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Bill Driscoll

Bill Driscoll's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Bill Driscoll
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Lisa; 2 Children: John Saul, Anna
Home City: Tacoma, WA
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Bill Driscoll 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

  • Paul Gottlieb. Peninsula Daily News: CORRECTED: Congressional hopefuls Driscoll, Kilmer use Sequim forum to show differences — and some surprising similarities. 26 August 2012. “Both also said they were pro-choice. Both said they want to see abortion be “rare.” Driscoll added that he wanted to “depoliticize” the abortion debate and protect people's 'religious freedom of conscience.'” (www.peninsuladailynews.com)
  • Chris Cook. Forks Forum: Congressional candidate Bill Driscoll makes campaign stop in Forks. 5 September 2012. “The candidate's [Driscoll] talk hit on financially conservative points, but showed support for liberal social issues in declaring support for gay marriage and pro-choice abortion rights.” (www.forksforum.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bill Driscoll. Issue Position: A Strong National Defense & More Cautious Foreign Policy. 1 January 2012. “In Afghanistan, I was stationed in a small forward base. I worked closely with Afghan leaders in an effort to build better relationships with coalition forces. It was difficult and sometimes dangerous work, but it was also vital to the U.S. mission to leave behind a stable and safe nation. Today, I believe that civilian agencies must take the lead on nation building.” (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mark St. J. Couhig. Sequim Gazette: Driscoll, Kilmer stake out their positions. 29 August 2012. “Sixth Congressional District candidates Bill Driscoll and Derek Kilmer drew a packed house for an early morning debate at the Sunland Golf and Country Club on Friday, Aug. 24. After listening to the two agree on a number of topics, including the economy (both say it’s the biggest issue in the election), abortion rights (both want abortions safe, legal and rare), inefficiency in military spending (both say there’s lots of it) and signing anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist’s no new taxes pledge (both said no), Clallam County Sheriff Bill Benedict got the ball rolling, asking each to name a topic on which they disagreed.” (www.sequimgazette.com)
  • Bill Driscoll. Issue Position: A Strong National Defense & More Cautious Foreign Policy. 1 January 2012. “I support a more cautious foreign policy that uses force only as a last resort. I will oppose any action that too casually risks American lives […] I believe in a strong national defense. I will work to ensure that America maintains Armed Forces able to protect our global strategic interests and provide a credible deterrent to any possible enemy. We must ensure our men and women have the equipment and training to prevail if, and when, they are sent into harm's way.” (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Driscoll. Issue Position: Balance the Budget Through Bi-Partisan Solutions. 1 January 2012. “we must look for savings in the federal budget. As a Marine, I believe I can help find waste in the federal defense budget, particularly in the procurement of new weapons and vehicles […] a more cautious foreign policy is a more affordable foreign policy. Being more careful with the use of force will save American lives and money.” (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

  • Bill Driscoll. Issue Position: Balance the Budget Through Bi-Partisan Solutions. 1 January 2012. “I oppose increasing tax rates because our economy simply can't take the shock at this time.” (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Driscoll. The News Tribune: 2012 Voter Guide. “We must balance the federal budget. A fairer and flatter tax code with fewer politically motivated tax exemptions must be adopted.” (c3.thevoterguide.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bill Driscoll. Biography. 17 July 2012. “'People make jobs, not government,' says Bill. Driscoll knows that sustainable job growth is possible only through the private sector, but when governments try to pick winners and losers we get crony capitalism and failures like the Obama administration project Solyndra.” (electbilldriscoll.org)
  • Bill Driscoll. Issue Position: A Plan for Local Jobs. 1 January 2012. “My jobs plan is straightfoward: […] Improve local roads and infrastructure. Support public education.” (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bill Driscoll. Biography. 17 July 2012. “'People make jobs, not government,' says Bill. Driscoll knows that sustainable job growth is possible only through the private sector, but when governments try to pick winners and losers we get crony capitalism and failures like the Obama administration project Solyndra.” (electbilldriscoll.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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
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

  • Bill Driscoll. The News Tribune: 2012 Voter Guide. Responded “I oppose cap and trade. The total cost of the carbon credits was vastly greater than needed to change behavior, revealing this policy was less about combating climate change than adopting a destructive and costly new federal tax.” to the question: “Do you favor a "cap-and-trade" system that would regulate the greenhouse-gas emissions that cause climate change? If so, why? If not, do you favor some alternative for addressing the problem?” (c3.thevoterguide.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? 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 Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bill Driscoll. Facebook: Wall. 28 June 2012. “While I would vote to repeal the health care law, I would also work across party lines to re-adopt its successful provisions as well as other reforms which are meant to increase access to health care and lower costs.” (www.facebook.com)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bill Driscoll. The News Tribune: 2012 Voter Guide. Responded “I believe in federalism and the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and I trust states to make this decision for themselves. I believe every citizen should be treated equally.” to the question: “Should Congress repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and make same-sex marriage legal under federal law? Why or why not?” (c3.thevoterguide.org)
  • Rob Ollikainen. Peninsula Daily News: GOP congressional hopefuls debate on issues. 17 July 2012. “Likewise, Driscoll said he believes gay marriage and abortion are states-rights issues.” [...] “And I also believe that marriage should be between one man and one woman.” (www.peninsuladailynews.com)
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.
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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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