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Brad Ellsworth's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Brad Ellsworth refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2010 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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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 2010, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion Issues: Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Right to Life Committee. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Brad Ellsworth supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Brad Ellsworth. H Amdt 509 to HR 3962. 111th Congress. An amendment printed in Part C of House Report 111-330 to codify the Hyde Amendment in H.R. 3962. The amendment prohibits federal funds for abortion services in the public option. It also prohibits individuals who receive affordability credits from purchasing a plan that provides elective abortions. However, it allows individuals, both who receive affordability credits and who do not, to separately purchase with their own funds plans that cover elective abortions. It also clarifies that private plans may still offer elective abortions. Project Vote Smart Summary: Brad Ellsworth voted YES on 7 November 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Representative Ellsworth supported the interests of NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Representative Ellsworth supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Brad Ellsworth. Issue Position: Family Values. "The church has guided my life and my career. I believe in justice, I believe in hope, I believe in salvation, and I believe in the value of life in all its forms, not just what people say to get elected." (votesmart.org)
  • Brad Ellsworth. Issue Position: Life Issues. "I am pro-life. I believe life begins at conception, and we should value and protect it at every stage. I also support legislation that helps us reach the common goal of reducing the number of abortions through prevention of unintended pregnancies and by providing resources for pregnant women." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brad Ellsworth. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected NO for: "4) Do you support the permanent repeal of the federal estate tax?"
  • National Taxpayers Union. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Brad Ellsworth supported the interests of the National Taxpayers Union 25 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Club for Growth. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Brad Ellsworth supported the interests of the Club for Growth 3 percent in 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Brad Ellsworth. HR 1. 111th Congress. Making supplemental appropriations for job preservation and creation, infrastructure investment, energy efficiency and science, assistance to the unemployed, and State and local fiscal stabilization, for fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Brad Ellsworth voted YES on 13 February 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Brad Ellsworth. HR 1424. 111th Congress. To provide authority for the Federal Government to purchase and insure certain types of troubled assets for the purposes of providing stability to and preventing disruption in the economy and financial system and protecting taxpayers, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide incentives for energy production and conservation, to extend certain expiring provisions, to provide individual income tax relief, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Brad Ellsworth voted YES on 10 March 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Garcia, Crystal. 2008. Tribstar: ELECTION '08: Brad Ellsworth, Greg Goode debate health care, economy and war. 8 Oct. 2008. "No one in Congress was going to give $700 billion away out of nowhere, Ellsworth said, noting a committee got together and put in safeguards to make sure taxpayers were protected. "If I had thought for one second that this was a bailout of Wall Street, executive Wall Street, I never would have voted for this," he said, adding this is not the time to find blame." (tribstar.com)
No Inferred Answer Business and Employment Issues: Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brad Ellsworth. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Social Security Issues: f) Other or expanded principles: "For decades Social Security has guaranteed a life-long, defined source of income for Americans. I'm dedicated to protecting and strengthening that guarantee for today and tomorrow's retirees. Social Security faces financial challenges that threaten the programs' solvency and benefits for future generations. However, I don't believe privatizing the program is the answer. Not only would privatization cut gaping holes in the Social Security safety net, it is projected to increase our national debt by $5 trillion over just 20 years. Congress must pass bipartisan, common sense reforms that protect the guaranteed benefit and ensure Social Security's sustainability."
  • Garcia, Crystal. 2008. Tribstar: ELECTION '08: Brad Ellsworth, Greg Goode debate health care, economy and war. 8 October 2008. "In light of the recent economic crisis, both candidates [Ellsworth and Goode] were able to highlight why they are not in favor of privatizing Social Security and the disaster that could have resulted from investing Social Security money." (tribstar.com)
  • Brad Ellsworth. Indiana Senate Debate. 11 October 2010. RESPONDED: "I think Social Security is a successful program. I think we've done it a huge injustice by robbing the fund over the years. I think that's something we have to stop directly. Secondly, when we concentrate on putting people back to work, and people have jobs, they'll be paying into social security which will make it solvent. I oppose the privatization of social security. Had we done that, and we went through this economic turmoil, imagine what would have happened to our social security trust funds or our fund had it been privatized?" to the question: "Are you in favor of privatizing Social Security in any way, and are you in favor of raising the age at which Americans can receive Social Security retirement benefits?" (www.c-spanvideo.org)
  • Brad Ellsworth. Issue Position: Social Security. "I'll protect Social Security. Social Security is a guaranteed benefit. Privatization removes the guarantee and reduces the benefit. I will work to strengthen Social Security and oppose any plan that threatens it." (votesmart.org)
  • Rohrig, Byron. 2006. Courier & Press: Ellsworth pledges to oppose privatization. 28 February 2006. "Democratic 8th District congressional candidate Brad Ellsworth, seeking to accent contrasts between himself and the man he hopes to unseat, promised Tuesday to oppose attempts to "privatize" Social Security...Ellsworth pledged to "strengthen retirement security" and to oppose plans that would cut guaranteed benefits or increase federal spending to pay for establishing private retirement accounts. Ellsworth said establishing private acccounts would raise the federal deficit by $1 trillion. "Privatization removes the guarantee and reduces the benefits," Ellsworth said...Ellsworth attacked private Social Security account proposals as "a handout to Wall Street." Investment houses stand to reap a $940 million windfall, he said. Asked about mounting pressures on the Social Security system from baby boomers, Ellsworth conceded, "I don't have all the answers." But an obvious starting place, he said, is blocking "raiding" of the Social Security trust fund to pay for other programs "like a bridge to nowhere or building a rainforest in Iowa," two recent congressional pork-barrel projects. Ellsworth called Social Security "a nonpartisan issue" and pledged to work across political lines to find answers." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime Issues: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes? 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 Education Issues: Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brad Ellsworth. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Education Issues: l) Other or expanded principles: "We must invest in our children's education - from preschool through college - and ensure each has an equal chance to succeed with adequate resources and highly-qualified teachers. Standards are important to ensuring quality educations, but Congress must use more effective measures to ensure accountability. No single test should be the judge of a student, teacher, or school."
  • Brad Ellsworth. Issue Position: Education. "While funding is important, all the money in the world won't solve every problem facing our schools as a result of ill-conceived sections of the original No Child Left Behind Act. Standards are important to ensuring that our youth get the best education possible, but Congress must use more robust and effective measures to ensure accountability. No single test should be the judge of a student, a teacher, or a school. That's why I will continue to work to make sure assessments are based on multiple measures, such as state writing, history, or government tests; graduation rates; dropout rates; Advanced Placement (AP) test completion rates; college enrollment rates; and other indicators of a quality education." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment and Energy Issues: Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brad Ellsworth. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Environment and Energy Issues: m) Other or expanded principles: "Congress must pass legislation that puts our country on a permanent path toward energy independence and reduces our reliance on foreign oil. I support common sense increases in the Corporate Automobile Fuel Efficiency Standard, as long as those standards provide flexibility to automakers to ensure they will be reached without jeopardizing American manufacturing jobs. I support increased federal investment for the development of the renewable energy industry, as well as production tax incentives to spur new renewable energy innovation in the electricity industry and efficiency standards to ensure that the products Americans use consume less electricity."
  • Brad Ellsworth. HR 2454. 111th Congress. To create clean energy jobs, achieve energy independence, reduce global warming pollution and transition to a clean energy economy. Project Vote Smart Summary: Brad Ellsworth voted NO on 26 June 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Representative Ellsworth supported the interests of Environment America 80 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Representative Ellsworth supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 86 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Brad Ellsworth. Issue Position: Energy. "Congress must pass legislation that puts our country on a permanent path toward energy independence and reduces our reliance on oil. I support domestic drilling as part of our energy solution, but we've got to be smart about it. The best place to start is the millions of acres that are already available or leased for oil and natural gas production. I support common sense increases in the Corporate Automobile Fuel Efficiency Standard, as long as those standards provide flexibility to automakers to ensure they will be reached without jeopardizing American manufacturing jobs. I support increased federal investment in the research and development of alternative energy sources, as well as production tax incentives to spur new renewable energy innovation in the electricity industry and efficiency standards to ensure that the products Americans use consume less electricity. " (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Gun Issues: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brad Ellsworth. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Environment and Gun Issues: e) Other or expanded principles: "As a former law enforcement officer and lifelong hunter, I value our Constitutional right to keep and bear arms, and recognize the positive impact hunters and sportsmen have on wildlife preservation and environmental conservation. I strongly support Second Amendment rights and oppose any legislation that would impose burdensome regulations on law-abiding gun-owners."
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 1998-2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Based on lifetime voting records on gun issues and the results of a questionnaire sent to all candidates from 1988-2008, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence assigned Representative Ellsworth a grade of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America - April Ratings. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America - April Ratings gave Representative Ellsworth a grade of B." (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "In 2008 National Rifle Association gave Representative Ellsworth a grade of A, in its scorecard for candidates seeking office in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Brad Ellsworth. HR 6842. 111th Congress. To restore Second Amendment rights in the District of Columbia. Project Vote Smart Summary: Brad Ellsworth voted YES on 17 September 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Brad Ellsworth. Ellsworth Applauds Supreme Court Decision to Protect Hoosiers' 2nd Amendment Rights. 28 June 2010. "Today, following the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision to declare, for the first time, the Second Amendment right to bear arms extends to state and local governments, Brad Ellsworth released the following statement: "I applaud today's historic Supreme Court decision to recognize, for the first time, federal, state, and local laws cannot infringe upon the right of an individual to bear arms. As a former Sheriff and a gun owner, I enthusiastically signed the Amicus Brief supporting our Constitutional rights. This ruling is an important victory for the Second Amendment and responsible Hoosier gun owners." (votesmart.org)
  • Brad Ellsworth. NRA-Backed Ellsworth Amendment to Re-sell Used Small Arms Ammunition is Included in DOD Authorization. 18 May 2010. "Brad Ellsworth introduced an NRA-supported amendment to direct the Department of Defense to resell used small arms cartridge cases to marksman, law enforcement agencies and off-duty military personnel for hunting and target practice that unanimously passed. "This seemed like a common-sense solution to help the Defense Department and responsible Hoosier hunters and marksman. I was proud to work with the NRA on this amendment," said Brad Ellsworth." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Issues: Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • American Public Health Association. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Brad Ellsworth supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 78 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Brad Ellsworth. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Environment and Health Issues: h) Other or expanded principles: "Congress should do more to help cover the uninsured, but aspects of the proposed universal plans concern me. A solution will require all of the stakeholders in this debate coming together behind a plan. While the new Medicare prescription drug benefit has eased the burden of rising drug prices for many seniors, we can save more money by allowing Medicare to negotiate for lower prices. Despite the successes of children's health care programs, there are still too many children without access to health care. I support efforts to provide coverage to uninsured children who already qualify for these programs."
  • Brad Ellsworth. HR 3962. 111th Congress. To provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Brad Ellsworth voted YES on 7 November 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Garcia, Crystal. 2008. Tribstar: ELECTION '08: Brad Ellsworth, Greg Goode debate health care, economy and war. 8 October 2008. "Decisions on health care must remain between a doctor and patient, Ellsworth said. He opposes a single-payer plan and said the government cannot afford to run a health-care program." (tribstar.com)
  • Brad Ellsworth. Ellsworth Statement On Affordable Health Care For America Act. 7 November 2009. "The House approved a historic measure to reform our nation's health care system. The Affordable Health Care for America Act will reduce health care costs, and ensure all Americans have access to affordable health insurance options. Rep. Brad Ellsworth supported the bill and issued the following statement: "This was a difficult decision; one that I have struggled with for months. But at the most basic level, my support for this bill is based on my strong belief that we literally cannot afford to leave this challenge unaddressed. To do so would be to endorse a status quo that denies medical coverage based on pre-existing conditions, leaves millions of uninsured Americans at risk, and does nothing while the cost of health care spirals out of control. As I considered the proposal, I weighed it against my 6 key principles of reform: First, the bill must prevent federal tax dollars from funding abortions...Second, the bill must reduce long-term health care costs for families, businesses, and government. The bill includes several critical provisions that will reduce health care costs throughout the system...Third, the bill must increase choice and provide more affordable health insurance options for consumers...Fourth, the bill must extend insurance coverage to pre-existing conditions...Fifth, the bill must protect rural patients and health care providers. The bill ensures Americans living in rural areas have access to doctors and affordable, quality care through provisions designed to equalize Medicare payments to rural health care providers...Finally, the bill cannot add one penny to the deficit. The bill is completely paid for. In fact, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, this legislation will actually cut the deficit by about $30 billion over the next decade...This bill is not perfect, but no bill ever is. We cannot allow this historic opportunity to pass us by; it is time for us to act and move forward to ensure every American has access to quality, affordable health care once and for all." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration Issues: Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brad Ellsworth. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Immigration Issues: i) Other or expanded principles: "I oppose granting amnesty to people who have broken the law by entering our country illegally. An effective immigration policy starts with strong border control. We must provide our border patrol agents with the tools and resources to secure our borders and help local law enforcement enforce existing laws. An abundance of jobs for illegal immigrants is one of the main causes of the immigration problem we face. I believe we need to help good intentioned employers ensure their workforces are legal, and expose and penalize bad actors who continue to hire illegal immigrants."
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 2007-2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Brad Ellsworth supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2007-2008. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso. 2007-2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Brad Ellsworth supported the interests of the National Latino Congreso 0 percent in 2007-2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Brad Ellsworth. Ellsworth Votes to Strengthen Border Security. 15 June 2007. "Rep. Brad Ellsworth today voted to strengthen border security measures as part of the 2008 Homeland Security funding measure. The bill passed the House this morning. "The people of the 8th District are rightfully concerned about the security of our borders, both from an immigration and from a security standpoint," said Ellsworth. "For the past five years, Congress and the President have shortchanged border security. This Congress must do better."..."This bill makes significant investments in securing our borders to stem the tide of illegal immigrants and provides a vital layer of protection against terrorists and other criminal activity," said Ellsworth. "I am proud to support it."" (votesmart.org)
  • Brad Ellsworth. Ellsworth to House Leadership: "Amnesty is Wrong Direction for America". 27 June 2007. "Ellsworth to House Leadership: Amnesty is Wrong Direction for America. As the Senate resumes consideration of immigration legislation this week, Rep. Brad Ellsworth today expressed his unequivocal opposition to amnesty provisions as part of any immigration reform legislation that may be considered by the House in letters to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and Majority Whip James Clyburn. "When the House of Representatives considers future immigration reform legislation, we should not endorse provisions granting automatic legal status or protection to individuals who are here illegally. Such policies would send the message that Congress condones those who disregard our laws. As a former law enforcement officer, that is not something I can support," wrote Ellsworth. "This approach amounts to amnesty and is the wrong direction for America." Late last month, Ellsworth voiced his opposition to immigration legislation currently in the Senate that would provide a path to legal status for the country's estimated 12 million illegal immigrants. He pledged his opposition to any bill containing similar provisions considered by the House. "The bill under consideration by the Senate will reward the violation of our current immigration laws with amnesty," said Ellsworth. "I join the vast majority of my constituents in believing this is wrong, and if the House considers legislation with similar provisions, I will not hesitate to stand up to Congressional leadership and oppose it." Ellsworth continues to support an immigration reform approach focused on securing American borders and ensuring reliable employment verification. In April, he introduced the Legal Employee Verification Act to establish a mandatory employment eligibility verification system and double the minimum fines imposed on employers who continue to hire illegal immigrants. Earlier this month, he voted to provide for the hiring of an additional 3,000 border patrol agents as part of the 2008 Homeland Security funding measure passed by the House. "For the past five years, Congress and the President have shortchanged border security and looked the other way while our immigration laws were broken," said Ellsworth. "If we ever want to seriously address our illegal immigration problem, this Congress must do better."" (votesmart.org)
  • Brad Ellsworth. Issue Position: Immigration. "I don't fault people for wanting to work and live in America. It's a great place to raise a family. All I ask is that they do it legally. I oppose granting amnesty to people who have broken the law by entering our country illegally. Instead, we must stop the flow of illegal immigration, secure our borders, and enforce the laws already on the books. A strong immigration policy starts with effective border control, so the Department of Homeland Security must be given the resources they need to secure our borders. This isn't just an illegal immigration problem, it's a homeland security problem. And Congress must address it. We must also ensure employers who hire illegal immigrants are held financially accountable for breaking our laws. However, not all businesses intend to break the law, so I introduced the Legal Employee Verification Act to create a new employment verification system that ensures their workforces are legal...We cannot ignore the nearly 12 million immigrants currently living in the United States illegally. Illegal immigration undercuts the American middle class, places unsustainable burdens on our social service programs, and poses a significant risk to our national security. We must provide law enforcement with the tools to enforce our immigration laws, improve our identification systems to better track legal immigrants who overstay their welcome, and send a message that we will not reward breaking American laws with amnesty." (votesmart.org)
  • Brad Ellsworth. Issue Position: Immigration. "We face a national crisis when it comes to illegal immigration. The honest truth is that part of it is our own making. When we capture illegals here in Vanderburgh County, my deputies call INS and INS tells them there's no place to put them. That's not right. It's also not right when an Indiana employer passes over an American for a job only because an illegal worker is cheaper. We need to tighten our borders, enforce the laws we have, and punish employers who break them. This is about economic security as much as it is national security." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer International Policy Issues: Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brad Ellsworth. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. International Policy: s) Other or expanded principles: "I believe the key to winning in the War on Terrorism lies with ensuring that our allies on the frontline have the resources they need to fight terrorism. The U.S. and the international community should remain committed to aiding the Afghanistan and Pakistan governments in their efforts to stabilize the region."
  • Brad Ellsworth. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Requiring Timetable for Withdrawal from Afghanistan. Project Vote Smart Summary: Voted NO on 1 July 2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Brad Ellsworth supported the interests of Peace Action West 46 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Brad Ellsworth. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Limiting Afghanistan Military Funding to Withdrawal and Other Specified Purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Voted NO on 1 July 2010. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Social Issues: Should marriage only be between one man and one woman? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brad Ellsworth. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Social Issues: h) Other or expanded principles: "I believe the sacred institution of marriage should be defined as the union of a man and a woman, and I continue to strongly support traditional marriage in Congress."
  • John King. 2006. CNN: If it walks, talks like a conservative, can it be a Dem? 11 November 2006. "Brad Ellsworth opposes abortion and same-sex marriage and is an Indiana sheriff who very much believes in the Second Amendment right to bear arms." (www.cnn.com)

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Indiana Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test

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

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion.
a) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester.
d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) Dilation and extraction or "partial-birth" abortion procedures should be legal.
g) Medicare, Medicaid, and federal subsidies should be prohibited from being used on abortion procedures.
h) Other or expanded principles.

I am pro-life. I believe life begins at conception, and we should value and protect it at every stage. I also support legislation that helps us reach the common goal of reducing the number of abortions through prevention of unintended pregnancies and by providing resources for pregnant women.

Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once.
1) Budget Priorities
a) Agriculture
b) Arts
c) Defense
d) Education
e) Environment
f) FEMA
g) Homeland security
h) International aid
i) Law enforcement (Federal)
j) Law enforcement (State)
k) Medical research
l) National parks
m) Public health services
n) Scientific research
o) Space exploration programs
p) Transportation and highway infrastructure
q) United Nations
r) Welfare
s) Other or expanded categories

As a member of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition, I am committed to restoring fiscal accountability in Washington. I believe Congress must work to balance the nation's budget, so I supported pay-as-you go rules and am working to crack down on waste, fraud and abuse of taxpayers' dollars. Fiscal responsibility also means taking a hard look at the level of government spending. So in 2007, I supported amendments to reduce growth in government spending in the annual appropriations bills.

2) Defense Spending
a) Armed forces personnel training
b) Intelligence operations
c) Military hardware
d) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
e) National missile defense
f) Pay for active duty personnel
g) Programs to improve troop retention rates
h) Research and development of new weapons
i) Troop and equipment readiness
j) Other or expanded categories

As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, my number one priority is ensuring our men and women in uniform have the training, tools, and equipment they need to complete their missions and protect America. Congress must ensure our military remains the strongest, most professional, most technologically-advanced force on the planet by providing adequate resources to meet this goal.

3) Taxes
Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once.
Family Income Taxes
a) Less than $12,000
b) $12,001-$40,000
c) $40,001-$100,000
d) $100,001-$180,000
e) $180,001-$350,000
f) $350,001 and above
g) Other or expanded categories

Congress needs to keep the taxes Hoosiers pay as low as possible. So the first bill I introduced in Congress doubles the child tax credit and brings relief to Hoosier families. I support extending the tax cuts currently set to expire in 2010 and 2011, and voted against the Democratic budget because it didn't reflect this priority. I also support keeping the Alternative Minimum Tax from hiking taxes on millions of middle-class families.

Congress must take a fresh look at loopholes in the tax code. The complexities of this massive code allow some people to take advantage of the system.

Other Taxes
a) Alcohol taxes
b) Capital gains taxes
c) Cigarette taxes
d) Corporate taxes
e) Gasoline taxes
f) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories
Deductions/Credits
a) Charitable contribution deduction
b) Child tax credit
c) Earned income tax credit
d) Medical expense deduction
e) Mortgage deduction
f) Student loan credit
g) Other or expanded categories
4) Do you support the permanent repeal of the federal estate tax?
5) Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?
6) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
a) Support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
b) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
c) Allow unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
d) Remove all contribution limits on federal campaigns and parties.
e) Support prohibiting ads containing candidates' name that are paid for by third parties from airing 60 days before a primary and 30 days before a general federal election.
f) Support instant run-off voting (IRV).
g) Support designating Election Day as a national holiday.
h) Support giving the President the power of the line item veto for items concerning appropriations.
i) Support limiting the President's use of signing statements in order to prevent an alternative interpretation of the bill.
j) Support a federal shield law to protect reporter-source privilege.
k) Other or expanded principles

Elections should be decided on the ideas and values of the candidates, not the amount of money they raise. Unfortunately, many good candidates are excluded from the democratic process because they can't afford the cost to run for office. I am supportive of efforts to ensure transparency and integrity in the election process, including outside groups' political expenditures, and require all candidates to adhere to the highest ethical standards while fundraising and campaigning.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.
a) Support the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
b) Eliminate the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
c) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
d) Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
e) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
f) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
g) Support strict penalties for internet crime (e.g. hacking, identity theft, worms/viruses).
h) Require that crimes based on sexual orientation be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
i) Other or expanded principles

As a former law enforcement officer, I am a strong supporter of providing local law enforcement with the tools and resources they need to protect our communities. Finding solutions for problems like methamphetamines and cybercrime require a unified effort by local, state, and federal lawmakers to give law enforcement professionals the tools they need. Our laws must keep pace with technological advances to ensure we hold online offenders accountable for their crimes, and we must make sure the punishment for these offenses fits the crime.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
a) Support the federal government funding universal pre-K programs.
b) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any public school.
c) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
d) Allow teachers and professionals to receive federal funding to establish charter or magnet schools.
e) Increase funding for the Pell Grant program.
f) Decrease interest rates of Stafford Loans.
g) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
h) Ban university financial aid officers from owning stock in or accepting gifts from student loan lenders.
i) Require universities to disclose financial relationships with lenders.
j) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind).
k) Eliminate all federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind).
l) Other or expanded principles

We must invest in our children's education - from preschool through college - and ensure each has an equal chance to succeed with adequate resources and highly-qualified teachers. Standards are important to ensuring quality educations, but Congress must use more effective measures to ensure accountability. No single test should be the judge of a student, teacher, or school.

It's important for Congress to help make college more affordable. To achieve this goal, I support cutting the interest rate on student loans, expanding and strengthening the Federal Pell Grant Program, and providing other incentives to help families save for college.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.
a) Increase funding for national job-training programs that retrain displaced workers or teach skills needed in today’s job market.
b) Reduce government regulation of the private sector.
c) Encourage employers to offer child care services, flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
d) Increase the federal minimum wage.
e) Support the right of workers to unionize.
f) Eliminate all federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
g) Include sexual orientation in federal anti-discrimination laws.
h) Include gender identity in federal anti-discrimination laws.
i) Other or expanded principles

I am supportive of common sense policies that help American workers achieve the American dream. I believe workers who put in an honest day's work should be able to provide for themselves and their families, so I support increases to the federal minimum wage, as well as efforts to update our labor laws to allow workers to organize in an efficient and fair process.

In addition, as a member of the House Small Business Committee, I support efforts to cut the red tape that overwhelms so many of America's small businesses.

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.
c) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil).
d) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
e) Strengthen fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
f) Support domestic oil exploration in areas that are currently restricted.
g) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels.
h) Support the use of ethanol as an alternative fuel.
i) Support research and development of nuclear reactors as an alternative energy source.
j) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits under "cap and trade" laws.
k) Support international mandatory emission targets to limit global warming.
l) Support international voluntary emission targets to limit global warming.
m) Other or expanded principles

Congress must pass legislation that puts our country on a permanent path toward energy independence and reduces our reliance on foreign oil.

I support common sense increases in the Corporate Automobile Fuel Efficiency Standard, as long as those standards provide flexibility to automakers to ensure they will be reached without jeopardizing American manufacturing jobs.

I support increased federal investment for the development of the renewable energy industry, as well as production tax incentives to spur new renewable energy innovation in the electricity industry and efficiency standards to ensure that the products Americans use consume less electricity.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.
a) Allow individuals to carry concealed guns.
b) Ban the sale, ownership or possession of handguns except by law enforcement and other government officials.
On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories.
c) Enforcement of existing restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
e) Other or expanded principles

As a former law enforcement officer and lifelong hunter, I value our Constitutional right to keep and bear arms, and recognize the positive impact hunters and sportsmen have on wildlife preservation and environmental conservation. I strongly support Second Amendment rights and oppose any legislation that would impose burdensome regulations on law-abiding gun-owners.

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

Congress should do more to help cover the uninsured, but aspects of the proposed universal plans concern me. A solution will require all of the stakeholders in this debate coming together behind a plan.

While the new Medicare prescription drug benefit has eased the burden of rising drug prices for many seniors, we can save more money by allowing Medicare to negotiate for lower prices.

Despite the successes of children's health care programs, there are still too many children without access to health care. I support efforts to provide coverage to uninsured children who already qualify for these programs.

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) Support a temporary worker program.
d) Support harsher financial punishments for those who knowingly employ illegal immigrants.
e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States.
f) Illegal immigrants should have to return to their countries of origin before being considered for citizenship.
g) Illegal immigrants should be given a pathway to citizenship.
h) Support merit-based visas over family-based visas.
i) Other or expanded principles

I oppose granting amnesty to people who have broken the law by entering our country illegally.

An effective immigration policy starts with strong border control. We must provide our border patrol agents with the tools and resources to secure our borders and help local law enforcement enforce existing laws.

An abundance of jobs for illegal immigrants is one of the main causes of the immigration problem we face. I believe we need to help good intentioned employers ensure their workforces are legal, and expose and penalize bad actors who continue to hire illegal immigrants.

International Aid
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international aid.
a) Support the United States granting aid to countries when extraordinary circumstances cause disaster and threaten civilian lives.
b) Support the United States granting aid to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States.
c) Eliminate United States aid for any nation with documented human rights abuses.
d) Aid granted by the United States should be scaled back and eventually eliminated.
e) Other or expanded principles

At a time when countries are increasingly connected through economies, technologies, and common security interests, I believe America should invest in international programs and organizations that promote our collective interests around the world. However, we must ensure that investment does not come at the expense of adequate funding for our priorities at home.

International Policy
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international policy.
a) Should the United States continue to provide leadership in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?
b) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
c) Should the United States impose greater international sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates?
d) Should the United States support the Lebanese government against insurgent forces?
e) Should the United States maintain its troop levels in Iraq?
f) Should the United States withdraw its troops from Iraq?
g) Discuss your proposals for Iraq.

Our men and women in uniform have performed their missions with professionalism and excellence. And I couldn't be more proud of them.

It's clear the conflict in Iraq will not be resolved militarily. The Iraqi government and people must take responsibility for the security and future of their country.

The President and Congress must come up with a plan for America's future military and diplomatic involvement in the region. Congress should set limits on reconstructions funds, demand measured and enforced benchmarks, and require the President to submit a plan for handing responsibility for the security of Iraq to the Iraqis.

h) Should the United States apply greater economic and diplomatic sanctions against North Korea if it fails to abide by its agreement to suspend its nuclear program?
i) Should the United States increase financial support for Afghanistan?
j) Should the United States increase military support for Afghanistan?
k) Should the United States trade nuclear fuel to India for civilian purposes?
l) Should the United States decrease financial support for Pakistan?
m) Should the United States decrease military support for Pakistan?
n) Should the United States be involved in bringing an end to the violence in Darfur, Sudan?
o) Should the United States be involved in bringing an end to the violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo?
p) Should the United States provide economic and military support to the Transitional Government of Somalia?
q) Should the United States use sanctions to encourage the government of Zimbabwe to end its human rights abuses?
r) Should the United States support the creation of an independent nation of Kosovo?
s) Other or expanded principles

I believe the key to winning in the War on Terrorism lies with ensuring that our allies on the frontline have the resources they need to fight terrorism. The U.S. and the international community should remain committed to aiding the Afghanistan and Pakistan governments in their efforts to stabilize the region.

International Trade
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international trade.
a) Do you support the United States imposing economic sanctions on China?
b) Do you support the United States imposing trade sanctions on Venezuela?
c) Do you support the United States involvement in free trade agreements?
d) Do you support the United States involvement in intergovernmental organizations dedicated to trade?
e) Other or expanded principles

Congress must implement trade policies that are both fair and free to address the trade deficit, benefit American businesses and consumers, and limit American job loss.

Unfair trade agreements and practices undermine American workers by giving preferential treatment to countries that subsidize their industries with unreasonable tax and regulatory advantages. Congress should demand that our prospective trading partners play by the same economic standards of conduct.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security.
a) Do you support using military tribunals to try suspected terrorists when ordinary civilian courts are deemed inappropriate or impractical?
b) Should law enforcement agencies have greater discretion to monitor domestic communications, to prevent future terrorist attacks?
c) Should the United States hold foreign states accountable for terrorists who operate in their country?
d) Should the federal government increase funding to states and cities for homeland security?
e) Do you support pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to United States national security?
f) Do you support the creation of a federal identification card system?
g) Do you support long-term use of National Guard troops to supplement the armed forces in assignments overseas?
h) Should the United States expand its missile defense shield?
i) Other or expanded principles

I strongly support providing our intelligence community, and law enforcement agencies with the tools and resources they need to protect our country.

Domestic surveillance is an important tool for gathering intelligence about potential threats; however, I believe these programs should be conducted legally. We must ensure our domestic surveillance programs maintain the careful balance between protecting our country and our Constitution.

I also support providing local law enforcement and first responders with the tools and resources they need to protect our airports, seaports, and communities from terrorist threats.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.
a) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?
b) Do you support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman?
c) Do you support federal funding for research on existing embryonic stem cell lines?
d) Do you support federal funding to create lines of stem cells from new embryos?
e) Should the federal government consider race and gender in government contracting decisions?
f) Should the federal government continue affirmative action programs?
g) Should the federal government regulate internet gambling?
h) Other or expanded principles

I believe the sacred institution of marriage should be defined as the union of a man and a woman, and I continue to strongly support traditional marriage in Congress.

While I support our scientific and medical research communities' efforts to find cures for a wide range of diseases, I don't believe we should promote work that results in the destruction of human life. I oppose using federal dollars for research that destroys human embryos, but I'm supportive of promising alternatives like amniotic stem cells and adult stem cells that can move us toward finding cures without compromising my core values.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security.
a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts that they manage themselves.
b) Ensure the viability of Social Security by increasing the payroll tax.
c) Decrease benefits paid to retirees.
d) Support proportional increases of Social Security benefits based on the cost of living index.
e) Raise the retirement age for individual eligibility to receive full Social Security benefits.
f) Other or expanded principles

For decades Social Security has guaranteed a life-long, defined source of income for Americans. I'm dedicated to protecting and strengthening that guarantee for today and tomorrow's retirees.

Social Security faces financial challenges that threaten the programs' solvency and benefits for future generations. However, I don't believe privatizing the program is the answer. Not only would privatization cut gaping holes in the Social Security safety net, it is projected to increase our national debt by $5 trillion over just 20 years.

Congress must pass bipartisan, common sense reforms that protect the guaranteed benefit and ensure Social Security's sustainability.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare and poverty.
a) Require welfare recipients to spend at least 40 hours a week in a combination of work and training programs.
b) Continue to give states and local governments flexibility in and responsibility for welfare programs through federal block grants.
c) Support housing assistance for welfare recipients.
d) Abolish all federal welfare programs.
e) Other or expanded principles

I believe government can assist and encourage individuals to rise above the challenges they face and take responsibility to improve their own lives. Unfortunately, for many years, our antiquated welfare laws encouraged people to rely on the system; punishing those who tried to better their lives through work and education. I support the new Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program, which provides states with more flexibility to develop their own welfare programs, sets work requirements for recipients, and establishes time limits for achieving self-sufficiency.

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.

It is unacceptable for billions of taxpayer dollars to be wasted due to improper accounting and a lack of oversight. So one of my top priorities is reducing waste, fraud and abuse and ensuring your tax dollars are being spent wisely.

It frustrates me to learn about government contractors who owe millions in unpaid taxes still receive millions, sometimes billions, in federal contracts. I am leading efforts to prohibit contractors who don't pay their taxes from receiving future government contracts. And I'm also working to prevent companies from using off-shore loopholes to avoid paying FICA taxes for their American employees.

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