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Richard Ojeda II's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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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

  • "I believe in the 2nd and if I have done nothing wrong and have no mental issues leave my guns alone. I’m not for abortion but don’t think that a woman who is raped should have to carry the seed if she chooses not to. I also think that incest and the life of the mother matters." https://twitter.com/Ojeda4congress/status/975542595395948545 (twitter.com)
Yes 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

  • "Trickle down is an excuse to trick working families into believing billionaires will always benefit the people below them. But we have to look no further than our governor not paying his taxes to see that that is a lie." https://twitter.com/Ojeda4congress/status/982059359697072128 (twitter.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Campaign Finance: Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Ensure that Super PACs must disclose their contributions and contributors." https://voteojeda.com/platform_item/holding-government-accountable/ (voteojeda.com)
  • "Regulate the amount of money spent by Super PACS" https://voteojeda.com/platform_item/holding-government-accountable/ (voteojeda.com)
  • "Overturn Citizens United. Campaign Finance Reform. We must move toward publicly funded elections." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1222803/issue-position-holding-government-accountable#.WnysZWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Overturn Citizens United. Campaign Finance Reform. We must move toward publicly funded elections." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1222803/issue-position-holding-government-accountable#.WnysZWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Campaign Finance Reform. We must move toward publicly funded elections." https://voteojeda.com/platform_item/holding-government-accountable/ (voteojeda.com)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Being fiscally responsible almost always means that you must make tough decisions. By targeting fraud, waste and abuse and bringing costs down in programs that are over budget, I believe that we can be more fiscally responsible without harming those who are most vulnerable." https://voteojeda.com/platform_item/fiscally-responsible/ (voteojeda.com)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Our teachers have already said...1% is a slap in the face. Our amendment would have raised it to 3%. Maybe instead of giving away $140 million in inventory tax reductions, we use that money for our teachers and police officers!" https://twitter.com/Ojeda4congress/status/959417520028508160 (twitter.com)
  • "Republicans in West Virginia think money is best spent in corporate tax breaks than by investing in our teachers and the future of our children. Show them you disagree." https://twitter.com/Ojeda4congress/status/960318610177691649 (twitter.com)
  • "Our teachers have already said...1% is a slap in the face. Our amendment would have raised it to 3%. Maybe instead of giving away $140 million in inventory tax reductions, we use that money for our teachers and police officers!" https://twitter.com/Ojeda4congress/status/959417520028508160 (twitter.com)
  • "Republicans in West Virginia think money is best spent in corporate tax breaks than by investing in our teachers and the future of our children. Show them you disagree." https://twitter.com/Ojeda4congress/status/960318610177691649 (twitter.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We have an obligation to provide our students with the best public education possible and that starts by fair pay for the professionals that teach them! Add your name if you agree! " https://twitter.com/Ojeda4congress/status/999345791356588033 (twitter.com)
  • "Carol is anti anything that doesn't put money in her own pocket. You can bet that strengthening public education is an absolute for me. Our teachers deserve better. Our children deserve better." https://twitter.com/Ojeda4congress/status/1000825359879802883 (twitter.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

  • "I want to see West Virginia lead in coal production, biofuels, solar, wind and other energy resources as well as research and development of new energy solutions." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1222793/issue-position-energy#.Wnys3Ge3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I want to see West Virginia lead in coal production, biofuels, solar, wind and other energy resources as well as research and development of new energy solutions." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1222793/issue-position-energy#.Wnys3Ge3wfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 86% by the National Rifle Association https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/147777/richard-ojeda-ii#.Wnx34We3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 86% by the National Rifle Association https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/147777/richard-ojeda-ii#.Wnx34We3wfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Every citizen deserves an affordable patient centered healthcare option to promote a healthy lifestyle and remain available when life takes a turn for the worse. Though the Affordable Care Act may not be the answer to our problems, we cannot turn our head, and act like its business as usual, when there are too many problems facing our healthcare industry." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/839960/issue-position-where-do-i-stand-on-healthcare#.Wnx4Kme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Every citizen deserves an affordable patient centered healthcare option to promote a healthy lifestyle and remain available when life takes a turn for the worse. Though the Affordable Care Act may not be the answer to our problems, we cannot turn our head, and act like its business as usual, when there are too many problems facing our healthcare industry." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/839960/issue-position-where-do-i-stand-on-healthcare#.Wnx4Kme3wfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration: Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No 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

  • "[...] we must take action and focus on comprehensive immigration reform. Our immigration system is broken and often leaves people without access to citizenship for decades. We must start planning long term solutions for this problem including a pathway to citizenship that would include background checks, a steady employment history and paying fines." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1222796/issue-position-immigration#.WnytH2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "[...] we must take action and focus on comprehensive immigration reform. Our immigration system is broken and often leaves people without access to citizenship for decades. We must start planning long term solutions for this problem including a pathway to citizenship that would include background checks, a steady employment history and paying fines." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1222796/issue-position-immigration#.WnytH2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marijuana: Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I've supported #MedicalCannabis since day one. The people of West Virginia want it and that is one reason why I am going to win this election in WV-03!" https://twitter.com/Ojeda4congress/status/960882705251602433 (twitter.com)
  • "Through comprehensive cannabis legislation, encompassing decriminalization, medical, and industrial use, we can utilize one of the most medically beneficial and economically viable plants on Earth to fight the opioid epidemic, generate revenue to fund new education and infrastructure initiatives, and address the problem of overpopulation within our state correctional facilities." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1222792/issue-position-medical-cannabis#.WnyspGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S.B. 386 "Authorizes the Use of Medical Marijuana" https://votesmart.org/bill/22680/58933/147777/authorizes-the-use-of-medical-marijuana#.Wnx1t2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "We need to rethink this war on drugs that Jeff Sessions is so unusually obsessed over and decriminalize marijuana" https://twitter.com/Ojeda4congress/status/955468557684477953 (twitter.com)
  • "I've supported #MedicalCannabis since day one. The people of West Virginia want it and that is one reason why I am going to win this election in WV-03!" https://twitter.com/Ojeda4congress/status/960882705251602433 (twitter.com)
  • "Through comprehensive cannabis legislation, encompassing decriminalization, medical, and industrial use, we can utilize one of the most medically beneficial and economically viable plants on Earth to fight the opioid epidemic, generate revenue to fund new education and infrastructure initiatives, and address the problem of overpopulation within our state correctional facilities." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1222792/issue-position-medical-cannabis#.WnyspGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "We need to rethink this war on drugs that Jeff Sessions is so unusually obsessed over and decriminalize marijuana" https://twitter.com/Ojeda4congress/status/955468557684477953 (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of S.B. 386 "Authorizes the Use of Medical Marijuana" https://votesmart.org/bill/22680/58933/147777/authorizes-the-use-of-medical-marijuana#.Wnx1t2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • "We must be on the offensive when it comes to defeating ISIS. We must be consistent with airstrikes, weaken their efforts with counterintelligence, seek to defund them and stop the radicalization of Americans with ISIS propaganda." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1222798/issue-position-keeping-america-safe#.WnyteWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "We must be on the offensive when it comes to defeating ISIS. We must be consistent with airstrikes, weaken their efforts with counterintelligence, seek to defund them and stop the radicalization of Americans with ISIS propaganda." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1222798/issue-position-keeping-america-safe#.WnyteWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We must be on the offensive when it comes to defeating ISIS. We must be consistent with airstrikes, weaken their efforts with counterintelligence, seek to defund them and stop the radicalization of Americans with ISIS propaganda." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1222798/issue-position-keeping-america-safe#.WnyteWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "We must be relentless and wise in our national security decisions. Regarding ISIS, I know from experience that the commanders on the ground know more about what needs to happen in order to defeat them. War is not a social expermient and I refuse to let politics play a role in my decision making when it comes to keeping you and your family safe. I will not take my marching orders from anyone else concerning national security. We must be on the offensive when it comes to defeating ISIS. We must be consistent with airstrikes, weaken their efforts with counterintelligence, seek to defund them and stop the radicalization of Americans with ISIS propaganda." https://voteojeda.com/platform_item/keeping-america-safe/ (voteojeda.com)

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