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Charlie Crist, Jr.'s Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (FL) - District 13, Democratic
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Charlie Crist, Jr. 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, 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-choice Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Endorsed by Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates http://votesmart.org/candidate/24311/charlie-crist-jr#.V3vq13VTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Charlie believes that government should stay out of personal health decisions between a woman and her doctor." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/899325/issue-position-womens-rights#.V3vsF3VTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Vetoed H.B. 1143 "Pre-Abortion Ultrasounds Requirement and Health Care Law Amendments" http://votesmart.org/bill/11430/31086/24311/pre-abortion-ultrasounds-requirement-and-health-care-law-amendments (votesmart.org)
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

  • "We need to build a state where we make it easy for every business -- small, medium, and large -- to succeed and create jobs. Right now, the scales are tipped in favor of those who pay for influence. And that's wrong." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/899284/issue-position-economy-jobs (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "This November, Floridians will be voting on a constitutional amendment that, if passed, would permit medical marijuana. Charlie will be voting for the amendment. He believes that it is an issue of compassion, of trusting doctors, and of trusting the people of Florida." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/899320/issue-position-medical-marijuana (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Charlie believes that we need to invest in infrastructure like roads, bridges, and ports." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/899284/issue-position-economy-jobs#.V3vsE3VTQfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We need to build a state where we make it easy for every business -- small, medium, and large -- to succeed and create jobs. Right now, the scales are tipped in favor of those who pay for influence. And that's wrong." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/899284/issue-position-economy-jobs (votesmart.org)
  • "Tax Cuts for Middle-Class Families." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/899284/issue-position-economy-jobs (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Earlier in the year, Florida placed fourth in Phase 1 of the $4.35 billion federal Race to the Top education reform competition where only two states were awarded grants. To improve Florida's application for Phase 2, Governor Crist appointed Florida's Race to the Top Working Group in April 2010 to develop an improved Memorandum of Understanding. At the Governor's direction, the working group built consensus to develop the Memorandum of Understanding that was later signed by 54 local teacher unions -- as well as 65 of Florida's 67 school districts, three of the state's four developmental research schools and the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/547617/governor-crist-joins-students-and-teachers-to-celebrate-race-to-the-top-win (votesmart.org)
  • "When it comes to curriculum, Charlie supports the Common Core standards, but he wants to work with parents to make sure they are implemented in a way that work for Florida schools." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/899308/issue-position-education (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Florida is the sunshine state, yet it is also home to some of the most restrictive laws in the country against solar energy investment. Charlie will work with the legislature to create a more open market to allow investors to grow Florida's solar energy sector -- a move that will both reduce our dependence on coal and oil and also create jobs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/899304/issue-position-environment-clean-energy (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

  • "Charlie will work to remove big utility companies' monopoly and will let smaller companies who specialize in renewable energy compete by making it easier and cheaper for you to put solar on your home or business -- as well as encourage investments in solar and wind fields." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/899284/issue-position-economy-jobs (votesmart.org)
  • "Florida is the sunshine state, yet it is also home to some of the most restrictive laws in the country against solar energy investment. Charlie will work with the legislature to create a more open market to allow investors to grow Florida's solar energy sector -- a move that will both reduce our dependence on coal and oil and also create jobs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/899304/issue-position-environment-clean-energy (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "MR. GREGORY: All right. Do you think you we need a limit on emissions of carbon dioxide? GOV. CRIST: I think we do have to have limits. " http://votesmart.org/public-statement/513966/nbc-meet-the-press-transcript (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 21% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/24311/charlie-crist-jr/37 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As Governor, Charlie will make increasing the number of people with health insurance a priority. Unlike Governor Scott, who has turned over responsibility for running the health insurance exchange to the federal government, Charlie will run the exchange right here in Florida, so that we can provide access to types of insurance that Floridians need -- and we'll be able to hold Florida government workers accountable for technology or other issues." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/899345/issue-position-health-care (votesmart.org)
  • "[...] was one of the only high-profile candidates in the country to give a full-throated defense of the benefits of the Affordable Health Care Act." http://www.charliecrist.com/about/ (www.charliecrist.com)
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

  • "People have been coming to Florida for generations for a shot at a better life and a chance to live in paradise. Today, we are one of the most diverse states in the nation, and that diversity gives us a competitive edge. We must do more to encourage talented people to call Florida home." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/899337/issue-position-immigration (votesmart.org)
  • "Governor Scott supports and pushed for Florida to create an Arizona-style immigration law of racial profiling. This law could put many law-abiding citizens at risk, and would be the same as putting a 'closed' sign on the state's doorstep." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/899337/issue-position-immigration (votesmart.org)
  • "We must immediately pass legislation that allows the children of undocumented parents to attend Florida colleges and universities at in-state tuition levels. It simply isn't fair to punish children of undocumented parents." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/899337/issue-position-immigration (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Charlie believes that all Floridians should be able to marry the person they love. He stands with Florida's LGBT community, and as Governor, he will fight for marriage equality. Equality is a basic question of justice." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/899328/issue-position-equality (votesmart.org)
  • "During that campaign, Crist was the first major party nominee in Florida history to campaign on legalizing same-sex marriage." http://www.charliecrist.com/about/ (www.charliecrist.com)
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, 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, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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Inferred Answer

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Congressional Election 1998 National Political Awareness Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.
a) Abortions should always be legally available.
b) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
c) Abortions should be legal only when the pregnancy resulted from incest, rape, or when the life of the woman is endangered.
d) Abortions should be legal only when the life of the woman is endangered.
e) Abortions should always be illegal.
f) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and notification requirements as decided by each state government.
Xg) Prohibit the late-term abortion procedure known as "partial-birth" abortion.
h) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
i) Other
1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only.
Slightly Increasea) AIDS programs
Eliminateb) Arts funding
Slightly Increasec) Education (K-12)
Slightly Increased) Environmental programs
Slightly Decreasee) Foreign aid
Maintain Statusf) Housing projects
Maintain Statusg) Job training programs
Greatly Increaseh) Law enforcement
Slightly Increasei) Medicaid
Slightly Increasej) Medicare
Slightly Increasek) NASA
Slightly Increasel) Student loan programs
Greatly Decreasem) Welfare
n) Other
o) Other
p) Other
2) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following defense-related categories. Select one number (level) only.
Slightly Increasea) Armed Forces personnel training
Slightly Increaseb) CIA appropriations
Maintain Statusc) Defense plant conversion
Slightly Increased) Development of new weapons
Slightly Increasee) Military hardware
Slightly Increasef) Military space shuttle missions
Greatly Increaseg) National Missile Defense Program
Greatly Increaseh) Pay for active duty personnel
i) Other
Yes3) Do you support amending the U.S. Constitution to require an annual balanced federal budget?
4) Indicate how you would apply the expected federal budget surplus.
Xa) Social Security
b) Medicare
Xc) Tax cuts
Xd) Federal debt reduction
e) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance reform.
a) Remove all legislative limits on campaign financing.
b) Establish spending limits on congressional campaigns.
c) Provide public funding for federal candidates who comply with campaign spending limits.
d) Support legislation that would increase the federal limits on individual contributions.
e) Strengthen and enforce legislation that encourages full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information.
f) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
g) Provide free or low-cost television advertising to candidates who agree to voluntary campaign spending limits.
h) Ban the unregulated campaign contributions known as soft money.
i) Pass legislation banning issue advocacy commercials by outside groups within 60 days of an election.
j) Prohibit non-U.S. citizens from making contributions to federal campaigns.
Xk) Other

Term Limits and enforce Existing Laws & instant contribution reporting.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.
Xa) Broaden use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
Xb) Increase spending to build more federal prisons.
Xc) Impose "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve full sentences with no chance of parole.
Xd) Fund programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xe) Expand funding for community policing programs.
Xf) Increase penalties for the possession of any illegal firearms.
Xg) Prosecute youths accused of a felony as adults.
Xh) Increase funding for local Boys & Girls Clubs and other independent organizations in communities with at-risk youth.
i) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
Xj) Deport all permanent resident aliens convicted of a felony.
k) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning illegal drugs.
Xa) Increase penalties for selling illegal drugs.
Xb) Impose mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
Xc) Impose capital punishment for convicted international drug traffickers.
Xd) Strengthen current laws dealing with non-controlled substances, including inhalants and commercially available pills.
Xe) Increase funding of federally-sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
f) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Xg) Increase funding for border security to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the U.S.
h) Other
1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the economy and employment.
Xa) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment.
Xb) Increase funding for national job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
Xc) Reduce government regulations on the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xd) Establish empowerment zones in areas with large numbers of unemployed people.
e) Eliminate any federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
f) Increase the minimum wage.
Xg) Pass legislation that encourages employers to offer their employees the options of flex-time scheduling, comp-time and unpaid leave to attend to their family responsibilities.
Xh) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide on-site child care.
2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding affirmative action and discrimination.
a) The federal government should consider race and sex in making government contracting decisions.
b) The federal government should continue affirmative action programs only if such programs do not include quotas.
Xc) The federal government should discontinue affirmative action programs.
Xd) The federal government should prosecute cases of discrimination in the public sector.
Xe) The federal government should prosecute cases of discrimination in the private sector.
f) The federal government should include sexual orientation in its anti-discrimination laws.
g) Other
1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning education.
Xa) Support national standards and testing in reading and math.
Xb) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any publicly funded school.
Xc) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any participating school: public, private or religious.
Xd) Allow parents to use tax-free savings accounts to send their children to any publicly funded school.
Xe) Allow parents to use tax-free savings accounts to send their children to any participating school: public, private or religious.
Xf) Support creation of more charter schools where teachers and professionals receive authorization and funding to establish new schools.
Xg) Give all federal education funding to states in the form of block grants and allow them to spend it as they see fit.
Xh) Support voluntary teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
Xi) Increase funding for block grants to states to help them hire additional teachers.
j) Other
Yes2) Do you support amending the U.S. Constitution to guarantee the right to religious expression and voluntary prayer in public places, including schools?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources.
Xa) Require the state to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses on privately owned land.
Xb) Strengthen the Clean Water Act.
c) Change the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to limit the number of habitats eligible to be designated as endangered.
d) Increase fees charged to ranchers who graze cattle on federal lands.
e) Revise the 1872 mining law to increase the fees charged to mining companies using federal lands.
Xf) Encourage development of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
Xg) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks.
h) Increase federal taxes on gasoline and diesel fuels to promote conservation and alternative fuel development.
i) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels.
Xj) Impose stricter national air quality standards.
k) Adhere to the United Nations treaty regarding global climate change.
l) Strengthen the restrictions on clear-cutting on federal lands.
m) Other
Indicate which level of government that should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only.
Federala) Border security
Federalb) Civil rights enforcement
Localc) Education
Stated) Environmental cleanup
Statee) Job training
Statef) Law enforcement
Federalg) Low-income housing
Federalh) Medicaid
Federali) Medicare
Federalj) Transportation infrastructure (highways, roads, bridges)
Federalk) Welfare
l) Other
1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Bosnia/former Yugoslavia.
a) The U.S. should lift the arms embargo against Bosnia-Herzegovina.
b) The U.S. should maintain a military presence in Bosnia-Herzegovina with a certain deadline for withdrawal.
c) The U.S. should maintain a military presence in Bosnia-Herzegovina without a certain deadline for withdrawal.
Xd) Other

We should pull out.

2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the Middle East.
a) The U.S. should resolve future disputes with Iraq through diplomatic means.
b) The U.S. should take unilateral military action if Iraq does not comply with all accepted UN resolutions.
c) The U.S. should take military action against Iraq only as part of an international effort.
d) The U.S. should not continue to play a prominent leadership role in the peace process between Israel and Palestine.
e) Other
3) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the United States-United Nations relationship.
a) The U.S. should contribute more funding and troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions.
b) The U.S. should contribute less funding and troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions.
Xc) The U.S. should participate in UN peacekeeping missions only when vital U.S. interests are involved.
d) The U.S. should not commit military troops to UN peacekeeping missions.
e) The U.S. should withdraw from the UN completely.
f) The U.S. should pay its debt to the United Nations.
g) Other
4) Should the U.S. have diplomatic and trade relations with Cuba?
5) Should the U.S. recognize and extend full diplomatic relations to Taiwan?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.
a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
b) Increase federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
c) Maintain federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
d) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
Xe) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens.
Xf) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms.
g) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks with firearms.
h) Other
1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues in America.
a) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care.
b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
c) Implement a government-financed, single-payer national health care system similar to that of Canada.
Xd) Support health care strategies focused on prevention, including health education and natural medicines and remedies.
Xe) Support legislation to define and enforce the rights of insured patients, including greater access to specialists and emergency rooms, wider choice of health care providers, and appeal mechanisms when claims are denied.
Xf) Allow small business owners, the self-employed and workers whose employers do not provide health insurance to have the same deductibility for health costs as corporations and large employers.
Xg) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts, which would be taxed if used for any purpose other than medical costs.
h) Establish limits on the amount of damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
i) Allow states and local communities to use federal funds for needle-exchange programs to combat the spread of HIV.
j) Classify nicotine as a drug and cigarettes as drug delivery devices, which should be regulated by the Federal Food and Drug Administration.
Xk) Provide citizens age 55-65 the option of purchasing Medicare health coverage.
Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.
a) Decrease the number of immigrants allowed into the country.
b) Increase the eligibility of legal immigrants for certain social programs (i.e. HUD housing, food stamps).
c) Require the Immigration and Naturalization Service to reduce to six months the time between applying for citizenship and taking the oath of allegiance.
d) Provide extra federal aid to states with higher numbers of immigrants for necessary medical and social services.
e) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children.
f) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive U.S. citizenship.
g) Increase the immigration quota for computer scientists and other information technology workers.
h) Establish English as the official and recognized language of the United States government.
i) Other
The American people have consistently mentioned the decline of morals and ethics in America as a major problem facing the country. On an attached page, in fifty words or less, explain what you will do as a member of Congress to address this concern.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security.
a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage.
b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which are managed by the government.
c) Invest Social Security's assets collectively in stocks and bonds instead of U.S. Treasury securities.
d) Increase the payroll tax to finance the program in its current form.
Xe) Invest a portion of the budget surplus into the Social Security trust fund.
f) Increase the minimum age that determines when retirees are able to receive full Social Security benefits.
g) Lower Social Security's annual cost-of-living increases.
h) Limit Social Security benefits based on recipients' other income and assets.
i) Require individuals to pay the Social Security tax on income above $68,400, which is currently exempt.
j) Other
1) Indicate the levels you support concerning taxes in the following categories. Select one number (level) only.
Income Taxes:
Greatly Decreasea) Retiree income over $40,000
Greatly Decreaseb) Family income less than $25,000
Greatly Decreasec) Family income $25-75,000
Greatly Decreased) Family income $75-150,000
Greatly Decreasee) Family income over $150,000
Other Tax Issues:
Greatly Decreasef) Alcohol taxes
Eliminateg) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Increaseh) Charitable deductions
Greatly Increasei) Child tax credit
Greatly Decreasej) Cigarette taxes
Greatly Decreasek) Corporate income taxes
Slightly Increasel) Earned Income Tax Credit
Eliminatem) Estate taxes
Greatly Increasen) Medical expense deductions
Slightly Increaseo) Mortgage deductions
p) Other
q) Other
Yes2) Do you support replacing the U.S. income tax structure with a flat income tax?
Yes3) Do you support eliminating the Internal Revenue Service?
Yes4) Do you support instituting a national sales tax?
5) Should a married couple filing jointly pay the same taxes as if they were an unmarried couple filing separately?
Yes6) Do you support requiring a super-majority vote in both houses of Congress to raise taxes?
7) Other
Yes1) Do you support amending the Constitution to limit the number of terms which members of Congress can serve?
If you support term limits, how many terms should each serve?
Senator (# of 6 yr. terms)

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Representatives (# of 2 yr. terms)

3

No1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
No2) Do you support broadening NAFTA to include other countries in the western hemisphere?
Yes3) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
Yes4) Do you support the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
Yes5) Do you support imposing tariffs on products imported from nations that maintain restrictive trade barriers on American products?
Yes6) Should a nation's human rights record affect its "most favored nation" trading status with the United States?
No7) Do you support granting the President "fast-track" authority?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding poverty and the welfare system.
a) Provide tax incentives for companies to hire and train homeless people who want to work.
b) Increase funding of homeless shelters and low income housing projects.
c) Increase funds for housing assistance for welfare recipients who need housing to get or keep a job.
d) Provide homeless families with apartment vouchers they can use to supplement the cost of an apartment.
e) Continue to give states and local governments responsibility for welfare programs through block grants.
f) Eliminate federal funds for welfare programs at the federal, state or local levels.
g) Maintain current welfare-to-work requirements in order for states to qualify for block grants.
h) Convert government-funded low-income housing projects into private housing, managed and owned by the residents.
i) Require that unwed teenage mothers live with a parent or guardian (if possible) and attend school to receive benefits.
j) Other
Please explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.
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