Representative Glenn 'G.T.' W. Thompson, Jr.'s Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (PA) - District 5, Republican
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G.T. Thompson, Jr. has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. G.T. Thompson, Jr. is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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*Note: This percentage is calculated based on the number of issue areas addressed by the candidate on the Political Courage Test at the conclusion of the testing period. It does not indicate support or lack of support by Project Vote Smart.

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 are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Vote Smart's Research

  • G.T. Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Medicare, Medicaid, and federal subsidies should be prohibited from being used on abortion procedures."
  • G.T. Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Pennsylvania State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • G.T. Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Glenn Thompson. The Question Of Health Care. 6 October 2011. "We will wind up paying for procedures, such as abortions, something that we would never use, that we certainly, based on my faith, would be very much in objection to." (votesmart.org)
  • G.T. Thompson. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. G.T. Thompson voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "G.T. Thompson supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed G.T. Thompson in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "G.T. Thompson supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "G.T. Thompson supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • G.T. Thompson. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. G.T. Thompson voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed G.T. Thompson in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "G.T. Thompson supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Glenn Thompson. The Express - "Race for the 5th". 6 October 2011. "I am pro-life, pro-marriage and a lifelong hunter." (votesmart.org)
  • Glenn Thompson. Health Care. 15 March 2010. "I believe that some of our colleagues across the aisle are probably looking to vote for this Senate bill that may even agree with us on abortion and how wrong that is to publicly fund, let alone to complete procedure under the promise--the promise it will be fixed through a reconciliation bill." (votesmart.org)
  • Glenn Thompson. Glenn Thompson: Our Representative, Our Values. 6 October 2011. "I am confident I have more personal and professional experience than any other candidate who is in this race. I am committed to applying this experience to supporting our troops, assuring tax cuts and a strong economy, reducing the size and cost of government, aiding older adults, advocating for elder health care, advancing alternate fuels, championing for the pro-life movement and serving the citizens of our district." (votesmart.org)
  • Glenn Thompson. Issue Position: Thompson to Protect Unborn Life. 6 October 2011. "One of the most important things we can do as a society is protecting the most vulnerable. It is imperative that we do everything to protect innocent, unborn life. This issue is about values and we need to reach out and help women who experience unexpected pregnancies and increase education about possible options and improve those options [¦] Life is precious and we must protect it." (votesmart.org)
  • Glenn Thompson. Thompson Disappointed In Obama's Decision To Use Taxpayers Dollars To Destruct Human Life. 6 October 2011. "I am disappointed that the President felt the need to go down this path, when there has been great success and medical advancement in researching adult stem cells. In fact, in just the past few years, scientist have found that skin cells also hold great promise - all without the destruction of human life. Unfortunately, this is the second time in as many months that the President has sided against the unborn, and deemed it appropriate to use tax payer dollars for the destruction of human embryos and overseas abortions." (votesmart.org)
  • G.T. Thompson. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. G.T. Thompson voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • G.T. Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Pennsylvania State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • G.T. Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Pennsylvania State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • G.T. Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "G.T. Thompson supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 86 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Glenn Thompson signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, Glenn Thompson, pledge to the taxpayers of the 5th district of the state of Florida and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (atr.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Glenn Thompson. Thompson Reiterates Dire Need for Tax Reform, Regulatory Relief. 7 October 2011. "We can't afford more government spending, like the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, passed by the Democrat-controlled Congress in 2009. Two years later and unemployment remains at staggering levels, despite billions of dollars still sitting in government coffers." (votesmart.org)
  • Glenn Thompson. End Burdensome Regulations. 22 September 2011. "Two years after passage of the stimulus, unemployment remains at staggering levels, despite billions of dollars still sitting in government coffers. It was my hope that the President would move past his stimulus spending proposals and offer real economic relief. While some of the President's proposals put forward in his Joint Session speech merit consideration, this bill is no substitute for the targeted, long-term policies needed to empower private sector investment by facilitating an economic climate where businesses have the confidence to hire workers and take on new endeavors." (votesmart.org)
  • Glenn Thompson. National Debt. 18 June 2012. "Our national debt recently surpassed economic output, meaning the national debt is now greater than the value of the entire U.S. economy. Despite almost $1 trillion of stimulus spending, there's been 35 straight months of national unemployment averages greater than 8 percent. These are the facts, Mr. Speaker, yet some are calling for more deficit spending and tax increases, and that's just plain wrong." (votesmart.org)
  • Glenn Thompson. Thompson Views President's Economic Address as More of the Same. 8 September 2011. "With unemployment now surpassing 8 percent for more than 2 years, it was my hope that the President would move past his 'stimulus' spending proposals and offer real relief for our small businesses and families struggling to make ends meet [¦] The unfortunate truth is that tonight's speech was more of the same." (votesmart.org)
  • G.T. Thompson. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. G.T. Thompson voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave G.T. Thompson a rating of 87 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "G.T. Thompson supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 90 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Glenn Thompson. Thompson supports gop "pledge to america" proposal. 23 September 2010. "We will cut government spending to pre-stimulus, pre-bailout levels and establish a hard cap on new discretionary spending, American families have tightened their belts during these hard times, the government should do the same." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • G.T. Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)."
  • G.T. Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Decrease" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. d) Education"
  • Glenn Thompson. Thompson Secure Three Committee Assignments in New Congress: Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Education & Labor. 17 January 2011. "In 2008, Thompson was appointed to the Small Business Committee and the Agriculture Committee. Based on his background on local school and work force investment boards, Thompson petitioned for and was granted a seat on the Education and Labor Committee. 'I am looking forward to continuing to work with the Committee to restore local education control through reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind and Workforce Investment Acts.'" (votesmart.org)
  • G.T. Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "k) Eliminate all federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)."
  • G.T. Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support the federal government funding universal pre-K programs."
  • Glenn Thompson. Committee Leaders Voice Support for K-12 Education Reform Bills. 15 February 2012. "For too long our nation has struggled under the weight of an ineffective one-size-fits-all approach to education. The Student Success Act restores maximum flexibility at the local level, while maintaining high expectations and ensuring that schools, teachers, and parents have the tools and resources to help our kids get the best education possible, prepare for postsecondary education, and have the knowledge and skills to succeed in careers. I am very pleased that this bill has moved forward with the needs of our local school jurisdictions and communities first, which is paramount in our efforts to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act." (votesmart.org)

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Vote Smart's Research

  • G.T. Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits under "cap and trade" laws."
  • G.T. Thompson. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. G.T. Thompson voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • G.T. Thompson. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). G.T. Thompson voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "G.T. Thompson supported the interests of Environment America 0 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "G.T. Thompson supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 10 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • G.T. Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."

Vote Smart's Research

  • Glenn Thompson. Second Amendment Rights. 7 October 2011. "I joined members of the Pennsylvania State legislature, gun owners, and the president of the NRA at the Pennsylvania State capital in support of our Second Amendment rights. I appreciate their deep belief in freedom and protecting the Second Amendment that guarantees our citizens the right to own and bear arms. Our Second Amendment is this country's original homeland security. Where this right is freely exercised without government infringement, our citizens live in freedom with a deterrent and defense to violent crimes." (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave G.T. Thompson a grade of 91." (votesmart.org)
  • G.T. Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Pennsylvania State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • G.T. Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow individuals to carry concealed guns."
  • G.T. Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Pennsylvania State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns."
  • G.T. Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Pennsylvania State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • G.T. Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories. d) Restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • G.T. Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Pennsylvania State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • G.T. Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Ban the sale, ownership or possession of handguns except by law enforcement and other government officials."
  • G.T. Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories. c) Enforcement of existing restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • G.T. Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Pennsylvania State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed G.T. Thompson in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Glenn Thompson. Issue Position: On the Issues. 7 October 2011. "I support our constitutional and civil rights to acquire, possess, transport and use firearms for lawful purposes [¦] During my previous State House race I received the highest possible rating by the NRA." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "G.T. Thompson supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • G.T. Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal healthcare program to guarantee coverage to all Americans, regardless of income."
  • G.T. Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Providing healthcare is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • G.T. Thompson. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. G.T. Thompson voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Glenn Thompson. Issue Position: Immigration. 1 January 2012. "In the end we must enforce the laws we have on the books. We are nation that believes in the rule of law and we cannot allow widespread breaking of that law to go unenforced. Individuals who are here illegally must return home!" (votesmart.org)
  • G.T. Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Illegal immigrants should have to return to their countries of origin before being considered for citizenship."
  • G.T. Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Illegal immigrants should be given a pathway to citizenship."
  • G.T. Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "G.T. Thompson supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "G.T. Thompson supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • G.T. Thompson. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. G.T. Thompson voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Glenn Thompson. Issue Position: On the Issues. 25 September 2012. "Stop Illegal Immigration | Our Country was built upon by men and women who immigrated to our County legally. We need to seal our borders to illegal immigration. We must respect those that respect our rule of law and seek immigration through legal means. I support looking at innovations that would facilitate the legal immigration processes." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • G.T. Thompson. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. G.T. Thompson voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • G.T. Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?"
  • G.T. Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman?"
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "G.T. Thompson supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed G.T. Thompson in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "G.T. Thompson supported the interests of the American Family Association 94 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed G.T. Thompson in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Glenn Thompson. The Express - "Race for the 5th" 18 April 2008. "I am pro-life, pro-marriage and a lifelong hunter. I share your values. look forward to earning your confidence as we work together to address your issues and concerns." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Glenn Thompson. Thompson Statement on Death of Osama bin Laden. 2 May 2011. "I commend and thank our military, intelligence community, and special operation forces for their hard work and determination over the years that led to this success. I also want to commend President Obama and his team, as well as former President Bush and his Administration, for their steadfast efforts to bring Osama bin Laden to justice. This demonstrates that America will not tolerate terrorism in any form and remains on the offense in the fight against global terrorist networks." (votesmart.org)
  • G.T. Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "e) Do you support pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to United States national security?"

Vote Smart's Research

  • G.T. Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "X" for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts that they manage themselves."

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Pennsylvania Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage 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.
d) 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.
f) Dilation and extraction or "partial-birth" abortion procedures should be legal.
Xg) Medicare, Medicaid, and federal subsidies should be prohibited from being used on abortion procedures.
h) Other or expanded principles.

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

1) Budget Priorities

Slightly Increasea) Agriculture
Slightly Decreaseb) Arts
Slightly Increasec) Defense
Slightly Decreased) Education
Maintain Statuse) Environment
Maintain Statusf) FEMA
Maintain Statusg) Homeland security
Slightly Decreaseh) International aid
Maintain Statusi) Law enforcement (Federal)
Maintain Statusj) Law enforcement (State)
Slightly Increasek) Medical research
Maintain Statusl) National parks
Maintain Statusm) Public health services
Slightly Increasen) Scientific research
Maintain Statuso) Space exploration programs
Maintain Statusp) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Slightly Decreaseq) United Nations
Maintain Statusr) Welfare
s) Other or expanded categories

2) Defense Spending

Slightly Increasea) Armed forces personnel training
Greatly Increaseb) Intelligence operations
Maintain Statusc) Military hardware
Slightly Increased) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
Maintain Statuse) National missile defense
Greatly Increasef) Pay for active duty personnel
Slightly Increaseg) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Slightly Increaseh) Research and development of new weapons
Slightly Increasei) Troop and equipment readiness
j) Other or expanded categories

3) 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.

Family Income Taxes

Eliminatea) Less than $12,000
Greatly Decreaseb) $12,001-$40,000
Slightly Decreasec) $40,001-$100,000
Maintain Statusd) $100,001-$180,000
Maintain Statuse) $180,001-$350,000
Maintain Statusf) $350,001 and above
g) Other or expanded categories

Other Taxes

Eliminatea) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Decreaseb) Capital gains taxes
Eliminatec) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Decreased) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Eliminatef) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories

Deductions/Credits

Slightly Increasea) Charitable contribution deduction
Slightly Increaseb) Child tax credit
Maintain Statusc) Earned income tax credit
Greatly 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 requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?
6) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.

Xa) Support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
b) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
c) Allow unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
Xd) Remove all contribution limits on federal campaigns and parties.
e) Support prohibiting ads containing candidates' name that are paid for by third parties from airing 60 days before a primary and 30 days before a general federal election.
f) Support instant run-off voting (IRV).
g) Support designating Election Day as a national holiday.
Xh) Support giving the President the power of the line item veto for items concerning appropriations.
i) Support limiting the President's use of signing statements in order to prevent an alternative interpretation of the bill.
j) Support a federal shield law to protect reporter-source privilege.
k) 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 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) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
g) Support strict penalties for internet crime (e.g. hacking, identity theft, worms/viruses).
h) Require that crimes based on sexual orientation be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
i) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.

a) Support the federal government funding universal pre-K programs.
Xb) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any public school.
Xc) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
d) Allow teachers and professionals to receive federal funding to establish charter or magnet schools.
e) Increase funding for the Pell Grant program.
f) Decrease interest rates of Stafford Loans.
Xg) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
Xh) Ban university financial aid officers from owning stock in or accepting gifts from student loan lenders.
Xi) Require universities to disclose financial relationships with lenders.
j) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind).
Xk) Eliminate all federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind).
l) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.

Xa) Increase funding for national job-training programs that retrain displaced workers or teach skills needed in today’s job market.
Xb) Reduce government regulation of the private sector.
c) Encourage employers to offer child care services, flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
d) Increase the federal minimum wage.
Xe) Support the right of workers to unionize.
f) Eliminate all federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
g) Include sexual orientation in federal anti-discrimination laws.
h) Include gender identity in federal anti-discrimination laws.
i) Other or expanded principles

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.
Xc) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil).
d) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
Xe) Strengthen fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
Xf) Support domestic oil exploration in areas that are currently restricted.
Xg) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels.
h) Support the use of ethanol as an alternative fuel.
Xi) Support research and development of nuclear reactors as an alternative energy source.
j) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits under "cap and trade" laws.
k) Support international mandatory emission targets to limit global warming.
l) Support international voluntary emission targets to limit global warming.
m) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.

Xa) Allow individuals to carry concealed guns.
b) Ban the sale, ownership or possession of handguns except by law enforcement and other government officials.

On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories.

Maintain Statusc) Enforcement of existing restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Maintain Statusd) Restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
e) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health.

a) Implement a universal healthcare program to guarantee coverage to all Americans, regardless of income.
Xb) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts.
Xc) Allow the importation of prescription drugs into the United States.
d) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
Xe) Offer tax credits to individuals and small businesses to offset the cost of insurance coverage.
f) Support expanding child healthcare programs.
g) Providing healthcare is not a responsibility of the federal government.
h) Other or expanded principles

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.
Xc) Support a temporary worker program.
Xd) Support harsher financial punishments for those who knowingly employ illegal immigrants.
e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States.
Xf) Illegal immigrants should have to return to their countries of origin before being considered for citizenship.
g) Illegal immigrants should be given a pathway to citizenship.
h) Support merit-based visas over family-based visas.
i) Other or expanded principles

International Aid

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international aid.

Xa) Support the United States granting aid to countries when extraordinary circumstances cause disaster and threaten civilian lives.
Xb) Support the United States granting aid to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States.
Xc) Eliminate United States aid for any nation with documented human rights abuses.
d) Aid granted by the United States should be scaled back and eventually eliminated.
e) Other or expanded principles

International Policy

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international policy.

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?
Yesc) Should the United States impose greater international sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates?
Undecidedd) Should the United States support the Lebanese government against insurgent forces?
Yese) Should the United States maintain its troop levels in Iraq?
Nof) Should the United States withdraw its troops from Iraq?
g) Discuss your proposals for Iraq.

Decisions regarding our Troops in Iraq should be made by the commanders on the ground. Not politicians. Our Troops should return when we have established a stabile democracy and the Iraq citizens have continued to step up and providing for their own security.

Yesh) Should the United States apply greater economic and diplomatic sanctions against North Korea if it fails to abide by its agreement to suspend its nuclear program?
Yesi) Should the United States increase financial support for Afghanistan?
Yesj) Should the United States increase military support for Afghanistan?
Undecidedk) Should the United States trade nuclear fuel to India for civilian purposes?
Undecidedl) Should the United States decrease financial support for Pakistan?
Undecidedm) Should the United States decrease military support for Pakistan?
Undecidedn) Should the United States be involved in bringing an end to the violence in Darfur, Sudan?
Undecidedo) Should the United States be involved in bringing an end to the violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo?
Undecidedp) Should the United States provide economic and military support to the Transitional Government of Somalia?
Undecidedq) Should the United States use sanctions to encourage the government of Zimbabwe to end its human rights abuses?
Undecidedr) Should the United States support the creation of an independent nation of Kosovo?
s) Other or expanded principles

International Trade

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international trade.

Yesa) Do you support the United States imposing economic sanctions on China?
Yesb) Do you support the United States imposing trade sanctions on Venezuela?
Yesc) Do you support the United States involvement in free trade agreements?
Undecidedd) Do you support the United States involvement in intergovernmental organizations dedicated to trade?
e) 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?
Nob) Should law enforcement agencies have greater discretion to monitor domestic communications, 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 pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to United States national security?
Nof) Do you support the creation of a federal identification card system?
Yesg) Do you support long-term use of National Guard troops to supplement the armed forces in assignments overseas?
Undecidedh) Should the United States expand its missile defense shield?
i) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.

Noa) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?
Yesb) Do you support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman?
Noc) Do you support federal funding for research on existing embryonic stem cell lines?
Nod) Do you support federal funding to create lines of stem cells from new embryos?
Noe) Should the federal government consider race and gender in government contracting decisions?
Nof) Should the federal government continue affirmative action programs?
Undecidedg) Should the federal government regulate internet gambling?
h) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security.

Xa) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts that they manage themselves.
b) Ensure the viability of Social Security by increasing the payroll tax.
c) Decrease benefits paid to retirees.
d) Support proportional increases of Social Security benefits based on the cost of living index.
e) Raise the retirement age for individual eligibility to receive full Social Security benefits.
f) Other or expanded principles

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.
b) Continue to give states and local governments flexibility in and responsibility for welfare programs through federal block grants.
c) Support housing assistance for welfare recipients.
d) Abolish all federal welfare programs.
e) Other or expanded principles
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.