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Lisa Rochester's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (DE) - At-Large, Democratic
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Lisa Rochester 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-choice Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Women’s health care is under a relentless attack across the country. Republicans in Washington have voted over and over again to defund Planned Parenthood’s work providing cancer screening and health services to women in need. They have voted against a woman’s right to choose, and even refused to protect the medical records of victims of rape and incest from government invasion." https://lisabluntrochester.com/issues/womens-health (lisabluntrochester.com)
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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
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.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending 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.
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "In Congress I will advocate for tax credits for small businesses that allow them to get off the ground and make it easier for them to hire new workers." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1109608/issue-position-jobs (votesmart.org)
  • "No one who works 40 hours a week should be living in poverty. That's why I support raising the federal minimum wage to give families a raise while also providing tax relief to help cope with rising costs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1109608/issue-position-jobs (votesmart.org)
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.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? 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.
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We need to figure out long-term solutions to this problem by putting much tougher restrictions on who can own a gun and what those guns can do." https://lisabluntrochester.com/issues/preventing-gun-violence (lisabluntrochester.com)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Protecting and strengthening Obamacare is vital to the interests of our state. The Affordable Care Act has brought the rate of the uninsured down to historic lows, taking the burden off the backs of taxpayers and helped stabilize sky rocketing insurance rates." https://lisabluntrochester.com/issues (lisabluntrochester.com)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • "In Congress, I look forward to cosponsoring the Equality Act to end discrimination in the workplace. In addition, I will work to restore the honor of service members unfairly discharged during Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, create sensible protections for transgender soldiers, fight to safeguard older LGBT Americans, and prevent school bullying among other issues faced by LGBT Americans every day." https://lisabluntrochester.com/news/lisa-blunt-rochester-statement-lgbt-pride-month (lisabluntrochester.com)
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.
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

  • "Most Republicans in Washington want to gamble with our seniors’ wellbeing by privatizing Social Security and cutting Medicare, I’m running for Congress to ensure that doesn’t happen." https://lisabluntrochester.com/issues/social-securitymedicare (lisabluntrochester.com)

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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