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Lee Anderson's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Lee Anderson 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

  • Lee Anderson. Issue Position: Abortion. 30 March 2012. "100% pro-life." (votesmart.org)
  • Lee Anderson. Issue Position: Abortion. 30 March 2012. "All life is precious, and I will fight with every ounce of my being to be a strong and effective voice for those who cannot speak for themselves. I have been endorsed by Georgia Right to Life in the Georgia General Assembly and in this race for Congress. I have a long, proven record of defending the sanctity of life, and I will not waiver in Congress." (voteleeanderson.com)
  • Georgia Right to Life Political Action Committee. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 13 February 2012. Georgia Right to Life Political Action Committee endorsed Lee Anderson in the 2012 primary election. (voteleeanderson.com)
No Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Lee Anderson. Video: Lee Anderson and Rick Allen - "Nation Building". 2 July 2012. "I believe it's time to bring the troops home. I I think it's time that we had to take care of ourselves [¦] If someone attacks this soil, yes we go after them and we take care of business, but we don't stay there." (youtu.be)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Lee Anderson. Issue Position: Spending. 30 March 2012. "I believe we can start to get back on track by cutting federal spending across the board by 5%, with the exception of defense." (voteleeanderson.com)
  • Susan McCord. The Augusta Chronicle: 4 Republicans state their case against John Barrow in 12th Congressional District candidate forum in west Augusta. 12 March 2012. "Lee Anderson, of Grovetown, a farmer and state representative, said all federal departments should be cut except defense." (chronicle.augusta.com)
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

  • Lee Anderson. Issue Position: Taxes. 30 March 2012. "I have signed the Americans for Tax Reform Pledge, promising to oppose any and all attempts to increase income tax rates for individuals and businesses." (voteleeanderson.com)
  • Lee Anderson signed Americans for Tax Reform: Taxpayer Protection Pledge. 13 January 2012. "By signing the Pledge, these candidates have committed to the taxpayers of Georgia that they will "oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses ¦ and oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (m.atr.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Lee Anderson. Issue Position: Taxes and Spending. 30 March 2012. "I will always fight against wasteful government spending. I would support legislation like Senate Resolution 21 that would limit government-spending growth to rate of population growth and inflation. I believe in running government like a business and never spending money we don't have. Just like your family, government should spend money it doesn't have." (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

  • Nathan Deal. Lee Anderson Cut Taxes On Our Families & Business “ Governor Nathan Deal. 21 August 2012. "Lee Anderson strongly supported my conservative tax reform agenda, which cut taxes on Georgia families and businesses. With Lee's help, I was able to enact one of the most pro-jobs laws in our state's history." (voteleeanderson.com)
No 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

  • Lee Anderson. Issue Position: Education. 30 March 2012. "A teacher once told me that as long as the federal government is involved in public education, it will always be mediocre for the same reason that in large kitchens, the cooking is usually bad. I served on the Columbia County Board of Education, and my wife was a teacher and principal in our public schools for three decades. We know first hand that the federal government needs to get out of education. We need to let parents and teachers educate our kids and stop these crazy mandates from Washington. I support strong education reform that reduces mandates from Washington and gives states and local communities the flexibility they need to develop the programs that work best for our teachers and our children." (voteleeanderson.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Lee Anderson. Issue Position: America First - Relying On Our Own Energy. 1 January 2012. "When elected to Congress, I will demand an energy policy that is based on the free market and trusts in the imagination and entrepreneurial spirit of the private sector. I supported the Keystone pipeline for that very reason. It would have created thousands of jobs and would have allowed us to work with a friendly country willing to supply oil." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Lee Anderson. Issue Position: America First - Relying On Our Own Energy. 1 January 2012. "We must also stop the Obama attack on our coal plants. Our nation's coal plants still provide the bulk of America's electricity, and we need to protect them from the bureaucrats at the EPA." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Lee Anderson. Issue Position: 2nd Amendment Rights. 30 March 2012. "Support our 2nd Amendment rights." (votesmart.org)
  • Lee Anderson. Issue Position: 2nd Amendment Rights. 30 March 2012. "Gun control is like trying to reduce drunk driving by making it tougher for sober people to own cars. Our founders gave us the right to own a gun, and I'm sick of people trying to take them away. I have an A rating from the NRA in the Georgia House, and I will strongly defend our Second Amendment Rights in Washington. Period." (voteleeanderson.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Lee Anderson. Issue Position: Health Care. 30 March 2012. "It is vital for our economy and our citizens that we repeal Obamacare and replace it with common sense, market-based solutions." (voteleeanderson.com)
  • Lee Anderson. Facebook: Wall. 23 March 2012. "Obamacare turns 2 today. It is one of the greatest legislative disasters America has ever seen. It must be repealed." (www.facebook.com)
  • Lee Anderson. Twitter: VoteLee. 28 June 2012. "I'm extremely disappointed that the individual mandate is intact. We must repeal and replace! #Iwantrepeal." (twitter.com)
Yes 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

  • Lee Anderson. Issue Position: Immigration. 30 March 2012. "When elected to Congress, I will support policies that secure our borders, protect our national security, and reform legal immigration. I will never support amnesty." (voteleeanderson.com)
  • Lee Anderson. Issue Position: Immigration. 30 March 2012. "A border fence should be erected immediately. Those here illegally should be sent home. We should enact a common sense guest worker program that allows people to come here for a short period of time to work in jobs such as agriculture and then go back home." (voteleeanderson.com)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Phil Boyum. Statesboro 365. Breaking down the Rep. Congressional debate. 16 July 2012. "Marriage is between a man and a woman. And that's what I will believe until the day I die." (statesboro365.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

  • 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

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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.

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