Keith Drummond's Political Positions

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Keith Drummond submitted the 2012 Political Courage Test after the official deadline and release of results to the media. The candidate's late responses are provided here as a public service.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Presidential Election 2012 Political Courage Test

Pro-lifeCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles

I believe life begins at conception and abortion should only be allowed if the life of the mother is at risk.


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?
NoCandidate Answerdo you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
YesCandidate Answerdo you support reducing Medicaid spending?
YesCandidate Answerdo you support reducing Medicare spending?
YesCandidate AnswerIs balancing the budget an administrative priority?
Other or expanded principles

We must reduce our federal budget by 25 to 30% or all other attempts to grow our economy are a waste of time. Adding $1T of debt per year will eventually crush our economy.


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.

Slightly Decreasea) Agriculture
Eliminateb) Arts
Slightly Decreasec) Defense
Eliminated) Education
Greatly Decreasee) Environment
Greatly Increasef) Homeland Security
Greatly Decreaseg) International aid
Maintain Statush) Medical Research
Greatly Decreasei) Scientific Research
Maintain Statusj) Space exploration
Eliminatek) United Nations
Greatly Decreasel) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

We should eliminate some departments completely, and greatly reduce most others except for what the federal government is constitutionally required to do such as provide for the national defense.


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.

Greatly Decreasea) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Decreaseb) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusc) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Maintain Statusd) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Greatly Decreasee) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Greatly Decreasef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Greatly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Greatly Decreaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Eliminatei) Inheritance taxes
Slightly Decreasej) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories

After cutting federal spending, cutting taxes is one of the most significant ways we can grow our economy.

NoDo 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
NoCandidate 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?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
NoDo you support the 2010 temporary extension of unemployment benefits?
NoDo you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
Other or expanded principles

We need tax reform, not temporary policies. Our economy needs long term stability, not temporary fixes.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?
Other or expanded principles

States should have complete control of their education plans.

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

We should be exploring all natural resources that we have and using them to become more energy independent.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan?
NoDo you support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
Other or expanded principles

I believe our military has acted honorably and accomplished our original mission. Now it is time for those brave men and women to come home to their families and to receive the respect they have earned. Our mission in the Middle East is now one that does not require "boots on the ground" but rather reconnaissance from the air and targeted strikes when needed, along with a renewed intelligence effort.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Other or expanded principles

We should follow the Second Amendment which does not restrict citizens' right to purchase and posses guns.

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

We should move to repeal the 2010 Affordable Care Act because:
1. It is unconstitutional
2. It is a failed idea that will further hurt our economy

YesCandidate 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?
YesDo you support the enforcement of federal immigration law by state and local police?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles

Same-Sex marriage is not a state's rights issue as some say. Marriage is a ststus that crosses state lines therefore we need a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

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

-Cut regulations on business
-Cut corporate taxes
-Encourage American business R&D, innovation, exploration and entrepreneurship


-Repeal Obama care
-Cut personal taxes
-Slash federal spending by eliminating some federal departments entirely


-Build a wall on our border with Mexico now
-Convert from "boots on the ground" to air support and Intel in the Middle East
-Support Israel, America?s only true ally in the region

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