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George Allen's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • George Allen. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for "d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape." Checked SUPPORT for "e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered."
  • George Allen. Statement from George Allen on the Anniversary of Roe v. Wade. 22 January 2012. "Thirty-nine years ago today, the U.S. Supreme Court substituted their judgment over the laws of many States in issuing its controversial decision in Roe v. Wade, legalizing abortion in all 50 States, for any reason during all nine months of a pregnancy. It is estimated that over 50 million abortions have occurred, affecting virtually every American in some way. While the human cost alone is distressing, it is also instructive to consider: how would our nation's future be if there were millions more Americans to dream, invent, build, innovate, teach, and give to others? As this day of remembrance is marked, let us prayerfully consider this sobering question and resolve to make this nation one in which human life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are valued and protected." (www.georgeallen.com)
  • George Allen. The George Allen Record: Pro-Life Record. 1 June 2011. "George Allen has a proven record of standing up for families through supporting initiatives that protect innocent, unborn life. As Governor, Allen made history by signing the first-ever parental notification bill in Virginia that required a physician to notify at least one parent or guardian before performing an abortion. As Senator, Allen received a 100% rating from the National Right to Life Committee. In addition to being a co-sponsor of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, he opposed federal funding for overseas organizations that fund abortions and empowered parents by co-sponsoring a bill prohibiting minors who travel across state lines to circumvent parental consent or notification laws." (www.georgeallen.com)
  • George Allen. S Amdt 3927. 108th Congress. Military Abortion Amendment. George Allen voted Nay on 06/21/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • George Allen. S Amdt 244. 109th Congress. Unintended Pregnancy Amendment. George Allen voted Nay on 03/17/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • George Allen. S 3. 108th Congress. Prohibit Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion bill. George Allen voted Yea on 10/21/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • George Allen. Issue Position: Life. 18 January 2012. "My commitment to protecting innocent human life is firm. I believe that life begins at conception and support legislation declaring the personhood of every individual life. I oppose abortion except in the rare cases where the pregnancy was caused by rape or incest, and when necessary to save the life of the mother." (www.georgeallen.com)
  • George Allen. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion. Other or expanded principles: "I have sponsered the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, legislation prohibiting Partial Birth Abortions, the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act, and the Child Custody Protection Act. I have consistently voted against allowing taxpayer funding to pay for elective abortions in Virginia, the U.S., and abroad, as well as on military bases."
  • George Allen. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • George Allen. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • George Allen. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • George Allen. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • George Allen. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion. Other or expanded principles: "Abortion should be legal for gross fetal abnormality. Also, please ... contact www.Allen2000.com"
  • George Allen. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should be illegal when the fetus is viable, with or without life support." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion. Other or expanded principles: "Abortion should be legal for gross fetal abnormality. Also, please ... contact www.Allen2000.com"
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

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No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • George Allen. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Highest Priority" for: "Indicate your priorities for spending any anticipated federal budget surplus. a) Defense" Indicate your priorities for spending any anticipated federal budget surplus. Other or expanded principles: "Protecting Social Security reduces the national debt. "
  • David Sherfinski. The Washington Times: Allen points up local impact of defense cuts. 31 July 2012. "The point of all of this is the Department of Defense does want your product," Mr. Allen said to co-founders Amit Kapoor and Randy Sakowitz. "The only problem is you have no idea right now with all this uncertainty and this deal " you have all these devastating cuts to defense, disproportionately to defense " whether they're actually going to be able to procure it." (www.georgeallen.com)
  • George Allen. George Allen Statement on Bipartisan Vote for Defense Cut Transparency. 25 July 2012. "I commend Democrats and Republicans in Congress for requiring a detailed account of the looming cuts that disproportionately target our military," said George Allen. "The Obama Administration owes the people of Virginia a transparent plan of how they would make these devastating cuts. I opposed this deal from the beginning because it takes half the cuts from our nation's paramount responsibility of national defense, potentially devastating our military, families and jobs in Virginia. Leadership is about setting priorities, and I urge Congress to act swiftly to reverse these cuts that are placing over 200,000 Virginia jobs, our national security and our military men and women at risk." (www.georgeallen.com)
  • George Allen. Video: The Right Thing To Do? 24 July 2012. "Last year, Washington's Supercommittee failed “ a failure that could force $500 billion in automatic defense cuts, devastating job losses. Over 200,000 good-paying Virginia jobs at stake, and a 10% reduction in our armed forces. But only one candidate for Senate will fight for Virginia jobs and America's security. 'I'm George Allen, and I approved this message.'" (www.youtube.com)
  • George Allen. Issue Position: Veterans. 1 January 2012. "Keeping America Strong for Freedom. The highest constitutional responsibility of the federal government is to provide for the national defense. In the Senate, George Allen will support the entire military community in its mission to prepare for and fight our nation's wars and protect our homeland from its enemies. He will work to provide our troops with the best training and most technologically advanced armaments and equipment our nation with all its resources can provide and will fight vigorously against policies that senselessly waste taxpayer dollars -- such as the current in-sourcing drive and the proposed costly relocation of an aircraft carrier group to Florida. While efficiency and budgetary stringency are essential to get our nation's staggering deficit under control and our economy moving, George Allen recognizes that dangerous cuts to defense spending risk our troops' safety as well as our nation's security." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael A. Fletcher. The Washington Post with Bloomberg: Virginia's GOP targets government spending, a key driver of state's economy. 25 November 2012. "When asked about his support of government spending cuts and Virginia's reliance on federal funding, Allen said the state should avoid the most damaging impact of any reductions because its "capabilities converge with the top responsibility of our government: defense and national security." (www.washingtonpost.com)
  • George Allen. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. George Allen voted Yea on 08/01/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • George Allen. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. [?] c) Defense" Budget Priorities Other or expanded principles: "Slightly increase Aeronautics Research"
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

  • George Allen. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?" Budgetary, Spending, and Taxes, Part 3: Taxes (B) Other or expanded principles: "I support a Taxpayer's Bill of Right and introduced legislation to require a balanced budget as well as "Paycheck Penallty" legislation to withhold the salaries of Members of Congress if appropriatations bills are not passed by October 1st, the beginning of the new fiscal year. I support a requirement for supermajority vote for any spending over the rate of inflation and granting the President line-item veto authority to help eliminate non-essential, wasteful government spending."
  • George Allen. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?" Budgetary, Spending, and Taxes, Part 3: Taxes (B) Other or expanded principles: "I am a consistent supporter of lessening the tax burden on working men and women, families, small business owners, retired people, and all taxpayers. I proudly sponsored the 2001 and 2003 tax relief provisions and believe that these measures must be made permanent to keep the current economic expansion of opportunity growing stronger. In addition, I want to give the death penalty to death taxes, which are particularly unfair and harmful to family-owned enterprises."
  • George Allen. S AMDT 2610. 109th Congress. Tax Rate Amendment. George Allen voted Nay on 11/17/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • George Allen. George Allen sings the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. 25 January 2011. "Yesterday I signed Americans for Tax Reform's Taxpayer Protection Pledge. This was the first document I signed after filing my declaration of candidacy. By signing, I have pledged to Virginians and Americans that I will oppose any and all increases in marginal income tax rates for individuals or businesses, or adjustments of deductions not offset by other tax decreases." (www.georgeallen.com)
  • George Allen. George Allen discusses States' budget woes on "Fox Business" w/ Dagen McDowell. 12 January 2011. "The solution is not more spending and higher taxes. The solution is reigning in government to make New Jersey or any state more conducive to investment and retention of jobs as well as trying to make new jobs to come in." (www.youtube.com)
  • George Allen. Facebook: Notes. Washington's Debt Ceiling Deal. 1 August 2011. "We need to bring accountability to Washington by changing who controls the U.S. Senate so we can finally pass a Balanced Budget Amendment, block job-killing tax hikes and unleash our American energy resources for jobs, lower prices, competitiveness and raising billions in revenues without raising taxes. We can't allow Washington to force our children to shoulder the burdens of their continued failures." (www.facebook.com)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • George Allen. Facebook: Notes. Washington's Debt Ceiling Deal. 1 August 2011. "We need to bring accountability to Washington by changing who controls the U.S. Senate so we can finally pass a Balanced Budget Amendment, block job-killing tax hikes and unleash our American energy resources for jobs, lower prices, competitiveness and raising billions in revenues without raising taxes. We can't allow Washington to force our children to shoulder the burdens of their continued failures." (www.facebook.com)
  • George Allen. Issue Position: Economy. 31 January 2012. "Washington's explosive government spending and borrowing binge has swelled the national debt to a shocking $15.2 trillion. This irresponsible behavior undermines our economy and led to the downgraded creditworthiness of our country for the first time in U.S. history." (www.georgeallen.com)
  • Michael A. Fletcher. The Washington Post with Bloomberg: Virginia's GOP targets government spending, a key driver of state's economy. 25 November 2012. "It's clear to everyone outside of Washington that government spending is out of control," Allen said. "The families, businesses and Virginia all know how to live within their means, and it's time that the federal government does the same." (www.washingtonpost.com)
  • George Allen. Video: George Allen - Ask Allen - October 22, 2011. 22 October 2011. "There needs to be a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget, I also think the President should have line item veto authority [¦] that will be a way to really make sure the Federal Government stays within its means [¦] and otherwise staying out of our lives and our businesses and making sure their not spending more than their taking in." (youtube)
  • George Allen. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "2) Would you support enforcing the spending limits agreed to in 1997 by the President and Congress to balance the budget?" Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following general categories. Other or expanded principles: "Greatly decrease governmental administrative costs by the utilization of new technologies in the private sector. "
  • George Allen. Facebook: Notes. We Need Fiscal Accountability in Washington. 26 July 2011. "In the past 3 years we've seen an explosion of federal government spending and expansion with the $800 billion dollar job-less stimulus, the $1.5 trillion government takeover of health care and overregulation that is burdening our private sector. And how do liberal Democrats in Washington want to solve our spending problems? With job-killing tax hikes that will hurt an already anemic economy and further hurt our recovery." (www.facebook.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • George Allen. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. George Allen voted Yea on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • George Allen. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
  • George Allen. Issue Position: Taxes. 19 September 2011.By instituting a simpler and fairer tax code, unleashing our plentiful energy resources, and reining in Washington's wasteful spending “ American businesses can create millions of new jobs, which will increase revenues, without raising taxes." (www.georgeallen.com)
  • George Allen. Facebook: Notes. Statement from George Allen on the September Jobs Report. 5 August 2011. "The best way to increase revenue is with new jobs, not higher taxes. We need pro-growth policies that will create jobs and unleash our energy resources. Developing these resources alone would create thousands of good-paying jobs, increase our supply of affordable energy, keep our money in America and increase revenues to the government “ all without job-crushing tax hikes." (www.facebook.com)
  • George Allen. Facebook: Notes. Statement from George Allen on the September Jobs Report. 7 October 2011. "My Blueprint for America's Comeback is a comprehensive pro-growth plan that will help create millions of new, private sector jobs by reforming and reducing the tax burden, reining in punishing regulations from unaccountable, unelected bureaucracies, unleashing America's plentiful energy resources and putting a stop to the reckless tax and spend pattern in Washington that is stifling our economic recovery. We need to send a message to the rest of the world that America is ˜Open for Business Again!'" (www.facebook.com)
  • George Allen. George Allen Discusses Empowering America's Job-Creators with Virginia Business Leaders. 2 February 2012. "As Governor, he combined personal recruitment, lower taxes on job-creating businesses, and prompt permitting to usher in a period of unparalleled job growth and investment, and which helped to create over 300,000 net new private sector jobs." (www.georgeallen.com)
  • George Allen. George Allen Discusses Empowering America's Job-Creators with Virginia Business Leaders. 2 February 2012. "We would send that message with a single policy change. As part of my Blueprint for America's Comeback, I call for reducing the tax on job-creating businesses, including small businesses, from 35 percent “ second worst in the world “ to a better-than-average, competitive 20 percent." (www.georgeallen.com)
  • George Allen. George Allen Statement on Disappointing Second Quarter GDP Report. 27 July 2012. "I started this campaign based on a vision of reinvigorating the entrepreneurial spirit of our country through my Blueprint for America's Comeback, a pro-jobs growth plan of action for improving our tax, regulatory, energy and education policies. I know from experience that tax relief helps spur investment in job growth. As Governor, I cut taxes by $600 Million and Virginia added 300,000 net new private sector jobs. As Senator, I supported the 2003 tax relief that helped lead to 4.1 percent GDP growth over the following six quarters and 7.28 million jobs created over the next three and half years." (votesmart.org)
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

  • George Allen. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • George Allen. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Promote education flexibility by giving federal funds, in the form of block grants, to the states to spend it as they see fit." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning education (K-12). Other or expanded principles: "Provide parents with a $1,000 per child Education Opportunity Tax Credit for computers, educational software or tutoring. "
  • George Allen. Education and Homeschooling Issues. 15 August 2012. "Public education in America has for too long has been hindered by a federal government that believes Washington bureaucrats know better than parents and local and State school boards how our children should be educated. George Allen believes that education policy should be decided and implemented at the State and local level, where it can be most responsive and accountable to parents and schoolchildren. As Governor, he fought federal intrusion into Virginia education and worked with parents, teachers, administrators and legislators to reform Virginia public education, raise academic standards and make our schools accountable to parents, students and taxpayers. In the Senate, George Allen introduced the "Flexibility for Champion Schools Act" to ensure that unnecessary federal intrusion does not cause States, such as Virginia, with successful accountability programs in education to have to dumb down their higher academic standards to comply with the one-size-fits-all standards of federal bureaucrats." (www.georgeallen.com)
  • George Allen. Principals. 15 August 2012. "Education Reform “ Virginia's "Standards of Learning" became a national model for rigorous academic standards and accountability. [¦] Government Reform “ Through a comprehensive reappraisal of state programs, regulatory reform, privatization, and other cost-saving measures, the Allen administration increased funding for education, public safety, and job creation with prompt permitting and lower tax burdens." (www.georgeallenstrategies.com)
  • George Allen. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning education (K-12). Other or expanded principles: "Provide parents with a $1,000 per child Education Opportunity Tax Credit for computers, educational software or tutoring. "
  • George Allen. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. [?] d) Education" Budget Priorities Other or expanded principles: "Slightly increase Aeronautics Research"
  • George Allen. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • George Allen. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "Supports accelerated exploration and development of domestic energy supplies (oil, natural gas, clean coal, and nuclear); accelerated research and development of alternative and renewable energy sources (soy diesel and ethanol, hybrids, solar power, and nanotech-enabled lithium ion batteries); and exploration off the Outer Continental Shelf."
  • George Allen. George Allen Statement on Bipartisan Action for Virginia's Inclusion in Offshore Drilling Plan. 26 July 2012. "I commend the U.S. House of Representatives for passing bipartisan legislation that would allow Virginia to develop our energy resources off our coast. Virginia is ready and willing to produce affordable energy, in contrast to Tim Kaine's actions as Governor to keep Virginia's resources off limits by delaying the Virginia lease sale. This bill would reverse the Obama Administration's irresponsible drilling moratorium that continues to say" (votesmart.org)
  • George Allen. American Energy Independence. 8 September 2006. "The bottom line is we need more energy explored, produced, grown, and manufactured in America so that hundreds of billions of energy dollars stay here in America and are reinvested in America's economy for American jobs, American competitiveness, and American national security rather than having to worry about the whims of some dictator in a hostile part of the world." (votesmart.org)
  • George Allen. Allen Delivers American Energy Independence Initiative. 8 September 2006. "Senator Allen also advocated taking measures to search for additional energy resources by pursuing offshore drilling, and by promoting natural gas and clean coal technology, calling the United States the "Saudi Arabia of the world in coal." (votesmart.org)
  • George Allen. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Support opening a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "Supports accelerated exploration and development of domestic energy supplies (oil, natural gas, clean coal, and nuclear); accelerated research and development of alternative and renewable energy sources (soy diesel and ethanol, hybrids, solar power, and nanotech-enabled lithium ion batteries); and exploration off the Outer Continental Shelf."
  • George Allen. Allen Praises Senate Passage of Energy Bill. 28 June 2005. "This bill also provides for the safe, responsible assessment of the Outer Continental Shelf for energy resources. While I would have preferred allowing States to opt-in to an inventory assessment, I am confident the provision in the bill will allow us to safely determine what is far off our coasts for the benefit of our energy independence." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • George Allen. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • George Allen. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • George Allen. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Support Clear Skies Act to reduce power plant emissions by setting a national cap on pollutants."
  • George Allen. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act."
  • George Allen. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Reduce current federal regulations on the environment."
  • George Allen. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "m) Support the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming."
  • George Allen. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • George Allen. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "Tax credit for farmers for the purchase of technologically advanced equipment that will apply herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers more precisely."
  • George Allen. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • George Allen. George Allen Applauds Legislation To Repeal EPA Authority. 2 February 2012. "The proposal from Senator Inhofe and Representatives Upton and Whitfield to permanently repeal EPA authority over greenhouse gases is the right way to stop President Obama and unelected bureaucrats from forcing a costly cap-and-trade scheme on American families and businesses. This bill would stop EPA bureaucrats from imposing policies that would make our electricity, gasoline and food more expensive and amount to a massive tax increase on American consumers." (www.georgeallen.com)
  • George Allen. Facebook: Notes. Americans for Prosperity Applauds U.S. Senate Candidate George Allen. 23 February 2011. "It is unacceptable to use climate change legislation as a poorly disguised attempt to raise taxes on hardworking Americans. Disastrous legislation like the cap-and-trade scheme would artificially increase the costs of energy, and therefore harm employers, destroy jobs, increase costs on consumers and tighten already-shrinking family budgets. Our policies should make job creation easier, encourage entrepreneurism and allow easier pursuit of the American Dream, not hamstring the economy with harmful, wrong-headed approaches that stifle creativity and growth. I will always oppose any climate taxes." (www.facebook.com)
  • George Allen. Blueprint for America's Comeback. 10 February 2012. "Deny authority for EPA to impose draconian CO2 regulations that would result in skyrocketing fuel, electricity and food costs; cause massive job losses; and make America less competitive for jobs.[10] The Clean Air Act was designed to regulate regional air pollutants, not global concentrations of carbon dioxide." (www.georgeallen.com)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • George Allen. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • George Allen. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Reauthorize the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • George Allen. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • George Allen. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Require a license for gun possession."
  • George Allen. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • George Allen. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns. Other or expanded principles: "Introduced Right-to-Carry Reciprocity legislation; Sponsor of legislation to repeal the D.C. gun ban; and Sponsored legislation to allow current and retired law enforcement officers to conceal carry across State lines, which is now public law."
  • George Allen. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • George Allen. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require a license for gun possession."
  • George Allen. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • George Allen. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows."
  • George Allen. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • George Allen. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns. Other or expanded principles: "Introduced Right-to-Carry Reciprocity legislation; Sponsor of legislation to repeal the D.C. gun ban; and Sponsored legislation to allow current and retired law enforcement officers to conceal carry across State lines, which is now public law."
  • George Allen. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • George Allen. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • George Allen. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns."
  • George Allen. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • George Allen. S Amdt 4615. 110th Congress. Firearm Confiscation Prohibition Amendment. George Allen voted Yea on 07/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • George Allen. S AMDT 1626. 109th Congress. Child Safety Lock Amendment. George Allen voted Nay on 07/28/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • George Allen. S 1805. 108th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. George Allen voted Nay on 03/02/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "George Allen supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 0 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • George Allen. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. George Allen voted Yea on 07/29/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • George Allen. Issue Position: Guns. 2 February 2012. "George Allen has been a leader for more than three decades in defending our Second Amendment rights, earning an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association. As Governor of Virginia and as U.S. Senator, he strongly supported the rights of law-abiding citizens to protect themselves and their families, which includes their Constitutional right to own and carry firearms." (www.georgeallen.com)
  • George Allen. Issue Position: Guns. 1 March 2004. "I would support reauthorization of the 'Assault Weapons Ban' in its current form if this legislation had proven effective in reducing violent crime. I have reviewed the thoughtful claims and extensive assertions of proponents and opponents of this law. I have concluded, after a review of the evidence, that this symbolic ban of 19 firearms chosen for cosmetic reasons is a meaningless, toothless law that has virtually no impact on crime. I have decided, therefore, to vote against extension of the Assault Weapons Ban." (votesmart.org)
  • George Allen. Virginia Values for Washington. 10 June 2012. "'I have a long and consistent record of supporting the right of Virginians and Americans to protect their families and themselves, and I am committed to protecting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding American citizens' [¦] Today, he continues to support keeping federal lands open to use by sportsmen and to permit the possession of firearms in units of the National Park System. George Allen believes we need to crack down on criminals, not law abiding citizens. Virginia's laws, when compared to D.C. and Maryland, prove that focusing on criminals “ not disarming citizens “ reduces crime. As our Senator, George Allen pledges to continue to be a leader in fighting against encroachment on our Second Amendment freedoms and natural right of self-defense." (www.georgeallen.com)
  • George Allen. NRA Endorses George Allen for US Senate. 10 May 2012. "George Allen maintained a strong pro-gun voting record during his time in Congress. He co-sponsored the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which stopped lawsuits that would have bankrupted gun manufacturers by holding them responsible for the acts of criminals. He sponsored legislation for National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity. Allen co-sponsored the Disaster Recovery Personal Protection Act and voted to prohibit gun confiscation during states of emergency. As Governor of Virginia, George Allen supported and signed Virginia's Right-to-Carry law, abolished parole for violent criminals, and promoted truth-in-sentencing legislation." (www.newsmax.com)
  • George Allen. George Allen vs Tim Kaine. 15 August 2012. "In their second debate, which happened just a few days after the Batman shooting rampage in Colorado, both candidates advocated better background checks to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill." (www.diffen.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • George Allen. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • George Allen. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • George Allen. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • George Allen. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • George Allen. Video: ICYMI “ George Allen Talks Repealing and Replacing Obamacare with The Score. 2 January 2012. "I'd love to be the deciding vote to repeal and replace Obamacare because all the promises, so many of the promises, they said that health insurance costs would go down. I've talked and listened to so many businesses that the costs of health insurance are skyrocketing, seniors are very worried about losing Medicare..." (bearingdrift.com)
  • George Allen. The Washington Times: ALLEN: Obamacare stalls American economic engine. 13 December 2011. "It is crucial that a Congress be elected that will repeal Obamacare and replace it with more personal, quality, cost-effective reforms that make health care more accessible, including options for personalized Health Savings Accounts, and for businesses to obtain lower-cost coverage by joining together with other small businesses to form large insurance risk pools. " (www.washingtontimes.com)
  • George Allen. Statement of George Allen on the One-Year Anniversary of Government-Run Health Care. 2 February 2012. "A year ago today President Obama ignored the objections of the American people and signed into law a $2.5 trillion health care monstrosity “ one year later We the People are still being ignored. This unconstitutional, anti-jobs government mandate has resulted in a massive expansion of government, higher premiums, and rapidly growing debt. Twenty-eight states, including Virginia, are challenging the law for violating the constitutional rights and prerogatives of their citizens. It is clear to everyone but those in Washington that this is the wrong prescription to fix our health system. Before any more damage is done, we need to repeal and replace this monstrosity with reforms that will make health care more affordable and accessible for Virginia families and small businesses." (www.georgeallen.com)
  • George Allen. Statement from George Allen on the Supreme Court's Decision to Hear Challenges to ObamaCare. 7 February 2012. "If I'm elected to serve in the U.S. Senate, I want to be the deciding vote to repeal and replace ObamaCare with reforms that will make health care more affordable and accessible for Virginia families and small businesses." (www.georgeallen.com)
  • George Allen. Facebook: Notes. U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Virginia's lawsuit against Obamacare. 8 September 2011. "While today's ruling was disappointing, the constitutionality of the Democrats health care monstrosity will ultimately be decided by the Supreme Court. This decision only reinforces why we need to have a Republican majority in the United States Senate. As we have seen in the last few years every vote counts and I want to be the deciding vote to repeal and replace Obamacare." (www.facebook.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

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  • George Allen. Video:Former Virginia Sen. George Allen speaks to News & Messenger. 19 August 2011. "I'm for legal immigration, I am not for illegal immigration and the Federal government needs to secure our borders." (youtube)
  • George Allen. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children."
  • George Allen. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Grant U.S. citizenship to children born in the US only if their parents immigrated legally."
  • George Allen. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • George Allen. S AMDT 4087. 110th Congress. Orange Card Program Amendment. George Allen voted Nay on 05/23/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • George Allen. S 2611. 110th Congress. Immigration Reform Bill. George Allen voted Nay on 05/25/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • George Allen. Video: George Allen (R) on Immigration. 23 February 2012. "When you talk about the responsibilities of Federal government [¦] to me that means border security [¦] I'm not for amnesty. I'm not for rewarding illegal behavior with benefits [¦] I was against the Bush administration, I was against McCain and others that were pushing amnesty when I was in the U.S. Senate." (www.youtube.com)
  • George Allen. Issue Position: Immigration. 18 December 2010. "If the government rewards illegal behavior, we will encourage more illegal behavior. The so-called "Dream Act" being pushed by Washington liberals like Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Leader Harry Reid, and Senators Durbin and Kerry is a flawed piece of legislation that rewards illegal behavior with benefits paid for by taxpayers." (www.georgeallen.com)
  • George Allen. Issue Position: Immigration. 16 May 2011. "I have said throughout this debate that we should not reward illegal behavior and this includes allowing individuals who used fraudulent identification or Social Security information to then receive Social Security benefits," Allen said in a statement. "I was supportive of [the amendment] and I will support other efforts in Congress to strengthen our security and ensure that only individuals with legal status receive Social Security benefits. If anyone who is here illegally desires the benefits of citizenship they should become citizens legally." (www.georgeallen.com)
  • George Allen. Issue Position: Immigration. 18 December 2010. "As the son of a legal immigrant, I believe in the American dream where immigrants legally come to these shores to seek religious, economic and political freedom. I strongly oppose rewarding illegal behavior through amnesty and believe our first priority needs to be securing our borders." (www.georgeallen.com)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • George Allen. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "i) Do you support a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and woman?"
  • George Allen. Issue Position: Marriage. 3 February 2012. "My stand on marriage is clear: I believe that marriage should be between one man and one woman." (www.georgeallen.com)
  • George Allen. Senator Allen's Statement on New Jersey Supreme Court Ruling. 25 October 2006. "This amendment does exactly what it says it does; it defines marriage as being between one man and one woman, and I'm for marriage between a man and a woman while my opponent is against it." (votesmart.org)
  • George Allen. A Clear Difference: Allen Supports the Protection of Marriage. 26 October 2006. "I have long believed that the family is the most important institution in all of our society. It is more important than our State and local governments, the Governor, the Congress, or even the President. I believe marriage should be between one man and one woman - and on this issue, the will of the people is clear." (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "George Allen supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 17 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • George Allen. CNN Late Edition “ Transcript. 6 November 2005. "The fact of the matter is, my worry -- I just, I try to remember what I was thinking at the time -- my worry was not only that Saddam would use chemical or biological weapons, but the worry was, could he hand that off to some terrorist group to use it against Israel, against Europe, or against the United States? And also recognize the mind-set of this country and our leaders in this country that we got hit on 9/11, 2001 and we didn't want to sit back. We needed to make sure we're proactive in trying to thwart and protect, thwart terrorist attacks and protect Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • George Allen. Allen Statement on the 5th Anniversary of the September 11th Attacks on America. 11 September 2006. "On this anniversary I ask that all Americans renew their commitment to remain strong and vigilant as we continue to fight a war on terror against the hate-filled, radical, extremists who attacked us that day. The future may be difficult but we must be resolved in the outcome in this war on terror. We win, they lose and there is no substitute for victory [...] I will continue to support our nation's effort to defeat those who so vehemently attacked us on September 11, 2001 and will work in Congress to provide our military and intelligence agencies with the tools and resources that are necessary to win this war." (votesmart.org)
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

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  • George Allen. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • George Allen. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • George Allen. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • George Allen. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • George Allen. CNN Larry King Live - Transcript. 1 February 2006. "One thing I'd like to see us do is recognize that a lot of people, because we're living longer, healthier lives, but a lot of people are ultimately going to need assisted living. I'd like to see us allow people to take funds out of their 401-ks and purchase from that long-term care insurance, so people don't have to spend down, lose all of their assets just to get quality assisted living in the last years of their life." (votesmart.org)
  • George Allen. Statements on Introduced Bills and Joint Resolutions. 15 September 2005. "These are untapped funds that individuals should be allowed to use to help pay for their future health care needs. Current tax law and some retirement plans allow individuals, in extreme circumstances, to withdraw funds from their retirement accounts, but more often than not, a 10 percent excise tax applies for early withdrawal. In my opinion, that tax precludes the ability or desirability of individuals to provide for their and their families well-being and that is why I have introduced legislation to provide a new health care option to help address this unfortunate circumstance." (votesmart.org)
  • George Allen. Huntington-Belle Haven Patch: George Allen Op-Ed: Social Security. 16 August 2012. "Further, Americans should have additional freedom to choose to invest their hard-earned dollars for their retirement security." (bellehaven.patch.com)
  • George Allen. Video: George Allen (R) on Social Security. 23 February 2012. Answered: "There's a variety of different ways that social security can be made more solvent and there are a lot of ideas virtually all, other than tax increases, ought to be put on the table. [...] for people who don't need it and don't want it, there's no reason why social security benefits or retirement benefits ought to be going there. My idea as far as retirement income and this is what you are taking about with retirement income and this is what you are talking about with social security we ought to find additional ways for people to save up for their retirement [¦] support of voluntary options [¦] I mentioned health savings accounts. Those are in a way for retirement as well. [¦] if you had a health savings account, its a tax advantage for putting money in the health savings account. You have a high deductible on your insurance. IF you don't use it, it rolls over. Its not the use it or lose it approach that we have today [¦] health savings accounts are for affordable, personal, portable health insurance that you can take from job to job, it is an alternative long term retirement plan as well" to the question: "do you support allowing young people to opt out of Social Security and how would you solve our impending social security insolvency." (youtu.be)
  • George Allen. Is George Allen the right choice for Virginia? 22 July 2012. "Allen is for raising the retirement age, and privatizing social security." (www.examiner.com)

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Congressional Election 2006 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) regarding abortion.
a) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
Xd) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
Xe) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
Xf) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
g) Other or expanded principles

I have sponsered the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, legislation prohibiting Partial Birth Abortions, the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act, and the Child Custody Protection Act. I have consistently voted against allowing taxpayer funding to pay for elective abortions in Virginia, the U.S., and abroad, as well as on military bases.

Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once.
Budget Priorities
Slightly Increasea) Agriculture
Slightly Decreaseb) Arts
Greatly Increasec) Defense
Slightly Increased) Education
Maintain Statuse) Environment
Greatly Increasef) Homeland security
Slightly Decreaseg) International aid
Greatly Increaseh) Law enforcement
Slightly Increasei) Medical research
Maintain Statusj) National parks
Maintain Statusk) Public health services
Slightly Increasel) Scientific research
Slightly Decreasem) Space exploration programs
Slightly Increasen) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Greatly Decreaseo) Welfare
Greatly Increasep) Emergency preparedness
q) Other or expanded categories

Slightly increase Aeronautics Research

Defense Spending
Greatly Increasea) Armed forces personnel training
Greatly Increaseb) Intelligence operations
Greatly Increasec) Military hardware
Greatly Increased) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
Greatly Increasee) National missile defense
Greatly Increasef) Pay for active duty personnel
Greatly Increaseg) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Greatly Increaseh) Research and development of new weapons
Greatly Increasei) Troop and equipment readiness
j) Other or expanded categories
Using the key above, indicate what federal tax levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category.
Taxes
Income Taxes:
Family Income
Eliminatea) Less than $25,000
Greatly Decreaseb) $25,000-$75,000
Slightly Decreasec) $75,000-$150,000
Slightly Decreased) Over $150,000
e) Other or expanded categories
Retiree Income
Greatly Decreasef) Over $40,000
g) Other or expanded categories
Other Taxes:
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Greatly Decreaseb) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Decreasec) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Decreased) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Eliminatef) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories
Deductions/Credits:
Slightly Increasea) Charitable contributions
Slightly Increaseb) Child tax credit
Maintain Statusc) Earned income tax credit
Slightly Increased) Medical expense deduction
Maintain Statuse) Mortgage deduction
Slightly Increasef) Student loan credit
g) Other or expanded categories
Yes4) Do you support the permanent repeal of the federal estate tax?
Yes5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?
6) Discuss your proposals for balancing the federal budget. (75 words or less. Please use an attached page if the space below is not adequate.)

I support a Taxpayer's Bill of Right and introduced legislation to require a balanced budget as well as "Paycheck Penallty" legislation to withhold the salaries of Members of Congress if appropriatations bills are not passed by October 1st, the beginning of the new fiscal year. I support a requirement for supermajority vote for any spending over the rate of inflation and granting the President line-item veto authority to help eliminate non-essential, wasteful government spending.

7) Other or expanded principles

I am a consistent supporter of lessening the tax burden on working men and women, families, small business owners, retired people, and all taxpayers. I proudly sponsored the 2001 and 2003 tax relief provisions and believe that these measures must be made permanent to keep the current economic expansion of opportunity growing stronger. In addition, I want to give the death penalty to death taxes, which are particularly unfair and harmful to family-owned enterprises.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
a) Support public taxpayer funding for federal candidates who comply with campaign spending limits.
Xb) Increase the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
c) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
Xd) Allow unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
Xe) Remove all contribution limits on federal campaigns and parties.
f) Require Section 527 organizations to register with the Federal Election Commission as Political Action Committees.
Undecidedg) Do you support instant run-off voting?
Noh) Should Election Day be a national holiday?
Yesi) Do you support a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and woman?
j) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.
Xa) Support the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
b) Eliminate the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
Xc) Support programs to provide prison inmates with educational, vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xd) Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
e) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
f) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, and disability be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
Xg) Impose stricter penalties for those convicted of corporate crimes.
Xh) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
i) Other or expanded principles

Require DNA samples of federally convicted criminals and provide funds to States to clear the backlogs at DNA databases and laboratories.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding drugs.
Xa) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
Xb) Expand federally sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
c) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
d) Allow doctors to recommend marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
Xe) Increase border security to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the United States.
f) Eliminate federal funding for programs associated with the "war on drugs."
g) Support a federal law to standardize testing and penalties for steroid use in professional sports.
h) Other or expanded principles

Support the sale restriction of products used to make Methamphetamine (e.g. tablets containing Pseudophedrine, Ephedrine and Phenylpropanolamine)
Allow communities of faith to assist in drug treatment programs.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students.
Xb) Allow parents to use vouchers, (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any public school.
Xc) Allow parents to use vouchers, (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any private or religious school.
Xd) Allow teachers and professionals to receive authorization and funding to establish charter schools.
Xe) Reward teachers with merit pay for working in low-income schools.
Xf) Increase funding for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings, infrastructure, technology).
g) Support affirmative action in public college admissions.
Xh) Increase funding of programs such as Pell grants and Stafford loans to help students pay for college.
Xi) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
j) Other or expanded principles

Introduced legislation to protect Virginia's educational standards from unnecessary federal intrusion; Supports efforts to increase the number of minorities and woman studying science and engineering; Introduced legislation to upgrade telecommunications infrastructures at minority serving institutions

1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.
Xa) Increase funding for national job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
Xb) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xc) Provide tax credits or grants to businesses that offer child care services to employees.
Xd) Encourage employers to offer flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
e) Eliminate all federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
Xf) Increase the federal minimum wage.
g) Support the right of workers to strike without fear of being permanently replaced.
h) Include sexual orientation in federal anti-discrimination laws.
i) Other or expanded principles

Supports increasing the minimum wage and coupling the increase with small business tax incentives

2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding affirmative action.
Xa) The federal government should consider race and gender in government contracting decisions.
b) The federal government should discontinue affirmative action programs.
c) The federal government should continue affirmative action programs.
d) Other or expanded principles

Supports affirmative recruitment policies that provide opportunities for all to compete and succeed, regardless of race, gender, or ethnic origin, such as upgrading technology at minority serving institutions and incentives to increase the number of minorities and women in science and engineering

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
a) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
c) Support Clear Skies Act to reduce power plant emissions by setting a national cap on pollutants.
Xd) Require states to compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses of privately-owned land.
e) Relax logging restrictions on federal lands.
Xf) Relax standards on federal lands to allow increased recreational usage.
Xg) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil).
h) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
Xi) Support opening a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration.
Xj) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
Xk) Support the use of ethanol as an alternative fuel.
l) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits.
m) Support the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming.
n) Other or expanded principles

Supports accelerated exploration and development of domestic energy supplies (oil, natural gas, clean coal, and nuclear); accelerated research and development of alternative and renewable energy sources (soy diesel and ethanol, hybrids, solar power, and nanotech-enabled lithium ion batteries); and exploration off the Outer Continental Shelf.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.
a) Reauthorize the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
Xb) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xe) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
f) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
g) Require a license for gun possession.
h) Other or expanded principles

Introduced Right-to-Carry Reciprocity legislation; Sponsor of legislation to repeal the D.C. gun ban; and Sponsored legislation to allow current and retired law enforcement officers to conceal carry across State lines, which is now public law.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health care.
a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government.
b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
Xc) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts.
Xd) Establish limits on the amount of punitive damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
e) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
Xf) Offer tax credits to individuals and small businesses to offset the cost of insurance coverage.
Xg) Support automatic enrollment of children in federal health care programs such as CHIP and Medicaid.
Xh) Support stem cell research on existing lines of stem cells.
i) Allow laboratories to create new lines of stem cells for additional research.
j) Other or expanded principles

Supports Community Health Centers; Sponsor of legislation to promote health information technology; Lead Republican on legislation to help states increase their newborn screening capabilities

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.
a) Decrease the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country.
Xb) Establish English as the official national language.
c) Support a temporary worker program that would enable illegal immigrants to work in the United States legally.
d) Relax restrictions barring legal immigrants from using government funded social programs (e.g. public housing, food stamps).
e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States.
f) Other or expanded principles

Two foundational principles; Secure our borders (more enforcement, border patrol personnel, detention centers, as well as actual and virtural fences) and do not reward illegal behavior, which only encourages more illegal behavior

International Aid
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding United States economic assistance.
Xa) Aid should be granted to countries when extraordinary circumstances cause disaster and threaten civilian lives.
Xb) Aid should be granted to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States.
c) Aid should be eliminated for any nation with documented human rights abuses.
d) International Aid programs should be scaled back and eventually eliminated.
e) Other or expanded principles
International Policy
1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the Middle East.
Yesa) Should the United States continue to provide leadership in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?
Undecidedb) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
c) Should the United States withdraw its troops from Iraq?
d) Should the United States send more troops to Iraq?
e) Discuss your proposals for an exit strategy in Iraq. (75 words or less. Please use an attached page if the space below is not adequate.)

I want our troops to come home as soon as possible. And I want them to come home in victory - not defeat. Leaving Iraq as a safe haven for terrorists will leave America less secure. We must continue to enable Iraqi security forces to fight terrorism. As these forces stand up, our troops can stand down. The policitical process must continue to mature. At the end of the day, the Iraqis must carry this burden.

f) Other or expanded principles

To help ease the burden on servicemembers and their families, I advocated the raising of the Death Gratuity from $12,000 to $100,000; worked to increase TRICARE benefits for Guard and Reserve; and support a tax credit that would allow employers to continue to pay the salaries of employees called up to active duty.

2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Central and East Asia.
Yesa) Should the United States use diplomatic and economic pressure to encourage North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program?
b) Should the United States use military force to dismantle the North Korean nuclear weapons program?
c) Should the United States remove the North Korean government from power?
Undecidedd) Should the United States increase financial support to Afghanistan?
Undecidede) Should the United States increase military support to Afghanistan?
f) Other or expanded principles
3) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the United Nations.
Noa) Should the United States maintain its financial support of the United Nations?
Yesb) Should the United States decrease its financial support of the United Nations?
c) Should the United States commit troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions?
d) Other or expanded principles

The U.S. has already committed tremendous resources and troops. I support international cooperation for peacekeeping missions. The current level of the U.S. involvement is sufficient. I do not support putting U.S. troops under the command of the UN - They should only be under U.S. commanders.

No4) Should the United States lift the travel ban to Cuba?
No5) Should the United States increase its financial support to Colombia to combat "the war on drugs?"
No6) Should aid to African nations for AIDS prevention programs fund distribution of contraceptives?
Yes7) Should aid to African nations for AIDS prevention programs fund abstinence education?
8) Other or expanded principles
International Trade
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international trade.
Yes1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
Yes2) Do you support the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA)?
Yes3) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
Yes4) Do you support continued U.S. membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
Yes5) Should a nation's human rights record affect its normal trade relations (most favored nation) status with the United States?
Yes6) Do you support the trade embargo against Cuba?
Yes7) Should trade agreements include provisions to address environmental concerns and to protect workers' rights?
8) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security.
Yesa) Do you support using military tribunals to try suspected terrorists when ordinary civilian courts are deemed inappropriate or impractical?
Yesb) Should the United States grant law enforcement agencies greater discretion to read mail and email, tap phones, and conduct random searches to prevent future terrorist attacks?
Yesc) Should the United States hold foreign states accountable for terrorists who operate in their country?
Yesd) Should the federal government increase funding to states and cities for homeland security?
Yese) Do you support the prohibition of torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment of prisoners in U.S. custody?
f) Do you support a policy of pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to U.S. national security?
g) Other or expanded principles

I support increases in funding for the homeland security grants to states and localities and believe that such grants should be risk-based.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security.
a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves.
b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government.
c) Invest a portion of Social Security assets collectively in stocks and bonds instead of United States Treasury securities.
d) Increase the payroll tax to better finance Social Security in its current form.
e) Lower the annual cost-of-living increases.
f) Raise the retirement age for individual eligibility to receive full Social Security benefits.
g) Other of expanded principles

Supports plans to strengthen Social Security that do not adversely affect those already receiving or those who are about to collect Social Security benefits; Supports a reserve fund to protect the Social Security surplus; Supports eliminating the Government Pensioin Offset and Windfall Elimination Provisision

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding technology and communication.
a) Collect taxes on commercial Internet transactions.
Xb) Continue the moratorium on Internet taxation.
c) Implement government regulation of Internet content.
d) Support government mandates to curtail violent and sexual content on television.
Xe) Support strict penalties for Internet crimes (e.g. hacking, identity theft, worms/viruses).
f) Support legislation to detail how personal information can be collected and used on the Internet.
Xg) Regulating the Internet is not a responsibility of the federal government.
h) Other or expanded principles

Supports government research and development in new technologies such as nanotechnology and supports deregulating the communication industry to encourage more competition, which brings more choices to consumers, better quality services and lower prices; Opposes the UN or any other international organization governing the Internet.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare and poverty.
Xa) Require welfare recipients to spend at least 40 hours a week in a combination of work and training programs.
Xb) Increase funding for child care programs.
Xc) Continue to give states and local governments flexibility in and responsibility for welfare programs through federal block grants.
Xd) Direct federal poverty aid through religious, community-based, or other non-profit organizations.
e) Abolish all federal welfare programs.
f) Support housing assistance for welfare recipients.
g) Other or expanded principles
On an attached page, disk, or via email, please explain in a total of 75 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.

Protect our freedom -- support our troops in the War on Terror, secure our borders, and make America less dependent on foreign energy sources.

Make America a land of opportunity for all -- lower taxes, less litigation and regulation, more personalized healthcare options, and improved educational opportunities.

Perserve our foundational values -- includes ensuring that unelected federal judges who are appointed for life do not disregard the will, the desire, and the hope of the American people.

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