Senator Angus S. King, Jr.'s Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Angus S. King, Jr.
Current Office: U.S. Senate - Jr, Independent
First Elected: 11/06/2012
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2018
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Mary; 5 Children: Angus, Duncan, James, Benjamin, Molly
Birth Date: 03/31/1944
Birth Place: Alexandria, VA
Home City: Brunswick, ME
Religion: Episcopalian
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Angus King, Jr. has demonstrated Political Courage by telling citizens where he stands on the issues he may face if elected.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Maine Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test

Pro-choiceCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles
NoInferred Answer Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations
  • Andrea L'Hommedieu. Bowdoin Digital Commons. George J. Mitchell Oral History Project: Interview with Angus King by Andrea L'Hommedieu. 3 November 2009. "And subsequently, as I've lived through Vietnam, and now Iraq and Afghanistan, I think the biggest problem with American foreign policy, the big mistakes come when we assume other countries with other cultures are like us, and they'll react the way we would react, and that they're rational and linear and all that kind of stuff. And often they aren't. And Afghanistan's a perfect example. Do you know the nickname of Afghanistan, the historical nickname, what it's called? The Graveyard of Empires. Nobody, since Alexander the Great, has been able to subdue Afghanistan. Nobody. The Russians, the British, I mean it's got this long history of outside countries trying to invade and do something there, and it's never worked." (digitalcommons.bowdoin.edu)
  • Angus King. Angus on the Issues. 5 July 2012. "I support a gradual withdrawal of active on-the-ground troops while maintaining a commitment to rebuilding the future of the country. Suicide is currently claiming more active military lives than combat is “ clearly, our policy is not working for Afghanistan or for the U.S. The war in Afghanistan will have many lasting impacts on Mainers and the Nation “ veterans are facing terrible effects that last long after the battlefield is quiet. Further, the injuries and loss of life, and the resulting impact on our military and their families and our communities, is staggering." (angus2012.com)
  • Angus King. Project Vote Smart: 2012 Maine Congressional Political Courage Test. Afghanistan: Other or expanded principles: "The loss of life, impact on our military and their families and our communities is staggering. I support a gradual withdrawal of active on-the-ground troops while maintaining a commitment to rebuilding the future of the country."
YesDo you support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan?
Other or expanded principles

The loss of life, impact on our military and their families and our communities is staggering. I support a gradual withdrawal of active on-the-ground troops while maintaining a commitment to rebuilding the future of the country.

Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing the federal budget.

In order to balance the budget,

Unknown PositionInferred Answer do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations
  • Angus King. Project Vote Smart: 2012 Maine Congressional Political Courage Test. Budget: Other or expanded principles: "Adm. Michael Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, recently said, "the most significant threat to our national security is our debt." But it's more than that; the debt we are leaving our children and grandchildren is simply wrong. We have no right to spend the money and leave them to pay the bills. I have been impressed with the Simpson-Bowles and Domenici-Rivlin efforts to look at deficit and debt solutions. I have also spoken with Erskine Bowles to better understand these recommendations."
Unknown PositionInferred Answer do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations
  • Angus King. Issue Position: Budget. 1 August 2012. "Adm. Michael Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, recently said, "the most significant threat to our national security is our debt." But it's more than that; the debt we are leaving our children and grandchildren is simply wrong. We have no right to spend the money and leave them to pay the bills. I have been impressed with the Simpson-Bowles and Domenici-Rivlin efforts to look at deficit and debt solutions. I have also spoken with Erskine Bowles to better understand these recommendations. This I know: we must cut spending in an intelligent way, simplify the tax, reduce tax rates and eliminate most loopholes. Such a combination can put us on a trajectory toward serious and substantial deficit reduction in the near term. We owe that to our children and grandchildren." (votesmart.org)
  • Angus King. Angus on the Issues: Implementing tax reform. 1 August 2012. "Federal tax law is too complex “ it takes over 73,000 pages for the Standard Federal Tax Reporter to explain the federal tax code. The tax structure must be simplified and reformed to lower rates, close loopholes, and ensure that everyone is paying their fair share “ this includes the wealthiest Americans. I was in favor of ending the Bush-era tax cuts immediately, but after continued poor employment numbers, we need a more nuanced approach. We should consider pegging the sunset of these tax cuts to something non-arbitrary, like a certain amount of GDP growth, or a lower level of unemployment. This would avoid the unproductive brinkmanship that Congress engages in over this issue “ and could prevent our fragile recovery from being further slowed down.." (angus2012.com)
do you support reducing Medicaid spending?
do you support reducing Medicare spending?
Is balancing the budget a legislative priority?
Other or expanded principles

Adm. Michael Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, recently said, "the most significant threat to our national security is our debt." But it's more than that; the debt we are leaving our children and grandchildren is simply wrong. We have no right to spend the money and leave them to pay the bills. I have been impressed with the Simpson-Bowles and Domenici-Rivlin efforts to look at deficit and debt solutions. I have also spoken with Erskine Bowles to better understand these recommendations. This I know: we must cut spending in an intelligent way, simplify the tax [...]

YesDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles

Citizens United was a terrible decision, but now frames the economic reality of campaigns. In 2006, the percentage of independent spending that went undisclosed was 1 percent. In 2010, it made up 43 percent of spending. Further, the lack of transparency in those donations is particularly troubling. How can we demand transparency in government if we cannot even get transparency in campaigns?

NoDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Other or expanded principles

I do not support Capital Punishment. Maine doesn't have it, and we don't need it. In my 8 years as Governor, no person in law enforcement ever came to me and said that we needed the death penalty in order to punish or deter crime in the State of Maine. It is also very expensive.

Unknown PositionInferred Answer Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations
  • Angus King. Project Vote Smart: 2012 Maine Congressional Political Courage Test. Economy: Other or expanded principles: "As I point out in my priorities below, government does not create jobs but should support the private sector as it creates jobs. Partnerships between the federal and state governments that assure business/job development funds are targeted appropriately and efficiently are essential."
  • Angus King. Mailbag: Angus, why do you support Obama? 9 July 2012. "Here are some thoughts on the presidential choice. I have been disappointed with Obama as well on a number of fronts but, on balance, still think he is the better choice than Romney. I am impressed with the care, courage, and thoughtfulness of many of Obama's decisions“getting Bin Laden, the skillful handling of Libya, getting us out of Iraq, the auto bail-out (which worked, took guts, and may have kept us from tipping into a full-blown depression), the stimulus bill which was the only tool he had at the time to deal with the deepening recession and which contained the largest middle class tax cut in US history (300 of the 800 billion was the tax cut“nobody seems to know this), the FICA tax cut, his willingness to at least try on healthcare (which we all know is a huge drag on the economy), and his efforts to reach a broad deal on deficit reduction which rested mostly on cuts“are examples." (angus2012.com)
Unknown PositionInferred Answer Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations
  • Angus King. Project Vote Smart: 2012 Maine Congressional Political Courage Test. Economy: Other or expanded principles: "As I point out in my priorities below, government does not create jobs but should support the private sector as it creates jobs. Partnerships between the federal and state governments that assure business/job development funds are targeted appropriately and efficiently are essential."
YesDo you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
YesDo you support the temporary extension of unemployment benefits?
YesDo you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
Other or expanded principles

As I point out in my priorities below, government does not create jobs but should support the private sector as it creates jobs. Partnerships between the federal and state governments that assure business/job development funds are targeted appropriately and efficiently are essential.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles
YesDo you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Other or expanded principles
YesInferred Answer Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations
  • Angus King. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Maine Gubernatorial Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • Angus King. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Maine Gubernatorial Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Angus King. Project Vote Smart: 2012 Maine Congressional Political Courage Test. Guns: Other or expanded principles: "Maine has one of the highest rates of gun ownership in the country and one of the lowest rates of gun violence - the current laws in Maine support Second Amendment rights while still being reasonable. For example: while I was governor I backed a law that prevents someone from getting a permit to carry a concealed weapon if they are under a protective order as a result of domestic violence. That's not gun control, that's common sense."
Other or expanded principles

Maine has one of the highest rates of gun ownership in the country and one of the lowest rates of gun violence - the current laws in Maine support Second Amendment rights while still being reasonable. For example: while I was governor I backed a law that prevents someone from getting a permit to carry a concealed weapon if they are under a protective order as a result of domestic violence. That's not gun control, that's common sense.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
YesShould individuals be required to purchase health insurance, as mandated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Other or expanded principles

Health care reform must focus on access to services and reducing costs. While I support the Affordable Care Act, it is not perfect, and needs refinement. I do, however, support the principle of individual responsibility and the conservative idea of the individual mandate, as developed in 1989 by the Heritage Foundation.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
YesDo you support allowing illegal immigrants, who were brought to the United States as minors, to pursue citizenship without returning to their country of origin?
Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration law by state and local police?
Other or expanded principles

Comprehensive, just, and humane immigration reform must be undertaken - reform that recognizes our immigrant heritage and future, and that creates effective and enforceable immigration laws to promote business, jobs, and legal immigration. We shouldn't reward illegal activity, but we can't punish innocent people, like the children of illegal immigrants.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
Should the U.S use military force in order to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles

In the face of a foreign threat every option must be on the table, beginning with diplomacy and right through military force; a nuclear-armed Iran is a threat not only to Israel, but to the U.S. and the world.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
Other or expanded principles

Spending

Indicate what federal spending levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.

a) Agriculture
b) Arts
c) Defense
d) Education
e) Environment
f) Homeland Security
g) International aid
h) Medical Research
i) Scientific Research
j) Space exploration
k) United Nations
l) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

The complexity of the federal budget, revenue and expenditures does not lend itself to simple yes and no answers. Further, the topics as listed are too far reaching and a simple yes or now answer would not provide a realistic position on very important matters.

Taxes

Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.

a) Capital gains taxes
b) Corporate taxes
c) Excise taxes (alcohol)
d) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
e) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
f) Income taxes (low-income families)
g) Income taxes (middle-income families)
h) Income taxes (high-income families)
i) Inheritance taxes
j) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories

The complexity of the federal budget, revenue and expenditures does not lend itself to simple yes and no answers. Further, the topics as listed are too far reaching and a simple yes or now answer would not provide a realistic position on very important matters.

Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

1. Maine's Future: Maine is blessed with a diverse economy that has supported citizens for generations. Our challenge now is to find the nexus between those traditional industries and the technological advancements that move them into the future. While the federal government does not create jobs, it can be either a barrier or a partner in supporting the private sector in creating and sustaining jobs. I will work diligently to see that partnerships to grow the economy are a priority. Areas where Maine and the federal government can partner include, but are not limited to:
- A robust rural [...]