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Paul Mitchell's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (MI) - District 10, Republican
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Paul Mitchell 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.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2016, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Endorsed by Right to Life of Michigan https://twitter.com/PaulMitchell4us/status/742448299110748160 (twitter.com)
  • "The fundamental right to life from conception to a natural death." http://paulmitchellforcongress.com/issues/individual-liberty/ (paulmitchellforcongress.com)
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

  • "Support the elimination of the 'Death Tax' which forces too many of our family farmers to sell after the death of a loved one simply to pay the tax bill." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1080360/issue-position-supporting-and-promoting-agriculture#.V3bRUnVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "This reform would simplify the tax code, take power away from the IRS, and reduce the size and cost of the IRS." http://paulmitchellforcongress.com/issues/economic-growth (paulmitchellforcongress.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We must work together to dramatically reduce federal spending in order to eliminate our annual budget deficits and pay down our national debt over time. " http://paulmitchellforcongress.com/issues/economic-growth (paulmitchellforcongress.com)
  • "[...] create an environment where our economy can grow increasing funds to the treasury combined with reducing spending by shrinking the size and scope of government." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1080358/issue-position-fiscal-responsibility-limited-government-job-creation-and-economic-growth#.V1XgjborIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Prioritize spending away from wasteful purposes toward programs that help to grow our economy like investment in our infrastructure." http://paulmitchellforcongress.com/issues/economic-growth/ (paulmitchellforcongress.com)
  • "Prioritize spending away from wasteful purposes toward programs that help to grow our economy like investment in our infrastructure." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1080358/issue-position-fiscal-responsibility-limited-government-job-creation-and-economic-growth#.V3bQXnVTQfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Support the elimination of the 'Death Tax' which forces too many of our family farmers to sell after the death of a loved one simply to pay the tax bill." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1080360/issue-position-supporting-and-promoting-agriculture#.V3bRUnVTQfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I believe in: The right of states under the 10th Amendment to address their own needs including education, and particularly will fight the imposition of Common Core education standards and other similar federal mandates through federal funding." http://paulmitchellforcongress.com/issues/individual-liberty/ (paulmitchellforcongress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Support permitting the Keystone XL Pipeline." http://paulmitchellforcongress.com/issues/economic-growth/ (paulmitchellforcongress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Advance an 'All of the Above' energy strategy that promotes new and innovative technology while at the same time opening up more federal lands to energy exploration and development." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1080358/issue-position-fiscal-responsibility-limited-government-job-creation-and-economic-growth#.V3bQXnVTQfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Encourage job creation and opportunity in the America’s economy by reducing the massive regulatory burden placed on the American economy by federal bureaucracies like the EPA and others which stifle growth with little benefit to our nation." http://paulmitchellforcongress.com/issues/economic-growth/ (paulmitchellforcongress.com)
  • "Oppose and repeal any efforts by the EPA to put in place the Waters of the United States regulatory overreach that would place onerous restrictions with little to no benefit for our nation’s waters." http://paulmitchellforcongress.com/issues/promoting-agriculture/ (paulmitchellforcongress.com)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Paul is a Life Member of the National Rifle Association, is a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment, and supports all law-abiding American citizen's right to bear arms. As a congressman, Paul will aggressively defend the Second Amendment and our rights to purchase and own arms." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/899370/issue-position-second-amendment (votesmart.org)
  • "The #2ndAmendment does not say...shall not be infringed...for hunting... #DemDebate #MI10th" https://twitter.com/PaulMitchell4us/status/688908177627312129 (twitter.com)
  • "Every American’s right under the Second Amendment to keep and bear arms." http://paulmitchellforcongress.com/issues/individual-liberty/ (paulmitchellforcongress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Paul is committed to repealing and replacing Obamacare with a plan that focuses on patient-centered, private sector reforms that will address the real healthcare needs of Michigan families." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/899368/issue-position-healthcare (votesmart.org)
  • "Eliminate Obamacare and replace it with market based healthcare reform that would reduce costs for all and expand access to everyone." http://paulmitchellforcongress.com/issues/economic-growth/ (paulmitchellforcongress.com)
  • "We need to repeal and replace #Obamacare w/market & consumer based solutions rather than government one-size fits all. #DemDebate #MI10th" https://twitter.com/PaulMitchell4us/status/688905113348493312 (twitter.com)
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

  • "We are a nation of laws and I will oppose any bill that gives a special path to citizenship for those who have entered our nation illegally." http://paulmitchellforcongress.com/issues/homeland-security/ (paulmitchellforcongress.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "It is essential that ISIS is confronted with overwhelming force and challenged in every area in which they operate. ISIS must not be allowed to use the tools of our freedom, social media and communications systems, to recruit, spread their hate, and inflict carnage. It is incumbent that America leads. We cannot allow this nation to step back from a position of leadership and let evil fill that vacuum." http://paulmitchellforcongress.com/2015/11/isis-must-be-confronted-and-destroyed/ (paulmitchellforcongress.com)
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Take steps to protect and preserve Social Security and Medicare so the promises we made to our seniorsand they paid for, can be honored so that they can count on a secure retirement." http://paulmitchellforcongress.com/issues/economic-growth/ (paulmitchellforcongress.com)

Key

Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

Project Vote Smart's Research: Click on this icon to reveal more information about this candidate's position.

Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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