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Richard Carmona's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Richard Carmona 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

  • Richard Carmona. Video: Senate Candidate Dr. Richard Carmona at Arizona Democratic Party Statewide Meeting. 22 January 2012. "My job was to be the doctor of the nation [¦] Issues of choice, which I was always very clear on all the time about choice. Always Pro Choice, and I have never wavered from that." (youtu.be)
  • Richard Carmona. Video: US Senate Candidate Richard Carmona Interview. 28 January 2012. Responded: "Well Clearly choice. First and foremost it is a womans choice, and I would never consider legislating reproductive rights of a woman" to the question " What particularly about women's issues do you want to differentiate yourself from Republicans on?" (youtu.be)
  • Richard Carmona. Priorities. 1 January 2012. "Throughout my time as U.S. Surgeon General, I remained steadfast in my belief that every woman should have access to comprehensive health care, including retaining access to reproductive health care options and FDA-approved prescription contraceptives. As a medical doctor, I know that a woman's access and choice of reproductive health care options is an intensely personal decision left best decided by a woman and her physician." (www.carmonaforarizona.com)
  • Richard Carmona. Tucson Weekly: Doctor's Orders. 28 Jue 2012. "It's a decision that should be made between a woman and her physician. Period. We should not have elected officials, on either side of the aisle, telling a woman how she should practice her reproductive health care." (www.tucsonweekly.com)
No Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Richard Carmona. Video: Senate Candidate Dr. Richard Carmona at Arizona Democratic Party Statewide Meeting. 22 January 2012. Answered: "I think we need to start withdrawing. [¦] We need to get out, but we need to get out with dignity and respect" to the question: "How would you vote on funding for war, for the pentagon, for anymore" (youtu.be)
  • Richard Carmona. Video: US Senate Candidate Richard Carmona Interview. Responded: "Withdraw over time but do it with dignity and respect and hopefully leave some stability in those nations that they can start to rebuild" to the question: "What's your position on U.S. Involvement overseas, the middle east, Afghanistan?" (youtu.be)
  • Richard Carmona. 2012 Phoenix Arizona Election Questionnaire for Congress. Responded: "After doing all we can to train the Iraqi and Afghan police and military and removing our active duty personnel, I believe we have a responsibility to both Iraq and Afghanistan to continue to assist their transition to becoming independent states. But that assistance should not include additional U.S. military commitments in either country. It's time to bring our troops home." to the question: "What should be the U.S. policy toward Iraq and Afghanistan moving forward?" (www.azcentral.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? 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 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 Carmona. Balancing the Budget Responsibly. 20 September 2012. "And before we even discuss cutting benefits or raising taxes, we should ensure that we all pay our fair share in taxes, including corporations that dodge their tax responsibilities. " (www.carmonaforarizona.com)
  • Richard Carmona. Issue Position: Balancing the Budget Responsibily. 1 January 2012. "The federal deficit and the rising federal debt are threatening to undermine the long-term economic competitiveness of our nation. The career politicians in Washington who created this mess won't be the ones to clean it up. We need leaders in Washington to stop their partisan bickering and focus on getting our financial house in order. The first step we can take is to stop wasteful spending and ensure that tax dollars are being used smartly and efficiently [¦] And before we even discuss cutting benefits or raising taxes, we should ensure that we all pay our fair share in taxes, including corporations that dodge their tax responsibilities." (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Carmona. 2012 Phoenix Arizona Election Questionnaire for Congress. Responded: "Our tax code is unfair at both ends of the spectrum. What bothers me isn't the rate the wealthiest Americans pay, it's the fact that if you have the means you can find ways to dodge your responsibility. The real question is whether everyone is paying their fair share, including large corporations that make dodging their tax responsibilities a sport, yet leave working families holding the bag. While everyone acknowledges this goes on, Congress is looking the other way." to the question: "Should wealthy Americans pay more in taxes?" (www.azcentral.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Richard Carmona. Arizona Daily Star : 'How Will You Create Jobs for Arizonans, Both Urban and Rural?'. 16 September 2012. "Those are some immediate steps we can take, but we also need to ensure our future economic security. To do that, we need comprehensive tax reform that makes our tax code simpler and fairer, invest in infrastructure and expand educational opportunities to make sure we have a quality workforce." (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Carmona. Carmona Statement on the Transportation Bill. 30 June 2012. "By an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote, Congress today reauthorized a transportation bill that funds road, bridge and transit projects supporting 2.8 million jobs nationwide - thousands of which are here in Arizona. It supports vital infrastructure projects that will help our economy recover, and provides enormous opportunity for growth and job creation here at home [¦] One of these potential projects is an interstate that would connect Phoenix and Las Vegas through a public-private partnership. The Hassayampa Freeway is a project years in the making and a great example of how our public and private sectors can work together for universal benefit. This project would not only create much needed construction jobs, but it has the potential of creating thousands more in a variety of different sectors by improving mobility and trade for Arizona businesses." (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

  • Richard Carmona. 2012 Phoenix Arizona Election Questionnaire for Congress. Responded "One of the best ways the federal government can help stimulate growth is by reducing their tax burden, providing a sense of certainty and restoring confidence in government. What can help in the short-term is providing hiring incentives and tax breaks for small businesses, especially targeted toward hiring our returning veterans" to the question: "What is the best way for the federal government to help stimulate economic growth?" (www.azcentral.com)
  • Richard Carmona. Arizona Daily Star: Guest Column 'How will you create jobs for Arizonans, both urban and rural?'. 16 September 2012. "We should also be expanding hiring incentives for small businesses that want to grow, but are scared by the risk of hiring new employees." (azstarnet.com)
Yes Inferred 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

  • Richard Carmona. 2012 Phoenix Arizona Election Questionnaire for Congress. Responded "The federal government has two unique but related roles in public education. The federal government provides financial support and through those funds can incentivize innovation. It also provides structure and coordination for national education initiatives. Those are critical roles, and the federal government should continue to play them. However, our schools still need a local focus and the freedom to create policies that are most beneficial to the needs of students in individual communities." to the question: "What should the federal government's role in education be?" (www.azcentral.com)
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

  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Richard Carmona in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Carmona. 2012 Phoenix Arizona Election Questionnaire for Congress. Responded: "The 2010 House-passed 'cap and trade' bill did not offer a solution to the problem, nor would imposing a 'carbon tax.' We can achieve energy independence and address global climate change by using everything in the tool shed -- from transitioning to the clean energy sector to expanding our use of domestic energy resources." to the question: "Would you support a cap-and-trade-style measure to address climate change?" (www.azcentral.com)
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.
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Richard Carmona. 2012 Phoenix Arizona Election Questionnaire for Congress. Responded: "The Affordable Care Act does contain laudable first steps that help address health disparities and the access inequities of the current system, but it also has major flaws. But until we have leaders courageous enough to deal seriously and apolitically with a costly and ineffective business model, we won't make the reforms needed to cut costs, encourage prevention and adopt healthier lifestyles." to the question: "Do you support President Obama's health-care reforms? Why or why not?" (www.azcentral.com)
  • Richard Carmona. Video: Senate Candidate Dr. Richard Carmona at Arizona Democratic Party Statewide Meeting. 22 January 2012. "Yes I support it [¦] I think what the President did was brave. To move forward with a plan to try and insure that every American has access to a basic set of healthcare benefits. Clearly it's where I am 100%, and I advocated that as Sugeon General." (youtu.be)
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

  • Richard Carmona. Video: Dr. Richard Carmona on Opportunity and the DREAM Act. 5 May 2012 "The DREAM Act to me is essential because if you look at all these youngsters, some of whom are here tonight, it is incumbent upon society, it is our responsibility to determine are they going to become an asset to society, or a liability to society. We have power to make that decision.[...] It's about what are nation is all about. [...] Because there was a chance for opportunities, aspirations way beyond what you could dream of that you couldn't get in the old country that you could get here." (youtu.be)
  • Richard Carmona. 2012 Phoenix Arizona Election Questionnaire for Congress. Responded "Approximately half of those in the United States illegally have overstayed their visas that first allowed their legal entry. I would support a pathway to earn legal status as part of a comprehensive approach that is practical and fair. This includes securing the border and enacting the DREAM Act." 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)
  • Richard Carmona.. Priorities. "We should also pass the DREAM Act that creates a path to legalization for children, who, through no fault of their own, were brought into this country at a young age, have worked hard and are either going to college or have enlisted in the military." (www.carmonaforarizona.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Richard Carmona. 2012 Phoenix Arizona Election Questionnaire for Congress. Responded: "We shouldn't have to legislate equality in the United States of America. I believe that all Americans should be entitled to the same rights and protections as all other Americans, including marriage, domestic benefits and equal protections in the workplace" 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)
  • Richard Carmona. News. 24 August 2012. "It is a shame we have to legislate equality [¦] But if that is what it takes, then I'm absolutely supportive of the Democratic plank that supports marriage equality." (www.carmonaforarizona.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

  • Richard Carmona. Issue Position: Our National Security. 1 January 2012. "Terrorism also remains a paramount concern. Although we have defeated Osama bin Laden and severely weakened al Qaeda, terrorists are still out there and still threaten the United States. We must remain vigilant about terrorism and be adept in fighting it in all its incarnations." (votesmart.org)
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

  • Richard Carmona. Preserving Social Security and Medicare. 20 September 2012 "I do not support efforts to privatize Social Security and strongly oppose the use of the Social Security Trust Fund as a slush fund for other federal spending." (www.carmonaforarizona.com)

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