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Donald McEachin's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (VA) - District 4, Democratic
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Donald McEachin has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.

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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 2016, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Abortion is the most difficult decision any woman might have to make. This is a decision that should be made by a woman, her family, her doctor and her faith advisor, if any, not by an invasive overreaching government." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/970307/issue-position-womens-health#.Vx46AnUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/8230/donald-mceachin#.Vx44q3UrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/8230/donald-mceachin/2 (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Individuals who do the crime should serve the time. However, we also need to ensure that those with mental health problems receive treatment. We need a system that helps juvenile offenders so they don't become repeat, lifetime offenders. Inmates need to be prepared for re-entry into society and given job training so they can become productive citizens." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/970265/issue-position-criminal-justice-system (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We need to repair our aging and crumbling transportation infrastructure, where our bridges and overpasses are unsafe and deteriorating. We need to make sure our transportation options include resources for mass transit, pedestrians, and bicycles." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/970306/issue-position-transportation#.Vx4_o3UrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Ensuring that Virginians can get to work , prayer and play without hours in crippling traffic jams is an imperative goal. Without resolving our transportation crisis, not only will we continue to lose valuable hours stuck in traffic, but families and companies will not chooseVirginia." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/970306/issue-position-transportation/?search=issue%20position#.V4zvoXVTQfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We must invest in a strong, vibrant and twenty-first century public education system. Public education offers all children the opportunity to succeed, whether it is higher ed or the skillset to get a well-paying job. Public education prepares the leaders of tomorrow and teaches our children our shared American values. We should have universal pre-kindergarten so all our children come to school prepared to learn. The backbone of oureducation system is our teachers. We must work to recruit and retain the best and the brightest. Parents and teachers working together make for successful educational experiences." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/970268/issue-position-education#.V4lXp3VTQfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We need to reduce our use of fossil fuels as well as reduce our dependency on foreign oil. We need to focus on renewable energy sources and on energy efficiency. We need to be willing to invest in research and development of renewable energies so that we can make better and more extensive use of them." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/970270/issue-position-environment-and-energy#.V4zllnVTQfJ (votesmart.org)
  • "We need to focus on renewable energy sources and on energy efficiency. We need to be willing to invest in research and development of renewable energies so that we can make better and more extensive use of them." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/970270/issue-position-environment-and-energy#.Vx5B9nUrIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "To do this, we need to make certain we have clean air and water, that we protect the land and not strip our natural resources. We need to recognize the dangers of climate change and address them before it is too late." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/970270/issue-position-environment-and-energy#.Vx5B9nUrIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As a supporter of the Second Amendment and the Constitution, I understand the importance of guns in our nation's history and the feeling many have that they need a gun for self-protection. However, that is not in conflict with the need for universal background checks so we can ensure guns are not in the hands of those mentally ill, those who have been convicted of a violent crime or other individuals who are not supposed to have firearms." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/970273/issue-position-guns/?search=issue%20position#.V4zvpHVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 7% by the National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/8230/donald-mceachin/37#.Vx44_nUrIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As we mark the anniversary of the #ACA, I am pleased to stand with other @vademocrats to share my story #CloseTheGap" https://twitter.com/Donald_McEachin/status/712722282074996737?lang=en (twitter.com)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Today, we have millions of people who came here without papers or appropriate documentation, risking their lives to seek a better future. For their children, brought here without choice, who have been raised here and consider themselves Americans and want to give back to their country, we need to find a way to validate their desire and for them to serve our nation, attend school or work." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/970275/issue-position-immigration#.Vx5GT3UrIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Virginians should be able to choose who they love and with whom he or she wishes to start a family. The government should not be telling Virginians who they can marry." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/970280/issue-position-non-discrimination (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Equality Virginia http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/8230/donald-mceachin/76#.Vx45nHUrIfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? 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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

Key

Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

Project Vote Smart's Research: Click on this icon to reveal more information about this candidate's position.

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.

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