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Paul Cook's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 8, Republican
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Paul Cook has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Paul Cook is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2014, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Paul Cook. Issue Position: Abortion. 1 January 2012. "I have always been pro-life, and I always will be. I am against abortion. I am also in support of requiring parental notification before an underage abortion. A child contemplating an abortion needs the moral advice of a parent, not only for the sake of the unborn but for her sake as well." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Cook was rated 0% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund (Positions (June 27, 2014)) (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Cook. Issue Position: Abortion. 1 January 2012. "I have always been pro-life, and I always will be. I am against abortion. I am also in support of requiring parental notification before an underage abortion. A child contemplating an abortion needs the moral advice of a parent, not only for the sake of the unborn but for her sake as well." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Cook was rated 0% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund (Positions (June 27, 2014)) (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Paul Cook. Twitter: joinpaulcook. 22 July 2011. "Dan Walters hits the nail on the head. There is no place for new taxes in free-spending California." (twitter.com)
  • "I will oppose any increases in taxes, and I will oppose any new tax. As a local lawmaker, I have earned a 100% anti-tax rating six years in a row, and that proven record will not change in Congress. We need fundamental tax reform immediately. Our current system is too complicated and is a drain on the US economy. I support replacing our current code with one that is simple, fair, and reduced." (votesmart.org)
  • John Sobel. Assemblyman Cook Introduces Bill to Cut Taxes on Californians. 6 February 2012. "Our state leaders need to realize that reducing the tax burden on citizens and small businesses will create thousands of new jobs, help California's economy recover, and bring back the stability the state once enjoyed [...] We need to lower taxes and create tax incentives if we want to get people back to work, and these bills are a good first step." (arc.asm.ca.gov)
  • Paul Cook. Issue Position: Jobs and Economic Prosperity. 1 January 2012. "Government doesn't create jobs, the private sector does. Too often, government gets in the way of job creation. We can get this economy moving again by simplifying the tax code; lowering taxes; encouraging investment; getting wasteful spending under control; developing energy resources in America; and reducing government red tape and bureaucracy." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Cook. Twitter: joinpaulcook. 22 July 2011. "Dan Walters hits the nail on the head. There is no place for new taxes in free-spending California." (twitter.com)
  • Paul Cook. Issue Position: Tax Reform. 1 January 2012. "We need fundamental tax reform immediately. Our current system is too complicated and is a drain on the US economy. I support replacing our current code with one that is simple, fair, and flat. I will oppose any increases in taxes, and I will oppose any new taxes." (votesmart.org)
  • John Sobel. Assemblyman Cook Introduces Bill to Cut Taxes on Californians. 6 February 2012. "Our state leaders need to realize that reducing the tax burden on citizens and small businesses will create thousands of new jobs, help California's economy recover, and bring back the stability the state once enjoyed [...] We need to lower taxes and create tax incentives if we want to get people back to work, and these bills are a good first step." (arc.asm.ca.gov)
  • Paul Cook. Issue Position: Jobs and Economic Prosperity. 1 January 2012. "Government doesn't create jobs, the private sector does. Too often, government gets in the way of job creation. We can get this economy moving again by simplifying the tax code; lowering taxes; encouraging investment; getting wasteful spending under control; developing energy resources in America; and reducing government red tape and bureaucracy." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Cook. Issue Position: Tax Reform. 1 January 2012. "We need fundamental tax reform immediately. Our current system is too complicated and is a drain on the US economy. I support replacing our current code with one that is simple, fair, and flat. I will oppose any increases in taxes, and I will oppose any new taxes." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Paul Cook. Video: Assemblyman Paul Cook takes a stand against taxes. 18 October 2011. "Extending taxes will only hurt families and businesses in the state [¦] it's only when the state stops spending money it doesn't have and stops regulating businesses into neighboring states [¦] that the economy of California will be revived." (arc.asm.ca.gov)
  • Sharon Gilbert. Examiner: Focus on California's 8th Congressional District: Paul Cook. 17 April 2012. "Government can help by getting its spending in order, which means reducing the deficit. We need roads paved, a reinvestment in education that will lead to good paying jobs, and a commitment to reducing the welfare state."
  • Paul Cook. Issue Position: The Budget. 1 January 2012. "I support making significant cuts in spending that will reduce the budget deficit and enforce spending caps that will put spending on a path to balanced budget." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Cook. Video: Assemblyman Paul Cook takes a stand against taxes. 18 October 2011. "Extending taxes will only hurt families and businesses in the state [¦] it's only when the state stops spending money it doesn't have and stops regulating businesses into neighboring states [¦] that the economy of California will be revived." (arc.asm.ca.gov)
  • Paul Cook. Issue Position: Jobs and Economic Prosperity. 1 January 2012. "Government doesn't create jobs, the private sector does. Too often, government gets in the way of job creation. We can get this economy moving again by simplifying the tax code; lowering taxes; encouraging investment; getting wasteful spending under control; developing energy resources in America; and reducing government red tape and bureaucracy." (votesmart.org)
  • Sharon Gilbert. Examiner: Focus on California's 8th Congressional District: Paul Cook. 17 April 2012. "Government can help by getting its spending in order, which means reducing the deficit. We need roads paved, a reinvestment in education that will lead to good paying jobs, and a commitment to reducing the welfare state."
  • Paul Cook. Issue Position: The Budget. 1 January 2012. "I support making significant cuts in spending that will reduce the budget deficit and enforce spending caps that will put spending on a path to balanced budget." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Cook. Issue Position: Jobs and Economic Prosperity. 1 January 2012. "Government doesn't create jobs, the private sector does. Too often, government gets in the way of job creation. We can get this economy moving again by simplifying the tax code; lowering taxes; encouraging investment; getting wasteful spending under control; developing energy resources in America; and reducing government red tape and bureaucracy." (votesmart.org)
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

  • Sharon Gilbert. Examiner: Focus on California's 8th Congressional District: Paul Cook. 17 April 2012. "Government can help by getting its spending in order, which means reducing the deficit. We need roads paved, a reinvestment in education that will lead to good paying jobs, and a commitment to reducing the welfare state." (www.examiner.com)
  • Sharon Gilbert. Examiner: Focus on California's 8th Congressional District: Paul Cook. 17 April 2012. "Government can help by getting its spending in order, which means reducing the deficit. We need roads paved, a reinvestment in education that will lead to good paying jobs, and a commitment to reducing the welfare state." (www.examiner.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Since arriving in Congress, my focus has been on creating good-paying jobs for Americans. Twenty thousand American jobs will be created directly by the pipeline's construction, with another 200,000 estimated to be created indirectly. The pipeline will be a huge boost to the economy and still protect the environment. It will provide the United States with secure access to oil from Canada, which will protect the national security interests of the country by reducing our dependence on oil from overseas. Today's vote is an important step forward in making the pipeline a reality." (votesmart.org)
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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.
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The Constitution is clear: "The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." I will fight against any attempts to curtail this right." (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Paul Cook in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • "The Constitution is clear: "The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." I will fight against any attempts to curtail this right." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Cook. Issue Position: The 2nd Amendment. 1 January 2012. "The Constitution is clear: "The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." I will fight against any attempts to curtail this right." (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Paul Cook in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Cook. Issue Position: The 2nd Amendment. 1 January 2012. "The Constitution is clear: "The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." I will fight against any attempts to curtail this right." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Paul Cook. Paul Cook Releases Statement on Supreme Court Obamacare Decision. 29 June 2012. "I'm disappointed by the decision of the Supreme Court on Obamacare. Obamacare is a very bad solution to very real problems in health care and access to health care. In reality, Obamacare is a new tax that hits working Americans particularly hard, and I simply cannot support it. We need to repeal Obamacare and start with a fresh approach to solving our healthcare crisis." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Cook. Paul Cook Releases Statement on Supreme Court Obamacare Decision. 29 June 2012. "I'm disappointed by the decision of the Supreme Court on Obamacare. Obamacare is a very bad solution to very real problems in health care and access to health care. In reality, Obamacare is a new tax that hits working Americans particularly hard, and I simply cannot support it. We need to repeal Obamacare and start with a fresh approach to solving our healthcare crisis." (votesmart.org)
  • "I'm disappointed by the decision of the Supreme Court on Obamacare. Obamacare is a very bad solution to very real problems in health care and access to health care. In reality, Obamacare is a new tax that hits working Americans particularly hard, and I simply cannot support it. We need to repeal Obamacare and start with a fresh approach to solving our healthcare crisis." (votesmart.org)
  • "I'm disappointed by the decision of the Supreme Court on Obamacare. Obamacare is a very bad solution to very real problems in health care and access to health care. In reality, Obamacare is a new tax that hits working Americans particularly hard, and I simply cannot support it. We need to repeal Obamacare and start with a fresh approach to solving our healthcare crisis." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • Paul Cook: Issue Position: Immigration. 1 January 2012. "Ours is a nation of laws. I am opposed to illegal immigration. The federal government has failed in its duty to secure our borders. I'll do what's necessary to make our borders secure." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Cook: Issue Position: Immigration. 1 January 2012. "Ours is a nation of laws. I am opposed to illegal immigration. The federal government has failed in its duty to secure our borders. I'll do what's necessary to make our borders secure." (votesmart.org)
  • John Sobel. Press Release: Assemblyman Cook Tells President and Congress to Reimburse California for Illegal Immigrant Prisoners. 7 May 2012. "If the federal government won't secure our border or deport criminals from other countries, California should be reimbursed for incarceration." (arc.asm.ca.gov)
  • John Sobel. Press Release: Assemblyman Cook Tells President and Congress to Reimburse California for Illegal Immigrant Prisoners. 7 May 2012. "If the federal government won't secure our border or deport criminals from other countries, California should be reimbursed for incarceration." (arc.asm.ca.gov)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Paul Cook was rated 0% by Equality California (Positions) (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Cook was rated 0% by Equality California (Positions) (votesmart.org)
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

  • Paul Cook. Issue Position: Medicare and Social Security. 1 January 2012. "We must keep the promises made to seniors. Therefore, we need to make sure these systems are sustainable in the long term." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Cook. Issue Position: Medicare and Social Security. 1 January 2012. "We must keep the promises made to seniors. Therefore, we need to make sure these systems are sustainable in the long term." (votesmart.org)

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