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Adam Smith's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (WA) - District 9, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 9
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Adam Smith has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Adam Smith is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

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

  • Signed a letter stating “We write to express our disappointment over your decision not to make the emergency contraceptive Plan B available over the counter for all girls of reproductive age.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/660586/letter-to-secretary-kathleen-sebelius-us-department-of-health-and-human-services#.VYQ143UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1016/rating/7720 (votesmart.org)
  • “I believe that health care decisions should be left to the individual, their doctors, and their families; not their employers.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/903065/smith-reaction-to-senate-blocking-legislation-to-reverse-hobby-lobby-decision#.VkZKf2wViko (votesmart.org)
Yes 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

  • “There are too many loopholes in the current code that undermine the ability of governments to raise the revenue they need to balance their budgets, and also allow people and large corporations who can afford high- priced accountants to pay less in taxes than many middle-class Americans and small businesses.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/653904/the-huffington-post-restoring-the-american-dream#.VYQ39HUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “Given the budget challenges we all face, it is intolerable to ask our nation's working poor to bear the greatest burden for recovery while handing a multi-million tax break to the rich.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/603225/smith-ryan-budget-plan-hits-middle-class-hands-tax-breaks-to-wealthy#.VYQ2vnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? 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 Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “We need to reduce spending and increase revenue to get us on a path to greater fiscal health.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/653904/the-huffington-post-restoring-the-american-dream#.VYQ39HUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “America's growing deficit is unacceptable and unsustainable. Reining in spending and finding ways to make due with less funding will mean a certain degree of shared sacrifice at all levels of society as we put our fiscal house in order.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/603225/smith-ryan-budget-plan-hits-middle-class-hands-tax-breaks-to-wealthy#.VYQ2vnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “Unlike a lot of the tax cut ideas being thrown out, these are tax cuts that will really work to encourage investment and create jobs.” https://adamsmith.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/smith-proposes-worker-relief-investment-tax-cut-stimulus-package (adamsmith.house.gov)
  • “Ninth District Congressman Adam Smith, joined by a group of House New Democrat colleagues, today announced his support for a 'lean, targeted, fiscally responsible' stimulus package. The package includes meaningful relief for displaced workers and tax cuts designed to spur investment and stimulate the economy.” https://adamsmith.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/smith-proposes-worker-relief-investment-tax-cut-stimulus-package (adamsmith.house.gov)
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

  • “This is an overdue critical start for the replacement of two of the five aging schools at JBLM. All students in our community deserve the highest quality education and first-rate facilities. This money will ensure the children at JBLM will receive both.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/714761/murray-cantwell-dicks-smith-announce-50-million-oea-grant-for-schools-on-jblm#.VYQ8XXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “NCLB established the idea that we must measure academic progress and ensure that students are achieving at appropriate levels as they progress through K-12 education. It also guards against schools failing to properly serve minority groups by separately measuring how each group is doing instead of measuring all students together. I strongly support these provisions of the law.” https://adamsmith.house.gov/issues/education (adamsmith.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted against S 1 “A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51299#.VaUZs3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “I opposed the Keystone XL pipeline because I believe it is the wrong direction for our energy policy.” https://adamsmith.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/smith-statement-on-keystone-xl-pipeline (adamsmith.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “Wind and solar power, once thought to be hopelessly impractical, have become cost-competitive with fossil fuels. We need to encourage greater research and development, and use these clean and renewable energy sources. Fuel cells and geothermal energy are just a few of the energy technologies that can bring us into the 21st century.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/369374/issue-position-energy#.VYQ9pXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “Rather than focusing on Keystone XL, we should be working on bigger picture investments in clean energy and energy efficient technologies that will reduce our dependence on fossil fuels that hurt our environment.” https://adamsmith.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/smith-statement-on-keystone-xl-pipeline (adamsmith.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating “Dear President Obama, Thank you for your leadership in responding to the serious challenge of climate change. We applaud and support your Climate Action Plan, the joint announcement with China establishing ambitious carbon pollution reduction targets, and the national commitment to the Green Climate Fund. These actions are critical to protect Americans from the most dangerous effects of climate change.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/966103/letter-to-barack-obama-president-of-the-united-states-bicameral-task-force-on-climate-change#.VYQ-3XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “Record to prove it: Consistently supported legislation to increase Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards, making cars more fuel-efficient. Cosponsored legislation to develop stricter emissions standards for power plants.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/369374/issue-position-energy#.VYQ9pXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “As part of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, I will work with my colleagues to review the President's plan, as well as other proposals, to put policies in place that protect our children and communities while maintaining the rights granted by the Second Amendment.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/765100/congressman-smith-statement-on-presidents-plan-to-reduce-gun-violence#.VYQ_j3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “America is facing an epidemic of gun violence. We need to find a comprehensive approach that improves access to mental health services, closes loopholes in background check requirements, and bans military-style and excessively violent assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/765100/congressman-smith-statement-on-presidents-plan-to-reduce-gun-violence#.VYQ_j3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “The Affordable Care Act will help nearly 30 million uninsured Americans obtain health insurance and will cut our deficit by more than $1 trillion in the long term with mechanisms in place to curb fraudulent and wasteful medical spending. It gives Americans the promise of better care by keeping health care and insurance providers accountable for the well being of their patients.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/712065/smith-statement-on-supreme-court-ruling-upholding-the-affordable-care-act#.VYRAaHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “I'm pleased the Supreme Court has the Patient Care and Affordable Health Care Act. This law is the best available step forward for our health care system that is in dire need of reform.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/712065/smith-statement-on-supreme-court-ruling-upholding-the-affordable-care-act#.VYRAaHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “Adam's work on Healthcare […] Voted for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/905753/issue-position-health-care/?search=Affordable%20Care%20Act#.VkZS0GwVikp (votesmart.org)
No Inferred 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

  • “I strongly support the President's executive action on deportation relief. This action is long overdue and will bring millions of undocumented immigrants out of the shadows.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/938364/smith-supports-presidents-executive-action-on-immigration-reform#.VaUd-3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “I am disappointed in the decision to temporarily delay the President's executive action. The President acted within his legal authority to help fix our broken immigration system as President Bush, Reagan, and many presidents have before. The President's action is much needed as it would bring millions of families and children who live in constant fear of deportation out of the shadows and refocus our resources on individuals who present real risks to our communities.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/953205/smith-statement-on-us-district-courts-injunction-on-presidents-executive-action-on-immigration#.VYRC3nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “Today's decision by the Supreme Court is a victory for justice and equality. Ensuring marriage equality for all Americans regardless of who they love strengthens families, communities, and our nation as a whole.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/988832/congressman-smiths-statement-on-supreme-courts-ruling-on-marriage-equality#.VaUfM3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “I firmly believe that all people deserve equal protection under the law, regardless of who they love. The 113th Congress has been a monumental year for marriage equality.” https://adamsmith.house.gov/issues/civil-rights-and-equal-opportunity (adamsmith.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • New York Times “For the first time in our history, an entity has declared a covert war against us. And we are using similar elements of American power to respond to that covert war.” http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/15/world/15shadowwar.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 (www.nytimes.com)
  • “I support a comprehensive foreign policy strategy that will counter the philosophy of religious extremism and anti-American venom that we are currently battling. This means policies that understand and respect other nations and encourages self-determination, democracy, human rights, economic development, and much greater access to education, health care, and jobs.” https://adamsmith.house.gov/issues/international-leadership (adamsmith.house.gov)
  • “Going forward, we must use technology as a tool for securing our nation and fighting the war on terrorism. This means leveraging our national assets – including the National Labs, universities, the private sector, and small business – to develop and bring to bear technologies designed to protect critical infrastructure, identify threats, and prevent potential attacks.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/369380/issue-position-homeland-security#.VYREyXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “During our trip, we were able to learn more about SOCOM's excellent work in Southeast Asia and get a better sense of the global challenge we face from the spread of a violent, totalitarian ideology. One thing is clear following this trip: the next president faces an enormous challenge in rebalancing our worldwide force distribution to adequately fight terrorism in nations other than Iraq.” https://adamsmith.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/smith-leads-counter-terrorism-delegation-to-pacific-region (adamsmith.house.gov)
No 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

  • “While we must act to save Social Security, private investment accounts are not the answer because they do not fix the deficit that the Trust Fund faces.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/369382/issue-position-social-security#.VaUjFXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “I do not support cutting benefits to people dependent on Social Security nor do I support privatizing our Social Security system because doing so would undermine the system and actually make the problem worse.” https://adamsmith.house.gov/issues/retirement-security (adamsmith.house.gov)

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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.

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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.

Washington Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage 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.

Pro-choiceCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan?
YesDo you support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan?
Other or expanded principles

I coauthored an amendment to the FY2013 National Defense Authorization Act that would have required the President to complete the accelerated transition of U.S. combat operations to the Afghan government by the end of 2013 and require the redeployment of U.S. Armed Forces from Afghanistan by the end of 2014. I have also cosigned several letters with my colleagues calling for an accelerated transition of security responsibility to the Afghan government and security forces and the expedited withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan as quickly as these can be safely and responsibly accomplished.

Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing the federal budget.
In order to balance the budget,
YesCandidate Answerdo you support reducing defense spending?
YesCandidate Answerdo you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Nodo you support reducing Medicaid spending?
Nodo you support reducing Medicare spending?
YesIs balancing the budget a legislative priority?
Other or expanded principles
YesDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles
YesDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Other or expanded principles

I support maintaining in federal law provisions for capital punishment in extreme cases and also am strongly supportive of DNA testing and other means that enable the demonstration of innocence.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
YesDo you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
YesDo you support the temporary extension of unemployment benefits?
NoDo you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
Other or expanded principles
YesInferred Answer Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations
  • Adam Smith. U.S. Representative Adam Smith Votes Against Flawed Bill Funding Labor, Health, Education Programs. 14 December 2005. “The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) program, an important tool in rehabilitating America's troubled public schools, is cut by more than $700 million. Funding for Title I, which is the core of NCLB's efforts to improve reading and math skills for disadvantaged children, received the smallest increase for Title I in 8 years, which means 3.1 million low-income children will be negatively affected by this cut.” (votesmart.org)
  • “This is an overdue critical start for the replacement of two of the five aging schools at JBLM. All students in our community deserve the highest quality education and first-rate facilities. This money will ensure the children at JBLM will receive both.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/714761/murray-cantwell-dicks-smith-announce-50-million-oea-grant-for-schools-on-jblm#.VYQ8XXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “NCLB established the idea that we must measure academic progress and ensure that students are achieving at appropriate levels as they progress through K-12 education. It also guards against schools failing to properly serve minority groups by separately measuring how each group is doing instead of measuring all students together. I strongly support these provisions of the law.” https://adamsmith.house.gov/issues/education (adamsmith.house.gov)
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2012 Political Courage Test. Responded NO ANSWER for “a) Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?;” b) Other or expanded principles: “It depends greatly on what reforms are being required. For some reforms yes, for others, no.”
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Give all federal education funding to states in the form of block grants and allow them to spend it as they see fit."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Local" for: "Indicate which level of government that should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. c) Education"
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Promote education flexibility by giving federal funds, in the form of block grants, to the states to spend it as they see fit."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "2) Do you support the use of block grants given to states, rather than federal spending, in the following areas? b) Education"
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Education"
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing in reading and math."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "State" for: "Indicate which level of government should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. 3) Education"
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Eliminate the Department of Education, thereby giving state and local government greater control over educational issues."
  • Adam Smith. Education. 30 August 2012. “NCLB established the idea that we must measure academic progress and ensure that students are achieving at appropriate levels as they progress through K-12 education. It also guards against schools failing to properly serve minority groups by separately measuring how each group is doing instead of measuring all students together. I strongly support these provisions of the law. When schools are truly failing, NCLB offers parents and communities various options to fix the problem. But as it is currently structured, NCLB makes it virtually impossible for any school to succeed. The requirement that all students must be above Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) by 2014 has led to award-winning schools to be labeled “failing”. Developmentally Disabled and ESL students who face unique challenges in the classroom are forced to take tests that are counted toward a school’s failure. This is demoralizing for teachers, administrators, and students, making it more difficult to identify schools that are truly failing. These problems can and must be fixed. Once we have adequate models for performance criteria that are collectively agreed upon by all stakeholders, we must implement them. However, I do not support a policy of tying teachers’ salaries to test scores.” (adamsmith.house.gov)
  • Adam Smith. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Adam Smith voted Nay on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. Smith Votes to Keep America Competitive. 2 August 2007. “U.S. Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) today voted for H.R. 2272, the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education and Science Act (COMPETES) Act, part of the House Democrats' Innovation Agenda […] The legislation authorizes $22 billion over fiscal years 2008 - 2010 for research, education and other programs at the NSF; $2.65 billion for the research labs, the Manufacturing Extension Partnership and other activities at the NIST, and $17 billion, over fiscal years 2008 to 2010, for programs at the DOE, including $150 million for K-12 science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) educational programs.” (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2011.“Vigorous standards and holding schools accountable to those standards is imperative in ensuring that our children are ready to face the increasingly complex challenges that the future holds. As part of this accountability, we owe to the next generation of Americans a strong K-12 public education system. I support increased funding for local schools and more efficient methods of sending federal dollars to local classrooms, so that those school districts that need help most, get the extra boost they need from federal funding.” (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. New Democrat Statement 2nd Anniversary of the No Child Left Behind Act. 8 January 2004. “This week marks the two-year anniversary of the enactment of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. New Democrats played an integral role in ensuring that NCLB refocused federal education policy on raising academic achievement for every child, provided public schools with more funding and flexibility, targeted those new dollars to districts with the greatest needs, and demanded accountability for results […] We remain committed to improving the performance and accountability of our schools.” (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. No Child Left Behind act gets off to poor start - but needs repairs, not repeal. 25 January 2004. “NCLB contains a number of new or expanded requirements for states and local educational agencies that receive federal assistance. The 2001-2002 school year was the "base year" for the new adequate yearly progress standards -- performance in future years will be compared to this period […] Creating unfunded mandates for school reform is a surefire path to generating grass roots opposition to the law. We must provide states and school systems with the necessary financial resources to implement NCLB if we want to make sure it's effective […] Many people throughout the state have looked at these criticisms and have called for a full repeal of this law. We should strengthen this law, not repeal it.” (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. Outsourcing of Jobs. 29 March 2004. “The real number of degrees that U.S. students are receiving in those three key areas, math, science, and engineering, have gone down every year for the last decade. We are putting out fewer people with the skills that are desperately needed, and there are changes that we can make in our education system from the K-12 system forward that will help us deal with that and compete better. We need to set high standards. We need to place emphasis in the K through 12 level on math and science to get our students interested in it.” (votesmart.org)
Other or expanded principles

It depends greatly on what reforms are being required. For some reforms yes, for others, no.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles
YesDo you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Other or expanded principles

I support reasonable restrictions that keep firearms out of the hands of children, criminals, and those affected by mental illnesses.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
YesShould individuals be required to purchase health insurance, as mandated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Other or expanded principles

The Affordable Care Act is an important step toward lowering the cost, improving the quality of and expanding access to health care in this country.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
YesDo you support allowing illegal immigrants, who were brought to the United States as minors, to pursue citizenship without returning to their country of origin?
NoDo you support the enforcement of federal immigration law by state and local police?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles
YesInferred Answer Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations
  • New York Times “For the first time in our history, an entity has declared a covert war against us. And we are using similar elements of American power to respond to that covert war.” http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/15/world/15shadowwar.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 (www.nytimes.com)
  • “I support a comprehensive foreign policy strategy that will counter the philosophy of religious extremism and anti-American venom that we are currently battling. This means policies that understand and respect other nations and encourages self-determination, democracy, human rights, economic development, and much greater access to education, health care, and jobs.” https://adamsmith.house.gov/issues/international-leadership (adamsmith.house.gov)
  • “Going forward, we must use technology as a tool for securing our nation and fighting the war on terrorism. This means leveraging our national assets – including the National Labs, universities, the private sector, and small business – to develop and bring to bear technologies designed to protect critical infrastructure, identify threats, and prevent potential attacks.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/369380/issue-position-homeland-security#.VYREyXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “During our trip, we were able to learn more about SOCOM's excellent work in Southeast Asia and get a better sense of the global challenge we face from the spread of a violent, totalitarian ideology. One thing is clear following this trip: the next president faces an enormous challenge in rebalancing our worldwide force distribution to adequately fight terrorism in nations other than Iraq.” https://adamsmith.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/smith-leads-counter-terrorism-delegation-to-pacific-region (adamsmith.house.gov)
  • Adam Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2012 Political Courage Test. Selected NO ANSWER for “a)Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?;” f) Other or expanded principles: “Regarding the targeting of suspected terrorists, it depends greatly on what one means by 'outside of official theaters of conflict.' I support strikes in places like Yemen and Somalia where Al-Qaeda affiliates directly threaten us. But in almost all other places, no.”
  • Scott Shane, Mark Mazzetti, and Robert F. Worth. New York Times. Secret Assault on Terrorism Widens on Two Continents. 14 August 2010. “Some American officials believe that militants in Yemen could now pose an even greater threat than Al Qaeda’s leadership in Pakistan. The officials said that they have benefited from the Yemeni government’s new resolve to fight Al Qaeda and that the American strikes — carried out with cruise missiles and Harrier fighter jets — had been approved by Yemen’s leaders. The strikes, administration officials say, have killed dozens of militants suspected of plotting future attacks. The Pentagon and the C.I.A. have quietly bulked up the number of their operatives at the embassy in Sana, the Yemeni capital, over the past year. 'Where we want to get is to much more small scale, preferably locally driven operations. For the first time in our history, an entity has declared a covert war against us,' Mr. Smith said, referring to Al Qaeda. 'And we are using similar elements of American power to respond to that covert war.'” (www.nytimes.com)
  • Adam Smith. Providing For Consideration Of H.R. 3081, Department Of State, Foreign Operations, And Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2010. 9 July 2009. “We have seen a major commitment in this bill on the central focus in our efforts right now, which is in Pakistan and Afghanistan. I applaud that effort. But also understand that this bill recognizes that it is broader than just Pakistan and Afghanistan. Throughout the Middle East, throughout Africa, throughout Southeast Asia, failed and failing states are a major contributor to instability and the rise of violent extremist groups. Getting our global development policy right is critical to stopping that effort. This bill makes that commitment.” (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Smith. Smith's Statement On President's Speech On Afghanistan. 1 December 2009. “It is clear that we face an enormous and difficult challenge in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Taliban, al-Qaeda, and other extremist groups in the region have a complex set of relationships spanning across the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, and these ideologies pose a grave threat to the United States and our allies. If the Taliban were to regain control of substantial portions of Afghanistan, or recapture the government they would provide al-Qaeda a safe haven from which to operate, and we can not allow this to happen […] Ultimately, I believe that we need a strategy to contain the threat in this region.” (votesmart.org)
  • Hearing Of The House Armed Services Committee - Department Of Defense Budget Request For Fiscal Year 2010. 13 May 2009. “It's not just in Iraq and Afghanistan and Pakistan. In North Africa, in the Horn of Africa, Southeast Asia, we are fighting insurgencies at various levels, and we need more equipment there, more ISR capabilities most particular, and more focus from the Special Operations folks, to fight that.” (votesmart.org)
NoShould the U.S use military force in order to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles

Regarding the targeting of suspected terrorists, it depends greatly on what one means by "outside of official theaters of conflict." I support strikes in places like Yemen and Somalia where Al-Qaeda affiliates directly threaten us. But in almost all other places, no.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
Other or expanded principles

I oppose means to unnecessarily subject Social Security's benefits to market risks. Privatizing Social Security would result in large costs to the Federal Government and it would remove the guaranteed benefit on which most individuals depend.

Spending
Indicate what federal spending levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.
Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Maintain Statusb) Arts
Slightly Decreasec) Defense
Slightly Increased) Education
Slightly Increasee) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland Security
Slightly Increaseg) International aid
Slightly Increaseh) Medical Research
Slightly Increasei) Scientific Research
Maintain Statusj) Space exploration
Slightly Increasek) United Nations
Maintain Statusl) Welfare
Slightly Increasem) Other or expanded categories

Infrastructure. Responsible investment in our infrastructure is an important and effective means of creating well paying jobs and supporting economic growth.

Taxes
Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.
Slightly Increasea) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increaseb) Corporate taxes
Slightly Increasec) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Slightly Increased) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Slightly Increasee) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Maintain Statusf) Income taxes (low-income families)
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Increaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Slightly Increasei) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Statusj) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories
Please explain in a total of 100 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.

1: Broad based economic opportunity.

2: Keeping up with global competition in all sectors by providing workers with training, retraining, and access to continued education that promotes innovation and job growth in Washington State.

3: Fiscal responsibility where increased revenue plays an keystone role in bringing the deficit under control. I oppose balancing our budget by simply gutting government programs that are crucial to the middle class and poor.

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