/opinion/blog/403455/matt-dixon/2012-08-02/americas-toughest-sheriff-backs-ron-desantis (jacksonville.com)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "In fact, during the Supreme Court arguments in the same-sex marriage cases, the Obama administration’s Solicitor General admitted that the government could use a Supreme Court opinion constitutionalizing the redefinition of marriage to threaten the tax exempt status of religious institutions that maintain adherence to long-standing doctrines about marriage." https://www.desantis2016.com/issues/religious-liberty-marriage/ (www.desantis2016.com)
  • Rated 0% by Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/137630/ron-desantis/76#.VbaaP3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Congress failed to do anything to protect our nation from terrorist infiltration by the thousands of U.S. citizens and citizens of western nations who have joined ISIS. Nor did Congress do anything that would interdict the financing of ISIS or authorize our armed forces to destroy the personnel, equipment, and bases of ISIS. Instead, Congress authorized the President to give U.S. weapons to mujahideen fighters in Syria, the so-called moderate Islamist rebels. These mujahideen fighters are not dependable allies and will use the weapons to pursue their own interests. We cannot subcontract out our national security policies to Islamist rebels. The President's strategy is insufficient to achieve success." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/922596/desantis-do-not-arm-the-syrian-mujahideen (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown 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 believes in strengthening and preserving Social Security so that senior citizens receive the benefits they are due." https://www.desantis2016.com/issues/social-security/ (www.desantis2016.com)
  • Rated 3% by Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/137630/ron-desantis/53 (votesmart.org)

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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