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Mike Thompson's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 5, Democratic
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Mike Thompson 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. Mike Thompson 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

  • "Congress has absolutely no business interfering in decisions best made between a woman, her family and her doctor. […] I will continue working to make sure women have the right to make their own choices about their own health care." http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/3564/mike-thompson (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1016/rating/7720 (votesmart.org)
  • "I have also made a commitment for women to have reproductive choice and consistently voted against efforts that would limit this freedom." http://mikethompson.house.gov/issues-legislation/womens-issues (mikethompson.house.gov)
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

  • "Ways and Means Committee Democrats today unanimously opposed moving forward on seven permanent, unpaid-for extensions of tax provisions that cost taxpayers $93 billion and take the Congress in the opposite direction of comprehensive tax reform through a pick-and-choose approach." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/961655/ways-and-means-democrats-unanimously-oppose-permanent-unpaid-for-extensions-of-tax-breaks#.VafXg3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The budget cuts the top corporate tax rate to 25 percent, and according to the non-partisan Tax Policy Center and Citizens for Tax Justice, taxpayers with income exceeding $1 million would receive an average tax cut of more than $200,000. These cuts and tax breaks are paid for by increasing taxes on working families by an average of $2,000." http://mikethompson.house.gov/newsroom/press-releases/thompson-votes-against-house-gop-budget (mikethompson.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.8 "Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act of 2012" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/42053 (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "'These grants provide Napa County with the resources we need to help prevent youth substance abuse, and organize our community around the goal of having healthy kids and drug-free communities,' said Thompson. 'The best way to reduce drug use is to stop it before it starts, and that's what these federal grants are all about. I am proud to support them.' " http://votesmart.org/public-statement/928651/thomas-announces-10th-year-of-funding-for-catalyst-coalition (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "American families deserve for their government to put a spending plan in place that grows the economy and helps make sure everyone who works hard has an fair and equal opportunity to get ahead and succeed." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/960335/thompson-votes-against-house-gop-budget#.Vafd-3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "If this reckless spending plan was to ever be implemented it would be a devastating blow to hard working American families. It would kill jobs, raise taxes on working families, and make it harder to afford a home, send kids to college, and save for a secure and enjoyable retirement." http://mikethompson.house.gov/newsroom/press-releases/thompson-votes-against-house-gop-budget (mikethompson.house.gov)
  • "Such legislation will address our urgent transportation and infrastructure needs, create jobs for Americans and give the private sector important incentives to locate, invest and hire here in the United States." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/656281/letter-to-president-obama/?search=invest#.Vbu5YHUViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "In order to make the difficult task of tax reform a reality, it is essential to sit down and earnestly discuss tax policies that will strengthen American families and enhance U.S. competitiveness." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/823431/letter-to-chairman-david-camp-committee-on-ways-and-means-tax-reform-must-be-product-of-bipartisanship-in-house#.VafcMXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "As a senior member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, I am working to simplify our tax code and ensure it is fair and equitable. We must also continue to invest wisely in healthcare, education, energy, transportation, and other proven sources of job creation and innovation." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/605077/representative-mike-thompson-statement-on-tax-day#.VafY2nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Throughout the reauthorization process, I will work to fix what's not working, improve what is working, and work closely with parents and local education leaders to make sure any changes to this law are in the best interests of district's students, teachers, and schools." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/981494/issue-position-education#.Vafeq3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "These funds will help parents and their children get the care and education they need to be successful and pursue their career goals. Everyone, no matter who they are or where they are from deserves an equal opportunity to succeed and this grant will help our great community organizations make that happen." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/960352/napa-valley-register-child-start-receives-14-million-federal-grant#.VaffbnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted against S. 1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VablTHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against H.R. 3 "Keystone XL Pipeline Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50797 (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

  • "We need to take an all-of-the-above approach to America's energy future. This bipartisan bill will make it easier and more attractive for private capital to be invested in renewable energy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/985515/coons-moran-poe-thompson-bill-will-level-the-playing-field-for-renewable-energy#.Vafmb3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA) today led a bipartisan coalition of legislators in calling on President Obama to protect local clean energy royalties from harmful budget cuts." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/953300/thompson-leads-bipartisan-opposition-against-presidents-proposed-cuts-to-clean-energy-royalties#.VafmznUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "In Congress, I've been a strong supporter of bipartisan PACE legislation that would help property owners finance energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in their homes and commercial buildings. Nationally, the program has reduced homeowners' energy bills and greenhouse gas emissions and increased property values." http://mikethompson.house.gov/newsroom/press-releases/rep-mike-thompson-issues-statement-on-earth-day (mikethompson.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.507 "Specifies the Authority of the Secretary of Interior on the Regulation of Methane Emissions" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/46345 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Environment America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1826/rating/7716 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We don't know what laws could have prevented the shooting in Charleston, but we do know that background checks help keep guns from dangerous people, and that saves lives." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/994680/lets-act-to-cut-down-gun-violence#.Vm7_p2wViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Unveiled Wednesday, the Thompson-King bill would expand the screening requirement to most private sellers, including those operating at gun shows and online." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/960355/the-hill-new-push-to-expand-gun-background-checks#.VafqT3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/interest-group/122/rating/7712 (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)
  • "Mr. Speaker, it is said that insanity is doing something over and over again and expecting a different result. Well, here we go again, the 56th bill to repeal or undermine the Affordable Care Act." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/958824/repeal-of-the-patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act#.VafrH3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "It's time to put these political games aside. By building on the reforms made in the Affordable Care Act, we can make sure every American can afford to go to the doctor. And that's what matters." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/785790/rep-thompson-votes-no-on-the-patients-rights-repeal-act#.VafrlnUVhHw (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

  • Voted in favor of H.R.5281 "DREAM Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/32955 (votesmart.org)
  • "We should establish a streamlined program for temporary workers, and address unauthorized immigrants who are currently in our country by creating an earned path to citizenship that requires steps like passing a background check, paying a reasonable fine and back taxes, and going to the back of the line behind those who are playing by the rules while continuing to live and work in the U.S." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/981515/issue-position-immigration-reform#.VafsKHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "We need comprehensive reform that that rewards individuals who play by the rules, allows children of immigrants to get a college education, provides a pathway to citizenship for families who have been here for generations, and establishes a guest worker program for those here doing jobs Americans don't want to do." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/880131/issue-position-immigration#.VaftJXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "[…] we must continue working until every American has the right to marry whoever they love no matter where you live." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/795986/rep-mike-thompson-statement-on-supreme-court-marriage-equality-rulings#.Vm8C1mwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "As federal legislators who represent families across this nation, we believe that—like DOMA—state marriage bans deny our citizens the equal protection that the Constitution guarantees." http://www.democraticleader.gov/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/258055-Brief-Appx.pdf (www.democraticleader.gov)
  • Rated 100% by Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1256/rating/7220 (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

  • "With the cooperation and involvement of Congress and a broad, international coalition of Muslim and Western countries, the U.S. should move to diminish ISIL, degrade their organizational capabilities, and bring those responsible for killing Americans and other innocent individuals to justice." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/928521/rep-mike-thompson-statement-on-president-obamas-isil-address/?search=isil#.Vm8BC2wViko (votesmart.org)
  • "However, arming Syrian opposition groups alone is not an effective strategy to combat the ISIL terrorist group and diminish its capacity to operate. There has been inadequate vetting of these opposition groups. We do not have enough information on the people we are proposing to arm and train." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/928531/thompson-votes-against-arming-syrian-opposition-groups-to-fight-isil#.VafuoXUVhHw (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

  • "The president offered no solutions to these problems tonight. He is reviving the failed ‘ownership society' of last year's Social Security privatization debate and applying it to health care." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/150992/thompson-responds-to-state-of-the-union-address/?search=social%20security%20privatization#.VbvnxnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Representative Mike Thompson knows that a growing share of Social Security beneficiaries in California's Fifth Congressional District and all over the country depend on Social Security for all or most of their income in retirement. He knows that eroding retirement benefits will put seniors on a highway to hardship until modest Social Security benefits are strengthened rather than cut." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/976128/thompson-co-authors-social-security-proposal-to-cut-taxes-for-seniors-increase-benefits-and-strengthen-program#.VafvTnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts that they manage themselves. "Does not support" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/3564/mike-thompson/#.Vafa2HUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by the Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/3564/mike-thompson/53 (votesmart.org)

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California 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.
Xb) 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.
e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) Dilation and extraction or "partial-birth" abortion procedures should be legal.
g) 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
Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Slightly Increaseb) Arts
Maintain Statusc) Defense
Slightly Increased) Education
Slightly Increasee) Environment
Slightly Increasef) FEMA
Slightly Increaseg) Homeland security
Slightly Increaseh) International aid
Slightly Increasei) Law enforcement (Federal)
Slightly Increasej) Law enforcement (State)
Slightly Increasek) Medical research
Slightly Increasel) National parks
Slightly Increasem) Public health services
Maintain Statusn) Scientific research
Slightly Decreaseo) Space exploration programs
Greatly Increasep) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Slightly Increaseq) United Nations
Slightly Increaser) Welfare
s) Other or expanded categories
2) Defense Spending
Greatly Increasea) Armed forces personnel training
Greatly Increaseb) Intelligence operations
Greatly Decreasec) Military hardware
Slightly Increased) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
Eliminatee) National missile defense
Slightly Increasef) Pay for active duty personnel
Slightly Increaseg) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Slightly Decreaseh) Research and development of new weapons
Greatly 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
Greatly Decreasea) Less than $12,000
Slightly Decreaseb) $12,001-$40,000
Slightly Decreasec) $40,001-$100,000
Slightly Decreased) $100,001-$180,000
Maintain Statuse) $180,001-$350,000
Slightly Increasef) $350,001 and above
g) Other or expanded categories
Other Taxes
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Maintain Statusf) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories
Deductions/Credits
Maintain Statusa) Charitable contribution deduction
Slightly Increaseb) Child tax credit
Slightly Increasec) Earned income tax credit
Maintain Statusd) 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?
Yes5) Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?
6) Other or expanded principles

Eliminate the inheritance tax on family farms and family businesses.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
a) 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.
d) Remove all contribution limits on federal campaigns and parties.
Xe) 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.
h) Support giving the President the power of the line item veto for items concerning appropriations.
Xi) Support limiting the President's use of signing statements in order to prevent an alternative interpretation of the bill.
Xj) 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.
Xg) Support strict penalties for internet crime (e.g. hacking, identity theft, worms/viruses).
Xh) 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.
Xa) Support the federal government funding universal pre-K programs.
b) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any public school.
c) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
Xd) Allow teachers and professionals to receive federal funding to establish charter or magnet schools.
Xe) Increase funding for the Pell Grant program.
Xf) 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.
Xj) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind).
k) Eliminate all federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind).
l) Other or expanded principles

I believe No Child Left Behind needs to be significantly reformed and fully funded.

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.
b) Reduce government regulation of the private sector.
Xc) Encourage employers to offer child care services, flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
Xd) Increase the federal minimum wage.
Xe) Support the right of workers to unionize.
f) Eliminate all federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
Xg) Include sexual orientation in federal anti-discrimination laws.
Xh) 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.
Xa) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
Xb) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
c) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil).
Xd) 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.
f) Support domestic oil exploration in areas that are currently restricted.
Xg) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels.
Xh) Support the use of ethanol as an alternative fuel.
i) Support research and development of nuclear reactors as an alternative energy source.
Xj) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits under "cap and trade" laws.
Xk) 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.
a) 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

I am a gun owner, sportsman and support our 2nd amendment right to bear arms. I also believe that we must do everything in our power to end gun violence and am committed to keeping firearms out of the hands of felons, violent offenders and mentally-ill individuals. I have always opposed military types of assault weapons, ?Saturday Night Specials? and support reauthorizing the assault weapons ban. These weapons have no useful purpose in our neighborhoods. Additionally, I support closing the gun show loophole which currently allows individuals to purchase guns at gun shows without having to submit a background check.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health.
a) Implement a universal healthcare program to guarantee coverage to all Americans, regardless of income.
b) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts.
c) Allow the importation of prescription drugs into the United States.
Xd) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
Xe) Offer tax credits to individuals and small businesses to offset the cost of insurance coverage.
Xf) Support expanding child healthcare programs.
g) Providing healthcare is not a responsibility of the federal government.
h) Other or expanded principles

In the past, I have supported re-importation of prescription drugs from Canada; however, I do not support wholesale importation from all countries for safety reasons.

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.
Xd) Support harsher financial punishments for those who knowingly employ illegal immigrants.
e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States.
f) Illegal immigrants should have to return to their countries of origin before being considered for citizenship.
Xg) 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?
Yesb) 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?
Yesd) Should the United States support the Lebanese government against insurgent forces?
Noe) Should the United States maintain its troop levels in Iraq?
Yesf) Should the United States withdraw its troops from Iraq?
g) Discuss your proposals for Iraq.

The U.S should redeploy our troops out of Iraq as quickly and safely as possible. We must focus our efforts on an international diplomatic strategy for quelling and containing the violence in Iraq. Ending the war in Iraq will allow us to devote additional resources to fighting terrorism worldwide.

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?
Nok) Should the United States trade nuclear fuel to India for civilian purposes?
Nol) Should the United States decrease financial support for Pakistan?
Nom) Should the United States decrease military support for Pakistan?
Yesn) Should the United States be involved in bringing an end to the violence in Darfur, Sudan?
Yeso) Should the United States be involved in bringing an end to the violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo?
Nop) Should the United States provide economic and military support to the Transitional Government of Somalia?
Yesq) Should the United States use sanctions to encourage the government of Zimbabwe to end its human rights abuses?
Yesr) 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.
a) Do you support the United States imposing economic sanctions on China?
b) Do you support the United States imposing trade sanctions on Venezuela?
c) Do you support the United States involvement in free trade agreements?
Yesd) 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.
Noa) 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?
Noe) 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?
Nog) Do you support long-term use of National Guard troops to supplement the armed forces in assignments overseas?
Noh) Should the United States expand its missile defense shield?
i) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.
Yesa) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?
Nob) Do you support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman?
Yesc) Do you support federal funding for research on existing embryonic stem cell lines?
Yesd) Do you support federal funding to create lines of stem cells from new embryos?
Yese) Should the federal government consider race and gender in government contracting decisions?
Yesf) Should the federal government continue affirmative action programs?
Yesg) Should the federal government regulate internet gambling?
h) 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 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

The president needs to convene a bipartisan commission to objectively weigh all available options for protecting Social Security.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare and poverty.
Xa) Require welfare recipients to spend at least 40 hours a week in a combination of work and training programs.
Xb) Continue to give states and local governments flexibility in and responsibility for welfare programs through federal block grants.
Xc) 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.

I believe all Americans should have access to quality, affordable healthcare. We need significant action on the federal level to conserve our natural resources and protect our planet from global warming. We must begin redeployment of our troops out of Iraq and refocus our efforts on an international diplomatic strategy for quelling and containing the violence in Iraq. I also strongly believe all federal spending should be fiscally responsible and accountable to the American taxpayer.

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