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Buddy Carter's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (GA) - District 1, Republican
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Buddy Carter 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

  • "I will support efforts to prevent abortion. As our Congressman I will continue to oppose the use of taxpayer funds to pay for abortion." http://www.buddycarterforcongress.com/on-the-issues/ (www.buddycarterforcongress.com)
  • "I am pro-life. I believe in the dignity of human life. Each and every human life has value, both born and unborn." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/865159/issue-position-right-to-life#.VW8m2XUVhHx (votesmart.org)
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

  • "The Fair Tax option will eliminate income taxes entirely."http://www.buddycarterforcongress.com/tax-relief-plans/ (www.buddycarterforcongress.com)
  • "To create economic growth, Buddy will support major tax relief plans that will to change our current, failing income tax system and replace it with either a Flat Tax or a Fair Tax system." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/865145/issue-position-tax-relief-plans-support-for-the-fair-tax-and-the-flat-tax#.VW8nCnUVhHx (votesmart.org)
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

  • "Cutting spending, balancing the budget and dramatically reducing income taxes are the prescription America needs." http://www.buddycarterforcongress.com/on-the-issues/ (www.buddycarterforcongress.com)
  • "We need a Congress with the backbone to say no to deficit spending and say yes to cutting." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/865144/issue-position-get-our-national-debt-under-control/?search=spending#.VW8vhnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Both the Fair Tax and the Flat Tax mean major tax relief for most taxpayers, and both will preserve the poor from paying taxes; both proposals will restore economic growth and create millions of jobs for Americans." http://www.buddycarterforcongress.com/tax-relief-plans/ (www.buddycarterforcongress.com)
  • Cosponsored and voted for H.R.1105 "Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54353 (votesmart.org)
  • "Cutting spending, balancing the budget and dramatically reducing income taxes are the prescription America needs." http://www.buddycarterforcongress.com/on-the-issues/ (www.buddycarterforcongress.com)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As a member of the Education and the Workforce Committee, I support and I am working on legislation like H.R. 5, the Student Success Act, to put restraints on the Washington bureaucrats, rein in the Department of Education, support school choice, eliminate the train wreck of Common Core, and put the keys to our children’s education and future back in local control." http://buddycarter.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=14890 (buddycarter.house.gov)
  • "Congressman Earl L. 'Buddy' Carter (Ga-01) voted in support of the Every Student Succeeds Act today to reduce the federal role in K-12 education, restore local control, and empower parents." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1055518/carter-votes-to-reduce-federal-role-in-education-restore-local-control/?search=common%20core (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The construction of this pipeline will reduce our dependence on oil from often hostile foreign sources leading to reduced funding for both sides of the War on Terror." http://buddycarter.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=21 (buddycarter.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51299#.VeiKQnUViko (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

  • "Not only do we desperately need to expand our energy infrastructure to ensure reliable and affordable energy, but our national security depends on secured energy sources and updated infrastructure to protect against real threats." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1055306/north-american-energy-security-and-infrastructure-act-of-2015 (votesmart.org)
  • "I support an all-of-the-above energy approach. This begins with increasing domestic production of all forms of American energy. We must also promote new, clean and reliable sources of energy and cut bureaucratic red tape on American-made fuel and energy. By doing this, we will create jobs, reduce energy prices, grow our economy and reduce our dependence on foreign sources of energy from often hostile nations." http://buddycarter.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=14896 (buddycarter.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Think Progress "Certainly we have to pay attention to [climate change]. There’s no doubt about that. But I do have reservations about how real it is." http://thinkprogress.org/climate-denier-caucus-114th-congress/ (thinkprogress.org)
  • " 'This is nothing less than a de facto ban on American energy that will raise costs, kill jobs, and reduce the reliability of electric power in America,' Carter said. 'To make things worse, even the EPA admits neither rule will have any meaningful impact on global temperatures.' " http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1055515/carter-votes-to-block-epa-attack-on-american-energy-jobs/?search=emissions (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "We write to express our opposition to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,Firearms, and Explosives' (BATFE's) recently proposed framework for expanding the "armor-piercing" (AP) ammunition ban." http://dougcollins.house.gov/uploads/GA%20HOUSE%20AMMO%20LETTER2.pdf (dougcollins.house.gov)
  • Rated 93% by the National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/32085/buddy-carter/37 (votesmart.org)
  • "I have always supported the rights of gun owners and the right for any American to bear arms. As a member of the State Legislature, I always voted in favor of pro gun legislation." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/891593/national-rifle-association-endorses-buddy-carter-for-congress#.VW8o0HUVhHx (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "[…] Buddy is a strong supporter of repealing Obamacare and bringing real conservative reform with market-driven solutions to our health care system." http://www.buddycarterforcongress.com/on-the-issues/ (www.buddycarterforcongress.com)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.3762 "Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015 " http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/55150 (votesmart.org)
  • "Quite simply, if the Supreme Court rules against the subsidies being available in the federally run exchanges, the overpriced, excessive coverage insurance plans included in Obamacare will cause this house of cards to collapse under its own weight." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/911265/yet-another-blow-for-obamacare#.VW8phXUVhHx (votesmart.org)
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

  • Voted in favor of H.B.87 "Immigration Enforcement Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/34623 (votesmart.org)
  • "Buddy Carter opposes amnesty or anything that resembles amnesty for those who are here illegally. We need more enforcement of our laws and borders." http://www.buddycarterforcongress.com/on-the-issues/ (www.buddycarterforcongress.com)
  • "The decision today is a great win for the Constitution. The President of the United States is not a king and does not rule from a castle. This ruling affirms what every branch of government, including the president himself, has said - the president's backdoor attempt at granting amnesty to illegal immigrants is unconstitutional." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1102282/carter-statement-on-united-states-v-texas-decision (votesmart.org)
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.
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Words must be backed by decisive action and an unyielding resolve to rid the earth of this scourge. I remain unconvinced that this Administration has either." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1055524/carter-statement-on-the-presidents-address/?search=ISIS (votesmart.org)
  • "Our nation must rally behind the victims in Orlando and the 49 grieving families and friends planning funerals by acting now to stop violent radical terrorists in their tracks. This evil will continue to spread until we finally destroy extremism at its core." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1102268/carter-responds-to-the-threat-of-radical-islamic-terrorism/?search=ISIS (votesmart.org)
No 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

  • "Let me assure you, and especially let me assure my dad who is here, the commitments we’ve made to our senior citizens, including Social Security, are vitally important, and we need to keep those commitments," http://savannahnow.com/news/2013-05-07/buddy-carter-announces-congress-savannah-event (savannahnow.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 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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