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Scott E. Reske

Scott Reske's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Scott E. Reske
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Jennifer; 3 Children
Home City: Pendleton, IN
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Scott Reske 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-choice Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ray Steele. WIBC: Reske Continues "War On Women" Argument Against Female Opponent. 29 August 2012. "When asked if he supported the Democratic Party's platform, which places no conditions on any abortions at any time during a woman's pregnancy, Reske said he supported a "woman's right to choose" and said he thought that position was consistent with the party platform." (www.wibc.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Scott Reske. Audio File: Politics and Pacers Wednesday on the Gary Snyder Show. 8 February 2012. 107:47-109:00. "Afghanistan we've got to be careful there. we pull back out of Afghanistan if we do it too fast or not in the right then way we're going to create a void. the terrorists it was their home base and it's that country if were not out there in some way or another or somebody's not there like a unit then it will just become a home base for terrorist organizations again. So we have to be very careful what we do in Afghanistan." (www.blogtalkradio.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Scott Reske. Issue Position: Defense. 1 January 2012. "The largest discretionary expenditure in our federal budget is defense. As a military officer assigned to the Pentagon, I saw defense expenditures forced by Congress that were unneeded and unwanted by our military. Congress needs members who have relevant experience for making decisions concerning the equipment and structure of our military in an ever-changing threat environment." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Brattain. Herald Journal: Brooks, Reske look ahead to November. 14 May 2012. "Fifty percent of our budget is spent on national defense. However, there has never been so few veterans serving in Congress [¦] We need to make sure we're buying the right thing for our service members. If you buy the wrong things it's fiscally irresponsible and it's hurting our troops." (heraldbulletin.com)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Scott Reske. Issue Position: Jobs. 1 January 2012. "We must reinvest in manufacturing jobs here in the US with policies that support employers who create jobs in America. We can promote innovation and the creation of new technology jobs by streamlining the patent process and improving access to capital for entrepreneurs. In a time when jobs are needed and our nation's roads and bridges are crumbling, it only makes sense to invest in our infrastructure." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Scott Reske. Issue Position: Taxes. 1 January 2012. "We must overhaul our tax code, which I believe is an impediment to small businesses and entrepreneurship. Too much taxation stifles growth and results in a weak economy with smaller revenue. The majority of our nation's new jobs and technologies come from small businesses, yet they pay twice the taxes as larger corporations. The tax code must be simpler and fairer, eliminating unfair loopholes that do nothing to stimulate the economy. Tax credits should focus on the companies that create jobs here in the US, and not on companies that ship jobs overseas." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • Scott Reske. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2012. "I believe primary and secondary education policy-making is a state and local issue, and the federal government's role should be to assist in filling economic gaps and other inequalities. We must work with our parents, teachers, administrators and community leaders to improve education." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? 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 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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Scott Reske. SB 292. 2011 Legislative Session. Prohibits Local Limits on Gun Ownership. Scott Reske voted YES on 18 April 2011. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Reske. Issue Position: Second Amendment. 1 January 2012. "I am a strong 2nd amendment advocate. As a state legislator, I have had a consistent "A" rating with the NRA for a decade. I am a competitive shooter, who spent 28 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, both on active duty and in the reserves, retiring as Colonel. In addition, I have served my community as a reserve deputy sheriff for five years." (votesmart.org)
  • Brandi Watters. The Herald Bulletin: Ammo and gun shortage driven by fear of election. 6 April 2009. "I don't like encoding ammunition. I just don't see the need. It's just a way of controlling guns. I believe strongly in the Second Amendment." (heraldbulletin.com)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Scott Reske in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Scott Reske. Reske Responds to Affordable Care Act Ruling. 28 June 2012. "I am running to make a difference in Washington to truly solve our nation's problems. As a member of Congress, I will work with both sides to improve the Affordable Care Act while ensuring its implementation does not create counterproductive results. We must protect the consumer options and protections in the present law. I remain committed to developing greater access to healthcare for all Americans and protecting Medicare for our seniors. Our healthcare industry, which currently comprises a substantial amount of our economy, must continue to be market-driven. We must work in a bipartisan fashion to improve the legislation, such as the repeal of the medical device tax, and any additional provisions that may burden businesses. As a business owner, I also believe that we must develop rational policies in Congress that will not result in further efforts to stem our economic recovery. The divisive and confrontational approach will do nothing to address this important issue. Both sides need to come to the table with the attitude that we can work together to solve problems and deliver results for Hoosier families and businesses." (reskeforcongress.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brandi Watters. The Herald Bulletin: INTOLERANCE: Red Gold hires migrants, not immigrants. 22 April 2008. "If we have common sense laws that deal with illegal immigration, people will feel comfortable that if somebody has a foreign accent and they're working, they're going to feel most likely that the person is here legally and they won't feel negatively. Now, they suspect everyone with an accent is here illegally because it's not under control [¦] Do I think there's jobs that obviously a lot of people don't want to do? Yes. There's still a lot of good jobs that people are getting bumped out of by illegal immigrants." (heraldbulletin.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Scott Reske. HJR 6. 2011 Legislative Session. Scott Reske voted YES on 15 February 2011. Summary: (legiscan.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? 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 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

  • Scott Reske. Issue Position: Social Security. 1 January 2012. "My opponent and other politicians are calling for these reductions in Social Security benefits. Some of these schemes include the privatization of Social Security, which would remove the economic security it is supposed to provide for our citizens. These types of actions are not responsible." (votesmart.org)

Key

Candidate Answer

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Inferred Answer

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