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Donald Bacon's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (NE) - District 2, Republican
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Donald Bacon 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.

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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

  • "Great to stand with fellow pro-life candidates in Lincoln." https://www.facebook.com/donbacon2016/photos/a.450627738436391.1073741831.448010328698132/563631767135987/?type=3 (www.facebook.com)
  • "I’m 100% pro-life, endorsed by Nebraska Right to Life, and committed to support policies that protect the unborn and build a culture of life across our nation and the world." http://www.donbacon2016.com/issues/ (www.donbacon2016.com)
  • "I’m pro-life and committed to support policies that protect the unborn and build a culture of life across our nation and the world." http://www.donbacon2016.com/issues/ (www.donbacon2016.com)
  • "Protecting innocent human life is a value I hold dearly for we’re all created in the image of God." https://www.facebook.com/donbacon2016/photos/a.450627738436391.1073741831.448010328698132/558491144316716/?type=3 (www.facebook.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

  • "We need a simpler, flatter tax code that has lower rates with fewer deductions." http://www.donbacon2016.com/issues/ (www.donbacon2016.com)
  • "Therefore, I’m committed to not raising your taxes." http://www.donbacon2016.com/issues/ (www.donbacon2016.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.
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 reduce our domestic spending, and reform our entitlements. We have a spending problem, not a revenue problem. We need to reduce the size of our bureaucracies in Washington, D.C." http://www.donbacon2016.com/issues/ (www.donbacon2016.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Small business is the engine that drives our economy. Overreaching regulations and a complicated tax code have undermined our small business and farming communities, and weakens our economy." https://www.facebook.com/donbacon2016/photos/a.450627738436391.1073741831.448010328698132/581015108730986/?type=3 (www.facebook.com)
  • "We need a simpler, flatter tax code that has lower rates with fewer deductions." http://www.donbacon2016.com/issues/ (www.donbacon2016.com)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I believe in local control of our schools, and reducing the micromanagement from Washington, D.C. I oppose Common Core and think our school boards, local governments and states should have the lead in our education policies. I want to give parents more school choice for their sons and daughters." http://www.donbacon2016.com/issues/ (www.donbacon2016.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Building the Keystone XL oil pipeline "Support" https://nebraskavoterguide.com/candidates/donald-bacon (nebraskavoterguide.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "In Congress I will work to roll back the regulations and out of control bureaucracy, such as the EPA, that undermine our farmers and small businesses." https://www.facebook.com/donbacon2016/posts/580716412094189 (www.facebook.com)
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/166299/donald-bacon/37 (votesmart.org)
  • "Gun control is a recipe for only the criminals having guns. I am a member of the NRA and the Nebraska Firearms Owners Association and proud of it." http://www.donbacon2016.com/issues/ (www.donbacon2016.com)
  • "I will absolutely defend our Second Amendment rights and proud to be a member of the Nebraska Firearms Owners Association." https://www.facebook.com/donbacon2016/posts/585530078279489 (www.facebook.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Ensuring access to affordable healthcare by promoting state based free market systems." https://www.facebook.com/donbacon2016/photos/a.450627738436391.1073741831.448010328698132/557821931050304/?type=3 (www.facebook.com)
  • "Don will repeal Obamacare and work to reduce health-care costs with free market solutions" http://www.donbacon2016.com/issues/ (www.donbacon2016.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

  • "Finally, we owe it to the 4.5 million people who are waiting to come to the United States legally to not give amnesty for citizenship to those who came here illegally." http://www.donbacon2016.com/issues/ (www.donbacon2016.com)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman "Support" https://nebraskavoterguide.com/candidates/donald-bacon (nebraskavoterguide.com)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We need to defeat ISIS with assertive leadership, our superior airpower, and special forces. Iraq and other regional partners should be the lead with ground forces." http://donbacon2016.com/issues/ (donbacon2016.com)
  • "[...] I want to be a leader in ensuring our nation has a strong defense, that we have a plan to defeat ISIS, and that we treat our allies like allies." https://www.facebook.com/donbacon2016/posts/564692900363207 (www.facebook.com)
  • "This threat won’t go away and the best defense is an offense that goes after the doctrine, recruiting, financing and leadership. […] This won’t be easy, but we have no choice but to fight these killers aggressively and relentlessly." https://www.facebook.com/donbacon2016/posts/584421358390361 (www.facebook.com)
Yes 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

  • "To clarify, Don Bacon does not support altering or reducing Social Security for those who are currently in or near retirement. With the average life expectancy increasing in the United States, he is of the opinion that we should consider the possibility of adjusting current long-term policies to ensure the viability of Social Security for future generations. Like many lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, Don Bacon believes that we need to consider such solutions in order to maintain the solvency of Social Security." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1136292/dccc-ads-continue-to-attack-don-bacon-for-opposing-obamacare-while-misconstruing-his-stance-on-social-security (votesmart.org)

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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