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Mike Turner's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (OH) - District 10, Republican
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 10
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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-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee (
  • Rated 0% by NARAL Pro-Choice America (
  • "I'll support the right to life, the rights of students to pray in school and our right to publicly express our faith." (
No 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

  • "The President's budget request is a non-starter. This proposal includes a $2.1 trillion dollar tax increase, adds $8.5 trillion dollars to our national debt, and never balances. Demanding higher taxes as the only mechanism to avert the President's sequestration is not a serious solution to this failed policy." (
  • "Ohio families have spent the last four years struggling in what has been called the 'worst economic recovery America has ever had.' Now they are faced with the uncertainty of increased taxes that they and our fragile economy cannot afford. [?] Playing politics with the financial future of families and job creators is not something Ohioans support." (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? 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 Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Yet again President Obama has proposed a budget with a trillion dollar deficit as well as increased taxes for increased spending. The American people have already spoken, and agree that these proposals are non-starters." (
  • "The $700 billion 'urgent' government bailout of Wall Street last October has so far provided a means for the government take-over of General Motors and given Washington stock in many financial institutions. It also helped fund lavish bonuses for AIG executives even as taxpayers rescued their corporation. For many, if not most homeowners at risk of foreclosure, the bailout did little to nothing to help them keep their homes." (
  • "In addition to his efforts during the BRAC process, he recently voted for the bipartisan Economic Stimulus Act of 2008, which sent $168 billion in economic aid to American families and small businesses." (
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 636 "America's Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015" (
  • Signed a pledge stating "I, Michael Turner, pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Ohio, and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (
Yes Inferred 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

  • "The No Child Left Behind Act has proven to be effective legislation for improving our schools and education system." (
  • "Mike is a supporter of initiatives that increase federal spending on public education and put in place school accountability measures. He knows that a sound educational foundation is vital to the future success of every child and of our country. He will continue to promote legislation that increases accountability and makes our public school system better." (
  • "As a father of two daughters in school, I was excited to vote for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (HR 3010) on behalf of all District parents and grandparents. That bill funded the Department of Education at its highest level ever, $57 billion for fiscal year (FY) 2006." (
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill To Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 3 "Keystone XL Pipeline Act" (
  • "Policies like Obama's opposition to the Keystone pipeline and his proposed carbon tax (cap and trade) are bad for the economy and don't do any good for the environment either." (
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Mike is also committed to creating long term solutions to the current energy crisis by supporting legislation that would reduce America's dependency on foreign oil through alternative sources of energy such as wind, hydropower, nuclear, and clean-coal technology." (
  • "Congressman Turner has long supported an all-of-the-above approach to domestic energy production." (
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted against H.R. 2454 "Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade")" (
  • "Obama's EPA is attacking all sectors of our energy industry and economy. It's socialism dressed up as 'environmentalism.' Policies like Obama's opposition to the Keystone pipeline and his proposed carbon tax (cap and trade) are bad for the economy and don't do any good for the environment either." (
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 92% by National Rifle Association (
  • Rated 0% by Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence (
  • "As a lifetime member of the NRA, I regularly exercise my 2nd Amendment rights, and I will fight to protect them in Congress." (
Yes 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. 596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 2 "Repealing the Health Care Bill" (
  • "The flawed Obamacare legislation would adversely affect every American family, small business, and millions of seniors. Its $500 billion cuts to Medicare, which include $156 billion in Medicare Advantage cuts, will hurt southwestern Ohioans already at risk." (
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

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We need immigration reform that provides no amnesty for those who have entered our country illegally." (
  • Voted against H.R. 5281 "DREAM Act" (
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by Human Rights Campaign (
  • "I am a co-sponsor of House Joint Resolution 56, proposing an amendment to the United States Constitution relating to marriage. The president supports this constitutional amendment protecting marriage in America." (
  • Dayton Daily News "Turner opposes same-sex marriage rights." (
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Passage of the FY2016 Defense appropriations bill is an important step toward ensuring our military is properly resourced to successfully defend the United States and its allies for many years to come. As our men and women in uniform continue to face a growing and dynamic threat environment, this year's funding bill ensures that they have the resources needed to address those challenges." (
  • "Nothing yet, but I think certainly everyone's looking for the president tonight to make the case that ISIS is a direct threat to the United States, that he intends to use military force and resolve for to destroy ISIS, that he's going to look to a broader coalition. The United States not just going alone. People certainly expect that it's going to include, as Secretary Hagel has said, military action both in Iraq and in Syria." (
  • "Instead of offering a plan to arm the Ukrainians so they can successfully combat ongoing Russian aggression, today the Obama Administration urged more restraint and inaction. The president must change course and recognize that Putin poses a threat not only to Ukraine, but to our NATO allies throughout Europe." (
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

  • "Our government must find ways to strengthen and preserve these critically important programs so they last for current seniors and future generations. Congressman Turner is committed to working to find bipartisan solutions to protect our crucial safety net." (
  • "Congressman Turner has come out strongly in support of preserving the nation's Social Security system and against proposals to privatize Social Security." (


Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

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Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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