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Christopher Carney's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Christopher Carney 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.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Planned Parenthood. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Chris Carney supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Carney. 2006. Project Vote Smart: Pennsylvania Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "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;" "Other: As a Roman Catholic father of five, I do not favor abortion. I do favor education, family planning, and a woman's access to the full range of reproductive health care."
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Chris Carney supported the interests of NARAL Pro-Choice America 50 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Carney. 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: Chris Carney voted YES on 7 November 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Chris Carney supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 50 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Carney. News from Congressman Christopher Carney: Carney Applauds Executive Order Ensuring no Federal Funding for Abortion. 3 August 2010. "Congressman Chris Carney (PA-10) today applauded the president's agreement to sign an Executive Order ensuring that the health insurance reform legislation continues the longstanding ban on federal funding for abortion. Congressman Carney played a central role in helping to broker the agreement between the White House and pro-life members of the Democratic caucus. [. . . ] 'As a Roman Catholic father of five, I believe it is important to reach consensus on the fact that this legislation would continue the longstanding ban on federal funding for abortion. This agreement ensures that," Congressman Carney said. "For three decades, the Hyde Amendment has restricted public funding for abortion. This Executive Order puts to rest any fears that the health insurance reform bill would direct federal dollars toward abortion services.' " (www.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Taxpayers Union. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Chris Carney supported the interests of the National Taxpayers Union 16 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Carney. 2006. Project Vote Smart: Pennsylvania Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Selected NO for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?"
  • Chris Carney. Issue Position: Agriculture. "We must address the estate tax issue. Our family farmers cannot afford for the cap provisions to expire in 2010 and revert to their previous levels." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Carney. Issue Position: Budget and Taxes. "As a member of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition, I am committed to Fiscal Responsibility....We Need Permanent Middle-class Tax Cuts. The Budget Resolution includes tax relief for the middle-class, including the extension of the child tax credit, marriage penalty relief, estate tax relief, extension of the deduction for state and local sales taxes, and a tax credit for school construction bonds." (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. Chris Carney supported the interests of the Club for Growth 8 percent in 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Carney. 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: Chris Carney voted YES on 13 February 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Carney. 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: Chris Carney voted NO on 10 March 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Carney. Carney: Bailouts Need Oversight. 22 January 2009. "Congressman Christopher P. Carney issued the following statement after voting for both the TARP Reform and Accountability Act, which passed in the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 260 to 166, and TARP Funds Disapproval Resolution, which passed by a vote of 270 to 155: 'I voted for the TARP Funds Disapproval Resolution because I could not, in good conscience, burden taxpayers with $350 billion dollars of further debt. The American people deserve a better explanation from the financial services industry as to where the $350 billion dollars from the first half of the bailout, which I did not support, have gone. We were promised accountability when the first portion of bailout funding was released, but still have not received it. I voted against the bailout before because I was concerned about the lack of accountability, and I am voting for the TARP Funds Disapproval Resolution now because Wall Street has yet to provide the public with a clear plan of how they plan to spend an additional $350 billion dollars. We do still need oversight of the federal bailout funds. That is why I voted in support of the TARP Reform and Accountability Act of 2009. This legislation would give significantly greater oversight of the federal dollars that have been loaned to financial services institutions since October 3, 2008, when Congress passed the initial bailout package." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Carney. Fridays With Chris; Emergency Economic Stabilization Act. 3 October 2008. "Today, I voted against the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008. My reasons for voting against this bill are rooted in a deep concern with the provisions of the underlying plan. I could not, in good conscience, vote to burden our hardworking taxpayers with hundreds of billions of dollars in new debt to finance a massive Wall Street bailout. I was disappointed that we did not take more time to examine alternatives that would give greater protections to homeowners and provide more oversight of Wall Street. This is an enormous federal investment and stricter oversight of how the money is being spent is essential. This bill does not provide stricter regulation and oversight - it simply repackages the discredited Paulson plan that was defeated on Monday. It was a bad bill on Monday and it remains a bad bill today - except now the price tag is $850 billion, not $700 billion. If this was a good bill it should have been able to stand on its own merits. No amount of 'sweeteners' can hide the bitter taste of $850 billion in debt being passed on to the next generations of American taxpayers, especially with no guarantee that the package will even work. The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 263 to 171. It had passed the Senate earlier this week and will now be sent to the President to be signed into law." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Carney. Fridays With Chris; State of the Union Response. 1 February 2008. "The stimulus is a step in the right direction, but we still need permanent middle class tax cuts. We must fight for middle class tax cuts, and I hope the President will do more to provide tax relief for working families - not just the wealthiest Americans. This stimulus does help in a tough economy, every bit helps, but we must do more to protect our seniors who are on fixed incomes and need help, too. Finally, we must do more for small businesses that are the backbone of our community." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Carney. Issue Position: Jobs. "Chris believes that small businesses offer the best opportunity for job growth and that we must put in place economic policies that spur innovation and job creation within those companies. He supports tax cuts for small businesses and working families. He introduced the Made in America Act to keep American companies their jobs and businesses in the America, instead of providing tax breaks to send them overseas. American companies and workers are the best in the world and Chris has no doubt that we are beginning to break through this recession." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Business and Employment Issues: Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Chris Carney. 2006. Project Vote Smart: Pennsylvania Congressional National Political Awareness Test. "Other: I favor allowing workers to invest a portion of their payroll taxes in addition to, regular withholdings."
  • Chris Carney. Issue Position: Social Security. "Since its inception, our Social Security system has successfully helped keep millions of Americans out of poverty. I will fight to ensure that Social Security is guaranteed for future generations of workers, retirees, and their families. It must not be jeopardized by market fluctuations and must be protected from inflation. Workers should have opportunities and incentives to invest for their retirement, but not at the expense of the traditional Social Security system. We have an obligation to our hardworking men and women to honor the promise our nation has made to them. I will continue to work hard to keep that pledge and to protect Social Security." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Crime Issues: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Chris Carney. 2006. Project Vote Smart: Pennsylvania Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Other: I support the death penalty only for constitutionally sactioned crimes like treason."
Yes Inferred Answer Education Issues: Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Chris Carney. 2006. Project Vote Smart: Pennsylvania Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students;" "e) Reward teachers with merit pay for working in low-income schools;" "f) Increase funding for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings, infrastructure, technology);" "h) Increase funding of programs such as Pell grants and Stafford loans to help students pay for college;" "i) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college;" "Other: I support admissions standards that look at the totality of an individual's strengths, weaknesses, economic background, cultural and ethnic background."
  • Chris Carney. Issue Position: Effective Education Reform. "As a parent of five kids in public schools, Chris doesn't just believe in public education, he is committed to it because it represents his children's future. As an educator, Chris knows the value of testing students, but he also knows the failures of No Child Left Behind. "Teaching to the test" has led to the intellectual neutering of our academic programs rather than encouraging academic creativity and exploration. No Child Left Behind effectively means that no child gets ahead. Additionally, unfunded mandates like No Child Left Behind have caused the higher property taxes that we see in our communities. This nonsense has to stop. Instead, Chris believes that we need to invest in our educational infrastructure - teachers, schools, curriculum, and up-to-date technology. We need to ensure our children learn the fundamentals, while encouraging creativity and exploration so that they can compete with the best in the country and the best in the world." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Carney. Issue Position: Education -- No Child Left Behind. "Teaching to the Test is Wrong. I have visited schools throughout northeastern and central Pennsylvania and have consistently heard from our teachers and administrators that they are frustrated by No Child Left Behind (NCLB). NCLB's assessment requirements place enormous stress on students and teachers and encourage schools and teachers to "teach to the test." It is ineffective to spend the bulk of the school day learning materials on state assessments. This prevents students from developing critical thinking skills and learning other important curriculum, such as social studies, science, and the arts. In addition, NCLB's assessment requirements are too restrictive and fail to adequately measure student progress. Current law does not require the measurement of individual student improvement. I have introduced bipartisan legislation with Congressman Mark Kirk, H.R. 3192, the Education Assessment Technical Corrections Act, which ensures that students are compared for consecutive years rather than just annually measuring entire grades. This would better measure student and school progress." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred 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

  • Chris Carney. 2006. Project Vote Smart: Pennsylvania Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act;" "b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act;" "c) Support Clear Skies Act to reduce power plant emissions by setting a national cap on pollutants;" "f) Relax standards on federal lands to allow increased recreational usage;" "h) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles;" "j) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution;" "k) Support the use of ethanol as an alternative fuel;" "m) Support the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming."
  • Environment America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Chris Carney supported the interests of Environment America 93 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Gun Issues: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Chris Carney. HR 6842. 111th Congress. To restore Second Amendment rights in the District of Columbia. Project Vote Smart Summary: Chris Carney voted YES on 17 September 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Carney. 2006. Project Vote Smart: Pennsylvania Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns;" "f) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows;" "g) Require a license for gun possession;" "Other: I want my kids to have and enjoy the same 2nd Amendment rights as I have."
  • Gun Owners of America. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Chris Carney a grade of B-. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Carney. Issue Position: Gun Rights. "As an avid sportsman and firearms owner, I oppose the over-regulation of guns owned by responsible Americans. Firearms safety education is an essential aspect of gun ownership, helping create a culture that respects the rights of gun owners and acknowledges their responsibilities. I am not supportive of any legislation that takes away the rights of law-abiding gun owners!" (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Carney. Carney Praises Landmark Supreme Court Ruling on Second Amendment Rights. 28 June 2010. "I am glad to see the Supreme Court's affirmation of Second Amendment rights. For too long, some local governments have enacted overly oppressive gun laws that deny our Constitutional right to bear arms. Everyone should have the ability to protect their family in their own home. As a father of five and an avid sportsman, I believe that firearms not only provide us with critical protection but also are an important part of our heritage as a nation. I was happy to have signed an amicus brief in support of this case." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Carney. Carney Statement on Supreme Court Ruling on the Second Amendment. 26 June 2008. "Today's Supreme Court ruling is a victory for responsible gun owners everywhere. The Second Amendment applies equally to us all. The right to bear arms is paramount, and no local, state or federal government should be able to compromise that right." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Issues: Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Chris Carney. 2006. Project Vote Smart: Pennsylvania Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income;" "e) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under Medicare;" "f) Offer tax credits to individuals and small businesses to offset the cost of insurance coverage;" "h) Support stem cell research on existing lines of stem cells;" "i) Allow laboratories to create new lines of stem cells for additional research."
  • Chris Carney. 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: Chris Carney voted YES on 7 November 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Chris Carney supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 75 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Carney. Issue Position: "Chris supported insurance reform because the cost of inaction is too great. For too long, women have often lacked insurance coverage that includes prenatal care and treats pregnancy as a preexisting condition. That care will now be covered by insurers. So too will screenings for cervical cancer and mammograms, among others, which until now insurers have not been required to cover, resulting in exorbitantly expensive out-of-pocket costs. There will be help for businesses with workers who have been uninsured for months, or denied a policy based on "pre-existing" conditions. A high risk pool will offer insurance and assistance to help pay premiums to cover those workers. The legislation prevents insurance companies from charging more because of an employee's health status, protecting our small businesses from unreasonable rate increases. Many of those benefits will take place almost immediately. Also this year, seniors who have seen their prescription drug costs soar will receive a $250 rebate to begin closing the prescription drug "donut hole." This loophole will eventually close completely. Young adults who can't find affordable insurance on their own can stay on their parents' plan until the age of 26. This bill also bars insurance companies from dropping people from coverage when they get sick and prevents insurers from placing lifetime limits on benefits. Seniors will see Medicare strengthened and protected. Insurers will be required to cover maternity care, a critical step to ensure the health of mothers and unborn children. This bill will also rightly continue the longstanding ban on public funding for abortion, a factor that weighed heavily on my mind in recent days. All Americans will be able to have the same insurance choices enjoyed by Members of Congress and their families. For those who cannot afford health insurance because costs have climbed too high, this bill provides tax credits that amount to the largest middle class tax cut for health care in American history. Our nation has grappled with the effects of skyrocketing healthcare costs for decades. This reform deals with that in a fiscally responsible manner, reducing the deficit by $138 billion over the next 10 years and by an additional $1.2 trillion in the following decade." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration Issues: Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Chris Carney. 2006. Project Vote Smart: Pennsylvania Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Establish English as the official national language;" "Other: Border Security is National Security. As a counterterrorism expert, I am extremely concerned about our porous borders. I do not support amnesty - we cannot reward illegal behavior but we need to provide a way for illegals to earn citizenship by paying back taxes, learning English, and obtaining gainful employment."
  • National Latino Congreso. 2007-2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Chris Carney supported the interests of the National Latino Congreso 33 percent in 2007-2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 2007-2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Chris Carney supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 46 percent in 2007-2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Carney. Issue Position: Immigration. "Chris believes that we must secure our borders. In the war on terror, border security is national security. Chris opposes amnesty and believes that our nation's laws must be enforced. He supports legislation that adds 8,000 new border patrol agents, increases cooperation between law enforcement agencies, and strengthens requirements that businesses verify their employee's residence. Chris has also introduced bipartisan legislation to help local law enforcement combat illegal immigration. Local law enforcement serves as our community's first responders. With training, they can better protect our nation's borders." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer International Policy Issues: Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peace Action West. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Chris Carney supported the interests of Peace Action West 25 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Carney. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Supplemental Appropriations Act. Project Vote Smart Summary: Chris Carney voted NO on Limiting Afghanistan Military Funding to Withdrawal and Other Specified Purposes on 1 July 2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Carney. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Supplemental Appropriations Act. Project Vote Smart Summary: Chris Carney voted NO on Requiring Timetable for Withdrawal from Afghanistan on 1 July 2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Carney. Congressman Carney Statement On State Of The Union Address. 28 January 2010. "While many families continue to struggle during this difficult economic climate, we must not forget about the sacrifices borne by our brave service men and women who are fighting on the front lines in Afghanistan and Iraq. We must not back down from the terrorists who threaten the security of our country." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Carney. Representative Carney Votes To Rebuild Our Military Readiness And Support Our Troops. 25 June 2009. "The National Defense Authorization Act improves our troops' readiness by ensuring they have the equipment and armor they need. It replaces and repairs equipment that has been used in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and addresses equipment shortfalls in the National Guard and Reserve. It strengthens nuclear non-proliferation efforts to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of terrorists, invests in missile defense systems that address genuine threats with equipment that our commanders in the field have requested, and strengthens our ability to combat growing cyber threats to our critical infrastructure." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Carney. Carney Statement On President Obama's Speech On Afghanistan. 2 December 2009. "It is critical that we not back down from terrorists who threaten our long-term security. Sending additional troops into Afghanistan will give us the military manpower to contain al-Qaeda and the Taliban while laying the groundwork for the Afghan military to step up and the Afghan government to implement long-needed reforms. I am, however, concerned about the narrow timeframe that the president has presented. While our commitment cannot be open-ended, the reality on the ground in Afghanistan must dictate the actual timeframe. It could take 18 months for our troops to be fully deployed and trained and equipped for battle. The president did an excellent job laying out the reasons for the overall policy, but I will reserve judgment until I see the full details of the plan. Demonstrating a commitment to our efforts in Afghanistan will signal our resolve to the region and help Pakistan focus its attention on fighting terrorism on its side of the border." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Carney. Issue Position: Afghanistan. "Chris supports the addition of troops to Afghanistan, believing that it is critical that we not back down from terrorists who threaten our long-term security. He believes that sending additional troops into Afghanistan will give us the military manpower to contain al-Qaeda and the Taliban while laying the groundwork for the Afghan military to step up and the Afghan government to implement long-needed reforms. He disagrees with the idea that there should be a narrow timeframe for withdrawal, saying "While our commitment cannot be open-ended, the reality on the ground in Afghanistan must dictate the actual timeframe. It could take 18 months for our troops to be fully deployed and trained and equipped for battle. The president did an excellent job laying out the reasons for the overall policy, but I will reserve judgment until I see the full details of the plan." Chris thinks that demonstrating a commitment to our efforts in Afghanistan will signal our resolve to the region and help Pakistan focus its attention on fighting terrorism on its side of the border." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Social Issues: Should marriage only be between one man and one woman? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Chris Carney. 2006. Project Vote Smart: Pennsylvania Congressional National Political Awareness Test. "j) Other: I do not favor gay marriage. I support all American families having access to the same property tax and inheritance rights."

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Congressional 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.
Xd) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
Xe) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
g) Other or expanded principles

As a Roman Catholic father of five, I do not favor abortion. I do favor education, family planning, and a woman's access to the full range of reproductive health care.

Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once.
Budget Priorities
Greatly Increasea) Agriculture
Slightly Increaseb) Arts
Slightly Increasec) Defense
Greatly Increased) Education
Greatly Increasee) Environment
Greatly Increasef) Homeland security
Maintain Statusg) International aid
Greatly Increaseh) Law enforcement
Greatly Increasei) Medical research
Slightly Increasej) National parks
Slightly Increasek) Public health services
Greatly Increasel) Scientific research
Slightly Decreasem) Space exploration programs
Maintain Statusn) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Slightly Decreaseo) Welfare
Greatly Increasep) Emergency preparedness
q) Other or expanded categories
Defense Spending
Greatly Increasea) Armed forces personnel training
Greatly Increaseb) Intelligence operations
Maintain Statusc) Military hardware
Maintain Statusd) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
Slightly Decreasee) National missile defense
Slightly Increasef) Pay for active duty personnel
Slightly Increaseg) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Maintain Statush) Research and development of new weapons
Greatly Increasei) Troop and equipment readiness
j) Other or expanded categories
Using the key above, indicate what federal tax levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category.
Taxes
Income Taxes:
Family Income
Eliminatea) Less than $25,000
Slightly Decreaseb) $25,000-$75,000
Maintain Statusc) $75,000-$150,000
Slightly Increased) Over $150,000
e) Other or expanded categories
Retiree Income
Greatly Decreasef) Over $40,000
g) Other or expanded categories
Other Taxes:
Slightly Increasea) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Increased) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreasef) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories
Deductions/Credits:
Maintain Statusa) Charitable contributions
Maintain Statusb) Child tax credit
Maintain Statusc) Earned income tax credit
Slightly Increased) Medical expense deduction
Maintain Statuse) Mortgage deduction
Greatly Increasef) Student loan credit
g) Other or expanded categories
4) Do you support the permanent repeal of the federal estate tax?
No5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?
6) Discuss your proposals for balancing the federal budget. (75 words or less. Please use an attached page if the space below is not adequate.)
7) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
Xa) Support public taxpayer funding for federal candidates who comply with campaign spending limits.
b) Increase the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
c) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
d) Allow unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
e) Remove all contribution limits on federal campaigns and parties.
Xf) Require Section 527 organizations to register with the Federal Election Commission as Political Action Committees.
g) Do you support instant run-off voting?
h) Should Election Day be a national holiday?
i) Do you support a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and woman?
j) Other or expanded principles

h) Election Day should be a national holiday only if voting is mandatory under the law.
j) I do not favor gay marriage. I support all American families having access to the same property tax, and inheritance rights.

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.
Xc) Support programs to provide prison inmates with educational, vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xd) Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
e) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
Xf) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, and disability be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
Xg) Impose stricter penalties for those convicted of corporate crimes.
h) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
i) Other or expanded principles

I support the death penalty only for constitutionally sactioned crimes like treason.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding drugs.
Xa) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
Xb) Expand federally sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
c) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
d) Allow doctors to recommend marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
Xe) Increase border security to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the United States.
f) Eliminate federal funding for programs associated with the "war on drugs."
g) Support a federal law to standardize testing and penalties for steroid use in professional sports.
h) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
Xa) Support national standards for and testing of public school students.
b) Allow parents to use vouchers, (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any public school.
c) Allow parents to use vouchers, (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any private or religious school.
d) Allow teachers and professionals to receive authorization and funding to establish charter schools.
Xe) Reward teachers with merit pay for working in low-income schools.
Xf) Increase funding for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings, infrastructure, technology).
g) Support affirmative action in public college admissions.
Xh) Increase funding of programs such as Pell grants and Stafford loans to help students pay for college.
Xi) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
j) Other or expanded principles

I support admissions standards that look at the totality of an individual's strengths, weaknesses, economic background, cultural and ethnic background.

1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.
Xa) Increase funding for national job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
b) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xc) Provide tax credits or grants to businesses that offer child care services to employees.
Xd) Encourage employers to offer flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
e) Eliminate all federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
Xf) Increase the federal minimum wage.
Xg) Support the right of workers to strike without fear of being permanently replaced.
Xh) Include sexual orientation in federal anti-discrimination laws.
i) Other or expanded principles
2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding affirmative action.
a) The federal government should consider race and gender in government contracting decisions.
b) The federal government should discontinue affirmative action programs.
c) The federal government should continue affirmative action programs.
d) Other or expanded principles

The federal government should make contracting decisions based on the quality of work of a firm, the cost, the impact on the local economy, the paying of prevailing wages, and equality among firms. No firm should get all contracts, Haliburton being an example.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
Xa) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
Xb) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
Xc) Support Clear Skies Act to reduce power plant emissions by setting a national cap on pollutants.
d) Require states to compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses of privately-owned land.
e) Relax logging restrictions on federal lands.
Xf) Relax standards on federal lands to allow increased recreational usage.
g) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil).
Xh) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
i) Support opening a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration.
Xj) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
Xk) Support the use of ethanol as an alternative fuel.
l) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits.
Xm) Support the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming.
n) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.
a) Reauthorize the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xe) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
Xf) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
Xg) Require a license for gun possession.
h) Other or expanded principles

I want my kids to have and enjoy the same 2nd Amendment rights as I have.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health care.
a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government.
Xb) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
c) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts.
d) Establish limits on the amount of punitive damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xe) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
Xf) Offer tax credits to individuals and small businesses to offset the cost of insurance coverage.
g) Support automatic enrollment of children in federal health care programs such as CHIP and Medicaid.
Xh) Support stem cell research on existing lines of stem cells.
Xi) Allow laboratories to create new lines of stem cells for additional research.
j) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.
a) Decrease the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country.
Xb) Establish English as the official national language.
c) Support a temporary worker program that would enable illegal immigrants to work in the United States legally.
d) Relax restrictions barring legal immigrants from using government funded social programs (e.g. public housing, food stamps).
e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States.
f) Other or expanded principles

Border Security is National Security. As a counterterrorism expert, I am extremely concerned about our porous borders. I do not support amnesty - we cannot reward illegal behavior but we need to provide a way for illegals to earn citizenship by paying back taxes, learning English, and obtaining gainful employment.

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

Help reduce causal factors of disease, malnutrition, terrorism.

International Policy
1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the Middle East.
Yesa) Should the United States continue to provide leadership in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?
Undecidedb) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Yesc) Should the United States withdraw its troops from Iraq?
Nod) Should the United States send more troops to Iraq?
e) Discuss your proposals for an exit strategy in Iraq. (75 words or less. Please use an attached page if the space below is not adequate.)

For each fully trained Iraqi battalion, one American battalion should come home. The President says we have 50-60 fully trained Iraqi battalions, so 50-GO American battalions should be coming home. We cannot afford to duplicate the efforts of the Iraqis. We cannot afford to risk the lives, and we cannot afford the deficit spending.

f) Other or expanded principles
2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Central and East Asia.
Yesa) Should the United States use diplomatic and economic pressure to encourage North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program?
Undecidedb) Should the United States use military force to dismantle the North Korean nuclear weapons program?
Noc) Should the United States remove the North Korean government from power?
Yesd) Should the United States increase financial support to Afghanistan?
Yese) Should the United States increase military support to Afghanistan?
f) Other or expanded principles
3) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the United Nations.
Yesa) Should the United States maintain its financial support of the United Nations?
b) Should the United States decrease its financial support of the United Nations?
Yesc) Should the United States commit troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions?
d) Other or expanded principles

The U.N. needs to commit to structural change and reform to reduce waste and highly questionable activities. The U.N. does critical humanitarian and peace-making work, placing Libya on the Human Rights Commission makes no sense.

Yes4) Should the United States lift the travel ban to Cuba?
Undecided5) Should the United States increase its financial support to Colombia to combat "the war on drugs?"
Yes6) Should aid to African nations for AIDS prevention programs fund distribution of contraceptives?
Undecided7) Should aid to African nations for AIDS prevention programs fund abstinence education?
8) Other or expanded principles

Family planning and education essential elements to ending AIDS. Also, continue to promote access to affordable drugs for ALL AIDS patients.

International Trade
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international trade.
No1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
No2) Do you support the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA)?
Yes3) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
Yes4) Do you support continued U.S. membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
Yes5) Should a nation's human rights record affect its normal trade relations (most favored nation) status with the United States?
Undecided6) Do you support the trade embargo against Cuba?
Yes7) Should trade agreements include provisions to address environmental concerns and to protect workers' rights?
8) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security.
Undecideda) Do you support using military tribunals to try suspected terrorists when ordinary civilian courts are deemed inappropriate or impractical?
Nob) Should the United States grant law enforcement agencies greater discretion to read mail and email, tap phones, and conduct random searches to prevent future terrorist attacks?
Yesc) Should the United States hold foreign states accountable for terrorists who operate in their country?
Yesd) Should the federal government increase funding to states and cities for homeland security?
Yese) Do you support the prohibition of torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment of prisoners in U.S. custody?
Undecidedf) Do you support a policy of pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to U.S. national security?
g) Other or expanded principles

I would support pre-emptive strikes if, and only if, we have iron-clad evidence of imminent attacks to US interests.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security.
a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves.
b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government.
c) Invest a portion of Social Security assets collectively in stocks and bonds instead of United States Treasury securities.
d) Increase the payroll tax to better finance Social Security in its current form.
e) Lower the annual cost-of-living increases.
f) Raise the retirement age for individual eligibility to receive full Social Security benefits.
g) Other of expanded principles

I favor allowing workers to invest a portion fo their payroll taxes in addition to, regular withholdings.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding technology and communication.
a) Collect taxes on commercial Internet transactions.
Xb) Continue the moratorium on Internet taxation.
c) Implement government regulation of Internet content.
Xd) Support government mandates to curtail violent and sexual content on television.
Xe) Support strict penalties for Internet crimes (e.g. hacking, identity theft, worms/viruses).
Xf) Support legislation to detail how personal information can be collected and used on the Internet.
g) Regulating the Internet is not a responsibility of the federal government.
h) Other or expanded principles

Gov't. should not regulate internet content, but should assure internet safety from viruses, hackers, etc...

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare and poverty.
Xa) Require welfare recipients to spend at least 40 hours a week in a combination of work and training programs.
Xb) Increase funding for child care programs.
Xc) Continue to give states and local governments flexibility in and responsibility for welfare programs through federal block grants.
d) Direct federal poverty aid through religious, community-based, or other non-profit organizations.
e) Abolish all federal welfare programs.
Xf) Support housing assistance for welfare recipients.
g) Other or expanded principles
On an attached page, disk, or via email, please explain in a total of 75 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

National Security must be our country's number one priority. As a counterterrorism expert, I know that our border and port security have been ignored by Washington for years. We must secure our borders, and we must not reward illegal immigrants with amnesty.

As a working father, I will fight to make affordable, quality healthcare available to all Americans.

Our rural communities need more jobs and economic opportunities. I will fight to create and retain good jobs.

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