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Tarryl L. Clark

Tarryl Clark's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Tarryl L. Clark
Gender: Female
Family: Husband: Doug; 2 Children: Colin, Nathan
Birth Date: 07/31/1961
Birth Place: Norfolk, VA
Home City: Saint Cloud, MN
Religion: Episcopalian
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Tarryl Clark refused to tell citizens where she stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Minnesota Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

Pro-choiceInferred Answer a) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life? View Citations
  • Tarryl Clark. 86th Legislative Session. Vote to adopt an amendment that prohibits state funding of abortions unless such funding is necessary for participation in a federal program. Project Vote Smart Summary: Tarryl Clark voted NO on 27 April 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Black, Eric. 2009. MinnPost.com: Tarryl Clark on endorsement, abortion and her Republican past. 7 August 2009. "We can eliminate 90-95 percent of all abortions but then at the end of the day you want it to be rare, safe and legal." (www.minnpost.com)
  • Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Senator Clark supported the interests of the Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life 0 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro Choice Minnesota. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Based on a point system, with points assigned for actions in support of or in opposition to NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota's position, Senator Clark received a rating of 100." (votesmart.org)
b) Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?
c) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
d) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
e) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?
f) Other or expanded principles

No one in this race has done more to prevent abortions than me. I counseled pregnant and parenting teens, promoted adoption, and helped fund programs for crisis pregnancies, affordable health care, and childcare. We can reduce 90-95% of abortions by decreasing unintended pregnancies, increasing adoption, and promoting family stability. I am the person in this race that has a track record of abortion prevention that can make this dramatic reduction happen.

1) Spending
Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once.
a) Agriculture
b) Arts
c) Defense
1) Intelligence operations
2) Military hardware
3) National missile defense
4) Salary and benefits for active duty personnel
5) Programs to improve troop retention rates
6) Research and development of new weapons
d) Education
e) Environment
f) Homeland security
g) International aid
h) Medical research
i) Scientific research
j) Space exploration
k) United Nations
l) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

Growing up I learned how to stretch every penny out of every dollar. I took this experience to the Legislature, where, unlike Congress, we passed balanced budgets every year and cut 10% the last 2 years alone. When Minnesota faced a budget crisis, I cut my own pay and office expenses. In contrast, my opponent increased her office spending and took a Congressional pay raise in 2008. I'll cut red tape and wasteful spending, and fight for strict pay-as-you-go rules. It's time for leaders to quit talking the talk on fiscal responsibility and start walking the walk.

2) Taxes
Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once.
a) Alcohol taxes
b) Capital gains taxes
c) Cigarette taxes
d) Corporate taxes
e) Gasoline taxes
f) Income taxes (low-income families)
g) Income taxes (middle-income families)
h) Income taxes (high-income families)
i) Other or expanded categories
Unknown PositionInferred Answer 3) Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax? View Citations
  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
4) Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?
Unknown PositionInferred Answer 5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy? View Citations
  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
6) Other or expanded principles

Middle class families are taxed enough. I believe our first priority should be cutting wasteful government spending. I fought to keep taxes down for 95% of Minnesotans and reduce the burden of property taxes while in the State Senate. My opponent, on the other hand, voted against tax cuts for 95% of Americans. I will continue to fight for our families in Congress. We can grow our economy with a balanced-budget approach that is fair to American families.

Unknown PositionInferred Answer a) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security? View Citations
  • Tarryl Clark. VP Mondale, State Sen. Clark hold town hall with seniors as 75th anniversary of Social Security nears. 8 September 2010. "Congresswoman Bachmann has said Americans need to be 'weaned off' of Social Security," said Clark. "I think we should get what we pay for. We pay into Social Security so we can have a stable retirement. We should be able to depend on that." (tarrylclark.com)
b) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
c) Do you support increasing the federal minimum wage?
d) Do you support the ability of workers to unionize?
e) Do you support federal funding for job-training programs that retrain displaced workers?
f) Other or expanded principles

My opponent thinks we should be "weaned off" of Social Security. Why does she want to take our money? We pay in to Social Security and we should get our money back when we retire. That just makes sense - so do common sense protections for workers and reasonable regulations for businesses. I managed a payroll, met a bottom line, and provided health insurance for employees. My relationships with both business and labor have helped me craft positive legislation that creates good paying jobs. I've built those positive relationships throughout my life and will continue to do so in Congress.

a) Do you support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns?
b) Should Congress regulate indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
c) Do you support removing all contribution limits on federal campaigns?
d) Should candidates for federal office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
e) Do you support giving the President the power of the line item veto for items concerning appropriations?
f) Do you support limiting the President's ability to define how legislation is applied through the use of signing statements?
g) Other or expanded principles

The big corporations have enough influence in Washington. In our democracy, people should have the influence, not the special interests. I have been a leader on government transparency, accountability, and making sure we all know what our government is doing because government should be accountable to taxpayers, not beholden to special interests that are corrupting Washington. Minnesota has been a leader on campaign finance reform and government accountability. I will take this Minnesota example to Washington.

Unknown PositionInferred Answer a) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes? View Citations
  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
b) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related training and job-placement assistance when released?
c) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with substance abuse treatment?
d) Do you support reduced prison sentences for non-violent offenders?
e) Do you support mandatory prison sentences for selling illegal drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles

We can work together to build safe and healthy communities. I am proud to have the endorsement of Minnesota's police, firefighters, and first responders because of my work in protecting public safety. I worked with law enforcement to create a gang strike force in Central Minnesota, prevent domestic violence, and improve the tools that they use to protect our communities. Congress should support safe communities by making sure that law enforcement has the funding, equipment, and support that they need to fight crime.

Unknown PositionInferred Answer a) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students? View Citations
  • Tarryl Clark. Issue Position: Investing in Our Children. "It's no secret that Washington has made some big mistakes when it comes to school funding and policies. As a member of Congress, Tarryl will work to make sure Washington concentrates on the "what" and not the "how," giving schools and districts the flexibility they need to succeed. Its time for Washington to live up to its education funding promises and stop passing the buck down to property taxpayers." (votesmart.org)
b) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?
c) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?
d) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?
e) Do you support the federal government providing college students with financial aid?
f) Other or expanded principles

Washington has made some big mistakes when it comes to education. Control has been taken away from local teachers and districts and given to bureaucrats in Washington. And all the while, our children have suffered the consequences.

I am committed to our children getting a first rate education. Quality education - from early childhood through college ? is a key to our global competitiveness. As a member of Congress, I will fight to repeal or seriously reform No Child Left Behind, fund mandates like the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, make college affordable, and expand access to early childhood education.

Unknown PositionInferred Answer a) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change? View Citations
  • Tarryl Clark. HF 3195. 85th Legislative Session. Green Solutions Act of 2008. Tarryl Clark voted YES on 30 April 2008. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
b) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
c) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?
d) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?
e) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?
f) Do you support federal funding for the development of alternative energy?
g) Do you support the development of nuclear reactors?
h) Other or expanded principles

We must become energy independent so that we can get our energy not from the Midwest, not the Middle East. Unfortunately, Congresswoman Bachmann defends BP and business-as-usual. She voted for big tax cuts and decreased regulation for Big Oil.

America is being held hostage by an energy policy that ties us to foreign oil companies and prevents us from leading the world in new, innovative technologies. We have an incredible opportunity to create jobs, produce homegrown energy in Minnesota, and be leaders in one of the fastest growing parts of the global economy. This is a win-win-win energy policy.

Unknown PositionInferred Answer a) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations
  • National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund. 2006. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Based on lifetime voting records on gun issues and the results of a questionnaire sent to all state legislative candidates in 2006, the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund assigned Senator Clark a grade of F (with grades ranging from a high of A+ to a low of F)." (votesmart.org)
b) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?
c) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
d) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?
e) Other or expanded principles

I believe in the constitution, therefore I believe in people?s right to gun ownership. I have been a consistent partner with Minnesota sportsmen and will continue to support and fight for Minnesota's outdoor heritage with hunters, anglers, and conservationists.

Unknown PositionInferred Answer a) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option? View Citations
  • Tarryl Clark. Issue Position: Health Care. "Tarryl supports addressing our health care challenges with a combination of public and private solutions, just as we have done in Minnesota. In Congress, Tarryl will put families before insurance companies - leading the charge to reduce costs and focus on healthy outcomes instead of quantity of procedures. She will fight for fair insurance practices - including ending discrimination based on pre-existing conditions. She'll champion the needs of small business, so they can provide health care without being buried in costs, and focus on creating jobs. She'll work to ensure quality care for all children. And, in the home state of the world's medical leaders, Tarryl will be a champion for investment in health care research and innovation in order to improve wellness and create new, high paying jobs in our communities. She'll continue to push for high-quality, low-cost care for our seniors, like we've successfully done in Minnesota. Tarryl will continue to fight so that Minnesota is rewarded - not punished - for our leadership on health care, including Medicare reimbursement rates that recognize successful and more cost-effective treatments." (votesmart.org)
b) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
c) Should the federal government expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts?
d) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
e) Do you support relaxing regulations on the importation of prescription drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles

Rising health care costs are eating into our family budgets. While the recently passed health care reform had its flaws, it was an historic step forward. It contained critical reforms - like putting an end to discrimination against millions of Americans with "pre-existing" conditions.

I will work to build on recent reforms in order to make health care affordable and focus on prevention. We've taken important steps in reforming America?s health care system, but there's still much left to be done. This is America - a parent should be able to afford to take a sick child to the doctor.

Unknown PositionInferred Answer a) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants? View Citations
  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
b) Do you support decreasing the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country?
c) Do you support establishing English as the official national language?
d) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
e) Other or expanded principles

I believe in comprehensive immigration reform that is tough, fair, practical. We need to close our border and stop the flow of illegal immigrants, as well as crack down on businesses who hire illegal immigrants and immediately deport immigrants who break our laws. We must also be fair to taxpayers and make sure that they are not paying for those who are here illegally and that the reforms we make are cost-effective. Finally, we need to find a practical way to restore the rule of law and solve the immigration problem for good.

Unknown PositionInferred Answer a) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan? View Citations
  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
b) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?
c) Do you support increasing economic development assistance for Afghanistan?
d) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?
e) Do you support granting aid to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States?
f) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
g) Do you support increasing sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates?
h) Do you support the withdrawal of United States troops from Iraq?
i) Do you support the United States' involvement in free trade agreements?
j) Other or expanded principles

We can defend against terrorism and maintain a strong military presence while better engaging our allies as partners. We are stronger when we work together with other nations when it serves our strategic interests. We need to disrupt and dismantle terrorist networks in Afghanistan and elsewhere to protect our national security.

Unknown PositionInferred Answer a) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman? View Citations
  • Stonewall DFL. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. Stonewall DFL endorsed Tarryl Clark in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
b) Do you support allowing openly-gay men and women to serve in the United States military?
c) Do you support federal funding for embryonic stem cell research?
d) Should the federal government end affirmative action programs?
e) Other or expanded principles

We are a country founded on civil rights in our Constitution. I believe in the Constitution and in the equal protections that it outlines in law. We should not write discrimination into our laws.

Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

2. Washington is not working for the people of the 6th District, and neither is Congresswoman Michele Bachmann. We are at a crossroads. We can choose between going back to the failed economic plan of borrow and spend or forward on a new path of American innovation, to restore broad prosperity. We can grow our economy by investing in energy and critical infrastructure projects; promoting new industries and emerging markets through tax breaks; and increasing small business access to capital and credit. Promoting economic growth, balanced budgets, and keeping taxes down for families would be my top priorities in Congress.

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