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Alcee Hastings, Sr.'s Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (FL) - District 20, Democratic
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Alcee Hastings, Sr. has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads. Alcee Hastings, Sr. is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2016, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I have stood up for what I know to be constitutionally valid: the decision to have an abortion should be made by a woman, her family, and her doctor - not the government." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/369971/issue-position-judiciary-issues-a-womans-right-to-choose#.VlTwbmwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Abortions should always be legal "Support" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26798/alcee-hastings-sr/#.Va_eUXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26798/alcee-hastings-sr/2 (votesmart.org)
Yes 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

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 8 "Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act of 2012" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/42053#.VbjqSXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "We have critical needs in this country. Tax breaks for the rich isn’t one of them." http://alceehastings.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=100681 (alceehastings.house.gov)
  • "The Bush Tax Cuts for the wealthiest of Americans have left our country in economic shambles. I did not vote for them in 2001 and 2002, nor have I voted for (or will I vote for) their extension. These tax cuts did not stimulate the economy, nor have they led to job growth. I do not see how extending those at this moment in time would be good for our economy or our country." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/560475/issue-position-taxes#.Va_783UViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Mandatory minimum sentencing statutes demand that execution or incarceration follows criminal conviction. They cover crimes such as drug dealing, murdering federal officials, and using a gun to commit a federal crime. They restrict judicial sentencing discretion and attach a "one size fits all" penalty for the associated offense. These sentences are often unthinkingly harsh and incompatible with a rational sentencing guideline system." http://alceehastings.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=100703 (alceehastings.house.gov)
  • "I co-sponsored H.R.1466, the Major Drug Traffickers Prosecution Act of 2009. This bill would restore judicial discretion, end mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses, and re-focus scarce federal resources to prosecute major drug kingpins." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/584075/issue-position-judiciary-issues-criminal-justice#.VbjoFnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)
  • "In addition to increasing public safety, investing in our nation's infrastructure would have tremendous economic benefits. It is estimated that for every $1 billion that we invest in infrastructure construction projects such as bridges, roads, schools, and hospitals, 18,000 jobs are supported nationwide. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that increasing energy efficiency could reduce national energy use by as much as 20 percent in 2020. It is clear that we must make infrastructure development and investment a national priority." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/920971/issue-position-transportation-and-infrastructure (votesmart.org)
  • "Federal spending must be used to help stimulate the economy in ways that will benefit Americans of all ages, backgrounds, and income levels." http://alceehastings.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=100681 (alceehastings.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The Bush Tax Cuts for the wealthiest of Americans have left our country in economic shambles. I did not vote for them in 2001 and 2002, nor have I voted for (or will I vote for) their extension. These tax cuts did not stimulate the economy, nor have they led to job growth. I do not see how extending those at this moment in time would be good for our economy or our country." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/560475/issue-position-taxes#.Va_783UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I have made increasing the number of eligible Americans claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit one of my top priorities." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/206831/budget-and-tax-policy#.VbjowHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We must fully fund and effectively reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, currently known as No Child Left Behind. This well-intentioned legislation challenges our students and our schools to raise their standards and set the demanding goals necessary for our future leaders to succeed in the 21st Century. However, we cannot expect higher achievement if we do not give our students, schools, and teachers the extensive resources required to meet these challenges. Moreover, as we strive for higher standards, Congress must ensure that it does not place test scores above a quality, well-rounded education and that we do not settle for uniform mediocrity." http://alceehastings.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=100683 (alceehastings.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "[…] there are already, without Keystone, a lot of pipelines in the United States of America, and in the period of time of this recent debate, there have been a lot of pipelines that have had spills and have caused major damage." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/965602/providing-for-consideration-of-s1-keystone-xl-pipeline-approval-act-and-providing-for-proceedings-during-the-period-from-february-16-2015-through-february-23-2015/?search=keystone%20xl#.Vlx65GwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.Vabg1PlViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 3 "Keystone XL Pipeline Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50797#.VbJLUXUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "From crumbling infrastructure to renewable energy development, and unemployment insurance for struggling Americans to much-needed reforms in our education system, we must prioritize federal spending where it will do the most good." http://alceehastings.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=100681 (alceehastings.house.gov)
  • "Florida's beaches, coastline, and environment should not be destroyed in an effort that would only save taxpayers pennies at the gas pump. Instead, I support raising fuel-efficiency standards and investing in research and development for the next generation of alternative and renewable energy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/560481/issue-position-environment#.VbjumHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I am committed to fighting for cleaner air and water, the preservation of our natural resources and environmental policies that provide for the fair and equal treatment of people of all races and socio-economic classes. There are no second chances to save the environment." http://alceehastings.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=100685 (alceehastings.house.gov)
  • "Florida's beaches, coastline, and environment should not be destroyed in an effort that would only save taxpayers pennies at the gas pump. Instead, I support raising fuel-efficiency standards and investing in research and development for the next generation of alternative and renewable energy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/560481/issue-position-environment#.VbjumHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I am heartened to learn that the President's actions will ensure that all individuals engaged in the business of selling firearms will be subjected to background checks and that the needed funding for these background checks will be provided to the F.B.I. and A.T.F. I was also happy to learn that Attorney General Lynch has already started to contact all U.S. Attorney Offices encouraging them to renew their domestic violence outreach. These steps will undoubtedly help to curb the gun violence crisis." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1042937/hastings-statement-on-president-obamas-executive-actions-to-curb-gun-violence (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26798/alcee-hastings-sr/37 (votesmart.org)
  • "While I do not believe gun control is the central component to the nation's crime problem, I do believe it is an important element. Stricter punishments, tougher sentencing, and crime prevention, coupled with gun control, are the keys to this national crisis." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/369970/issue-position-judiciary-issues-gun-control#.Vljh02wViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.3590 "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/29181 (votesmart.org)
  • "One year ago, the Supreme Court upheld the challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Since then, the ACA has made a difference in the lives of millions of Americans, expanding health benefits, increasing access to care, and making insurance more affordable." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/795124/hastings-on-the-anniversary-of-the-supreme-courts-decision-to-uphold-the-affordable-care-act#.Vbj0D3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I have long advocated for ensuring that all Americans have access to health care. That is why I have strongly supported the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA set forth measures that will provide access to affordable, quality health care for millions of Americans, and protect consumers from abusive insurance company practices." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1102928/issue-position-health-care-the-affordable-care-act (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Any proposal to make an illegal entry into the United States a federal felony, while seemingly reasonable, is not a viable solution. Indeed, those who enter this country illegally are, by definition, breaking the law. However putting an estimated 11 million people into the federal justice system would clog the courts and is not realistic." http://alceehastings.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=100695 (alceehastings.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.5281 "DREAM Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/32955#.VafGBPlViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Today’s Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges​ is a momentous step forward in the fight for equality. I join the entire LGBT community, along with their friends and family, in celebrating this historic day. For far too long, same-sex couples have been forced to suffer discrimination and prejudice simply because of who they love. The Court’s decision confirms what the majority of Americans already believe to be true – that same-sex couples deserve the same access to the security and dignity that come along with the institution of marriage." http://alceehastings.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=398444 (alceehastings.house.gov)
  • "I am pleased and heartened by the U.S. Supreme Court’s denial of Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s request that Justice Clarence Thomas, who oversees emergency appeals from Florida, extend a stay preventing the state from recognizing the marriages of gay and lesbian couples. Beginning January 6, 2015, Florida may issue same-sex marriage licenses and must recognize all same-sex marriages performed out of state. This is truly an exciting and long awaited day for all Americans." http://alceehastings.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=398353 (alceehastings.house.gov)
  • Rated 100% by Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26798/alcee-hastings-sr/76 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "There is no doubt that ISIS poses a direct threat to American interests and stability across the Middle East. However, no single action is enough to contain and degrade ISIS. It will take a collaborative effort led by the Iraqi Government with support from the United States, regional partners, and the broader international community." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/929458/hastings-statement-on-presidential-address-regarding-isis (votesmart.org)
  • "Mr. President, the situation in Syria may be more complex than it was when I wrote to you on May 28, 2013, but the need for immediate and strong action remains just as necessary as it was then. With each passing day, the violence has grown more sectarian, militarized, and radicalized at the cost of innocent Syrian lives. As you carefully consider the options facing our nation and allies, I encourage you to support imposing a no-fly zone." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1013158/letter-to-barack-obama-president-of-the-united-states-no-fly-zone-in-syria (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Privatization will neither protect nor improve the Social Security system. Privatization would mean less retirement income for all American workers and would drain trillions from the Social Security Trust Fund, exhausting reserves almost 20 years before current projections." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/560480/issue-position-social-security#.Vbj2F3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I have received thousands of letters from constituents urging me not to support the privatization of Social Security. I agree with and share the concerns of these citizens." http://alceehastings.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=100708 (alceehastings.house.gov)
  • Rated 100% by Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26798/alcee-hastings-sr/53 (votesmart.org)

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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.
Xb) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
g) Other or expanded principles
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
Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Maintain Statusb) Arts
Maintain Statusc) Defense
Greatly Increased) Education
Slightly Increasee) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland security
Slightly Increaseg) International aid
Maintain Statush) Law enforcement
Greatly Increasei) Medical research
Maintain Statusj) National parks
Slightly Increasek) Public health services
Slightly Increasel) Scientific research
Slightly Decreasem) Space exploration programs
Slightly Increasen) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Maintain Statuso) Welfare
Maintain Statusp) Emergency preparedness
q) Other or expanded categories
Defense Spending
Maintain Statusa) Armed forces personnel training
Greatly Increaseb) Intelligence operations
Maintain Statusc) Military hardware
Maintain Statusd) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
Slightly Decreasee) National missile defense
Greatly Increasef) Pay for active duty personnel
Slightly Increaseg) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Maintain Statush) Research and development of new weapons
Maintain Statusi) 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
Greatly Decreasea) Less than $25,000
Slightly Decreaseb) $25,000-$75,000
Maintain Statusc) $75,000-$150,000
Slightly Increased) Over $150,000
e) Other or expanded categories
Retiree Income
Maintain Statusf) Over $40,000
g) Other or expanded categories
Other Taxes:
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Increaseb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Increased) Corporate taxes
Greatly Decreasee) Gasoline taxes
Maintain Statusf) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories
Deductions/Credits:
Maintain Statusa) Charitable contributions
Slightly Increaseb) Child tax credit
Slightly Increasec) Earned income tax credit
Slightly Increased) Medical expense deduction
Maintain Statuse) Mortgage deduction
Slightly Increasef) Student loan credit
g) Other or expanded categories
No4) Do you support the permanent repeal of the federal estate tax?
No5) 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.)
7) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
Xa) 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.
Xc) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
d) Allow unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
e) 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.
Yesg) Do you support instant run-off voting?
Yesh) Should Election Day be a national holiday?
Noi) 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.
Xf) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, and disability be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
g) Impose stricter penalties for those convicted of corporate crimes.
h) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
i) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding drugs.
a) 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.
Xd) 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
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students.
b) Allow parents to use vouchers, (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any public school.
c) Allow parents to use vouchers, (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any private or religious school.
d) 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).
Xg) 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
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.
b) 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.
Xg) Support the right of workers to strike without fear of being permanently replaced.
Xh) Include sexual orientation in federal anti-discrimination laws.
i) Other or expanded principles
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.
Xc) The federal government should continue affirmative action programs.
d) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
Xa) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
Xb) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
Xc) Support Clear Skies Act to reduce power plant emissions by setting a national cap on pollutants.
d) Require states to compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses of privately-owned land.
e) Relax logging restrictions on federal lands.
f) Relax standards on federal lands to allow increased recreational usage.
g) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil).
Xh) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
i) 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.
Xl) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits.
Xm) Support the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming.
n) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.
Xa) 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.
e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
Xf) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
Xg) Require a license for gun possession.
h) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health care.
a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government.
Xb) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
c) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts.
d) Establish limits on the amount of punitive damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xe) 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.
Xi) Allow laboratories to create new lines of stem cells for additional research.
j) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.
a) Decrease the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country.
b) Establish English as the official national language.
Xc) Support a temporary worker program that would enable illegal immigrants to work in the United States legally.
Xd) 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
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?
Yesb) 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.)
f) Other or expanded principles
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?
Yesd) Should the United States increase financial support to Afghanistan?
Yese) 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.
Yesa) Should the United States maintain its financial support of the United Nations?
Nob) Should the United States decrease its financial support of the United Nations?
Yesc) Should the United States commit troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions?
d) Other or expanded principles
No4) Should the United States lift the travel ban to Cuba?
Yes5) Should the United States increase its financial support to Colombia to combat "the war on drugs?"
Yes6) 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.
No1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
No2) 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?
Nob) 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
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
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding technology and communication.
Xa) Collect taxes on commercial Internet transactions.
b) 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).
Xf) Support legislation to detail how personal information can be collected and used on the Internet.
g) Regulating the Internet is not a responsibility of the federal government.
h) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare and poverty.
a) 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.
Xf) 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.
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