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William Drummond II's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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William Drummond II 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.

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Florida Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test


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

I feel that it is the rights of a woman to determine with their chosen physician as to what is in the best interest of her health and mental well being. I know that this is a tough choice and even I have had to struggle with this. Even with my struggles I know that the government can no dictate how a woman is to use her body in the case of procreation and recreation.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan?
YesDo you support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan?
Other or expanded principles

I do not believe that we should still be in Afghanistan. While I do support the troops I feel that our mission is being too undermined there to be effective.

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?
Yesdo you support reducing Medicaid spending?
Yesdo you support reducing Medicare spending?
YesIs balancing the budget a legislative priority?
Other or expanded principles

Our government has to find ways to be able to cut the waste and fraud that is in the system right now. Doing that we will see a natural reduction on how much is being spent on all of the "social" programs that are now being funded. This is also true for other areas in government where we have many agencies that are doing the same job. If we were to combine them we would again see a natural reduction of the cost of those agencies, even in military.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles

All donations should be accountable and corporations as a group are not people and should not be treated as such. The influence of money in political races has to stop and the only way that will happen is if there is meaningful campaign finance reforms.

Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Other or expanded principles

Capital punishment has always been and always will be a personal subject. Those that have been victims sometimes see no other way for justice to prevail while others who have not felt the pain of tragic and willful loss may never understand how the families of the victims feel. It is something that will always have to be viewed as a case by case thing.

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

While money has to be spent at times for the growth of jobs it will not work unless everyone agrees for it to work. You can't just throw money at something and hope that it works. There has to be a plan to make it work so that the government is not stuck with the bill in the end. There has to be a return on the governments investment for the economy to be able ton grow properly.

Unknown PositionInferred Answer Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Other or expanded principles

Until there are meaningful education reforms that do not rely on just a test paper then I see no reason to require states to meet the substandard education reforms that are now expected. Once meaningful reforms in the education system are implemented then I would support the requirement that states implement them to receive funding.

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
YesInferred Answer Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations
  • William Drummond. Blog: Spoke at the Navarre Beach Area Chamber Of Commerce Candidate Forum. 25 July 2012. I was honored to participate in the Candidate forum that the Navarre Beach Area Chamber Of Commerce held on July 24th. I was contacted by them to come and speak to those in attendance about my running for Congress and address some of the concerns that they had about our government and this state of Florida [¦] On gun control I stated 'A well armed society is a polite society' but then added that it should not include military grade weaponry." (
  • William Drummond. Twitter: Cleaveforcongress. 12 July 2012. "Tighter gun restrictions do nothing then allow the criminals easy access to firearms and restricted access to those..." (
  • William Drummond. Video: Navarre Beach Area Chamber Of Commerce Candidate Forum. 24 July 2012. "A well-armed society is a polite society. Now that doesn't necessarily include military-grade weaponry, but I don't see any reason why any civilian should not be able to have a firearm to be able to protect himself and his family." (
Other or expanded principles

I believe that citizens have the right to be able to protect themselves with firearms as is protected by the Constitution. I do not believe though that the same right extends to the possession of military grade weaponry.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
NoShould individuals be required to purchase health insurance, as mandated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Other or expanded principles
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?
YesDo 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
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
NoShould the U.S use military force in order to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
Other or expanded principles
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 Increasea) Agriculture
Slightly Increaseb) Arts
Maintain Statusc) Defense
Greatly Increased) Education
Greatly Increasee) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland Security
Slightly Decreaseg) International aid
Slightly Increaseh) Medical Research
Slightly Increasei) Scientific Research
Slightly Increasej) Space exploration
Greatly Decreasek) United Nations
Slightly Decreasel) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories
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 Increasea) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increaseb) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusc) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Maintain Statusd) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Slightly Decreasee) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Greatly Decreasef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Increaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Maintain Statusi) 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.

Improvement in education to included art, music and more science as well as history. This would be a shifting of resources by eliminating the overhead of 3rd party testing services.

Support a balanced budget amendment to make sure that our government is able to reduce its debt and pay for itself far into the future without the wholesale gutting of social programs and military.

Finding ways to improve job opportunities in the U.S. by utilizing any and all existing programs as well as tax incentives after a person is gainfully employed by a business.

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