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Charles Djou's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Charles Djou has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Charles Djou 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.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Charles Djou supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Charles Djou supported the interests of the Family Research Council 33 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Charles Djou supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Philip Klein. The American Spectator: Djou Hopes for Hawaiian Surprise. 12 March 2010. “Yet when it came to abortion, he said he considered Roe v. Wade settled law, but supports parental notification, and opposes partial birth abortions as well as public funding of abortions.” (spectator.org)
  • Charles Djou. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Hawaii State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Charles Djou. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Hawaii State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Charles Djou. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Hawaii State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Charles Djou supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Charles Djou supported the interests of the Family Research Council 33 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Charles Djou supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Philip Klein. The American Spectator: Djou Hopes for Hawaiian Surprise. 12 March 2010. “Yet when it came to abortion, he said he considered Roe v. Wade settled law, but supports parental notification, and opposes partial birth abortions as well as public funding of abortions.” (spectator.org)
  • Charles Djou. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Hawaii State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Charles Djou. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Hawaii State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Charles Djou. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Hawaii State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
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

  • Charles Djou. Issue Position: Economy. 22 March 2012. “I have never voted for a tax increase, and will continue to make lowering taxes my priority. Low taxes, fiscal responsibility in Washington, and tax relief for families and small businesses will stimulate the economy and fuel the recovery.” (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Charles Djou supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 69 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Djou. Issues: Economy. 22 March 2012. “I have never voted for a tax increase, and will continue to make lowering taxes and simplifying the tax code my priority. Low taxes, fiscal responsibility in Washington, and tax relief for families and small businesses will stimulate the economy and fuel a more robust economic recovery.” (www.djou.com)
  • Charles Djou. Blog Djou Scores a Debate Victory. 15 May 2010. “'As we enter the final week of our campaign, voters are more than ever embracing our message of fiscal discipline, lowering taxes and job creation because they are tired of Washington's runaway spending and higher taxes,' said Djou. 'People want change in Washington and my record of never voting for a tax increase exemplifies the straightforward representation Hawaii needs and wants.'” (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Djou. Issue Position: Economy. 22 March 2012. “Getting the economy back on track begins with a clear vision. I believe that every resident of Hawai"i who is looking for a job should be able to find one. I have always made it a priority to lower taxes because reducing the tax burden allows you to keep more of your money for your family, to grow your business and to buy goods and services, which in turn fosters small business and job growth in our community. That is why I have never voted for a tax increase.” (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Djou. Spend, Spend, Spend. 20 July 2010. “It's time to cut spending and enact real, meaningful tax relief and put more money in the hands of the American people.” (votesmart.org)
  • "Certainty doesn't come from higher taxes. I have never voted for a tax increase, and will continue to make lowering taxes and simplifying the tax code my priority." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Charles Djou supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 69 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Djou. Issues: Economy. 22 March 2012. “I have never voted for a tax increase, and will continue to make lowering taxes and simplifying the tax code my priority. Low taxes, fiscal responsibility in Washington, and tax relief for families and small businesses will stimulate the economy and fuel a more robust economic recovery.” (www.djou.com)
  • Charles Djou. Blog Djou Scores a Debate Victory. 15 May 2010. “'As we enter the final week of our campaign, voters are more than ever embracing our message of fiscal discipline, lowering taxes and job creation because they are tired of Washington's runaway spending and higher taxes,' said Djou. 'People want change in Washington and my record of never voting for a tax increase exemplifies the straightforward representation Hawaii needs and wants.'” (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Djou. Issue Position: Economy. 22 March 2012. “Getting the economy back on track begins with a clear vision. I believe that every resident of Hawai"i who is looking for a job should be able to find one. I have always made it a priority to lower taxes because reducing the tax burden allows you to keep more of your money for your family, to grow your business and to buy goods and services, which in turn fosters small business and job growth in our community. That is why I have never voted for a tax increase.” (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Djou. Issue Position: Economy. 22 March 2012. “I have never voted for a tax increase, and will continue to make lowering taxes my priority. Low taxes, fiscal responsibility in Washington, and tax relief for families and small businesses will stimulate the economy and fuel the recovery.” (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Djou. Spend, Spend, Spend. 20 July 2010. “It's time to cut spending and enact real, meaningful tax relief and put more money in the hands of the American people.” (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We need bipartisan support to bring spending under control." (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Djou. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Charles Djou voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Charles Djou supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 75 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Charles Djou a rating of 79 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Djou. Spend, Spend, Spend. 20 July 2010. “It's time to cut spending and enact real, meaningful tax relief and put more money in the hands of the American people.” (votesmart.org)
  • Andrew Walden. Red County: Djou Unemployment increases under 'stimulus' spending. 1 August 2010. “'Working families and small businesses in our islands and around the country are struggling in this difficult economy. I have witnessed the effects of this struggle firsthand throughout my district. Yet the majority in Congress continue to insist that we need to spend our way out of this recession. The number one concern that my constituents shared with me last week as I held eight town halls was the growing federal debt and runaway federal spending. It’s clear to the voters in Hawaii’s First Congressional District that we need to change course. The stimulus has failed: 2.4 million jobs have been lost nationwide since it was enacted and unemployment is at 9.5%.'” (www.redcounty.com)
  • Charles Djou. Video: Charles Djou Congressional Debate Part 1. 12 January 2010. “There is obviously a right way and a wrong way to do it. Right now what the US Congress is engaging in is the not the right way to be doing it. With the Federal government dictating these days who can and cannot serve as a CEO of a corporation, spending hundreds of billions of dollars, not millions, hundreds of billions of dollars in government stimulus money.” (youtu.be)
  • Charles Djou. Video: Congressmember Charles Djou 1.mp4. 9 July 2010. “Today what is happening in Congress is we have this addiction to spending, and this belief that as long as we spend enough money we can fix every problem that ails our nation. And I think that is a fundamentally wrong philosophy.” (youtu.be)
  • Charles Djou. Video: Djou: Spending is out of control in Washington...and voters know it. 22 September 2010. “Change the policy of spend to no end to turn around this economy.” (youtu.be)
  • "We need bipartisan support to bring spending under control." (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Djou. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Charles Djou voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Charles Djou supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 75 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Charles Djou a rating of 79 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Djou. Spend, Spend, Spend. 20 July 2010. “It's time to cut spending and enact real, meaningful tax relief and put more money in the hands of the American people.” (votesmart.org)
  • Andrew Walden. Red County: Djou Unemployment increases under 'stimulus' spending. 1 August 2010. “'Working families and small businesses in our islands and around the country are struggling in this difficult economy. I have witnessed the effects of this struggle firsthand throughout my district. Yet the majority in Congress continue to insist that we need to spend our way out of this recession. The number one concern that my constituents shared with me last week as I held eight town halls was the growing federal debt and runaway federal spending. It’s clear to the voters in Hawaii’s First Congressional District that we need to change course. The stimulus has failed: 2.4 million jobs have been lost nationwide since it was enacted and unemployment is at 9.5%.'” (www.redcounty.com)
  • Charles Djou. Video: Charles Djou Congressional Debate Part 1. 12 January 2010. “There is obviously a right way and a wrong way to do it. Right now what the US Congress is engaging in is the not the right way to be doing it. With the Federal government dictating these days who can and cannot serve as a CEO of a corporation, spending hundreds of billions of dollars, not millions, hundreds of billions of dollars in government stimulus money.” (youtu.be)
  • Charles Djou. Video: Congressmember Charles Djou 1.mp4. 9 July 2010. “Today what is happening in Congress is we have this addiction to spending, and this belief that as long as we spend enough money we can fix every problem that ails our nation. And I think that is a fundamentally wrong philosophy.” (youtu.be)
  • Charles Djou. Video: Djou: Spending is out of control in Washington...and voters know it. 22 September 2010. “Change the policy of spend to no end to turn around this economy.” (youtu.be)
No 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

  • Charles Djou. Video: Legislators on the Move - Cynthia Thielen and Charles Djou. 9 August 2012. “There is a lot of things I believe our government can do and should be doing, providing a good education system.” (youtu.be)
  • "The cost of educational bureaucracy must be reduced to insure that education dollars are spent in the classroom and teachers have the tools they need to educate our children, including continuing teacher education and training. That's how good school systems work. We cannot continue to limit our children's potential in school systems that don't teach." (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Djou. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2012. “We need a reformed education system that puts children first. I believe we must turn education right-side up by making principals and teachers accountable for our children's education and empowering parental involvement in schools. Principals in turn must have the resources they need, including adequate funding and the ability to remove underperforming teachers. The cost of educational bureaucracy must be reduced to insure that education dollars are spent in the classroom and teachers have the tools they need to educate our children, including continuing teacher education and training. That's how good school systems work. We cannot continue to limit our children's potential in school systems that don't teach.” (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Djou. Djou Statement on Hawaii's Selection as Finalist in “Race to the Top.” 27 July 2010. “Congressman Charles K. Djou (HI-01) issued the following statement today in response to the news that the State of Hawaii has been selected as a finalist in the second round of President Obama's 'Race to the Top' education grant program: 'I am thrilled that Hawaii has been named a finalist for the 'Race to the Top' federal grant program...I have consistently advocated for reforming our national education system in a way that puts children first. I support President Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in their efforts to revitalize our failing school systems. Many of the reforms they are calling for are the same ideas that I have championed for years.'” (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Djou. Video: Legislators on the Move - Cynthia Thielen and Charles Djou. 9 August 2012. “There is a lot of things I believe our government can do and should be doing, providing a good education system.” (youtu.be)
  • "The cost of educational bureaucracy must be reduced to insure that education dollars are spent in the classroom and teachers have the tools they need to educate our children, including continuing teacher education and training. That's how good school systems work. We cannot continue to limit our children's potential in school systems that don't teach." (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Djou. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2012. “We need a reformed education system that puts children first. I believe we must turn education right-side up by making principals and teachers accountable for our children's education and empowering parental involvement in schools. Principals in turn must have the resources they need, including adequate funding and the ability to remove underperforming teachers. The cost of educational bureaucracy must be reduced to insure that education dollars are spent in the classroom and teachers have the tools they need to educate our children, including continuing teacher education and training. That's how good school systems work. We cannot continue to limit our children's potential in school systems that don't teach.” (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Djou. Djou Statement on Hawaii's Selection as Finalist in “Race to the Top.” 27 July 2010. “Congressman Charles K. Djou (HI-01) issued the following statement today in response to the news that the State of Hawaii has been selected as a finalist in the second round of President Obama's 'Race to the Top' education grant program: 'I am thrilled that Hawaii has been named a finalist for the 'Race to the Top' federal grant program...I have consistently advocated for reforming our national education system in a way that puts children first. I support President Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in their efforts to revitalize our failing school systems. Many of the reforms they are calling for are the same ideas that I have championed for years.'” (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I will fight for federal support of Hawai"i's alternative energy projects and will only support environmentally-sound and responsible efforts to enlarge America's domestic supply of oil, natural gas, and nuclear power." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Charles Djou supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 83 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 83% by League of Conservation Voters (votesmart.org)
  • "I will fight for federal support of Hawai"i's alternative energy projects and will only support environmentally-sound and responsible efforts to enlarge America's domestic supply of oil, natural gas, and nuclear power." (votesmart.org)
  • Warner Todd Huston. Publius' Forum: On May 22 Chalres Djou Could Take Hawaii For Republicans. 26 February 2010. “He criticized the cap-and-trade proposals currently under consideration in Congress for their focus on mandates instead of incentives.” (www.publiusforum.com)
  • Brendan Sasso. National Journal Member: National Journal Almanac: Rep. Charles Djou (R). 1 July 2011. “Despite his environmentalist streak on local issues, Djou opposes the proposed federal cap-and-trade bill, which aims to curb global warming by limiting the amount of greenhouse gases companies can emit. Djou argues that the costs would be passed on to consumers, resulting in higher energy bills.” (www.nationaljournal.com)
  • Rated 83% by League of Conservation Voters (votesmart.org)
  • "I will fight for federal support of Hawai"i's alternative energy projects and will only support environmentally-sound and responsible efforts to enlarge America's domestic supply of oil, natural gas, and nuclear power." (votesmart.org)
  • Warner Todd Huston. Publius' Forum: On May 22 Chalres Djou Could Take Hawaii For Republicans. 26 February 2010. “He criticized the cap-and-trade proposals currently under consideration in Congress for their focus on mandates instead of incentives.” (www.publiusforum.com)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Charles Djou supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 83 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Brendan Sasso. National Journal Member: National Journal Almanac: Rep. Charles Djou (R). 1 July 2011. “Despite his environmentalist streak on local issues, Djou opposes the proposed federal cap-and-trade bill, which aims to curb global warming by limiting the amount of greenhouse gases companies can emit. Djou argues that the costs would be passed on to consumers, resulting in higher energy bills.” (www.nationaljournal.com)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 92% by National Rifle Association (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Charles Djou in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Djou. Issue Position: Second Amendment. 22 March 2012. “I believe that our country's constitution very clearly gives individual citizens the right to bear and keep arms. Throughout my ten years in elected office, I have always supported and will continue to support safe, legal and responsible ownership of guns.” (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Djou. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Hawaii State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Charles Djou. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Hawaii State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Charles Djou. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Hawaii State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns."
  • Charles Djou. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Hawaii State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • Charles Djou. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Hawaii State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • "I believe that our country's constitution very clearly gives individual citizens the right to bear and keep arms." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 92% by National Rifle Association (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Charles Djou in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Djou. Issue Position: Second Amendment. 22 March 2012. “I believe that our country's constitution very clearly gives individual citizens the right to bear and keep arms. Throughout my ten years in elected office, I have always supported and will continue to support safe, legal and responsible ownership of guns.” (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Djou. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Hawaii State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Charles Djou. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Hawaii State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Charles Djou. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Hawaii State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns."
  • Charles Djou. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Hawaii State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • Charles Djou. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Hawaii State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • "I believe that our country's constitution very clearly gives individual citizens the right to bear and keep arms." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Charles Djou. Video: Charles Djou (R CAND, HI-01). 10 March 2010. “I, unlike my two Democratic opponents, do not support the Obama plan to take over one sixth of our national economy with their health care program.” (youtu.be)
  • Charles Djou. The Weekly Standard - Charles Djou Seeks to Win Obama's "Home District" Next Week. 20 April 2010. “'The number one issue here in this race is the economy generally and fiscal policy,' Djou said. Djou supports a "repeal and replace" platform on health care, but acknowledges it will be mathetmatically impossible to do that in the next Congress with Obama in the White House. Health care is an important issue, but Djou doesn't think it's a "driving issue" because Hawaii already has a state mandate requiring employers to provide insurance to any worker who's employed for 20 hours or more per week.” (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Djou. Video: Charles Djou on Hannity. 21 April 2012. “And what we don't need is another stimulus package and a one trillion dollar takeover of our health care system.” (youtu.be)
  • Warner Todd Huston. Publius' Forum: On May 22 Chalres Djou Could Take Hawaii For Republicans. 26 February 2010. “On national issues, he opposes the healthcare bills currently before Congress and expressed support for alternate measures including tort reform and medical savings accounts.” (www.publiusforum.com)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Charles Djou supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 67 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • "...I opposed the enactment of Obamacare and support market-based healthcare reforms that actually will work. In Hawaii, we appropriated over $200 million to set up Obamacare and signed up only 8,000 people. Per capita, Hawaii's Obamacare program is the most expensive in America." (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Djou. The Weekly Standard - Charles Djou Seeks to Win Obama's "Home District" Next Week. 20 April 2010. “'The number one issue here in this race is the economy generally and fiscal policy,' Djou said. Djou supports a "repeal and replace" platform on health care, but acknowledges it will be mathetmatically impossible to do that in the next Congress with Obama in the White House. Health care is an important issue, but Djou doesn't think it's a "driving issue" because Hawaii already has a state mandate requiring employers to provide insurance to any worker who's employed for 20 hours or more per week.” (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Djou. Video: Charles Djou on Hannity. 21 April 2012. “And what we don't need is another stimulus package and a one trillion dollar takeover of our health care system.” (youtu.be)
  • Warner Todd Huston. Publius' Forum: On May 22 Chalres Djou Could Take Hawaii For Republicans. 26 February 2010. “On national issues, he opposes the healthcare bills currently before Congress and expressed support for alternate measures including tort reform and medical savings accounts.” (www.publiusforum.com)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Charles Djou supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 67 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Djou. Video: Charles Djou (R CAND, HI-01). 10 March 2010. “I, unlike my two Democratic opponents, do not support the Obama plan to take over one sixth of our national economy with their health care program.” (youtu.be)
  • "...I opposed the enactment of Obamacare and support market-based healthcare reforms that actually will work. In Hawaii, we appropriated over $200 million to set up Obamacare and signed up only 8,000 people. Per capita, Hawaii's Obamacare program is the most expensive in America." (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

  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Charles Djou supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Vote: (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Djou. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Charles Djou voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Charles Djou supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Vote: (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Djou. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Charles Djou voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Honolulu Weekly: What he’s Djou-ing here. 5 May 2010. Responded: “Yes, that’s correct.” to the question: “To be clear: you opposed House Bill 444 and you support the Defense of Marriage Act?” (honoluluweekly.com)
  • Rated 67% by Human Rights Campaign (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Djou. The Weekly Standard - Charles Djou Seeks to Win Obama's "Home District" Next Week. 20 April 2010. “Djou cited their support for--and his opposition to--(1) the stimulus package, (2) the $1 trillion health-care program, (3) earmarks, and (4) the legalization of same-sex marriage. As the first state to have same-sex marriage imposed by the judiciary (and then repealed by the people), the issue still has salience in Hawaii. Djou said he also opposes a recent civil unions bill that Hanabusa supported in the state legislature. It was an 'attempt to change marriage through the back door,' said Djou. Hawaii already has a domestic partnership law.” (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Knight. Jumping in Pools: Interview with Charles Djou, Republican candidate for Congress. 31 March 2010. “I support traditional marriage. Marriage has both religious and civil implications. Marriage is undeniably a religious institution, in which a personal relationship between individuals is instituted and celebrated according to their religious beliefs. In addition, government has long conferred legal benefits and protections on married couples. In other words, marriage is also a public institution. This public institution has historically been limited to men and women, even where other relationships were respected. I support the continued restriction of marriage to an institution between men and women. This does not suggest that society should deny gays and lesbians the legal benefits of marriage. On the contrary, I support domestic partnerships. Domestic partnerships afford the same legal benefits of marriage while preserving the sanctity of the marital institution.” (jumpinginpools.blogspot.com)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Charles Djou supported the interests of the American Family Association 33 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Djou. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Charles Djou voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Charles Djou supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 67 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 67% by Human Rights Campaign (votesmart.org)
  • Honolulu Weekly: What he’s Djou-ing here. 5 May 2010. Responded: “Yes, that’s correct.” to the question: “To be clear: you opposed House Bill 444 and you support the Defense of Marriage Act?” (honoluluweekly.com)
  • Charles Djou. The Weekly Standard - Charles Djou Seeks to Win Obama's "Home District" Next Week. 20 April 2010. “Djou cited their support for--and his opposition to--(1) the stimulus package, (2) the $1 trillion health-care program, (3) earmarks, and (4) the legalization of same-sex marriage. As the first state to have same-sex marriage imposed by the judiciary (and then repealed by the people), the issue still has salience in Hawaii. Djou said he also opposes a recent civil unions bill that Hanabusa supported in the state legislature. It was an 'attempt to change marriage through the back door,' said Djou. Hawaii already has a domestic partnership law.” (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Knight. Jumping in Pools: Interview with Charles Djou, Republican candidate for Congress. 31 March 2010. “I support traditional marriage. Marriage has both religious and civil implications. Marriage is undeniably a religious institution, in which a personal relationship between individuals is instituted and celebrated according to their religious beliefs. In addition, government has long conferred legal benefits and protections on married couples. In other words, marriage is also a public institution. This public institution has historically been limited to men and women, even where other relationships were respected. I support the continued restriction of marriage to an institution between men and women. This does not suggest that society should deny gays and lesbians the legal benefits of marriage. On the contrary, I support domestic partnerships. Domestic partnerships afford the same legal benefits of marriage while preserving the sanctity of the marital institution.” (jumpinginpools.blogspot.com)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Charles Djou supported the interests of the American Family Association 33 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Djou. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Charles Djou voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Charles Djou supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 67 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I would never want an American soldier in harm's way unless absolutely necessary. However, I understand that, to ensure the safety of Americans at home, we must often combat terrorism where it is found, whether in Iran, the Pakistan-Afghanistan border regions or in industrialized cities around the world." (votesmart.org)
  • Chad Blair. Honolulu Civil Beat: Djou and Hanabusa On The Issues. 19 July 2012. “As an Army combat veteran who worked with drones in Afghanistan, I have seen how drones have saved lives and minimized both allied and enemy casualties. While not perfect, the use of drones is appropriate in military combat.” (www.civilbeat.com)
  • "I would never want an American soldier in harm's way unless absolutely necessary. However, I understand that, to ensure the safety of Americans at home, we must often combat terrorism where it is found, whether in Iran, the Pakistan-Afghanistan border regions or in industrialized cities around the world." (votesmart.org)
  • Chad Blair. Honolulu Civil Beat: Djou and Hanabusa On The Issues. 19 July 2012. “As an Army combat veteran who worked with drones in Afghanistan, I have seen how drones have saved lives and minimized both allied and enemy casualties. While not perfect, the use of drones is appropriate in military combat.” (www.civilbeat.com)
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

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  • "The federal government has an obligation to honor the commitment it has made to our nation's citizens who have been paying into Social Security their whole life and are nearing retirement age. I have never and will never support reneging on our commitment to our seniors." (votesmart.org)
  • Philip Klein. The American Spectator: Djou Hopes for Hawaiian Surprise. 12 March 2010. “In the abstract, he said he supported the idea of reining in entitlement spending, but was hesitant to discuss specifics. For instance, he said that President Bush had the right idea by addressing Social Security, and said the concept of voluntary personal accounts "deserves examination," but wasn't willing to say he supported a specific plan because he said that Democrats would take him out of context and attack him for wanting to destroy Social Security.” (spectator.org)
  • "The federal government has an obligation to honor the commitment it has made to our nation's citizens who have been paying into Social Security their whole life and are nearing retirement age. I have never and will never support reneging on our commitment to our seniors." (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Djou. Issue Position: Social Security. 1 January 2012. “We must keep the promises that have been made to our seniors. We cannot let Social Security go bankrupt. In this decisive time, we need strong leadership that will promote fiscal responsibility so that we can ensure these programs will be viable for future generations of Americans. Social Security is sound for today's seniors and for those nearing retirement, but it needs to be fixed for our children and grandchildren. We must act soon, because every year that we wait to fix this problem we will burden future generations with billions of dollars in debt.” (votesmart.org)
  • Philip Klein. The American Spectator: Djou Hopes for Hawaiian Surprise. 12 March 2010. “In the abstract, he said he supported the idea of reining in entitlement spending, but was hesitant to discuss specifics. For instance, he said that President Bush had the right idea by addressing Social Security, and said the concept of voluntary personal accounts "deserves examination," but wasn't willing to say he supported a specific plan because he said that Democrats would take him out of context and attack him for wanting to destroy Social Security.” (spectator.org)
  • Charles Djou. Issue Position: Social Security. 1 January 2012. “We must keep the promises that have been made to our seniors. We cannot let Social Security go bankrupt. In this decisive time, we need strong leadership that will promote fiscal responsibility so that we can ensure these programs will be viable for future generations of Americans. Social Security is sound for today's seniors and for those nearing retirement, but it needs to be fixed for our children and grandchildren. We must act soon, because every year that we wait to fix this problem we will burden future generations with billions of dollars in debt.” (votesmart.org)

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Hawaii State Legislative Election 2000 National Political Awareness Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.
a) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legally available.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
Xd) Abortions should be legal when pregnancy results from incest, rape, or the life of the woman is endangered.
Xe) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and notification requirements as decided by each state government.
Xf) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial-birth" abortion.
Xg) Support "buffer zones" at abortion clinics by requiring demonstrators to remain a certain distance from doorways and driveways.
h) Prohibit public funding for abortions and organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
i) Other
State Budget: Indicate the funding levels you will support for the following general categories.
Greatly Increase Fundinga) Education (Higher)
Greatly Increase Fundingb) Education (K-12)
Maintain Funding Statusc) Environment
Maintain Funding Statusd) Health care
Slightly Increase Fundinge) Law enforcement
Slightly Decrease Fundingf) Transportation and Highway infrastructure
Maintain Funding Statusg) Welfare
h) Other
State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels you will support.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Greatly Decreaseb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Greatly Decreased) Corporate taxes
Greatly Decreasee) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreasef) Hotel room taxes
Greatly Decreaseg) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Greatly Decreaseh) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Eliminatei) Inheritance taxes
Greatly Decreasej) Property taxes
Greatly Decreasek) Rental and tour vehicle taxes
Greatly Decreasel) Sales taxes
Slightly Decreasem) Vehicle taxes
n) Other
Noo) Should Internet sales be taxed?
Yesp) Do you support a flat tax structure for state income taxes?
Yesq) Would you support returning any operating surplus to Hawaii taxpayers?
Nor) Would you support placing any operating surplus into a "rainy day" fund?
s) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.
Xa) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
Xb) Support contracting with private sector firms to build and/or manage state prisons.
Xc) End parole for repeat violent offenders.
Xd) Implement the death penalty in Hawaii.
Xe) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
Xf) Inform communities when a convicted sex offender moves into the community.
Xg) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xh) Prohibit the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Xi) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
Xj) Support .08 blood alcohol content limit defining drunk driving.
Xk) Prosecute as adults, youths accused of a felony.
Xl) Increase penalties for crimes committed on school grounds.
m) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, or disability be prosecuted as hate crimes.
Xn) Support programs that provide job training and placement services for at-risk youth.
Xo) Ban the use of racial profiling by law enforcement officers.
p) Allow public worker unions to compete with private companies for contracts to build and operate new prisons.
q) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
Xa) Increase state funds for professional development of public school teachers and administrators.
Xb) Encourage private or corporate investment in public school programs.
Xc) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious).
Xd) Support charter schools where teachers and professionals receive authorization and funding to establish new schools.
Xe) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
Xf) Increase state funds for hiring additional teachers.
g) Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.
h) Support posting the Ten Commandments in public schools.
Xi) Require public schools to administer high school exit exams.
Xj) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
Xk) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
Xl) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
Xm) Implement penalties, such as relocation, termination, or retraining, against all public school teachers whose students do not meet testing standards.
n) Use funds set aside for state court settlements to increase the number of special education teachers.
o) Other
Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning employment.
a) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
Xb) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xc) Support limits on cash damages in lawsuits against businesses and professionals for product liability or malpractice.
d) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
Xe) Provide tax credits to companies building hotels in Hawaii.
f) Other
Affirmative Action: Which of the following state agencies should take race and sex into account when making employment decisions?
Noa) College and university admissions
Nob) Public employment
Noc) State contracting
Nod) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
Xa) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
Xb) Support "self-audit" legislation which creates incentives for industries to audit themselves and clean up pollution.
Xc) Require a cost/benefit analysis to determine the economic impact of proposed environmental regulations before they are implemented.
Xd) Require states to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses on privately owned land.
Xe) Support funding for recycling programs in Hawaii.
Xf) Request added flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environmental regulations.
Xg) Suspend participation in un-funded, federally-mandated, environmental protection legislation.
Xh) Restructure the electric utility industry to allow consumers to choose their power companies.
Xi) Prohibit access to coral reefs in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.
j) Set aside certain areas of the Northwestern Hawaiian Island coral reefs for limited subsistence, fishing, and gathering.
k) Other
Yesl) Should state environmental regulations be stricter than federal law?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding government reform.
Yesa) Do you support the current limit on terms for Hawaii Governors?
Yesb) Do you support limiting the number of terms for Hawaii State Senators and Representatives?
c) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?
Noa) Individual
Nob) PAC
Noc) Corporate
Nod) Political Parties
Yesd) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Yese) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Nof) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Yesg) Do you support voting on-line?
Yesh) Do you support on-line voter registration?
Undecidedi) Do you support allowing persons of non-Hawaiian descent to run for trustee of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs?
Undecidedj) Do you support the creation of a sovereign Hawaiian Nation?
k) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.
Xa) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
Xb) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
g) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows.
Xh) Require a license for gun possession.
i) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.
Xa) Provide tax incentives to small businesses that provide health care to their employees.
Xb) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state funded care where necessary.
c) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
d) Use state funds to continue some Medicaid coverage for legal immigrants.
Xe) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
f) Support a patient's right to sue his or her HMO.
g) Support a patient's right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied.
h) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
i) Should Hawaii extend health benefits to domestic partners of state employees.
j) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.
Xa) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
Xb) Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.
Xc) Deny or suspend state-issued permits and licenses to parents who are delinquent in paying court-ordered child support.
Xd) Increase state funding for Head Start in order to serve additional children and/or increase services from a half to a full day.
Xe) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
Xf) Support state funding of programs for at-risk youth such as guaranteed college loans, and job training and placement.
g) Allow shipboard gambling in state waters.
h) Other
Noi) Should physician-assisted suicide be legally available in Hawaii?
Yesj) Should Hawaii include sexual orientation in its anti-discrimination laws?
k) Should Hawaii recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Yesl) Should Hawaii restrict marriage to a relationship only between a man and a woman?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.
Xa) Maintain current time limits on welfare benefits.
Xb) Maintain the requirement that able-bodied recipients work in order to receive benefits.
Xc) Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
Xd) Provide tax incentives to businesses that hire welfare recipients.
Xe) Provide child care for welfare recipients who work.
Xf) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
g) Allow welfare recipients to remain eligible for benefits while saving money for education, starting a business, or buying a home.
h) Limit benefits given to recipients if they have additional children while on welfare.
i) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
Xj) Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
Xk) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to expand state services to include the working poor.
l) Other
Please explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.
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