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Val Demings' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (FL) - District 10, Democratic
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Val Demings 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.

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 2016, 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

  • "I will never let Washington politicians legislate personal decisions that belong to women and their doctors. I will work in Washington to expand paid Family and Medical leave, and work toward pay equity so women earn equal pay for equal work." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/684101/issue-position-women#.V3Z8anVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Endorsed by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/candidate/137637/val-demings#.V3Z7FnVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Endorsed by Emily's List http://votesmart.org/candidate/137637/val-demings#.V3Z7FnVTQfI (votesmart.org)
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

  • "Ending the Bush era tax cuts for the wealthy and investing in middle class families." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/684094/issue-position-jobs (votesmart.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.
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Invest in new technologies which will not only help families lower their energy bills but also create the jobs of the future." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/735611/issue-position-lets-reenergize-central-florida#.V3Z8anVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Invest in infrastructure improvements right here in Florida, like expanding high-speed rail in Orlando that will encourage continued tourism to our region." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/684094/issue-position-jobs#.V3Z8d3VTQfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? 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 Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? 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 Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? 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 government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Investing in new sources of alternative energy like wind, solar and biomass" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/684097/issue-position-energy (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Fighting Republican attempts to weaken the EPA" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/684099/issue-position-environment (votesmart.org)
  • "Capping carbon emissions to encourage industry to invest in alternative forms of energy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/684097/issue-position-energy (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "She will fight to protect President Obama’s progress from radical Republicans by […] Expanding background checks to keep guns out of the hands of terrorists, criminals and the mentally ill." http://www.valdemings.com/ (www.valdemings.com)
  • "Chief Demings will bring this experience to Washington, helping to push policies that will reduce gun violence and create safer neighborhoods." http://www.valdemings.com/issues (www.valdemings.com)
  • Rated 7% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/137637/val-demings#.V3Z8PXVTQfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "She will fight to protect President Obama’s progress from radical Republicans by […] Protecting the Affordable Care Act that provides health care to millions of Americans." http://www.valdemings.com/ (www.valdemings.com)
No 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

  • "I would support and expand the executive actions for Dreamers & their families. I support putting them on a path to citizenship." http://westorlandonews.com/2016-congressional-candidate-questionnaire-val-demings/ (westorlandonews.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? 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 National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? 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 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

  • "Chief Demings is committed to protecting Medicare and Social Security for our seniors. She will fight to ensure that our seniors who want to retire, can do so with the respect and dignity they deserve." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1103679/issue-position-jobs (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.

Project Vote Smart's Research: Click on this icon to reveal more information about this candidate's position.

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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