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Josh Mandel

Josh Mandel's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Josh Mandel
Office: Treasurer (OH), Republican
First Elected: 11/02/2010
Next Election: 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Ilana
Birth Place: Cleveland, OH
Home City: Beachwood, OH
Religion: Jewish
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Josh Mandel refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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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 2012, 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

  • National Right to Life Committee. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Right to Life Committee endorsed Josh Mandel in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Josh Mandel. PRESS RELEASE: National Right To Life PAC Endorses Josh Mandel For Senate In Ohio. 21 August 2012. "I am honored to have earned the endorsement of such an esteemed organization as National Right to Life. They share my deep and abiding belief that life is a precious gift, and it must be protected at every stage. I will continue to work with pro-life leaders and pro-life activists across Ohio to promote a culture of life, and to stand in defense of innocent life, every single day." (jobs.joshmandel.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Molly Ball. The Atlantic: Is Josh Mandel the Next Marco Rubio? 5 March 2012. "You know, I agree with President Obama that in Iraq and Afghanistan, at some point in time, we have to take the training wheels off and we have to allow those countries to stand on their own two feet," he says. "At the same time, I respectfully disagree with President Obama at the way he's conducted the pullout from Iraq and the way he's established dates certain for pullouts in Iraq and Afghanistan." (www.theatlantic.com)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Sara Marie Brenner. Yahoo Voices: Josh Mandel Sets Out to "Change Washington". 1 August 2012. "As a two-tour Iraq veteran, Mandel is very concerned about the looming defense department cuts. "I think it's important we inject a new sense of fiscal conservatism in Washington, and cut a lot of wasteful spending," said Mandel. He continued to explain that young men and women should have all of the tools they need when they are fighting for their nation, and that the looming cuts will be "devastating" to our men and women fighting overseas. "I want to protect social security, medicare and the defense department," he asserted." (voices.yahoo.com)
  • Lynn Hulsey. Dayton Daily News: Senate candidate Mandel speaks at local event. 16 August 2012. Mandel blasts automatic cuts in US defense budget. 17 August 2012. "U.S. Senate candidate Josh Mandel on Thursday criticized automatic defense budget cuts that will occur in January if Congress doesn't act to stop the sequestration process. Speaking at the VFW Post 8312 as part of the Veterans for Romney Ohio Coalition kickoff, Mandel said Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney also understands that sequestration 'will cause massive massive military cuts which I believe will put the American citizens at a safety risk throughout the United States and throughout the world.'" (www.daytondailynews.com)
  • Josh Mandel. The Washington Post - Josh Mandel Thinks He Can Win This. 5 June 2012. "Mandel strongly opposes the upcoming sequestration cuts in defense spending, saying he agrees with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta that the cuts would be 'devastating.' He says, 'The Obama administration shows a lack of understanding of why and how peace through strength works. I also think there's a lack of appreciation that radical Islamic leaders as well as Chinese leaders have the long view.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Josh Mandel. Columbus Dispatch: 2012 Voters Guide. Responded "One of the few places the U.S. Constitution specifies that the federal government must spend tax dollars is in defense of the nation. We can find some waste and cost overruns to cut from the Pentagon's budget, but the President's cuts in national defense are irresponsible. The law should be changed to allow the cuts to occur elsewhere in the federal budget, which has ballooned at several times the rate of inflation for the past number of years" to the question: "Do you support the Obama administration's plans for defense cuts? If not, how would you pay for averting them?" (c3.thevoterguide.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

  • FreedomWorks. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. FreedomWorks endorsed Josh Mandel in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Josh Mandel signed Americans for Tax Reform: The Taxpayer Protection Pledge. "I pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Ohio and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (www.atr.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Josh Mandel. Issue Position: Investing in Ohio's Future. 21 August 2012. "Josh supported a $400 million plan to revitalize old industrial sites, protect our environment and create jobs in Ohio - without raising taxes." (votesmart.org)
  • Josh Mandel. Issue Position: End the Wasteful Spending in Washington. 1 January 2012. "Washington politicians of both parties spend too much. The budget has only been balanced 5 times in the past 50 years. President George W. Bush and Congressional Republicans passed the first $2 trillion budget in FY 2002, while President Bush and Congressional Democrats passed the first $3 trillion budget a few years later. The $787 billion Obama/Brown stimulus failed to keep unemployment under 8% as was promised and cost taxpayers between $185,000 and $278,000 per job "created or saved". If that is Washington's idea of a bargain, it is easy to understand how they have managed to put our country on a path toward bankruptcy." (votesmart.org)
  • Josh Mandel. Issue Position: Balance the Federal Budget. 1 January 2012. "Families have to budget. Small businesses have to budget. Local and state governments have to make a budget - and their budgets are required by law to balance. For most Americans, it doesn't get any simpler: you cannot spend more money than you take in. And whatever you borrow, you must pay back. But the Washington politicians have rigged the game to make sure those common sense rules don't apply to them. The rules say the federal government does not have to balance its budget. And because of those rules and the undisciplined Washington politicians who make them, America is now nearly $16 trillion in debt [¦] Grow the economy. The budget will not balance through spending cuts alone. It must be a balanced approach of spending cuts and economic growth. Balance the federal budget. The failure of Washington to control its spending for so long requires us to make a multi-year commitment to spending discipline and policies to promote economic growth [¦] The Government Accountability Office has identified over a thousand wasteful and duplicative programs that could be cut to save taxpayers $400 billion per year." (votesmart.org)
  • Josh Mandel. Race Tight, Sherrod on the Ropes. 26 June 2012. "Voters are learning that Sherrod Brown cast the deciding vote on the federal government takeover of healthcare, a measure that Ohio voters overwhelmingly rejected on the 2011 ballot. They are learning that Brown voted for the failed stimulus package, the Wall Street bailout, and other big-spending programs that have added to our national debt. They are learning that Brown was ranked as the "most Liberal Senator in America" and votes with President Obama 95% of the time, making him out of touch with Ohio voters." (votesmart.org)
  • Josh Mandel. Issue Position: Stop the Reckless Spending. 1 January 2012."As Sherrod Brown borrowed and spent in Washington for two decades, Ohio lost 333,000 manufacturing jobs. During that same time period, the federal government added 324,000 more employees to its rolls. Uncontrolled borrowing is a symptom of Washington's spending problem. To fuel their spending addiction, Sherrod Brown and his fellow Washington politicians borrowed more in the past five years than during any five-year period in the history of America." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Josh Mandel. Twitter: @JoshMandelOhio. 25 July 2012 "I believe in lowering taxes for every Ohio family and small business http://twitter.com/JoshMandelOhio/status/228253206701043712. (bit.ly)
  • Josh Mandel. Video: Josh Mandel Discuss Keeping Jobs In Ohio -- Toledo's WTVG. 28 February 2012. "WE need to keep jobs here in the state of Ohio, but in order to do that we gotta bring costs down for small businesses and manufactures in order to keep blue collar workers." (youtu.be)
  • Josh Mandel. The Washington Post - Josh Mandel Thinks He Can Win This. 5 June 2012. "Mandel favors 'lower tax rates and a broader base to spur small business growth.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Josh Mandel. Issue Position: Overhaul and Simplify the Tax Code. 1 January 2012. "Help job creators. Reduce capital gains and corporate taxes, and allow for a small business income deduction." (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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Josh Mandel. Issue Position: Achieving American Energy Independence. 1 January 2012. "Embark on a pro-American energy policy. We must make energy independence our national mission with an all-of-the-above, free-market strategy to maximize the natural resources with which we have been blessed. Remove barriers to energy exploration. Artificial federal barriers to drilling and refining must be removed." (votesmart.org)
  • Josh Mandel. Video: Josh Mandel and Sen. Marco Rubio Discuss Gas Prices and Energy Production with Neil Cavuto. 13 March 2012. "We should be exploring for natural resources here in the United States of America [¦] We should not be sourcing energy from places like Saudi Arabia and Iran [¦] when we have natural resources right here in the heartland, in Ohio, in Florida and throughout the country. " (youtu.be)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Josh Mandel. Wheeling Intelligencer - Mandel: Race for U.S. Senate Seat About 'Jobs, Jobs, jobs'. 30 May 2012. "First, we need to get the Sherrod Brown/Barrack Obama EPA off the backs of the coal industry so the folks in East Ohio can keep their coal jobs,' Mandel said. 'Secondly, we must simplify the tax code. We need a tax system that is more simple, and that has lower tax rates on middle class families.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Josh Mandel. The Washington Post - Josh Mandel Thinks He Can Win This. 5 June 2012. "He makes no bones about his conservatism. (Rep. Jim Jordan [R-Ohio], a frequent critic of House leadership, is one of his role models. He has "ice in his veins when it comes to making tough decisions," says Mandel.) On economics, he says, the Obama administration and the Democratic-controlled Senate 'treat business as guilty until proven innocent.' He says,'The EPA, NLRB and a complicated tax code are crushing business, especially small business.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Josh Mandel. Americans for Prosperity: No Climate Tax. 10 June 2011. "I, Josh Mandel, pledge to the taxpayers of the State of Ohio and to the American people that I will oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Josh Mandel in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Josh Mandel in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sara Marie Brenner. Yahoo Voices: Josh Mandel Sets Out to "Change Washington". 1 August 2012. "Mandel explained that he believes that law-abiding citizens should be allowed to own guns to "protect their families, businesses and to go hunting." Mandel supports the 2nd Amendment, is against the assault weapons ban, and urges citizens to contact their Congressman and Senator to encourage them to not support the Arms Trade Treaty and additional gun restrictions." (voices.yahoo.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Josh Mandel signed Independent Women's Voice: ObamaCare Repeal Pledge. "I pledge, if elected, to vote for all bills which seek to REPEAL the health care bill, HR 3590, signed into law on March 23, 2010. *To that end, I would now and will in the next Congress endorse and vote for all measures, including discharge petitions, leading to its defunding, deauthorization, and repeal. I shall do so whether those measures are taken for the whole of the bill or those component parts that impose mandates, restrict patient and doctor choice and access, violate individual freedom and privacy, reduce healthy competition, increase costs, or raise taxes. *The healthcare bill is defined as consisting of: 1) The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590), signed into law on March 23, 2010; and 2) The Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (H.R. 4872), signed into law on March 30, 2010." (www.therepealpledge.com)
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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ryan Clark. Cincinnati.com: About 300 gather for tea party rally. 11 July 2012. "Mandel also said he is fighting Sen. Brown on the issue of expanding same-sex marriages and will protect the sanctity of marriage.''This is a fight that I will never, ever back down,' he said." (cincinnati.com)
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

  • Josh Mandel. Mansfield News Journal - Mandel Supports Drilling. 21 August 2012. "Mandel positioned himself as a fiscal conservative who would preserve Social Security and Medicaid for baby boomers and older Americans by making cuts elsewhere in federal government. That would include inefficient agencies with mandates never found in the Constitution, he said." (votesmart.org)
  • Wayne Gates. Brown Count Press - Treasurer Mandel Makes Campaign Stop in County. 9 July 2012. Mandel then said he was prepared to make difficult decisions regarding in entitlement spending. 'I'm going to do everything I can to protect Social Security and Medicare, but at same time I'm going to a fiscal conservative and reflect the fiscal conservative values of the state of Ohio'" (votesmart.org)
  • Josh Mandel. Issue Position: Stop the Reckless Spending. 1 January 2012. "Save Medicare and Social Security. The inability of Washington politicians to control spending has threatened important programs like Medicare and Social Security." (votesmart.org)

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