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Don Chamberlain's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Don Chamberlain 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

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  • Don Chamberlain. Issue Position: Abortion. 9 February 2012. “As a Congressional Representative for the citizens of the 7th District of Alabama, I will stand tall in the belief that life is a miracle of God and support Pro-Life for unborn babies. I cannot stand before God supporting legislation which makes it legal to prevent these miracles of life from being born.” (www.votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

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  • Don Chamberlain. Twitter: @DonChamberlain7. 30 June 2012. "Supporting our military is not a Republican or Democrat issue; it is an American issue for the cause of freedom." (twitter.com)
  • Don Chamberlain. Compare the Candidates on Military & Defense. 29 November 2010. “For Those who came before us, those now engaged, and those who are yet to be called upon for battle, you can be assured that I, as a Congressional Representative, can be counted on for uncompromising support of our military, veterans, and their families. Supporting our military is not a Republican or Democrat issue; it is an American issue, for the cause of freedom, and I believe every American should stand behind our military […] I believe in today's world, we must continue building a diverse and strong military to protect freedom from the dangers we face on a continuing global basis.” (vote-al.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

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  • Don Chamberlain. Twitter: @DonChamberlain7. 30 June 2012. "Supporting our military is not a Republican or Democrat issue; it is an American issue for the cause of freedom." (twitter.com)
  • Don Chamberlain. Compare the Candidates on Military & Defense. 29 November 2010. “ For Those who came before us, those now engaged, and those who are yet to be called upon for battle, you can be assured that I, as a Congressional Representative, can be counted on for uncompromising support of our military, veterans, and their families. Supporting our military is not a Republican or Democrat issue; it is an American issue, for the cause of freedom, and I believe every American should stand behind our military […] I believe in today's world, we must continue building a diverse and strong military to protect freedom from the dangers we face on a continuing global basis.” (vote-al.org)
  • Don Chamberlain. Issue Position: Military & Veterans. 9 February 2012. “As a Congressman my approach for voting on any bill referencing our military can be summed up by two questions: Does this bill strengthen our military readiness to defend democracy worldwide? Does this bill strengthen benefits our military personnel, veterans and families receive from the government of The United States? As a Congressional Representative, my vote can be counted in the "affirmative" when the answer to these two questions is 'Yes'. I believe in today's world, we must continue building a diverse and strong military to protect freedom from the dangers we face on a continuing global basis.” (www.votesmart.org)
  • Don Chamberlain. Tuscaloosa News:2012 Alabama Congressional District 7. Responded “I will support 10% - 15% across the board reductions in spending in every government department budget in Washington with the exceptions in Social Security, Medicare, Military, Veterans affairs and benefits budgets.” to the question: “What is the most important issue facing Congress and how would you address it?” (c3.thevoterguide.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

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  • Don Chamberlain. Audio: Conservative's Coast to Coast!.30 April 2012. “I like Herman Cain's 999 program.” (53:30). (www.blogtalkradio.com)
  • Mary Orndorff. AL.com: GOP candidates for Alabama's 7th Congressional District see role for government. 1 March 2012. A member of Congress 'must recognize what government resources are available to secure the funding and governmental assistance necessary to any proposed job-creating initiative for assuring success and have insight and creativity on how to submit the funding required to the president of the United States and Congress, without adding to the federal deficit and without overburdening the American citizens with any new taxes to pay for the funding requested,' Chamberlain said. (blog.al.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • Don Chamberlain. Audio: Conservative's Coast to Coast!.30 April 2012. “Everything that is going to work for this country is done through the private sector.” (www.blogtalkradio.com)
  • Don Chamberlain. Bio. 12 June 2012. “Recognizing that small business is the backbone of the American Economy, Don will use the resources and influence of the U.S. Congressional office to help bring these companies and the jobs they will provide to the 7th Congressional District of Alabama.” (donchamberlain.me)
  • Don Chamberlain. Issue Position: The Alabama Delegation. 9 February 2012. “In less than a decade, a "super port" in Mobile would be the driving engine for unprecedented economic growth throughout the region. We would see new business opportunities "spring up" throughout Alabama; from Jackson to Birmingham, Selma to Demopolis, and Camden to Tuscaloosa, and cities all along the Tenn-Tom waterway. Making a commitment to plan economic development on a regional basis could usher in a defining era for the Alabama Republican Delegation and the Great State of Alabama.” (www.votesmart.org)
  • Don Chamberlain. Audio: Conservative's Coast to Coast!.30 April 2012. “When I worked on this farm program with the commissioner of agriculture we got to a point where we applied for a grant […] but the grants were eliminated because the agriculture department in Washington had to take away the new crop growth grant money because they didn't have enough money for food stamps […] they are taking money away from raising food or new crop growth and putting it in consuming food. So it's dead end dollars.” (22:30). (www.blogtalkradio.com)
  • Don Chamberlain. Issue Position: Advancing Technologies. 9 February 2012. “The key to economic recovery for the 7th Congressional District of Alabama is to use the power of advancing technologies to create new jobs for our citizens. As your congressional representative, my vision is to take full advantage of technology, both domestic and worldwide, that are a fit for the people and the natural resources in our district. […] In conjunction with the chambers, private business and financial investment coalitions, we will formulate technological seminars in the district to keep you informed about any new technologies on our target list that we believe will add to the number and quality of jobs being created in our district. […] It is time we demonstrate how government, through leadership, can meet the needs of people the old fashioned way; creating new jobs based on focused hard work and not government handouts. ” (www.votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

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  • Don Chamberlain. Bio. 12 June 2012. “Recognizing that small business is the backbone of the American Economy, Don will use the resources and influence of the U.S. Congressional office to help bring these companies and the jobs they will provide to the 7th Congressional District of Alabama.” (donchamberlain.me)
  • Patrick Rupinski. Tuscaloosa News: Two businessmen focus on economy in 7th District Republican race. 10 March 2012. “Right now, there are too many taxes on small businesses and that is hurting our economy.” (www.tuscaloosanews.com)
  • Editorial Board. Birmingham News: OUR VIEW: Terri Sewell and Don Chamberlain are their parties' best choices in the 7th Congressional District runoff. 4 July 2010. “Chamberlain captured 37 percent of the vote among four Republicans who sounded many of the same themes on the economy and how to create jobs, such as tax cuts for businesses that hire new employees. Chamberlain, who holds two patents, suggests recruiting to the district patent-holders, such as those in small technology companies, who are poised to grow their companies and hire employees.” (blog.al.com)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

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  • Don Chamberlain. Issue Position: Education. 9 February 2012. “I believe the "no child left behind" governmental mandates place a disproportionate emphasis on academics and high-stakes test results while neglecting crafts, skills, and other valuable talents student's possess. […] Conversely, in a system based on one-size-fits-all standards, academic over-achievers are also often prevented from reaching their true potential. As a result, many of our most academically gifted students see public education as a poor choice and turn to private schools to complete their education.” (www.votesmart.org)
  • Don Chamberlain. Facebook: Wall. 15 May 2012. “I'm reminded that that's another year's worth of valuable learning time for our kids that's been wasted by a huge Federal bureaucracy. Time to return the power to educate to the States.” (www.facebook.com)
  • Don Chamberlain. Twitter: ‏@DonChamberlain7. 15 May 2012. “Another school year is ending soon. Another year of wasted learning time for our kids by a huge Federal agency. Return ED to the States.” (twitter.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

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  • Mary Orndorff. AL.com: Campaign 2010: Two Republicans in rare primary runoff for Democrat-heavy 7th U.S. House seat. 30 June 2010. “Both Salter and Chamberlain are advocates of drilling for oil offshore. […] Chamberlain's strategy to reduce American dependence on foreign oil is through conservation. 'The technology for developing long-term conservation objectives is available,' Chamberlain said.” (blog.al.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Don Chamberlain. Issue Position: Gun Control. 9 February 2012. “I strongly support 'the right to keep and bear arms' as an absolute right for law abiding citizens, as written and guaranteed by the Second Amendment of our Constitution. […] Any legislation which would alter or ban our ability to purchase hand guns, rifles, and shotguns, and/or the ammunition manufactured for these firearms, I would oppose.” (www.votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Don Chamberlain. Compare the Candidates on Health & Medical. 29 November 2010. “I also oppose the Washington backdoor deal-making that took place in order to get the votes needed to pass the current healthcare legislation. If the healthcare bill was really in everyone's best interest, it would have had the required votes based on its own merits. We need to ask what we specifically want to accomplish with our healthcare […] Opening competition in the insurance industry by allowing free trade across state lines will drive down costs and improve services. I want to see us, as citizens, strive for profitable independence, not government dependence. As a free people, we are powerful when we find solutions that allow us to stand on our own. I believe that gainful employment is central to solving the healthcare crisis in our country. My vision is to address the issue of unemployment first and foremost as we carefully monitor the impact of the new healthcare bill on the American People.” (vote-al.org)
  • Don Chamberlain. Issue Position: Healthcare. 9 February 2012. “There are many reasons the Republican Party was right to stand united in trying to prevent the current healthcare bill from passing. Perhaps the most important reason is the impact it will have, is on small businesses. The financial implications for businesses, which are already struggling in this economy, are significant. As the added financial burden forces these businesses to lay off even more workers, the consequences will be felt by all of us. Even in a good economy, this would be the wrong direction for us. In our current recession it is devastating.” (www.votesmart.org)
  • Mary Orndorff. AL.com: Terri Sewell or Don Chamberlain will make history in Alabama 7th Congressional District race. 17 October 2010. “Chamberlain is concerned that the new health care law will not contain costs, but he stopped short of calling for a full repeal.” (blog.al.com)
  • Don Chamberlain. Audio: Conservative's Coast to Coast!.30 April 2012. “We haven't seen the brunt of the Obamacare cost, I mean our state is fixing to go bankrupt on this thing here in Alabama and is going to have to have federal help […] it will break this country by itself.” (46:00). (www.blogtalkradio.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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  • Don Chamberlain. NumbersUSA: 2012 Congressional. Responded “YES” to the question: “Do you OPPOSE offering the officially estimated 11 million people illegally in the U.S. Long-term work permits and/or a path to citizenship (whether through a blanket amnesty or an 'earned legalization' or other form)?” (www.numbersusa.com)
  • Mary Orndorff. The Birmingham News: Campaign 2010: Two Republicans in rare primary runoff for Democrat-heavy 7th U.S. House seat. "Why should we back off our policy because of the sheer numbers of people who broke the law and continue to live in the country illegally?" (blog.al.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Don Chamberlain. Issue Position: Military & Veterans. 9 February 2012. “As a Congressman my approach for voting on any bill referencing our military can be summed up by two questions: Does this bill strengthen our military readiness to defend democracy worldwide? Does this bill strengthen benefits our military personnel, veterans and families receive from the government of The United States? As a Congressional Representative, my vote can be counted in the "affirmative" when the answer to these two questions is 'Yes'. I believe in today's world, we must continue building a diverse and strong military to protect freedom from the dangers we face on a continuing global basis.” (www.votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown 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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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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