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Ann Kirkpatrick's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: Elected to U.S. House (AZ) - District 2, Democratic
On The Ballot: Won, Democratic for U.S. House - District 2
Ann Kirkpatrick has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2018 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart and voters like you.

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Issue Positions

For Presidential and Congressional candidates who refuse to provide voters with their positions, Vote Smart has researched their public records to determine their likely responses. These issue positions are from 2018.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Ann is proudly pro-choice and has always been an advocate for ensuring all women have access to the health services they need. She will fight against Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood or weaken protections or access for women’s health insurance and services. " https://www.kirkpatrickforcongress.com/issues/ (www.kirkpatrickforcongress.com)
  • "Ann is proudly pro-choice and has always been an advocate for ensuring all women have access to the health services they need. She will fight against Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood or weaken protections or access for women’s health insurance and services. " https://www.kirkpatrickforcongress.com/issues/ (www.kirkpatrickforcongress.com)
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

  • "Join me in calling your Senators to oppose the #GOPTaxScam. This bill would raise taxes on those making less than $100k a year to give the wealthiest Americans a tax break. " https://twitter.com/Ann_Kirkpatrick/status/935211078467731457 (twitter.com)
  • "Join me in calling your Senators to oppose the #GOPTaxScam. This bill would raise taxes on those making less than $100k a year to give the wealthiest Americans a tax break. " https://twitter.com/Ann_Kirkpatrick/status/935211078467731457 (twitter.com)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "She also supports investing in the next generation of military technology to defend our nation and ensure the safety of our troops – and that new technology should be based here in Southern Arizona at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and Fort Huachuca Army Base." https://www.kirkpatrickforcongress.com/issues/ (www.kirkpatrickforcongress.com)
  • "She also supports investing in the next generation of military technology to defend our nation and ensure the safety of our troops – and that new technology should be based here in Southern Arizona at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and Fort Huachuca Army Base." https://www.kirkpatrickforcongress.com/issues/ (www.kirkpatrickforcongress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Campaign Finance: Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Republicans and outside groups have spent $40 million against Ann over the past ten years. She has seen first-hand that the proliferation of money in politics, particularly following the Citizen’s United decision, has had a corrupting influence on all aspects of American politics. That’s why Ann supports the DISCLOSE Act to require reporting of all dark money spent in election’s and the Government By The People Act that would incentivize political campaigns that are funded by grassroots donors, not corporate PACs." https://www.kirkpatrickforcongress.com/issues/ (www.kirkpatrickforcongress.com)
  • "Republicans and outside groups have spent $40 million against Ann over the past ten years. She has seen first-hand that the proliferation of money in politics, particularly following the Citizen’s United decision, has had a corrupting influence on all aspects of American politics. That’s why Ann supports the DISCLOSE Act to require reporting of all dark money spent in election’s and the Government By The People Act that would incentivize political campaigns that are funded by grassroots donors, not corporate PACs." https://www.kirkpatrickforcongress.com/issues/ (www.kirkpatrickforcongress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Investing in infrastructure creates good-paying and safe jobs, allows entrepreneurs to start new businesses, and puts our state on a path to the strong, stable economy we need." https://www.kirkpatrickforcongress.com/issues/ (www.kirkpatrickforcongress.com)
  • "But too many politicians in Washington are addicted to spending – putting new programs, pet projects and even military action overseas on the credit card with no plan to pay it off. And when the bill comes due, the American people are left with extreme choices between more debt and shutting down the government." https://www.kirkpatrickforcongress.com/issues/ (www.kirkpatrickforcongress.com)
  • "Investing in infrastructure creates good-paying and safe jobs, allows entrepreneurs to start new businesses, and puts our state on a path to the strong, stable economy we need." https://www.kirkpatrickforcongress.com/issues/ (www.kirkpatrickforcongress.com)
  • "But too many politicians in Washington are addicted to spending – putting new programs, pet projects and even military action overseas on the credit card with no plan to pay it off. And when the bill comes due, the American people are left with extreme choices between more debt and shutting down the government." https://www.kirkpatrickforcongress.com/issues/ (www.kirkpatrickforcongress.com)
  • "Investments in infrastructure are investments in American innovation and help to rebuild middle class. Arizona has widespread infrastructure needs, and Ann knows we can create thousands of jobs by getting folks to work on these projects. With smart, targeted investments, we can build the foundation for our long-term economic prosperity." https://www.kirkpatrickforcongress.com/issues/ (www.kirkpatrickforcongress.com)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Join me in calling your Senators to oppose the #GOPTaxScam. This bill would raise taxes on those making less than $100k a year to give the wealthiest Americans a tax break. " https://twitter.com/Ann_Kirkpatrick/status/935211078467731457 (twitter.com)
  • "Join me in calling your Senators to oppose the #GOPTaxScam. This bill would raise taxes on those making less than $100k a year to give the wealthiest Americans a tax break. " https://twitter.com/Ann_Kirkpatrick/status/935211078467731457 (twitter.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As a mother who sent her children to Arizona’s public schools and former teacher, Ann knows we must do more to recruit, train and retain high-quality teachers in our state – particularly in rural communities. And, just as important, we must put our teachers and students in a position to succeed by properly funding classrooms, training programs and other essential needs." https://www.kirkpatrickforcongress.com/issues/ (www.kirkpatrickforcongress.com)
  • "As a mother who sent her children to Arizona’s public schools and former teacher, Ann knows we must do more to recruit, train and retain high-quality teachers in our state – particularly in rural communities. And, just as important, we must put our teachers and students in a position to succeed by properly funding classrooms, training programs and other essential needs." https://www.kirkpatrickforcongress.com/issues/ (www.kirkpatrickforcongress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "She strongly supports developing a wide range of alternative energy sources in Arizona to create 21st-century jobs and free America from its dependence on foreign oil." https://www.kirkpatrickforcongress.com/issues/ (www.kirkpatrickforcongress.com)
  • "She strongly supports developing a wide range of alternative energy sources in Arizona to create 21st-century jobs and free America from its dependence on foreign oil." https://www.kirkpatrickforcongress.com/issues/ (www.kirkpatrickforcongress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Ann believes we must fight global climate change and reduce our carbon footprint before it is too late. She strongly supports developing a wide range of alternative energy sources in Arizona to create 21st-century jobs and free America from its dependence on foreign oil." https://www.kirkpatrickforcongress.com/issues/ (www.kirkpatrickforcongress.com)
  • "Ann believes we must fight global climate change and reduce our carbon footprint before it is too late. She strongly supports developing a wide range of alternative energy sources in Arizona to create 21st-century jobs and free America from its dependence on foreign oil." https://www.kirkpatrickforcongress.com/issues/ (www.kirkpatrickforcongress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Some people should not have access to guns, including criminals and the severely mentally ill. Ann has co-sponsored legislation to strengthen background checks, prevent guns from getting into the hands of those convicted of domestic violence, and end the ban on gun violence research. And Ann is fighting to close the Terror Gap to prevent those on the terrorist watch list from buying guns." https://www.kirkpatrickforcongress.com/issues/ (www.kirkpatrickforcongress.com)
  • "Some people should not have access to guns, including criminals and the severely mentally ill. Ann has co-sponsored legislation to strengthen background checks, prevent guns from getting into the hands of those convicted of domestic violence, and end the ban on gun violence research. And Ann is fighting to close the Terror Gap to prevent those on the terrorist watch list from buying guns." https://www.kirkpatrickforcongress.com/issues/ (www.kirkpatrickforcongress.com)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Ann’s proudest vote in Congress was for the Affordable Care Act. She believes no one should have to make life-and-death medical decisions based on money. Although that vote cost her an election in 2010, she knew it was the right thing to do and will continue to fight reckless Republican efforts to repeal the ACA. " https://www.kirkpatrickforcongress.com/issues/ (www.kirkpatrickforcongress.com)
  • "Ann’s proudest vote in Congress was for the Affordable Care Act. She believes no one should have to make life-and-death medical decisions based on money. Although that vote cost her an election in 2010, she knew it was the right thing to do and will continue to fight reckless Republican efforts to repeal the ACA. " https://www.kirkpatrickforcongress.com/issues/ (www.kirkpatrickforcongress.com)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "She supports policies that keep families together and rejects the Trump Administration’s agenda of building a wall and targeting productive working people for deportation. " https://www.kirkpatrickforcongress.com/issues/ (www.kirkpatrickforcongress.com)
  • "She supports policies that keep families together and rejects the Trump Administration’s agenda of building a wall and targeting productive working people for deportation. " https://www.kirkpatrickforcongress.com/issues/ (www.kirkpatrickforcongress.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

  • "And Ann has been a consistent advocate for the DREAM Act, which offers a chance at the American dream to undocumented young people who were brought to this country as children and are now working hard, playing by the rules and helping to strengthen our communities. She supports policies that keep families together and rejects the Trump Administration’s agenda of building a wall and targeting productive working people for deportation. " https://www.kirkpatrickforcongress.com/issues/ (www.kirkpatrickforcongress.com)
  • "And Ann has been a consistent advocate for the DREAM Act, which offers a chance at the American dream to undocumented young people who were brought to this country as children and are now working hard, playing by the rules and helping to strengthen our communities. She supports policies that keep families together and rejects the Trump Administration’s agenda of building a wall and targeting productive working people for deportation. " https://www.kirkpatrickforcongress.com/issues/ (www.kirkpatrickforcongress.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marijuana: Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes? 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 National Security: Should the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "But too many politicians in Washington are addicted to spending – putting new programs, pet projects and even military action overseas on the credit card with no plan to pay it off. And when the bill comes due, the American people are left with extreme choices between more debt and shutting down the government." https://www.kirkpatrickforcongress.com/issues/ (www.kirkpatrickforcongress.com)
  • "But too many politicians in Washington are addicted to spending – putting new programs, pet projects and even military action overseas on the credit card with no plan to pay it off. And when the bill comes due, the American people are left with extreme choices between more debt and shutting down the government." https://www.kirkpatrickforcongress.com/issues/ (www.kirkpatrickforcongress.com)

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