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Joaquin Castro

Joaquin Castro's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Joaquin Castro
Office: U.S. House (TX) - District 20, Democratic
First Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 20
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary March 4, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Single
Birth Date: 09/16/1974
Birth Place: San Antonio, TX
Home City: San Antonio, TX
Religion: Catholic
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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 2014, 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

  • WOAI: Local state rep questions abortion sonogram bill. 28 February 2011. "Under the proposed legislation, a woman would be required to obtain a sonogram at least 24-hours before an abortion. Supporters say it's about informed consent, but State Representative Joaquin Castro questions if it's a government intrusion. 'The medical decision a woman makes and the conversation that she has between her and her doctor is a very private one, and is really one the state shouldn't intrude in,' explained Castro." (www.woai.com)
  • Joaquin Castro. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Texas State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Joaquin Castro. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Texas State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Joaquin Castro. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Texas State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Joaquin Castro. Video: TribLive: Castro on Gay Marriage, Obamacare, etc. 2 December 2011. "Castro: I've been very supportive of Planned Parenthood and their effort. I carried some of their major legislation in 2007, 2009, so I think its a mistake for them to be de-funded' [...] Q: 'You would maintain governmental support of family planning services?' Castro: 'Absolutely'." (youtu.be)
  • Joaquin Castro. Twitter: @Castro4Congress. 6 October 2011. "100% Approval Rating by Planned Parenthood check out legislative score cards at www.castroforcongress.com" (twitter.com)
No Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Joaquin Castro. Video: TribLive: Castro on Gay Marriage, Obamacare, etc.. 2 December 2011. "Q: 'Withdraw our troops from Afghanistan and end our involvement over there, yes or no?' Castro: 'Yes' Q: 'So you'd have no hesitation. Would you do it in a staggered way, would you just say "Bring them all home, lets move on to other things?' Castro:'I would support the President and his actions'." (youtu.be)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
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

  • Joaquin Castro. Interview with Joaquin Castro. 30 April 2012. "I support the Buffett Rule. I think we need to repeal all of some of the Bush tax cuts to give the economy a shot in the arm." [Time: 10:20]. (offthekuff.com)
  • Joaquin Castro. Video: TribLive: Castro on Gay Marriage, Obamacare, etc.. 2 December 2011. Q: 'Should we be taxing millionaires, as the President suggested?' Castro: 'I would. I would scale back the Bush tax cuts.' [¦] Castro: When the country is at a point where it's suffering - which I think we can agree it's been for a few years - I do think we can agree that there are people across the economic spectrum who are willing to step up and help. So I don't believe that everybody who's got over 2 million dollars or 5 million dollars just wants to shut the nation out and say 'I'm not willing to sacrifice a little bit more.' I do believe that people are willing to sacrifice a little bit more, if they have the means, and if they feel that the government is on the right track.'" (www.youtube.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer 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

  • Joaquin Castro. Joaquin Castro Talks About His Run for Congress. 13 August 2012. "Public education to the 35th congressional district is extremely important. It is the surest path to success. And there are several pockets, neighborhoods of poverty [in the district]; I grew up in one on the west side of San Antonio, which is included in part in this district. So for folks especially [those living] in poverty, really one of the only ways out is to get a good education and to become whatever it is that kids want to become " whether it is a lawyer, a doctor, an artist, to live out their American dream...For that you have to have huge investment in public schools and one of the things that the Republican majority has done is started to dismantle that infrastructure of opportunity by decreasing their investment in public education and in higher education. And we have a real job to do in turning that around and changing that tide and i look forward to taking it on." (www.newstaco.com)
  • Joaquin Castro. Twitter: @JoaquinCastrotx. 3 May 2011. "131 pre-filed amendments for #HB3790, including mine, which will give public schools number 1 priority on any new revenue generated. #txlege." (twitter.com)
  • Joaquin Castro. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2012. "I believe that education is the surest path to economic success. Texas ranks 45th in spending on education. We must invest more of our resources on giving our students the best chance to succeed in life. In May, I supported legislation to increase teacher pay (Texas falls well below the national average)." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? 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 Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Joaquin Castro. Video: TribLive: Castro on Gay Marriage, Obamacare, etc.. 2 December 2011. Q: 'The Affordable Care Act “ let's call it by its proper name. Would you be a vote for repeal, would you be a vote for revision, or would you be a vote to stay the course as congress voted on?' Castro: 'I would be a vote “ first of all, I support it. If there are revisions that are going to be proposed, of course I would take a serious look at them, but without specifics obviously I don't know whether I would support it.' Q: 'But generally speaking, you are “' [Castro]: 'Oh, yeah. I supported it when it was passed'." (youtu.be)
  • Joaquin Castro. Issue Position: Health Care. "In San Antonio, we face two major challenges regarding healthcare. First, nearly one-third of our residents don't have insurance. Second, the cost of prescription drugs is more than many can afford. I have supported efforts to expand the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for residents who either cannot afford private insurance through their work or are not offered private insurance because they work only part time. As you know, the cost of medical coverage for yourself and dependents have risen over the past several years. Co payments and deductibles continue to rise. The CHIP program offers low- and middle-income families affordable healthcare coverage. We must also work with private employers, including thousands of small businesses, who want to do the best thing for their employees -- like offering health coverage -- but cannot afford to in today's market." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Joaquin Castro. Facebook: Timeline. 12 July 2012. "It's time to move on...House Republicans have wasted your tax dollars with 33 failed attempts to repeal Obamacare. Hold them accountable." (www.facebook.com)
No 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

  • Adriana Maestas. Politic365.com:Joaquin Castro Makes a Run in Texas' 20th. 26 December 2011. "I support the DREAM Act. I know that many have been critical of the Obama administration with regard to immigration policy, which the DREAM Act is tangentially related. Although unsuccessful, the push for the Act " its passage through the House and its five or so vote failure in the Senate " symbolizes real progress on the issue. I hope that Congress and the Administration will push harder in the coming years." (politic365.com)
  • Joaquin Castro. Video: TribLive: Castro on Gay Marriage, Obamacare, etc.. 2 December 2011. Castro: 'I support comprehensive immigration reform. I think that-' Q: 'Do you support amnesty?' Castro:'I think that that could be “ I think earned citizenship should be part of it, sure.' Q: 'How would that work?' Castro: 'I think that first there's gotta be a waiting period. Three's gotta be some kind of fee that is paid, so that folks are essentially integrated into society formally [¦] I believe that what's best for the nations is that we we deal with the fact that folks are here; we've got 12-15 million undocumented folks, that they are, for the most part, very productive in our society, and in fact are the economic engines behind several industries.' (youtu.be)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Joaquin Castro. Twitter: Castro4Congress. 20 January 2012. "Mayors for the Freedom to Marry | Freedom to Marry https://twitter.com/Castro4Congress/status/160539259491713026 (fb.me)
  • Q San Antonio: Joaquin Castro:Ready for his close-up. 14 January 2011. "I've made it very clear on the campaign trail that I would be somebody that would sign on to the bill that would repeal DOMA, that I support marriage equality. Certainly had I been in the Congress in the last few years, I would have supported the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell". (www.qsanantonio.com)
  • Joaquin Castro. Video: TribLive: Castro on Gay Marriage, Obamacare, etc.. 2 December 2011. Q: 'Same-sex marriage [¦] where do you come down on this issue?' Castro: 'Well, where I come down is, I've said that I don't think that the government should discriminate among people that wanna get married.' [¦] Q: 'Are you for same-sex marriage?' Castro: 'I think that it should be allowed, sure. Yes.' Q: 'So you are for same-sex marriage?' Castro: 'Yeah.' (youtu.be)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Joaquin Castro. Facebook: Timeline. 11 August 2012. "I'm surprised that Mitt Romney would choose someone as his VP that wants to privatize social security and turn Medicare into a voucher program for senior citizens." (www.facebook.com)

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Texas State Legislative Election 2006 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.
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) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
g) Require clinics to give parental notification before performing abortions on minors.
h) Other or expanded principles
State Budget: Indicate the funding levels (#1-6) you will support for the following general categories. Select one level per category.
Greatly Increasea) Education (Higher)
Greatly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Greatly Increasec) Emergency preparedness
Greatly Increased) Environment
Greatly Increasee) Health care
Greatly Increasef) Law enforcement
Slightly Increaseg) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Slightly Increaseh) Welfare
i) Other or expanded categories
State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels (#1-6) you will support. Select one level per tax.
Slightly Increasea) Alcohol taxes
b) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Greatly Decreasee) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreasef) Sales taxes
Maintain Statusg) Vehicle taxes
h) Other or expanded categories

Texas just increased cigarette taxes by $1.00

Undecidedi) Should the state sales taxes be extended to Internet sales?
Yesj) Should accounts such as a “rainy day” fund be used to balance the state budget?
Undecidedk) Should fee increases be used to balance the state budget?
l) Other or expanded principles

The questions above will require different solutions depending on the fiscal outlook.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
Yesa) Do you support limiting the number of terms for Texas governors?
b) Do you support limiting the number of terms for Texas state senators and representatives?
c) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yes1) Individual
Yes2) PAC
Yes3) Corporate
No4) Political Parties
Yesd) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Undecidede) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Yesf) Do you support adopting statewide standards for counting, verifying and ensuring accuracy of votes?
Undecidedg) Do you support prohibiting media exit polling of voters until all polling locations in Texas are closed?
h) Should Texas recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Undecidedi) Should the governor, rather than local authorities, be in charge of ordering emergency evacuations?
j) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.
a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and hiring of additional prison staff.
b) Support the death penalty in Texas.
Xc) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
d) End parole for repeat violent offenders.
Xe) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
f) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
Xg) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
h) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
Xi) Require that crimes based on race, ethnic background, religious belief, sex, age, disability, or sexual orientation be prosecuted as hate crimes.
Xj) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
Xk) Increase state funding for state and local emergency agencies to prevent or respond to terrorism.
Xl) Strengthen sex-offender laws.
Xm) Support the restriction of the sale of products used to make methamphetamine (e.g. tablets containing pseudophedrine, ephedrine and phenylpropanolamine).
n) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
Xa) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
b) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any public school.
c) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
Xd) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
Xe) Increase funds for hiring additional teachers.
f) Support teacher testing and reward with merit pay.
g) Endorse voluntary prayer in public schools.
h) Support requiring public schools to administer high school exit exams.
Xi) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
Xj) Increase funding for Head Start programs.
Xk) Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
Xl) Support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods.
m) Support abstinence-only sexual education programs.
Xn) Allow undocumented immigrant high school graduates to pay in-state tuition at Texas public universities.
Xo) Support Texas' school funding equalization system (share-the-wealth).
p) How would you propose to reform Texas' school funding system? Please use forty (40) words or less.

We need to rely less on property taxes and, once and for all, break the geographic link between collection and distribution of funds. It has led to territorialism.

q) Other or expanded principles
Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.
Xa) Increase funding for state job-training programs that retrain displaced workers and teach skills needed in today’s job market.
b) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xc) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
Xd) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for children in low-income working families.
Xe) Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.
f) Include sexual orientation in Texas' anti-discrimination laws.
Xg) Increase the state minimum wage.
h) Other or expanded principles
Affirmative Action: Should race, ethnicity or gender be taken into account in state agencies’ decisions on:
Yesa) Public employment
Yesb) State college and university admissions
Yesc) State contracting
d) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
Xa) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
Xb) Support increased production of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, and oil).
Xc) Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused, or abandoned.
Xd) Increase funding for improvements to Texas' power generating and transmission facilities.
Xe) Support funding for open space preservation.
f) Enact environmental regulations even if they are stricter than federal law.
g) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.
a) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
b) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
e) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
f) Require a license for gun possession.
g) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health.
Xa) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state-funded care where necessary.
b) Texas should continue to use the private contractor Accenture to process Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) applications.
c) Transfer current Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
d) Limit the amount of punitive damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xe) Support patients' right to sue their HMOs.
f) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
g) Legalize physician assisted suicide in Texas.
h) Allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
i) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.
Xa) Support increased work requirements for able-bodied welfare recipients.
Xb) Increase funding for employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
Xc) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
d) Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
Xe) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to extend health and child care subsidies to the working poor.
f) Support marriage promotion programs for welfare recipients.
g) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
h) Other or expanded principles
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.
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