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Jim Hagedorn's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (MN) - District 1, Republican
Jim Hagedorn has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2018 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart and voters like you.

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Issue Positions

For Presidential and Congressional candidates who refuse to provide voters with their positions, Vote Smart has researched their public records to determine their likely responses. These issue positions are from 2018.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Life is precious and should be protected from conception to natural death. Jim will fight to protect the lives of the most vulnerable and innocent among us including infants, (born & unborn), the elderly and the disabled." http://www.jimhagedorn.org/the_right_to_life (www.jimhagedorn.org)
  • "Life is precious and should be protected from conception to natural death. Jim will fight to protect the lives of the most vulnerable and innocent among us including infants, (born & unborn), the elderly and the disabled." http://www.jimhagedorn.org/the_right_to_life (www.jimhagedorn.org)
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

  • "To help our economy I support broad-based reform of the over-complicated tax code and will do everything possible to dismantle the Internal Revenue Service or severely diminish the agency's power over the American People." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/855393/issue-position-jobs-and-the-economy#.V1bVAborIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Jim vigorously supports the elimination of the inheritance or 'death tax' so that families aren’t faced with being forced to sell part or all of generational farms. Congressman Walz has repeatedly voted against eliminating this anti-family farm tax." http://www.jimhagedorn.org/death_tax (www.jimhagedorn.org)
  • "The United States has the highest corporate tax rate in the world, and is the only country in the world whose companies are taxed on their foreign holdings both here and overseas. Reform of our corporate tax code to bring it in line with the rest of the world is vital if we are to retain middle-class jobs in America and remove the incentive for businesses to move their operations out of our country." http://www.jimhagedorn.org/corporate_tax_reform (www.jimhagedorn.org)
  • "To help our economy I support broad-based reform of the over-complicated tax code and will do everything possible to dismantle the Internal Revenue Service or severely diminish the agency's power over the American People." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/855393/issue-position-jobs-and-the-economy#.V1bVAborIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Jim vigorously supports the elimination of the inheritance or 'death tax' so that families aren’t faced with being forced to sell part or all of generational farms. Congressman Walz has repeatedly voted against eliminating this anti-family farm tax." http://www.jimhagedorn.org/death_tax (www.jimhagedorn.org)
  • "The United States has the highest corporate tax rate in the world, and is the only country in the world whose companies are taxed on their foreign holdings both here and overseas. Reform of our corporate tax code to bring it in line with the rest of the world is vital if we are to retain middle-class jobs in America and remove the incentive for businesses to move their operations out of our country." http://www.jimhagedorn.org/corporate_tax_reform (www.jimhagedorn.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The primary role given to the federal government by the Constitution is to defend the United States from its enemies Thus, Jim Hagedorn believes in the Reagan principles of "trust but verify" and "peace through strength which will allow us to project strength and deter aggression while supporting our allies throughout the world." http://www.jimhagedorn.org/issue_national_defense (www.jimhagedorn.org)
  • "The primary role given to the federal government by the Constitution is to defend the United States from its enemies Thus, Jim Hagedorn believes in the Reagan principles of "trust but verify" and "peace through strength which will allow us to project strength and deter aggression while supporting our allies throughout the world." http://www.jimhagedorn.org/issue_national_defense (www.jimhagedorn.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Campaign Finance: Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, 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 block grant monies back to the states for transportation, education and other general needs as well as transfer authority of Medicaid and other programs back to the states, where they can be more efficiently administered." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/915626/issue-position-federal-budget-deficit#.V1X6_borIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "In short, it is not government’s role to create jobs. The government’s role is to create an environment in which individuals can work, save and create a better life for themselves which, in turn, creates a robust economy." http://www.jimhagedorn.org/issue_economy (www.jimhagedorn.org)
  • "Government's responsibility concerning the U.S. economy and job market is to establish a sound business climate that fosters entrepreneurship and the private capital investment needed to create, expand, and maintain business -- especially small business, the job-creating backbone of our free enterprise system. The ultimate unemployment program is a private sector-created job. Why? Because government does not create wealth; government only redistributes and often squanders the wealth created by the private sector." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/855393/issue-position-jobs-and-the-economy#.V1bVAborIfl (votesmart.org)
  • "Small businesses & our rural economy are struggling BC of Obama-Walz big government. Time to weed out excessive federal government meddling." https://twitter.com/JimHagedornMN/status/738816130010075137 (twitter.com)
  • "In short, it is not government’s role to create jobs. The government’s role is to create an environment in which individuals can work, save and create a better life for themselves which, in turn, creates a robust economy." http://www.jimhagedorn.org/issue_economy (www.jimhagedorn.org)
  • "[...] we need to block grant monies back to the states for transportation, education and other general needs as well as transfer authority of Medicaid and other programs back to the states, where they can be more efficiently administered." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/915626/issue-position-federal-budget-deficit#.V1X6_borIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Government's responsibility concerning the U.S. economy and job market is to establish a sound business climate that fosters entrepreneurship and the private capital investment needed to create, expand, and maintain business -- especially small business, the job-creating backbone of our free enterprise system. The ultimate unemployment program is a private sector-created job. Why? Because government does not create wealth; government only redistributes and often squanders the wealth created by the private sector." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/855393/issue-position-jobs-and-the-economy#.V1bVAborIfl (votesmart.org)
  • "Small businesses & our rural economy are struggling BC of Obama-Walz big government. Time to weed out excessive federal government meddling." https://twitter.com/JimHagedornMN/status/738816130010075137 (twitter.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The United States has the highest corporate tax rate in the world, and is the only country in the world whose companies are taxed on their foreign holdings both here and overseas. Reform of our corporate tax code to bring it in line with the rest of the world is vital if we are to retain middle-class jobs in America and remove the incentive for businesses to move their operations out of our country. The incumbent opposes corporate tax reforms which will keep American jobs in America." http://www.jimhagedorn.org/corporate_tax_reform (www.jimhagedorn.org)
  • "The United States has the highest corporate tax rate in the world, and is the only country in the world whose companies are taxed on their foreign holdings both here and overseas. Reform of our corporate tax code to bring it in line with the rest of the world is vital if we are to retain middle-class jobs in America and remove the incentive for businesses to move their operations out of our country. The incumbent opposes corporate tax reforms which will keep American jobs in America." http://www.jimhagedorn.org/corporate_tax_reform (www.jimhagedorn.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Waiting to make a short speech to the Rochester Tea Party Patriots at tonight's meeting that focused on draconian Federal education regulations. Thanks to the Tea Party's devoted leaders and the 100+ conservative Patriots who attended the lively and informative meeting. (Sorry for the not so perfect quality of the picture.)" https://www.facebook.com/hagedornforcongress/photos/a.10151943729189708/10151943716464708/?type=3&theater (www.facebook.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "An energy independent America is a strong America, and an America whose energy needs cannot be held hostage by outside forces. Therefore, we should embrace an "all of the above" approach to energy production which includes oil, natural gas, clean coal, renewables and conservation. The incumbent favors drastically higher energy taxes which would cripple our economy and dramatically lower the standard of living for middle-class Minnesotans." http://www.jimhagedorn.org/energy_independence (www.jimhagedorn.org)
  • "Therefore, we should embrace an 'all of the above' approach to energy production which includes oil, natural gas, clean coal, renewables and conservation." http://www.jimhagedorn.org/energy_independence (www.jimhagedorn.org)
  • "I am an unapologetic proponent of bold national policies to foster private sector development of all available U.S. energy resources, including exploring for fossil fuels on public lands and developing technologies to more efficiently utilize renewable energy platforms." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/855400/issue-position-energy#.V1bU9borIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "An energy independent America is a strong America, and an America whose energy needs cannot be held hostage by outside forces. Therefore, we should embrace an "all of the above" approach to energy production which includes oil, natural gas, clean coal, renewables and conservation. The incumbent favors drastically higher energy taxes which would cripple our economy and dramatically lower the standard of living for middle-class Minnesotans." http://www.jimhagedorn.org/energy_independence (www.jimhagedorn.org)
  • "I am an unapologetic proponent of bold national policies to foster private sector development of all available U.S. energy resources, including exploring for fossil fuels on public lands and developing technologies to more efficiently utilize renewable energy platforms." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/855400/issue-position-energy#.V1bU9borIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Therefore, we should embrace an 'all of the above' approach to energy production which includes oil, natural gas, clean coal, renewables and conservation." http://www.jimhagedorn.org/energy_independence (www.jimhagedorn.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The real issue is the anti-fossil fuel politics and excessive regulations emanating from Washington, D.C. President Obama's EPA and Energy Department are needlessly blocking, delaying and driving up the cost of the infrastructure construction needed to deliver U.S. oil and gas efficiently." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/855407/issue-position-energy-cont#.V1bVGrorIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Regulatory agencies such as the IRS and the EPA are choking the life out of small businesses that do not have the resources to comply with the avalanche of complex, burdensome regulations. Returning regulatory authority from unelected bureaucrats to elected representatives, where it belongs, must be a priority." http://www.jimhagedorn.org/regulatory_reform (www.jimhagedorn.org)
  • "Unlike Tim Walz, I am not beholden to the radical anti-energy elements of the Democratic Party. In fact, I am committed to oil and gas exploration on federal lands; commonsense policies to sustain the coal industry; construction of new nuclear power plants and development of emerging and safe nuclear technologies; continued development and use of renewable energy (including ethanol, biodiesel, wind, solar, hydropower and geothermal), and commonsense conservation." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/855400/issue-position-energy#.V1bU9borIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "The real issue is the anti-fossil fuel politics and excessive regulations emanating from Washington, D.C. President Obama's EPA and Energy Department are needlessly blocking, delaying and driving up the cost of the infrastructure construction needed to deliver U.S. oil and gas efficiently." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/855407/issue-position-energy-cont#.V1bVGrorIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Regulatory agencies such as the IRS and the EPA are choking the life out of small businesses that do not have the resources to comply with the avalanche of complex, burdensome regulations. Returning regulatory authority from unelected bureaucrats to elected representatives, where it belongs, must be a priority." http://www.jimhagedorn.org/regulatory_reform (www.jimhagedorn.org)
  • "Unlike Tim Walz, I am not beholden to the radical anti-energy elements of the Democratic Party. In fact, I am committed to oil and gas exploration on federal lands; commonsense policies to sustain the coal industry; construction of new nuclear power plants and development of emerging and safe nuclear technologies; continued development and use of renewable energy (including ethanol, biodiesel, wind, solar, hydropower and geothermal), and commonsense conservation." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/855400/issue-position-energy#.V1bU9borIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 86% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/146027/jim-hagedorn/37 (votesmart.org)
  • "The right to bear arms is embedded in the Constitution. Jim, who has received an "A" rating from the NRA, will fight to protect the right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms. He will also support legislation to allow members of our armed forces to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights while on military bases." http://www.jimhagedorn.org/the_2nd_amendment (www.jimhagedorn.org)
  • "As your congressman, I will fight to the political death to defend the Constitutional Right of law-abiding Americans to Keep and Bear Arms." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/915603/issue-position-2nd-amendment#.V1bVGLorIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 86% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/146027/jim-hagedorn/37 (votesmart.org)
  • "The right to bear arms is embedded in the Constitution. Jim, who has received an "A" rating from the NRA, will fight to protect the right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms. He will also support legislation to allow members of our armed forces to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights while on military bases." http://www.jimhagedorn.org/the_2nd_amendment (www.jimhagedorn.org)
  • "As your congressman, I will fight to the political death to defend the Constitutional Right of law-abiding Americans to Keep and Bear Arms." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/915603/issue-position-2nd-amendment#.V1bVGLorIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "[...] I will work aggressively with like-minded Members of Congress to repeal big government laws like Obamacare." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/855393/issue-position-jobs-and-the-economy#.V1bVAborIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "ObamaCare promised savings of $2,500 per individual. What it has given us is double digit premium increases coupled with soaring premiums. It must be repealed and replaced with free-market solutions that will actually work such as expanding Health Savings Accounts, reining in lawsuit abuse, and granting the ability to buy health insurance across state lines." http://www.jimhagedorn.org/repeal_and_replace_obamacare (www.jimhagedorn.org)
  • "Rid businesses and individuals of big government failures like Obamacare." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/915626/issue-position-federal-budget-deficit#.V1X6_borIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I will not mince words; Obamacare is an unmitigated disaster. [...] I strongly oppose Obamacare and if elected to Congress, I will fight to the political death to repeal the bill and replace it with free-market reforms." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/855397/issue-position-health-care#.V1bVH7orIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "[...] I will work aggressively with like-minded Members of Congress to repeal big government laws like Obamacare." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/855393/issue-position-jobs-and-the-economy#.V1bVAborIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Rid businesses and individuals of big government failures like Obamacare." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/915626/issue-position-federal-budget-deficit#.V1X6_borIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "ObamaCare promised savings of $2,500 per individual. What it has given us is double digit premium increases coupled with soaring premiums. It must be repealed and replaced with free-market solutions that will actually work such as expanding Health Savings Accounts, reining in lawsuit abuse, and granting the ability to buy health insurance across state lines." http://www.jimhagedorn.org/repeal_and_replace_obamacare (www.jimhagedorn.org)
  • "I will not mince words; Obamacare is an unmitigated disaster. [...] I strongly oppose Obamacare and if elected to Congress, I will fight to the political death to repeal the bill and replace it with free-market reforms." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/855397/issue-position-health-care#.V1bVH7orIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Secure our borders through physical and technological barriers so we know who is coming into our country every day." http://www.jimhagedorn.org/border_security (www.jimhagedorn.org)
  • "Secure our borders through physical and technological barriers so we know who is coming into our country every day." http://www.jimhagedorn.org/border_security (www.jimhagedorn.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "[...] I oppose amnesty and support the following approach to promote legal immigration and a more secure America […] All illegal aliens seeking green cards or permanent residency must register with the U.S. government and return home within 365 days. Post-relocation, applications will be processed in order received. Any illegal alien caught in the United States or attempting to enter the United States will be immediately incarcerated, processed for deportation and permanently denied entry to the United States." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/915608/issue-position-immigrationborder-security#.V1X6-borIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "[...] I oppose amnesty and support the following approach to promote legal immigration and a more secure America […] All illegal aliens seeking green cards or permanent residency must register with the U.S. government and return home within 365 days. Post-relocation, applications will be processed in order received. Any illegal alien caught in the United States or attempting to enter the United States will be immediately incarcerated, processed for deportation and permanently denied entry to the United States." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/915608/issue-position-immigrationborder-security#.V1X6-borIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Secure our borders through physical and technological barriers so we know who is coming into our country every day. Our current Congressman continues to support open borders sanctuary cities." http://www.jimhagedorn.org/border_security (www.jimhagedorn.org)
  • "Secure our borders through physical and technological barriers so we know who is coming into our country every day. Our current Congressman continues to support open borders sanctuary cities." http://www.jimhagedorn.org/border_security (www.jimhagedorn.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marijuana: Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Should the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I believe the United States must reinstate President Reagan’s military and foreign policy of "Peace through Strength." This means electing leaders who will rebuild our nation’s defenses, project overwhelming strength to deal with adversaries, stand shoulder-to-shoulder with U.S. allies and steadfastly protect the American people from Islamic terrorists and all enemies, foreign and domestic." http://www.jimhagedorn.org/pr_hagedorn_obama_nuke_deal_is_weak_and_dangerous (www.jimhagedorn.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Provide our military with the equipment and technology it needs in order to fight, if need be, the wars of the 21st Century without engaging in nation building." http://www.jimhagedorn.org/a_strong_military (www.jimhagedorn.org)
  • "Provide our military with the equipment and technology it needs in order to fight, if need be, the wars of the 21st Century without engaging in nation building." http://www.jimhagedorn.org/a_strong_military (www.jimhagedorn.org)

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