Representative Duncan Hunter's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 50, Republican
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Duncan Hunter 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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This candidate has demonstrated 0% courage during the test.

*Note: This percentage is calculated based on the number of issue areas addressed by the candidate on the Political Courage Test at the conclusion of the testing period. It does not indicate support or lack of support by Vote Smart.

Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • "I am an original cosponsor of the Life at Conception Act to prohibit abortions by declaring that life begins at conception." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/826952/issue-position-family-values#.Vmn9LGwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by the National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/104308/duncan-hunter#.Vn9DVmwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I am pro-life and believe life begins at conception." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/557522/issue-position-pro-family#.Vmn9tmwViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "We can start by reducing the tax burden on small business by at least 10 percent. We can also reduce marginal income tax rates while dispensing with the taxes on unemployment benefits." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/441488/stimulus-wont-jumpstart-economy/?search=income%20tax#.VmoQKGwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a pledge stating "[…] oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses […]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/813534/americans-for-prosperity-federal-taxpayer-protection-pledge/?search=income%20tax#.VmoPr2wVikp (votesmart.org)

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

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  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)
  • "For all that was promised, the stimulus plan enacted last year failed to make job growth a reality. Instead, it created more bureaucracy and authorized new federal spending that is doing a far better job stimulating government expansion and the deficit than it is improving the economy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/481888/op-ed-crushing-the-status-quo/?search=stimulus#.VmoHnWwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "The Democratic stimulus package is the wrong approach at a time when tax relief and job creation must be our primary focus." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/441488/stimulus-wont-jumpstart-economy/?search=stimulus#.VmoHBGwViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "To allow our economy to reach its full potential, we must streamline federal rulemaking procedures, reduce the tax and regulatory burden on businesses and provide certainty, which will allow businesses to thrive, expand and hire once again." http://hunter.house.gov/issue/economy (hunter.house.gov)
  • "We can start by reducing the tax burden on small business by at least 10 percent. We can also reduce marginal income tax rates while dispensing with the taxes on unemployment benefits." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/441488/stimulus-wont-jumpstart-economy/?search=income%20tax#.VmoQKGwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.1105 "Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54353 (votesmart.org)

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  • Education Week "I think Race to the Top injects the federal government too much, [that] having the states fight over money [is a mistake]." http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/rick_hess_straight_up/2011/04/straight_up_conversation_rep_duncan_hunter.html (blogs.edweek.org)
  • "In doing so, it is imperative that the federal government works to provide flexibility, expand local control, allocate funding for what works, and increase options for students and parents." http://hunter.house.gov/issue/education (hunter.house.gov)

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  • Signed a letter stating "It is time to act in our nation's best interest and approve the Keystone XL pipeline." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/761081/letter-to-barack-obama-president-of-the-united-states-keystone-xl-pipeline/?search=keystone#.VmoBBmwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Construction of the Keystone Pipeline not only represents a major step toward achieving greater energy independence, but it also stands to create thousands of jobs in the energy and manufacturing sectors […]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/663655/hunter-statement-on-administrations-rejection-of-keystone-xl-pipeline/?search=keystone#.VmoAFWwViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "The only way to free ourselves from terrorist despots who negotiate international policy using oil prices is to keep working on alternative energy while at the same time following an 'all of the above' approach." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/702950/issue-position-energy-independence#.VmoJs2wViko (votesmart.org)
  • "We must achieve energy independence but I believe it can be accomplished without putting a greater tax burden on the American people. I am supporting the American Energy Act which solves this problem by producing both traditional and renewable energy behind the strength of American workers, encouraging greater efficiency and conservation, and advancing the technology of the future." http://hunter.house.gov/june-2009-third-edition (hunter.house.gov)

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  • "[…] California's environmental regulatory framework continues to push businesses and jobs elsewhere, especially in the evaporating manufacturing sector." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/444875/humaneventscom-op-ed-keep-your-eyes-on-california#.VmoKG2wViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S.J.Res.23 "A Joint Resolution Providing for Congressional Disapproval Under Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code, of a Rule Submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency Relating to "Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54616 (votesmart.org)
  • "In the process, California is moving ahead with its high-speed rail project, a green-car mandate, and other costly initiatives that are illogical and counterproductive. Soon the state will require businesses to purchase carbon credits to offset emissions, costing nearly 1 million jobs according to estimates. Running parallel is the cap and trade proposal that the President almost successfully rammed through Congress in 2009." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/702878/lets-put-california-back-on-track/?search=emissions (votesmart.org)

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  • "The ability to purchase and possess firearms is a right protected by the Constitution--and is part of our country's history and tradition. The U.S. House of Representatives has considered and passed several important initiatives to preserve and strengthen Second Amendment rights." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/826955/issue-position-second-amendment/?search=second%20amendment#.VmoB8GwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "The Second Amendment is deeply roote din our nation's history and tradition. Ensuring it's protected for future generations, whether for purposes of protection or outdoor recreation, is among my top priorities." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/488003/hunter-supports-amicus-brief-for-supreme-court-gun-case/?search=second%20amendment#.VmoChWwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt 1098 "Prohibits District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/49464 (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted in favor for H.R.3762 "Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54913 (votesmart.org)
  • "[…] I supported numerous measures to defund the law--over $52 billion in excessive federal spending, including the Repeal of Obamacare Act, a bipartisan bill that passed in the House on July 11, 2012." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/984517/issue-position-health-care/?search=obamacare#.VmoDDWwViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "Reject amnesty or any legal status that rewards those living in the U.S. illegally." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/474732/hunter-no-amnesty/?search=amnesty#.VmoRCmwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Real immigration reform will take time and a unified Congress and a president who understands and amnesty is not the answer." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/637428/politico-secure-the-borders-before-reform/?search=amnesty#.VmoRfWwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50625 (votesmart.org)

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  • "I believe marriage is a vitally important and sacred institution. I oppose the legalization of same-sex marriages." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/557522/issue-position-pro-family#.Vmn9tmwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/104308/duncan-hunter/76 (votesmart.org)
  • "I support the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage as the legal union between one man and one woman." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/826952/issue-position-family-values#.Vmn9LGwViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "The reasons to support Jordan with drone technology could not be more apparent.[…] Damage has been done to U.S. relations with Jordan, but the simple act of approving drone exports would prevent further harm." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1015578/wall-street-journal-jordan-needs-us-drones-to-fight-isis/?search=syria#.VmoLlGwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Our success against ISIL will come from the air and the ground--with American and coalition assets working in unison. And I have no doubt our military men and women will get the job done." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/927821/hunter-to-president-arming-syrian-opposition-to-fight-isil-a-mistake/?search=syria#.VmoM1GwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "The biggest mistake the U.S. can make in the fight against ISIL is to arm the Syrian opposition […] We must not only stop the advance of radical fighters in Iraq. We must crush ISIL outright. There are ways to do exactly that, but arming Islamic radicals to fight other radicals is not an effective strategy to decimate ISIL." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/927821/hunter-to-president-arming-syrian-opposition-to-fight-isil-a-mistake/?search=syria#.VmoM1GwViko (votesmart.org)

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  • Rated 7% by Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/104308/duncan-hunter/53 (votesmart.org)
  • "In order to make sure Social Security is preserved and protected, we need to give younger workers just entering the system more options for investing their own retirement funds, while maintaining current benefits for seniors." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/557524/issue-position-social-security/?search=Social%20Security (votesmart.org)

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