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Scott Soffen's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Scott Soffen has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Scott Soffen is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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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 2014, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Unknown Position Unknown Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? 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 Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "A budget that is balanced over the long-term is a moral and economic imperative. A smaller federal government is the best way to accomplish this." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "A budget that is balanced over the long-term is a moral and economic imperative. A smaller federal government is the best way to accomplish this." (votesmart.org)
  • "A budget that is balanced over the long-term is a moral and economic imperative. A smaller federal government is the best way to accomplish this." (votesmart.org)
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

  • "Greater competition, with some schools succeeding and other schools failing, should ultimately lead to a better "product". Parents want choice -- students want choice -- who doesn't want choice? Regulations should be adjusted to encourage the establishment of charter schools, and vouchers and/or a tax credits should be available to those parents who wish to send their children to private" (votesmart.org)
  • "Greater competition, with some schools succeeding and other schools failing, should ultimately lead to a better "product". Parents want choice -- students want choice -- who doesn't want choice? Regulations should be adjusted to encourage the establishment of charter schools, and vouchers and/or a tax credits should be available to those parents who wish to send their children to private" (votesmart.org)
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.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? 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 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

  • "If the goal of Obamacare was to insure the country's 45 million uninsured, it has been a dismal failure. According the Wall Street Journal, only 11% of the 2.2 million people who signed up for health insurance through the health care exchange were previously uninsured. An alternative to Obamacare is deregulation -- the same deregulation that allowed Southwest Airlines to disrupt the airline market. Health insurance should be purchased by individuals rather than their employers, guaranteed-renewable, and portable. Insurers want to sell this insurance, and consumers want to buy it. What's stopping the free market from operating is tax law and regulation." (votesmart.org)
  • "If the goal of Obamacare was to insure the country's 45 million uninsured, it has been a dismal failure. According the Wall Street Journal, only 11% of the 2.2 million people who signed up for health insurance through the health care exchange were previously uninsured. An alternative to Obamacare is deregulation -- the same deregulation that allowed Southwest Airlines to disrupt the airline market. Health insurance should be purchased by individuals rather than their employers, guaranteed-renewable, and portable. Insurers want to sell this insurance, and consumers want to buy it. What's stopping the free market from operating is tax law and regulation." (votesmart.org)
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

  • "We should open our doors to immigrants, rather than hide behind a wall of xenophobia." (votesmart.org)
  • "We should open our doors to immigrants, rather than hide behind a wall of xenophobia." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The First Amendment that references free speech and freedom of religion implies a freedom of beliefs. As such, the government should not impose the ethics of the majority upon the minority. To the extent that no one else is harmed, people should be free to think and behave as they choose. The government should not have one set of marriage, tax, and inheritance rules for heterosexuals, and a different set of marriage, tax, and inheritance rules for homosexuals. All people should be treated equally." (votesmart.org)
  • "The First Amendment that references free speech and freedom of religion implies a freedom of beliefs. As such, the government should not impose the ethics of the majority upon the minority. To the extent that no one else is harmed, people should be free to think and behave as they choose. The government should not have one set of marriage, tax, and inheritance rules for heterosexuals, and a different set of marriage, tax, and inheritance rules for homosexuals. All people should be treated equally." (votesmart.org)
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.
Yes 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

  • "reform...social security and Medicare programs so that they provide a catastrophic safety-net rather than retirement funding..." (votesmart.org)
  • "reform...social security and Medicare programs so that they provide a catastrophic safety-net rather than retirement funding..." (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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