Representative Tom Cole's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (OK) - District 4, Republican
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Tom Cole has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Tom Cole 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 are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tom Cole. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Tom Cole voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Cole. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Tom Cole voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Tom Cole a rating of 19 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Tom Cole supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Tom Cole supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Cole. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Tom Cole voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Cole. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Tom Cole voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Cole. Issue Position: Protecting our Values. 15 December 2011. "Tom strongly supports the right to life, traditional marriage, strong family values. Tom voted to end partial birth abortion, he is a cosponsor of the Constitutional amendment to protect marriage. Tom also voted to pass a constitutional amendment that would prohibit the desecration of the U.S. Flag." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Cole. Partisan Political Tactics Stifle Health Care Debate. 8 March 2010. "One of the most troubling results of this lengthy process has been the weakening of a longstanding policy to prevent taxpayer dollars from being used to fund abortions. Under our current system of individually purchased health plans, policy holders don't have to worry that their premiums will be used to pay for procedures to which they're morally opposed. However, language in the Senate bill would not restrict taxpayer money from being used to subsidize abortions performed though taxpayer-funded community health centers and government health plans authorized by the legislation." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Cole. Press Release “ Congressman Cole Votes to Ensure Parental Notification. 26 September 2006. "This legislation [the Child Custody Protection Act, S. 403] ensures parents, living in states with parental notification laws, will have that same right if the child goes or is taken to another state for the abortion. This is an important law for the child--it protects them from sexual predators that might take them across the border for an abortion to hide their crime and also if the child has medical conditions in which a parent would be able to inform the abortion provider before the operation." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Cole. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial-birth" abortion."
  • Tom Cole. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Tom Cole. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Tom Cole. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Tom Cole. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion. Other or expanded principles: "I would accept the legalization of abortion in cases of rape and incest as part of an overall constitutional amendment on the issue."
  • Tom Cole. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Tom Cole. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Tom Cole. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Tom Cole voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Cole. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Tom Cole voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Tom Cole supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Tom Cole supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Cole. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Tom Cole voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tom Cole. Rep. Cole Comments on President's Address. 24 February 2009. "We cannot tax and spend our way into recovery and prosperity. In fact, raising taxes during a period of recession is a recipe for disaster. And unfortunately, the President has already made it known that he intends to let the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts expire next year. Letting those cuts phase out, while raising other taxes and pouring more money into expensive government programs is antithetical to the ideals of fiscal responsibility." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Tom Cole supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 85 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Tom Cole supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Tom Cole supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 84 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Cole. Issue Position: Economy. 1 January 2011. "I believe American families and small businesses are taxed too much. Furthermore, I believe the system through which we collect these taxes is overly burdensome, too complex, and fundamentally unfair in many respects. Consequently, I am an advocate of fundamental and comprehensive tax reform. The two most prominent tax reform proposals are the Flat Tax and the Fair Tax. Both of these proposals represent a dramatic departure from the current system, and both of them would profoundly simplify the tax code of the United States." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Cole. Issue Position: Stimulating the Economy “ Creating Jobs. 15 December 2011. "Tom worked with President Bush to eliminate the marriage penalty tax, increase the per child tax credit, and lower tax rates for every American. In addition, they provided incentives for small businesses to hire more employees and offer health care coverage. Now Tom will work to make these tax cuts permanent so every taxpayer will keep more of what they earn and business will create more good-paying jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Cole. Job Creation through Spending Cuts. 21 March 2011. "We narrowly avoided a massive tax hike as recently as December, and President Obama's budget for 2012 includes $1.6 trillion in new taxes even though the facts demonstrate that taxes are not a viable debt reduction option." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Cole. Jobs, Economy, and Taxes. 9 March 2004. "We should not take the easy way out of our budget problem by raising taxes. The tax cuts for families and small businesses created this economic recovery and raising taxes would put the breaks on this economic recovery." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Cole. Obama's Policies Stifle Economic Growth. 29 November 2010. "In less than five weeks, tax hikes will go into effect for virtually all tax brackets unless Congress takes action. Despite public and bipartisan support for maintaining the current tax rates, President Obama and Democratic leaders in Congress have repeatedly refused to bring the issue to a vote. President Obama insists that his plan to raise taxes on the highest tax brackets will not affect job creators, but the facts indicate otherwise." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tom Cole. Cole Says "NO" to Budget-Busting Stimulus. 28 January 2009. "We are facing a global recession and a federal response is needed. But this bill busts the federal budget while doing next-to-nothing to truly stimulate our economy. Congress just spent 300 percent more on this legislation than was spent in all of World War II, and a staggering 1200 percent more than was spent during the New Deal. And while the stimulus bill will create some government jobs, it does so at an outrageous expense to the taxpayer. In fact, job-creating tax measures for small businesses have virtually been eliminated from this stimulus bill." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Cole. Cole Says: Unemployment Rate Should Be A Wake Up Call. 6 November 2009. "Earlier this year Congress passed a stimulus package that was allegedly going to create more than three million jobs. Not only did those jobs not materialize, more than 2.8 million jobs have been lost since the passage of that legislation. These figures make it clear that the economic policies being pursued by the Obama Administration are not working." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Cole. Cole: "This is Not the Stimulus Oklahomans Deserve". 13 February 2009. "This bill should have put more money in the hands of those who pay taxes, create jobs and invest in our economy. Instead, we're giving billions to those who will grow government and raise taxes. This is not the stimulus plan that Oklahomans deserve." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Cole. Congressman Cole Asks "Where Are the Jobs?" 15 October 2009. "Eight months ago the Administration and Democrats in Congress pushed through a nearly $800 billion so-called 'stimulus' bill that was supposed to lead to the creation of nearly 3.5 million jobs. However, recent statistics suggest that since the time the 'stimulus' bill was passed America has actually lost almost 2.3 million jobs. The unemployment rate, which the President said would not exceed eight percent with the implementation of the stimulus is now approaching 10 percent and climbing." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Cole. Job Creation through Spending Cuts. 21 March 2011. "Statistics show that 21 times in ten developed countries, governments were able to reduce debt by 4.5 percentage points or more of GDP within three years. Additionally, 26 times in nine developed countries, significant economic growth occurred along with the debt reduction. Far from taking many years to materialize, the economic growth started within three years of spending cuts. Notably, this job-creating debt reduction was not achieved by raising taxes. Rather, the study showed that economic growth in these countries was related to government spending reductions that could be characterized as 'significant, credible, and difficult to reverse.' Specific examples cited by the study include 'reducing the number and compensation of government workers' and 'eliminating agencies and programs.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Cole. Latest "Jobs" Bill Promises More Spending. 28 May 2010. "The fact is, there is a fiscal emergency, but it can only be addressed by spending cuts, not spending increases." (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Tom Cole a rating of 89 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Tom Cole supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Cole. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Tom Cole voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Cole. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Tom Cole voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Cole. Cole Comments On Oklahoma's Unemployment Rate. 20 November 2009. "The 'stimulus' plan was supposed to generate millions of jobs - but since it was passed more than 3.3 million jobs have been lost. As if that weren't bad enough, Americans now know that the government can't even accurately account for how these stimulus funds have been spent. Oklahomans want real solutions that generate jobs - not bigger government and more reasons to mistrust it." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Cole. Op-Ed: State Of The Union Speech Promises More Spending And Debt. 1 February 2010. "Democrats' approach of more spending, higher taxes and bigger government is not what the times call for. Restoring fiscal sanity requires tough choices that the Obama administration and congressional Democrats seem unwilling to make. We need commonsense policies that control runaway government spending and allow American innovation to thrive. This is the key to job creation, long-term economic security, energy independence and affordable health care." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Cole. Recipe For Disaster. 12 February 2009. "Madam Speaker, I rise today to speak about the proposed stimulus legislation. To paraphrase Winston Churchill, never have so few spent so much so quickly to do so little. The stimulus bill, now totaling a staggering $789 billion, does little to aid our ailing economy. Let me put $789 billion in perspective. That is more money than we spent in 5 years of war in Iraq. That is more money than we spent in Afghanistan. Seven hundred eight-nine billion dollars is nearly as much as the total of all United States currency currently circulating worldwide. This spending bill creates some 30 new Federal programs and agencies, growing government to the largest size ever. In fact, the spending in this bill is larger than the budgets of most governments and nearly twice the size of the oil-rich economy of Saudi Arabia. What we need is more money in the hands of those who pay taxes, create jobs and invest in our economy. Instead, we're giving billions to those who will grow government and raise taxes. Madam Speaker, this is not a road to recovery. This is a recipe for disaster." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tom Cole. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Education"
  • Tom Cole. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education. Other or expanded principles: "ON QUESTION (B), I SUPPORT VOUCHERS WITHIN PUBLIC SCHOOLS ONLY WHEN CHILDREN ARE TRAPPED IN A FAILING SCHOOL."
  • Tom Cole. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Tom Cole. Issue Position: Education. 15 December 2011. "With increased resources and accountability each state is taking the challenge to meet President Bush's pledge. Over the past eight years, federal spending on education has more than doubled, but our standards of accountability must rise with the funding level. Every child should be able to pursue a dream-and that starts with education." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Cole. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Tom Cole. A Back to School Update: Educational Reforms at Every Level. 26 September 2005. "On January 8, 2002, President Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) into law. Less than four years later, the success of the law and its emphasis on accountability are unmistakable. In July, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) long-term trends assessment revealed significant improvements in overall student achievement, with noteworthy gains among minority students. Congress is continuing to make funding increases to help implement NCLB. States and local school districts are expected to receive $24.4 billion in federal funds in FY 2005 to help implement the No Child Left Behind Act, accounting for a forty percent increase in federal elementary and secondary education funding since President Bush signed NCLB into law. While much needs to be done moving forward, we should recognize how much has been accomplished in recent years." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Cole. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Tom Cole. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2011. "When Congress enacted the No Child Left behind law in 2002, it created more accountability and additional resources for state and local schools to ensure that all American children get a quality education. Over the last eight years, it is clear that some aspects of this law have worked, while others have not been as effective. As Congress begins to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary School Act this year, it is my hope that members of both parties will develop a plan to give local schools more control, but still ensure that every student has access to a high quality education." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tom Cole. Issue Position: Strengthening Rural America. 1 January 2010. "While climate change regulation will have a major impact on almost every American industry, regulating Greenhouse Gasses will be especially damaging for our farmers and rural communities." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Cole. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Tom Cole. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Support the U.S. re-entering the current Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Tom Cole. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Tom Cole. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Tom Cole. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Tom Cole. Oklahoma Delegation United Against Obama Backdoor Energy Tax. 3 March 2011. "With the volatile situation in the Middle East threatening catastrophic gas price increases, the last thing we need to do is raise energy costs ourselves through crippling regulations. The EPA's plan to implement cap and trade circumvents both Congress and the wishes of the American people. The Energy Tax Prevention Act would prevent this terrible policy from destroying jobs and raising energy costs, and I join Sen. Inhofe and the entire Oklahoma congressional delegation in strong support of this important legislation." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Tom Cole supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 30 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Cole. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Tom Cole voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Tom Cole supported the interests of Environment America 33 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Cole. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Tom Cole voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tom Cole. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Tom Cole. Oklahoma Delegation Applauds Supreme Court's Decision to Uphold Constitutional Rights of Gun Owners in McDonald v. Chicago. "The United States Constitution could not be more clear when it states, 'the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.' As a life-long supporter of the 2nd Amendment, I truly believe this constitutional right should apply in every corner of the country. I applaud the Supreme Court's decision in McDonalds v. Chicago to reaffirm every American citizen's constitutional right to bear arms and I hope the Supreme Court will continue down the path of ensuring strict adherence to the constitutional rights granted to every American citizen." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Cole. Issue Position: Protecting Our Neighbors. 15 December 2011. "The Second Amendment is a testament to the freedoms and liberties that Americans enjoy. It, as much as any other part of the Constitution, speaks to the Founding Fathers' belief in self-reliant citizens and a limited role for the federal government. There is every reason to believe that unnecessary regulations on gun ownership violate the principles on which this nation was founded. As a member of the National Rife Association (NRA), I will continue to work to preserve our Second Amendment rights." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Cole. Cole Praises Supreme Court Ruling. 28 June 2010. "The Constitution is crystal clear that citizens have the right to bear arms. This decision [McDonald v. Chicago] affirms that no government, at any level, has the authority to deny the rights of Americans to own guns. Today's ruling further reinforces the importance of appointing Supreme Court justices who will respect the fundamental rights plainly set forth in our Constitution." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Tom Cole supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 0 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Tom Cole in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Tom Cole a grade of 82." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Cole. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Tom Cole voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Cole. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Tom Cole voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Cole. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Tom Cole voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Cole. Preserving Second Amendment Rights. 30 July 2008. "On June 26, 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a federal appeals court decision that the gun ban in Washington, D.C. is unconstitutional. This gun ban had been in place for over 30 years and during that time our nation's capital degenerated into one of the most violent, crime-infested cities in America. Many people, myself included, believe one of the reasons for that crime wave was precisely because we disarmed the law abiding citizens and left them defenseless. While the highest court in the land has restored the full constitutional rights of the citizens of the District of Columbia, their own city council and mayor have immediately set to work at eroding these rights." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Cole. Cole Praises House Passage of Concealed Carry Rights. 16 November 2011. "This legislation [the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act, H.R. 822] will help ensure that Americans' Second Amendment rights are respected across state lines. Just as a driver's license is valid in other states, concealed carry permits should also be honored. Oklahomans should have the same right to protect ourselves in other concealed-carry states as we have at home." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Cole. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Tom Cole. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Tom Cole. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Tom Cole. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Tom Cole. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Tom Cole. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Tom Cole. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Tom Cole. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Tom Cole. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "I strongly support 2nd Amendment Rights."
  • Tom Cole. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Tom Cole. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Tom Cole. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Tom Cole. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Tom Cole. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tom Cole. Video: Rep. Tom Cole on Fox Business Network discussing Health Care. 24 November 2009. "Now look, this bill is a terrible bill, and I think what we're seeing is the more the American people have a chance to actually look at the bill, read the bill, and hear it discussed, the less they like it. It's gonna raise their taxes, it's gonna increase their health care premiums, it's gonna ultimately increase the deficit pretty dramatically unless congress makes cuts that its never made before, and it's gonna push us well down the road to a government run health care system. So it really is a turkey of a bill [...]" (youtu.be)
  • Tom Cole. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Tom Cole. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Tom Cole. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Tom Cole. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Tom Cole. Video: Rep. Tom Cole on Fox Business Network discussing Health Care. 24 November 2009. "Now look, this bill is a terrible bill, and I think what we're seeing is the more the American people have a chance to actually look at the bill, read the bill, and hear it discussed, the less they like it. It's gonna raise their taxes, it's gonna increase their health care premiums, it's gonna ultimately increase the deficit pretty dramatically unless congress makes cuts that its never made before, and it's gonna push us well down the road to a government run health care system. So it really is a turkey of a bill [¦]" (youtu.be)
  • Tom Cole. ObamaCare Is Not Health Reform. 22 March 2010. "After over one year and an extraordinary abuse of the legislative process, President Obama has managed to force his health plan through the House. While he and his liberal allies may consider this a victory, it's a defeat for the American people, the economy, and our health care system." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Cole. Cole Votes to Repeal Obamacare. 19 January 2011. "Obamacare is bad legislation that spends $1.2 trillion we don't have and burdens American businesses and families with unacceptable costs and regulations. Most Americans strongly oppose this law, and honoring our pledge to repeal is important, regardless of the prospects in the Democratic Senate. This vote is just the first step of a continuing process to pass real reforms that lower health care costs without expanding government control." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Cole. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Tom Cole voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Tom Cole supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Cole. Obamacare One Year Later. 28 March 2011. "The No. 1 comment I hear from constituents continues to be 'repeal Obamacare.' I can assure Oklahomans that, one year after its passage, Republicans continue fighting on every front to do just that." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Cole. Obamacare's Broken Promises. 8 October 2010. "With a 9.6 percent unemployment rate, we can't afford mandates that force employers to cut jobs. Obamacare must be repealed and replaced before more damage is done." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Cole. Cole, OK Delegation React To CMS Report On Health Care Bill. 26 April 2010. "This report validates all of Oklahomans' worst fears about ObamaCare. The president's own analysts have now verified that concerns about cost hikes, Medicare cuts, and doctor shortages aren't just slogans -- they're the new reality now that government-controlled health care is the law of the land. We knew from the start that claims like 'if you like your health care, you can keep it' were false, and now CMS has confirmed that 14 million people will likely lose their employer-provided coverage, not to mention all the seniors who will lose coverage when Medicare providers drop out of the program. It's a shame that President Obama and Speaker Pelosi didn't listen to the American people, who knew all along that this plan was a disaster." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Cole. Employers Brace for Obamacare. 23 August 2010. "Even before implementation, Obamacare is raising health costs, decreasing access to care, and discouraging employers from hiring new workers. No matter how hard the Obama administration works to promote their plan, the American people know better. On August 4, Missouri voters rejected by a 71 percent margin the law's requirement that every citizen be forced to purchase coverage or pay a penalty. Congressional conservatives will continue to listen to the American people and work to repeal and replace the terribly misguided mandates of Obamacare before more damage is done." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Cole. New Report Confirms ObamaCare Flaws. 3 May 2010. "President Obama and Speaker Pelosi clearly didn't listen when the American people warned that ObamaCare would be a disaster. It's doubtful they will pay any more attention now that the Obama administration's own Medicare department is sounding the alarm. The only solution is to repeal and replace this costly debacle before it bankrupts the country and permanently damages our health care system." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Cole. Rep. Cole Votes "No" On Obamacare. 21 March 2010. "Along with an overwhelming majority of Oklahomans, I strongly oppose the government takeover of health care and the arrogant way it's been forced upon the American people. This deeply flawed legislation raises taxes, expands government control and kills job creation, but it fails to cut health care costs or meaningfully reform the insurance system." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tom Cole. Cole Comments on Federal Lawsuit to Block Arizona Law. 6 July 2010. "Arizona was forced to act because of President Obama's failure to enforce federal immigration laws, and this lawsuit can't hide that fact. Undermining state laws will not make the country safer. Rather than waste time and taxpayer money suing Arizona, the Obama administration should focus on securing the border." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Cole. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S."
  • Tom Cole. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States."
  • Tom Cole. Border Security Essential to Immigration Reform. 24 May 2010. "Arizona lawmakers are under fire for daring to attempt what the Obama administration has failed to do: enforce immigration laws. The state's new law simply grants law enforcement officials the authority to investigate the status of individuals suspected of being in the country illegally. But from the reaction of Washington liberals, you would think that Arizona had declared martial law rather than outline a process for their state to enforce federal laws already on the books. Nancy Pelosi called the law 'misguided and irresponsible.' Meanwhile, President Obama said it 'threatened to undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans' and characterized the policy as an example of 'irresponsibility.' In reality, it is the Obama administration's policies that are irresponsible. Since taking office, President Obama has paid lip service to the idea of overhauling the nation's flawed immigration policies while doing virtually nothing to achieve reform. Even worse, the administration has squandered the progress begun by the Bush White House and actually scaled back some key enforcement measures." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Tom Cole in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Tom Cole supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Cole. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Tom Cole voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Cole. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Tom Cole voted Did Not Vote on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Tom Cole supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Cole. America: A Land of Opportunity and Laws. 29 May 2007. "Last week the Senate debated legislation addressing the issue of illegal immigration. While the Senate appears to recognize that additional border security measures and more effective immigration law enforcement are necessary, I have grave concerns about the bill - particularly regarding the issue of potentially rewarding illegal immigrants who have consistently broken our laws. As the House begins to consider their own immigration bill, I think we must be guided by three basic principles. Is the legislation practical and enforceable? Will the legislation strengthen our borders and restore order to our immigration processes. And will the legislation reward those who follow our laws and punish those who violate them?" (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Cole. American [sic] Needs a Strong Border Security Bill. 27 June 2006. "We oppose efforts to reward the behavior of illegal immigrants who have made the choice to break our laws." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Cole. Issue Position: Securing Our Nation's Borders. 15 December 2011. "Like many of you, I believe that maintaining secure borders is a critical part of having a secure nation. During my tenure in Congress, I have consistently supported common sense immigration policies that strengthen border security and strictly enforce the laws of our country. For example, I supported H.R. 4437, one of the toughest immigration bills ever passed by the House. I intend to add my voice to strong immigration bills that guarantee strict, enforced immigration policy reform. But, those measures must not reward those who broke our nation's laws by proving them with amnesty." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Cole. Rep. Cole's Statement after President's Remarks on Immigrations Reform. 15 May 2006. "Above all else, just as the President [Bush] reiterated tonight, our country is and will always be open and accepting to any individual that wishes to come here by following the rules and abiding by the law. Border security is the first step to a comprehensive immigration policy. As the President noted, we must also enforce existing laws and then put into effect a policy for the illegal immigrants that are already living inside our borders." (votesmart.org)

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  • Tom Cole. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "k) Should marriage be restricted to a union only between a man and a woman?"
  • Tom Cole. Issue Position: Protecting our Values. 15 December 2011. "Tom strongly supports the right to life, traditional marriage, strong family values. Tom voted to end partial birth abortion, he is a cosponsor of the Constitutional amendment to protect marriage. Tom also voted to pass a constitutional amendment that would prohibit the desecration of the U.S. Flag." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Cole. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "j) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?"
  • Tom Cole. Lankford Statement on August Unemployment Report. 2 September 2011. "House Republicans have laid out an agenda for the Fall that encourages our economy to grow by cutting the size of government and providing incentives for businesses to hire new workers." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Cole. Congressman Cole Votes for Marriage Protection Amendment. 19 July 2006. "I believe this legislation is important to protect states rights in the democratic process and ensure a proper exercise of checks and balances. Forty-five states have passed laws or constitutional amendments defining marriage as being between a man and a woman. Polls show that most Americans agree that marriage should be between a man and women, yet some activist judges continue to hijack the process, disregard the views of most Americans and legislate this issue from the bench." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Cole. U.S. House Focuses on Values Agenda. 10 July 2006. "I would like to take a few minutes to tell you about these bills and how they will affect you and your family. In the U.S. House, we will be working to pass the following pieces of legislation as part of the American Values Agenda: - Pledge Protection Act to protect the Pledge of Allegiance from attacks by activist federal judges seeking to rule it unconstitutional. - The Public Expression of Religion Act provides that when state or local officials are sued over public expressions of religion, no monetary damages, costs, or attorney's fees may be awarded. - The Marriage Amendment to amend the Constitution to declare marriage to be between a man and a woman." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Tom Cole supported the interests of the American Family Association 88 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Cole. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Tom Cole voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Tom Cole supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Cole. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Tom Cole voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Tom Cole supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 85 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Tom Cole supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 5 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Tom Cole supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Cole. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Tom Cole voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tom Cole. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "f) Do you support a policy of pre-emptive strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to national security?"

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tom Cole. Congressman Cole's Statement on State of the Union Address. 2 February 2005. "I believe personal accounts will give our children and grandchildren retirement security that Social Security will not be able to offer in them in the near future." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Cole. Issue Position: Seniors. 15 December 2011. "I believe it is important to preserve Social Security the way it is now for those current and near-retirees, while giving younger workers the option of investing a large part of their existing retirement taxes in a personal retirement account to raise their retirement income." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Cole. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Tom Cole. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security. Other or expanded principles: "Benefits must be maintained for retirees and those nearing retirement."
  • Tom Cole. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Tom Cole. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security. Other or expanded principles: "Benefits must be maintained for retirees and those nearing retirement."
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Tom Cole supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 60 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Cole. High Hopes for the 109th Congress. 10 January 2005. "For 65 years, Social Security has provided retirement security for tens of millions of Americans. As demographics change and costs increase, we must make fundamental changes to the system to ensure future retirees will receive the benefits promised to them. Although there is not a specific plan for these types of improvements-a good plan would ensure the same coverage for retirees and near-retirees and expanded options for those years away from retirement. I do not support any changes that force current retirees, or those nearing retirement age, into private accounts. Social Security is responsible for a tremendous increase in the living standards of senior citizens. America has made a solemn promise to our seniors and I will help ensure Congress keeps its word. Yet, we must do something to ensure protection for our children and our grandchildren." (votesmart.org)

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Congressional Election 2004 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.
b) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
Xd) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
Xe) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
Xf) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial-birth" abortion.
Xg) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
h) Other or expanded principles

Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category.

Budget Priorities

Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Slightly Decreaseb) Arts
Greatly Increasec) Defense
Slightly Increased) Education
Slightly Decreasee) Environment
Greatly Increasef) Homeland security
Maintain Statusg) International aid
Greatly Increaseh) Law enforcement
Slightly Increasei) Medical research
Maintain Statusj) National parks
Maintain Statusk) Public health services
Maintain Statusl) Scientific research
Maintain Statusm) Space exploration programs
Maintain Statusn) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Maintain Statuso) Welfare
p) Other or expanded categories

Defense Spending

Greatly Increasea) Armed Forces personnel training
Greatly Increaseb) Intelligence operations
Greatly Increasec) Military hardware
Greatly Increased) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
Greatly Increasee) National missile defense
Greatly Increasef) Pay for active duty personnel
Greatly Increaseg) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Greatly Increaseh) Research and development of new weapons
Greatly Increasei) 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
Greatly Decreaseb) $25,000-$75,000
Greatly Decreasec) $75,000-$150,000
Greatly Decreased) Over $150,000
e) Other or expanded categories

Retiree Income

Greatly Decreasef) Over $40,000
g) Other or expanded categories

Other Taxes:

Slightly Decreasea) Alcohol taxes
Eliminateb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Greatly Decreased) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Eliminatef) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories

Deductions/Credits:

Maintain Statusa) Charitable contributions
Greatly Increaseb) Child tax credit
Maintain Statusc) Earned income tax credit
Maintain Statusd) Medical expense deduction
Maintain Statuse) Mortgage deduction
Maintain Statusf) Student loan credit
g) Other or expanded categories
Yes4) Do you support permanent repeal of the federal estate tax?
Yes5) Do you support eliminating taxes on dividends paid to individual investors?
Yes6) Should a married couple filing jointly pay the same taxes as if they were an unmarried couple filing separately?
7) Other or expanded principles

AMERICANS NEED TO BE ABLE TO KEEP MORE OF THEIR OWN MONEY. ALSO, OUR TAX CODE MUST BE SIMPLIFIED.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.

a) 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.
c) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
d) Allow unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
e) Allow ads paid for by soft money that support or attack a candidate for federal office.
Xf) Allow issue advocacy commercials by corporations, labor unions, and non-profit groups which appear within 60 days of a general election and within 30 days of a primary election.
Xg) Remove all contribution limits on federal campaigns and parties.
Undecidedh) Do you support instant run-off voting (IRV)?
Undecidedi) Should Election Day be a national holiday?
Noj) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?
Yesk) Should marriage be restricted to a union only between a man and a woman?
l) 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) Impose "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve full sentences with no chance of parole.
Xd) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xe) Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
f) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
Xg) Support additional criminal penalties if a fetus is killed in the commission of a federal crime against a pregnant woman.
h) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, and disability be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
Xi) Support programs that provide job training and placement services for at-risk youth.
Xj) Impose stricter penalties for those convicted of white-collar crimes.
k) Enforcement of civil rights should primarily be the responsibility of the federal government.
l) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
m) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding drugs.

Xa) 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.
d) Allow doctors to prescribe 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) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.

Xa) 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.
Xc) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any private or religious school.
Xd) Allow teachers and professionals to receive authorization and funding to establish charter schools.
Xe) Increase funding for block grants to states to aid in the hiring of additional teachers.
Xf) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
Xg) Increase funding for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings, infrastructure, technology).
Xh) Support granting states limited control over Head Start programs.
Xi) Support changing the mission of Head Start to emphasize improving the math and reading skills of disadvantaged children.
j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government.
k) Support affirmative action in public college admissions.
Xl) Increase funding of programs such as Pell grants and Stafford loans to help students pay for college.
Xm) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
Xn) Other or expanded principles

ON QUESTION (B), I SUPPORT VOUCHERS WITHIN PUBLIC SCHOOLS ONLY WHEN CHILDREN ARE TRAPPED IN A FAILING SCHOOL.

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.
Xb) 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.
f) Increase the federal minimum wage.
g) Support the right of workers to strike without fear of being permanently replaced.
Xh) Allow workers to sell company stock and to diversify their company retirement funds into other investment options.
i) Other or expanded principles

2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding affirmative action.

a) The federal government should consider race and gender in government contracting decisions.
b) The federal government should discontinue affirmative action programs.
c) The federal government should continue affirmative action programs.
d) Include sexual orientation in federal anti-discrimination laws.
e) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.

a) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
Xc) Require states to compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses of privately-owned land.
Xd) Relax logging restrictions on federal lands.
Xe) Relax standards on federal lands to allow increased recreational usage.
Xf) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil).
g) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
Xh) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration.
Xi) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
Xj) Support the use of ethanol as an alternative fuel.
Xk) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits.
l) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming.
m) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.

a) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xc) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xe) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
h) Require a license for gun possession.
i) Establish a national database of ballistic "fingerprints" to track guns used in criminal activities.
Xj) Support legislation that would protect manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and importers of firearms from civil lawsuits by crime victims.
k) 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.
b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
Xc) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes appeal mechanisms when claims are denied.
d) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes the right to sue when claims are denied.
Xe) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts.
Xf) Establish limits on the amount of punitive damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xg) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
h) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under private managed care plans.
Xi) Offer tax credits to individuals and small businesses to offset the cost of insurance coverage.
j) Support automatic enrollment of children in federal health care programs such as CHIP and Medicaid.
k) Allow 55-65 year-olds to buy into Medicare.
l) Support stem cell research on existing lines of stem cells.
m) Allow laboratories to create new lines of stem cells for additional research.
n) 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.
c) Increase the number of visas issued for agricultural workers.
d) Relax restrictions barring legal immigrants from using social programs (e.g. public housing, food stamps).
e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States.
f) Support the detention of asylum seekers from countries known to sponsor terrorism.
Xg) Other or expanded principles

THIS IS A COMPLICATED ISSUE WITH TOO MANY FACETS TO EXPAND ON IN THESE LIMITED QUESTIONS.

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) 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?
Noc) Should the United States withdraw its troops from Iraq?
d) Discuss your proposals for the reconstruction of Iraq. What funding sources would you use to implement these proposals? (75 words or less. Please use an attached page if the space below is not adequate.)

THE U.S. MUST BE VICTORIOUS IN IRAQ. OUR LONG-TERM INTERESTS WILL BE STRENGTHENED BY A FREE AND DEMOCRATICALLY GOVERNED IRAQ. I SUPPORT PRESIDENT BUSH'S EFFORTS TO ADVANCE LIBERTY AND THE WAR ON TERROR.

e) 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?
Nob) Should the United States use military force to destroy the North Korean nuclear weapons program?
Noc) 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?
Undecidedc) Should the United States commit troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions?
d) Other or expanded principles

FOR QUESTION 3(c), U.S. FORCES SHOULD BE COMMITTED TO UN PEACEKEEPING MISSIONS ONLY WHEN SUCH A DEPLOYMENT IS IN OUR NATIONAL INTEREST.

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 fund abstinence education?
8) Other or expanded principles

International Trade

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international trade.

Yes1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
Yes2) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
Yes3) Do you support continued U.S. membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
4) Should a nation's human rights record affect its normal trade relations (most favored nation) status with the United States?
Yes5) Do you support the trade embargo against Cuba?
Undecided6) Should trade agreements include provisions to address environmental concerns and to protect workers' rights?
7) Other or expanded principles

FOR QUESTION 6, THE CONTEXT OF THE AGREEMENT MUST BE CONSIDERED ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS.

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?
Yesb) Should the United States adopt stricter rules for student visa applications from nations known to sponsor terrorism?
Undecidedc) 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?
Yesd) Should the United States hold foreign states accountable for terrorists who operate in their country?
Yese) Should the federal government increase funding to states and cities for homeland security?
Yesf) Do you support a policy of pre-emptive strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to national security?
g) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security.

Xa) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves.
Xb) 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 when individuals are eligible to receive full Social Security benefits.
g) Other of expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding technology and communication.

a) Collect taxes on commercial Internet transactions.
b) Continue the moratorium on Internet taxation.
c) Implement regulation of Internet content.
Xd) 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.
Xh) Impose regulations on "spam" emails.
i) Other or expanded principles

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) 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 low-income families.
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.