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Mike Rounds' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. Senate (SD) - Jr, Republican
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Mike Rounds has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Mike Rounds is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

What is the Political Courage Test?

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

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

  • "We need to lower taxes and live within our means." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Part of that reining-in would mean dramatic cuts or even elimination of some departments including the Environmental Protection agency which has proposed ridiculous regulations against agriculture including regulating temporary standing water, carbon emissions, the limiting of farm dust and methane gas produced by cattle." (votesmart.org)
  • "I think big government is the biggest challenge we've got and we want big government out of South Dakota. We want it out of your backyards." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred 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

  • Mike Rounds vetoed - HB 1240 - Need-Based Education Grant Fund -- (votesmart.org)
  • One of 48 Governors on the board developing common core standards (www.nga.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We should move to immediately approve the Keystone pipeline." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "In fact, if the Washington D.C. regulatory system were a country, it would be the tenth largest economy in the world! It's time to get the bureaucracy under control before they completely destroy our economy." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "On behalf of the NRA's five million members, I want to thank Mike for his steadfast support of the Second Amendment and urge all NRA members, gun owners and sportsmen in South Dakota to vote Mike Rounds for U.S. Senate on November 4." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Obamacare needs to be repealed and replaced by a patient centered, market driven solution, that focuses on quality care for our loved ones. Obamacare threatens Medicare. We owe it to our seniors to make sure we have a solvent Medicare program" (votesmart.org)
  • "As a small business owner, I am concerned the good work we've done in South Dakota is at risk because of Obamacare and the bad decisions by the Obama Democrats -- led by Harry Reid." (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

  • 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

  • "Marriage is one of the most sacred human institutions. I asked our Senators, as many South Dakotans have done, to protect marriage as a union between a man and a woman," (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We need to support our allies and crush terrorists that would do us harm." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred 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

  • "We will continue to talk about the real issues like replacing Obamacare, saving Medicare, reining in federal bureaucratic overreach, keeping your second amendment gun rights intact, and letting you keep more of your hard-earned paycheck." (votesmart.org)

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Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

South Dakota State Legislative Election 1998 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) concerning abortion.
a) Abortions should always be legally available.
b) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
Xc) Abortions should be legal only when pregnancy resulted from incest, rape, or when the life of the woman is endangered.
d) Abortions should be legal only when the life of the woman is endangered.
e) Abortions should always be illegal.
Xf) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and parental notification requirements.
Xg) Prohibit the late-term abortion procedure known as "partial-birth" abortion.
h) Support "buffer zones" by requiring demonstrators to stay at least 15 feet away from abortion clinic doorways and driveways.
i) Other
Noj) Should South Dakota government funding be provided to clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services?
Indicate the principles you support (if any) concerning affirmative action. State government agencies should take race and sex into account in the following sectors:
Noa) College and university admissions
Nob) Public employment
Noc) State contracting
d) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.
a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
b) Support contracting with private sector firms to build and/or manage state prisons.
Xc) End parole for repeat violent felons.
d) Expand the use of the death penalty for additional circumstances relating to murder.
e) Oppose the death penalty.
f) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
Xg) Inform communities when a convicted sex offender moves into the community.
h) Increase state funds for programs which rehabilitate and educate inmates during and after their prison sentences.
i) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
j) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
k) Strengthen penalties and sentences for sex offenders.
l) Lower the limit defining drunk driving to .08 blood alcohol content.
Xm) Prosecute juveniles who commit murder or other serious violent crimes as adults.
n) Eliminate the early release option for prison inmates who accumulate good time.
Xo) Support the current Boot Camp program for juvenile criminal offenders.
p) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning the economy and employment.
Xa) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
Xb) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xc) Support limits on cash damages in lawsuits against businesses and professionals for product liability or malpractice.
Xd) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
e) Other
Nof) Should South Dakota eliminate the video lottery?
Yesg) Do you support allowing the Legislature to determine future telephone rates instead of the Public Utility commission?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
Xa) Increase state funds for professional development of public school teachers and administrators.
Xb) Encourage private or corporate investment in public school programs.
c) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious).
d) Favor charter schools where independent groups receive state authorization and funding to establish new schools.
e) Support sex education programs which stress abstinence.
f) Support sex education programs which stress safe sexual practices.
g) Increase state funds for school construction and facility maintenance.
h) Increase state funds for hiring of additional teachers.
i) Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.
j) Other
Nok) Do you support extending the school day until 5:00 or 5:30 for daycare purposes?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
a) Require the use of cleaner burning fuels in order to prevent pollution.
Xb) Support "self-audit" legislation which creates incentives for industries to audit themselves and clean up pollution.
Xc) Require a cost/benefit analysis to determine the economic impact of proposed environmental regulations before they implemented.
d) Require the state to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses on privately owned land.
e) Provide funding for recycling programs in South Dakota.
f) Request added flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environmental regulations.
Xg) Suspend participation in unfunded, federally mandated environmental protection legislation.
h) Restructure the electric utility industry to allow consumers to choose their power company.
Xi) Provide tax relief to wetland owners.
j) Other
Undecidedk) State environmental regulations should not be stricter than federal law.
Nol) Do you support a constitutional amendment limiting corporate hog farming?
Yesm) Do you support taxing large surface mine companies to pay for any reclamation work needed after the mines are no longer in use?
Yesn) Do you support permitting private landowners to issue bounties for coyotes killed on their property?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding government reform.
a) Do you support the current law which limits the number of terms of the following South Dakota officials?
No1) State Senators and Representatives (four 2-year terms)
Yes2) Governor (two 4-year terms)
b) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yes1) Individual
Yes2) PAC
Yes3) Corporate
Yesc) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Nod) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Noe) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Yesf) Would you vote to ratify an amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring an annual balanced federal budget?
Nog) Do you support consolidating local governments to reduce the number of counties in South Dakota?
h) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.
a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
b) Increase state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
Xc) Maintain state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
d) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
e) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens.
Xf) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms.
g) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks with firearms.
h) Other
Undecidedi) Do you support recognizing permits or licenses from other states to carry concealed pistols as valid in South Dakota?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.
a) Provide tax incentives to small businesses that provide health care to their employees.
b) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care, through managed care, insurance reforms, or state funded care where necessary.
Xc) Provide health care to uninsured children by designing a children's health insurance program.
d) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
e) Use state funds to continue some Medicaid coverage for legal immigrants.
Xf) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xg) Guaranteeing medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
h) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.
a) Increase state funding for programs to prevent teen pregnancy.
b) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
c) Increase state funds to provide child care to children in low-income working families.
Xd) Deny or suspend state-issued permits and licenses to parents who are delinquent in paying court-ordered child support.
e) Favor banning smoking in public places.
f) Increase state funding for Head Start in order to serve additional children and/or increase services from a half to a full day.
g) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
h) Support state funding of programs for at-risk youth such as guaranteed college loans and job training and placement.
i) Other
Noj) Do you believe that the South Dakota government should include sexual orientation in South Dakota's anti-discrimination laws?
Nok) Do you believe that the South Dakota government should recognize same-sex marriages?
Indicate the funding levels you will support for the following general categories. Select one level only.
Slightly Increasea) Education (K-12)
Slightly Increaseb) Education (Higher)
Maintain Statusc) Environment
Maintain Statusd) Health care
Maintain Statuse) Law enforcement
Greatly Increasef) Transportation infrastructure (highways, roads, bridges)
Slightly Decreaseg) Welfare
h) Other
Indicate the tax levels you will support. Select one level only.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Eliminateb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Slightly Increasee) Gas taxes
Eliminatef) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Eliminateg) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Slightly Decreaseh) Property taxes
Maintain Statusi) Sales taxes
j) Other

Inheritance tax -- Slightly Decrease

Nok) Do you support a flat tax structure for state income taxes?
Nol) Do you support eliminating inheritance taxes?
Nom) Do you support removing sales tax from food?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.
Xa) Maintain current time limits on welfare benefits.
Xb) Require that able-bodied welfare recipients must start working to continue receiving benefits .
c) Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
d) Provide tax incentives to businesses that hire welfare recipients.
e) Provide child care for welfare recipients who work.
f) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
g) Allow welfare recipients to remain eligible for benefits while saving money for education, starting a business, or buying a home.
h) Limit benefits given to recipients if they have additional children while on welfare.
i) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
Xj) Other

Maintain health benefits while starting in job force.

Undecidedk) Do you support suspending welfare checks from parents with children who are not attending school regularly?
Please explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.
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