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Doug Jones' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. Senate - Jr
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Doug Jones is currently being tested through the 2017 Political Courage Test.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, 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 2017, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I will defend women's access to contraception and a woman's right to choose and fight any legislation or executive action that would allow insurance companies to discriminate against women." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1164939/issue-position-health-care#.WUE9giE6ofI (votesmart.org)
  • "I will defend women's access to contraception and a woman's right to choose and fight any legislation or executive action that would allow insurance companies to discriminate against women. […] I stand with Planned Parenthood." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1164936/issue-position-womens-health-equality#.Wbvg3We3wfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "For these businesses, we need to streamline regulations and reduce the impediments to their success." https://dougjonesforsenate.com/priorities/ (dougjonesforsenate.com)
  • "Surely, we cannot forget that the prosperity many now know was spurred by the ability of the US Government to promote a better life in our state just a generation or two ago." https://dougjonesforsenate.com/priorities/ (dougjonesforsenate.com)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "tax breaks or loopholes for the very rich hurt lower and moderate income families." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1164924/issue-position-our-economy#.Wbvhdme3wfI (votesmart.org)
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

  • "The impact of unchecked fossil fuels on our planet and our health has not been in dispute for decades. Period. Clean air and clean water are not controversial. They are essential to our health, our prosperity, and our quality of life." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1164931/issue-position-environment#.WUE-IiE6ofI (votesmart.org)
  • "We should be encouraging investment in renewable energy and conservation as ways to create new jobs and make ourselves energy independent." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1164931/issue-position-environment#.Wbvj5Ge3wfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The impact of unchecked fossil fuels on our planet and our health has not been in dispute for decades. Period. Clean air and clean water are not controversial. They are essential to our health, our prosperity, and our quality of life." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1164931/issue-position-environment#.WUE-IiE6ofI (votesmart.org)
  • "Having said that, I fully appreciate and understand the impact that regulations to protect the environment have had on many people." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1164931/issue-position-environment#.Wbvj5Ge3wfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The ACA was not intended to be the final word on healthcare -- but the improvements should strive toward universal coverage." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1164939/issue-position-health-care#.Wbvkkme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I support quality, affordable health care for every American […] The ACA was not intended to be the final word on healthcare -- but the improvements should strive toward universal coverage." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1164939/issue-position-health-care#.WUE-_yE6ofI (votesmart.org)
  • "If we really want to make life better for Americans (and Alabamians) let's talk about what we keep and what we change in the ACA." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1164939/issue-position-health-care#.Wbvkkme3wfI (votesmart.org)
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

  • "I have been crystal clear and consistent in my support for the DACA and am disappointed by Trump's decision." https://twitter.com/GDouglasJones/status/905181029211787264 (twitter.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 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.

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. Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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