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John Rutherford's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (FL) - District 4, Republican
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John Rutherford 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

  • "All life is sacred, period. John is a strong defender of the lives of the unborn and will fight passionately in Washington to protect life." http://votejohnrutherford.com/issues (votejohnrutherford.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

  • "Hard-working Floridians should keep their hard-earned money. John will keep the government off our backs, out of our wallets, and out of our way. After all, we can spend our own money better than the government can." http://votejohnrutherford.com/issues (votejohnrutherford.com)
No Inferred Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Businesses and entrepreneurs create jobs – not the government. John is a free-market conservative who is determined to reduce unnecessary government regulations and get the government out of the way of the private sector. John supports rebuilding our manufacturing capacity so that we don’t have to rely on foreign goods and services to fuel our growth. John also opposes the disastrous Obama trade deals that have harmed American workers by shipping jobs overseas." http://votejohnrutherford.com/issues (votejohnrutherford.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? 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 lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Hard-working Floridians should keep their hard-earned money. John will keep the government off our backs, out of our wallets, and out of our way. After all, we can spend our own money better than the government can." http://votejohnrutherford.com/issues (votejohnrutherford.com)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The federal government does too much and accomplishes too little. The Obama Administration has unconstitutionally overreached into our education, immigration, and healthcare systems. John will fight for local control and hand power back to our community." http://votejohnrutherford.com/issues (votejohnrutherford.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
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.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? 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 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/172542/john-rutherford/37 (votesmart.org)
  • "John is a Constitutional Conservative and staunch defender of our Constitutional Liberties, especially our Second Amendment Rights. As our future voice in Washington, John will strengthen our constitutional freedoms and fight against executive overreach." http://votejohnrutherford.com/issues (votejohnrutherford.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "John is staunchly against the federal government’s overreach in our health sector and will vote to repeal Obamacare. Obamacare is too big, too complex, too burdensome for small businesses, and kills too many jobs. John approves of a market-based alternative that will ensure more desirable outcomes for Americans." http://votejohnrutherford.com/issues (votejohnrutherford.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

  • "First and foremost, John believes the wall along our southern border must be strengthened. America is a nation of laws, and our laws must be enforced. Fighting illegal immigration is not just a law enforcement issue, it’s an economic issue. As a law-and-order Republican, John opposes illegal immigration and executive amnesty." http://votejohnrutherford.com/issues (votejohnrutherford.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.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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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