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Mike Thompson's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 5, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 5
Mike Thompson 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

  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/3564/mike-thompson#.WvCC7a3SQfJ (votesmart.org)
  • "I have also made a commitment for women to have reproductive choice and consistently voted against efforts that would limit this freedom." https://mikethompson.house.gov/issues/womens-rights (mikethompson.house.gov)
  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/3564/mike-thompson#.WvCC7a3SQfJ (votesmart.org)
  • "I have also made a commitment for women to have reproductive choice and consistently voted against efforts that would limit this freedom." https://mikethompson.house.gov/issues/womens-rights (mikethompson.house.gov)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • "Ways and Means Committee Democrats today unanimously opposed moving forward on seven permanent, unpaid-for extensions of tax provisions that cost taxpayers $93 billion and take the Congress in the opposite direction of comprehensive tax reform through a pick-and-choose approach." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/961655/ways-and-means-democrats-unanimously-oppose-permanent-unpaid-for-extensions-of-tax-breaks#.VafXg3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The budget cuts the top corporate tax rate to 25 percent, and according to the non-partisan Tax Policy Center and Citizens for Tax Justice, taxpayers with income exceeding $1 million would receive an average tax cut of more than $200,000. These cuts and tax breaks are paid for by increasing taxes on working families by an average of $2,000." http://mikethompson.house.gov/newsroom/press-releases/thompson-votes-against-house-gop-budget (mikethompson.house.gov)
  • "Ways and Means Committee Democrats today unanimously opposed moving forward on seven permanent, unpaid-for extensions of tax provisions that cost taxpayers $93 billion and take the Congress in the opposite direction of comprehensive tax reform through a pick-and-choose approach." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/961655/ways-and-means-democrats-unanimously-oppose-permanent-unpaid-for-extensions-of-tax-breaks#.VafXg3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The budget cuts the top corporate tax rate to 25 percent, and according to the non-partisan Tax Policy Center and Citizens for Tax Justice, taxpayers with income exceeding $1 million would receive an average tax cut of more than $200,000. These cuts and tax breaks are paid for by increasing taxes on working families by an average of $2,000." http://mikethompson.house.gov/newsroom/press-releases/thompson-votes-against-house-gop-budget (mikethompson.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We have to take a hard look at everything to make sure taxpayers are getting the most bang for their buck. We have to get rid of programs that aren't needed, and if a program is needed we must make sure it's running as efficiently as possible. During this review, everything needs to be on the table, including defense spending. The best and strongest national defense doesn't have to be the most expensive national defense. " https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1250778/issue-position-fiscal-responsibility/?search=defense%20spending#.W193wGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Campaign Finance: Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating: "Recent media reports indicate that several controversial policy riders designed to dramatically reshape federal campaign finance law are currently being considered for inclusion in the FY2018 omnibus spending package.[1] Specifically, it has been reported negotiators are considering: the elimination of coordinated spending limits on political parties, a repeal of the so-called Johnson Amendment, which bars religious institutions from explicitly endorsing or opposing political candidates, and the enactment of additional prohibitions on the authority of the Securities Exchange Commission, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Executive Branch to apply commonsense transparency measures to certain political activity. Each of these changes would have dramatic implications for our nation's campaign finance system, widening the channels of influence for wealthy and well-connected campaign donors and further exacerbating the flood of undisclosed and unaccountable "secret money" into our political system.[2] Yet, the 115th Congress has not held one hearing, commissioned a single study, nor investigated in any serious way the ramifications of these ill-conceived policy riders. Put simply, it is irresponsible for Congress to advance these campaign finance changes without due deliberation and public debate." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1232820/letter-to-the-hon-paul-ryan-speaker-of-the-house-the-hon-nancy-pelosi-house-minority-leader-the-hon-mitch-mcconnell-senate-majority-leader-and-the-hon-charles-schumer-senate-minority-leader-stop-controversial-spending-bill-provisions-that-would-increase-secret-money-in-politics/?search=campaign%20finance#.W194r2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "If this reckless spending plan was to ever be implemented it would be a devastating blow to hard working American families. It would kill jobs, raise taxes on working families, and make it harder to afford a home, send kids to college, and save for a secure and enjoyable retirement." http://mikethompson.house.gov/newsroom/press-releases/thompson-votes-against-house-gop-budget (mikethompson.house.gov)
  • "One of the best ways to grow our economy is to put Americans to work fixing our roads, overpasses, ports and bridges. That’s why part of the jobs plan I am fighting for in Congress puts people back to work rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure." http://www.mikethompsonforcongress.com/issue/jobs-and-economy (www.mikethompsonforcongress.com)
  • "Jobs are my number one priority, and that’s why I am fighting for a jobs plan in Congress that invests infrastructure, energy and education." http://www.mikethompsonforcongress.com/issue/jobs-and-economy (www.mikethompsonforcongress.com)
  • "American families deserve for their government to put a spending plan in place that grows the economy and helps make sure everyone who works hard has an fair and equal opportunity to get ahead and succeed." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/960335/thompson-votes-against-house-gop-budget#.Vafd-3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "If this reckless spending plan was to ever be implemented it would be a devastating blow to hard working American families. It would kill jobs, raise taxes on working families, and make it harder to afford a home, send kids to college, and save for a secure and enjoyable retirement." http://mikethompson.house.gov/newsroom/press-releases/thompson-votes-against-house-gop-budget (mikethompson.house.gov)
  • "Jobs are my number one priority, and that’s why I am fighting for a jobs plan in Congress that invests infrastructure, energy and education." http://www.mikethompsonforcongress.com/issue/jobs-and-economy (www.mikethompsonforcongress.com)
  • "One of the best ways to grow our economy is to put Americans to work fixing our roads, overpasses, ports and bridges. That’s why part of the jobs plan I am fighting for in Congress puts people back to work rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure." http://www.mikethompsonforcongress.com/issue/jobs-and-economy (www.mikethompsonforcongress.com)
  • "American families deserve for their government to put a spending plan in place that grows the economy and helps make sure everyone who works hard has an fair and equal opportunity to get ahead and succeed." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/960335/thompson-votes-against-house-gop-budget#.Vafd-3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The budget cuts the top corporate tax rate to 25 percent, and according to the non-partisan Tax Policy Center and Citizens for Tax Justice, taxpayers with income exceeding $1 million would receive an average tax cut of more than $200,000. These cuts and tax breaks are paid for by increasing taxes on working families by an average of $2,000." http://mikethompson.house.gov/newsroom/press-releases/thompson-votes-against-house-gop-budget (mikethompson.house.gov)
  • "The budget cuts the top corporate tax rate to 25 percent, and according to the non-partisan Tax Policy Center and Citizens for Tax Justice, taxpayers with income exceeding $1 million would receive an average tax cut of more than $200,000. These cuts and tax breaks are paid for by increasing taxes on working families by an average of $2,000." http://mikethompson.house.gov/newsroom/press-releases/thompson-votes-against-house-gop-budget (mikethompson.house.gov)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Finally, for our long-term economic growth, we must invest in education and worker retraining so that our nation continues to have the world’s best entrepreneurs and innovators to compete in a global economy." https://mikethompson.house.gov/issues/jobs-economy (mikethompson.house.gov)
  • "To start, we must work to make sure our students receive the best possible education from the day they step foot in the classroom. I am proud to have supported efforts in Congress to help our local school districts keep and hire teachers, invest in 21st century technology, and improve school infrastructure." https://mikethompson.house.gov/issues/education (mikethompson.house.gov)
  • "To start, we must work to make sure our students receive the best possible education from the day they step foot in the classroom. I am proud to have supported efforts in Congress to help our local school districts keep and hire teachers, invest in 21st century technology, and improve school infrastructure." https://mikethompson.house.gov/issues/education (mikethompson.house.gov)
  • "Finally, for our long-term economic growth, we must invest in education and worker retraining so that our nation continues to have the world’s best entrepreneurs and innovators to compete in a global economy." https://mikethompson.house.gov/issues/jobs-economy (mikethompson.house.gov)
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

  • "We need to build on these advances because renewable energy and all the jobs that come with it – jobs in construction, design, development, engineering, maintenance, and manufacturing – can be the foundation of our economy for generations to come." https://mikethompson.house.gov/issues/energy (mikethompson.house.gov)
  • "We should invest in new energy sources and strengthen established ones as we work towards energy independence.  By doing this, we can create jobs, strengthen our national security, improve the environment and combat climate change." https://mikethompson.house.gov/issues/energy (mikethompson.house.gov)
  • "We need to build on these advances because renewable energy and all the jobs that come with it – jobs in construction, design, development, engineering, maintenance, and manufacturing – can be the foundation of our economy for generations to come." https://mikethompson.house.gov/issues/energy (mikethompson.house.gov)
  • "We should invest in new energy sources and strengthen established ones as we work towards energy independence.  By doing this, we can create jobs, strengthen our national security, improve the environment and combat climate change." https://mikethompson.house.gov/issues/energy (mikethompson.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating : "Dear Governor Brown, Governor Brown, and Governor Inslee: We applaud your leadership in combatting climate change and your contributions to the global effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions. As members of Congress representing states on the West Coast of the United States, we all know how much we have to lose if we are unable to address this threat, and it is vital to our constituents that we do everything we can to address it. If the Trump Administration decides to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement on climate change, we urge you to continue to uphold the core tenets and goals of this important international plan. We strongly disagree with President Trump's decision to abdicate America's leadership role, allowing other nations to lead on clean energy and job creation." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1174857/letter-to-the-hon-kate-brown-governor-of-oregon-the-hon-jerry-brown-governor-of-california-and-the-hon-jay-inslee-governor-of-washington-west-coast-members-of-congress-to-governors-our-states-must-continue-to-form-a-green-wall-and-maintain-climate-leadership/?search=greenhouse#.W19472dyIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Unveiled Wednesday, the Thompson-King bill would expand the screening requirement to most private sellers, including those operating at gun shows and online." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/960355/the-hill-new-push-to-expand-gun-background-checks#.VafqT3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "As a hunter and gun owner I believe we should protect a law-abiding individual’s Second Amendment right to own firearms. As a dad and grandfather I also believe that we have a responsibility to make our schools, streets and communities safe. We can do both, but Congress will need to step up." https://mikethompson.house.gov/issues/gun-violence-prevention (mikethompson.house.gov)
  • "However, just as the First Amendment protects free speech but doesn't allow you to incite violence, the Second Amendment has restrictions too." https://mikethompson.house.gov/issues/gun-violence-prevention (mikethompson.house.gov)
  • Rated 7% by National Rifle Association https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/3564/mike-thompson/37#.W6uXznWPAfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Unveiled Wednesday, the Thompson-King bill would expand the screening requirement to most private sellers, including those operating at gun shows and online." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/960355/the-hill-new-push-to-expand-gun-background-checks#.VafqT3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "As a hunter and gun owner I believe we should protect a law-abiding individual’s Second Amendment right to own firearms. As a dad and grandfather I also believe that we have a responsibility to make our schools, streets and communities safe. We can do both, but Congress will need to step up." https://mikethompson.house.gov/issues/gun-violence-prevention (mikethompson.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Mr. Speaker, it is said that insanity is doing something over and over again and expecting a different result. Well, here we go again, the 56th bill to repeal or undermine the Affordable Care Act." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/958824/repeal-of-the-patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act#.VafrH3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "It's time to put these political games aside. By building on the reforms made in the Affordable Care Act, we can make sure every American can afford to go to the doctor. And that's what matters." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/785790/rep-thompson-votes-no-on-the-patients-rights-repeal-act#.VafrlnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Mr. Speaker, it is said that insanity is doing something over and over again and expecting a different result. Well, here we go again, the 56th bill to repeal or undermine the Affordable Care Act." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/958824/repeal-of-the-patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act#.VafrH3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "As the husband of a family nurse practitioner, and a senior member of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health, I know firsthand the challenges that exist in our current health care system. That is why, in March 2010, I voted to pass Affordable Care Act (ACA) – landmark legislation that will hold insurance companies more accountable, lower health care costs, guarantee more health care choices, and enhance the quality of health care for all Americans." https://mikethompson.house.gov/issues/health-care (mikethompson.house.gov)
  • "It's time to put these political games aside. By building on the reforms made in the Affordable Care Act, we can make sure every American can afford to go to the doctor. And that's what matters." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/785790/rep-thompson-votes-no-on-the-patients-rights-repeal-act#.VafrlnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "As the husband of a family nurse practitioner, and a senior member of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health, I know firsthand the challenges that exist in our current health care system. That is why, in March 2010, I voted to pass Affordable Care Act (ACA) – landmark legislation that will hold insurance companies more accountable, lower health care costs, guarantee more health care choices, and enhance the quality of health care for all Americans." https://mikethompson.house.gov/issues/health-care (mikethompson.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Today, Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) voted for a bipartisan omnibus bill to avert a disastrous government shutdown. The compromise includes robust funding to treat and prevent devastating illnesses, maintain our background check system for gun purchases, combat the opioid epidemic, and more. It also blocked American tax dollars from being used for a border wall and prevented the defunding of Planned Parenthood." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1180402/thompson-votes-for-bipartisan-budget/?search=wall#.W195WGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I wanted very much to see the new side of the President that we were all promised. I hoped he would make overtures to the millions of Americans he has alienated with his Muslim bans, deportation squads, and border wall. Unfortunately, we heard much the same speech he has delivered since the stump." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1180214/thompson-on-the-presidents-address-to-congress/?search=wall#.W195MGdyIfI (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

  • "We should establish a streamlined program for temporary workers, and address unauthorized immigrants who are currently in our country by creating an earned path to citizenship that requires steps like passing a background check, paying a reasonable fine and back taxes, and going to the back of the line behind those who are playing by the rules while continuing to live and work in the U.S." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/981515/issue-position-immigration-reform#.VafsKHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "We need comprehensive reform that that rewards individuals who play by the rules, allows children of immigrants to get a college education, provides a pathway to citizenship for families who have been here for generations, and establishes a guest worker program for those here doing jobs Americans don't want to do." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/880131/issue-position-immigration#.VaftJXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "We should establish a streamlined program for temporary workers, and address unauthorized immigrants who are currently in our country by creating an earned path to citizenship that requires steps like passing a background check, paying a reasonable fine and back taxes, and going to the back of the line behind those who are playing by the rules while continuing to live and work in the U.S." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/981515/issue-position-immigration-reform#.VafsKHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "We need comprehensive reform that that rewards individuals who play by the rules, allows children of immigrants to get a college education, provides a pathway to citizenship for families who have been here for generations, and establishes a guest worker program for those here doing jobs Americans don't want to do." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/880131/issue-position-immigration#.VaftJXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marijuana: Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating: "We write regarding funding for the Department of Justice in any FY 2018 appropriations legislation. Specifically, we are concerned with several attempts to apply federal law upon commerce related to cannabis that is conducted entirely within the boundaries of states that have legalized such commerce. While the federal government is legitimately empowered to regualte interstate commerce, the measures adopted by states such as California, Oregon, and Colorado are aimed solely at interstate commerce and as such should not be interfered with. Indeed, this is exactly the mechanism Louis Brandeis referred to when he wrote of the states as laboratories for innovation and experimentation." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1217725/letter-to-the-hon-paul-ryan-speaker-of-the-house-the-hon-nancy-pelosi-minority-leader-of-the-house-rodney-frelinghuysen-chairman-of-the-committee-on-appropriations-and-nita-lowey-ranking-member-on-the-committee-on-appropriations-push-for-marijuana-fix/?search=marijuana#.W195hGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred 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

  • Signed a letter stating: ""The Joint Chiefs of Staff has now confirmed that the only way to destroy North Korea's nuclear arsenal is through a ground invasion. That is deeply disturbing and could result in hundreds of thousands, or even millions of deaths in just the first few days of fighting. As Veterans, we have defended this nation in war and we remain committed to this country's security. We also understand that entering into a protracted and massive ground war with North Korea would be disastrous for U.S. troops and our allies. The Joint Chiefs of Staff, it appears, agree. Their assessment underscores what we've known all along: There are no good military options for North Korea. Invading North Korea could result in a catastrophic loss of lives for U.S. troops and U.S. civilians in South Korea. It could kill millions of South Koreans and put troops and civilians in Guam and Japan at risk. The Joint Chiefs said they have no reason to believe North Korea would resist using their stockpiles of biological and chemical weapons. It is our intent to have a full public accounting of the potential cost of war, so the American people understand the commitment we would be making as a nation if we were to pursue military action." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1204421/rep-brown-joins-bipartisan-16-veteran-member-statement-on-dangers-of-ground-invasion-in-north-korea/?search=nuclear#.W197BGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Today, Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05), announced he would cosponsor a resolution to define limited terms for the use of military force in the Middle East. "After today's classified briefing on Syria, there is no doubt that Congress must pass a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) and specify the limitations under which the president can use military force to protect our national security,"" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1238505/thompson-sponsors-legislation-to-outline-limitations-for-use-of-military-force-in-middle-east/?search=middle%20east#.W197X2dyIfI (votesmart.org)

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California Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage 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) regarding abortion.
a) Abortions should always be illegal.
Xb) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester.
d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) Dilation and extraction or "partial-birth" abortion procedures should be legal.
g) Medicare, Medicaid, and federal subsidies should be prohibited from being used on abortion procedures.
h) Other or expanded principles.
Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once.
1) Budget Priorities
Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Slightly Increaseb) Arts
Maintain Statusc) Defense
Slightly Increased) Education
Slightly Increasee) Environment
Slightly Increasef) FEMA
Slightly Increaseg) Homeland security
Slightly Increaseh) International aid
Slightly Increasei) Law enforcement (Federal)
Slightly Increasej) Law enforcement (State)
Slightly Increasek) Medical research
Slightly Increasel) National parks
Slightly Increasem) Public health services
Maintain Statusn) Scientific research
Slightly Decreaseo) Space exploration programs
Greatly Increasep) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Slightly Increaseq) United Nations
Slightly Increaser) Welfare
s) Other or expanded categories
2) Defense Spending
Greatly Increasea) Armed forces personnel training
Greatly Increaseb) Intelligence operations
Greatly Decreasec) Military hardware
Slightly Increased) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
Eliminatee) National missile defense
Slightly Increasef) Pay for active duty personnel
Slightly Increaseg) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Slightly Decreaseh) Research and development of new weapons
Greatly Increasei) Troop and equipment readiness
j) Other or expanded categories
3) Taxes
Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once.
Family Income Taxes
Greatly Decreasea) Less than $12,000
Slightly Decreaseb) $12,001-$40,000
Slightly Decreasec) $40,001-$100,000
Slightly Decreased) $100,001-$180,000
Maintain Statuse) $180,001-$350,000
Slightly Increasef) $350,001 and above
g) Other or expanded categories
Other Taxes
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Maintain Statusf) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories
Deductions/Credits
Maintain Statusa) Charitable contribution deduction
Slightly Increaseb) Child tax credit
Slightly Increasec) Earned income tax credit
Maintain Statusd) Medical expense deduction
Maintain Statuse) Mortgage deduction
Slightly Increasef) Student loan credit
g) Other or expanded categories
No4) Do you support the permanent repeal of the federal estate tax?
Yes5) Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?
6) Other or expanded principles

Eliminate the inheritance tax on family farms and family businesses.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
a) Support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
b) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
c) Allow unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
d) Remove all contribution limits on federal campaigns and parties.
Xe) Support prohibiting ads containing candidates' name that are paid for by third parties from airing 60 days before a primary and 30 days before a general federal election.
f) Support instant run-off voting (IRV).
g) Support designating Election Day as a national holiday.
h) Support giving the President the power of the line item veto for items concerning appropriations.
Xi) Support limiting the President's use of signing statements in order to prevent an alternative interpretation of the bill.
Xj) Support a federal shield law to protect reporter-source privilege.
k) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.
Xa) Support the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
b) Eliminate the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
Xc) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xd) Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
e) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
f) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
Xg) Support strict penalties for internet crime (e.g. hacking, identity theft, worms/viruses).
Xh) Require that crimes based on sexual orientation be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
i) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
Xa) Support the federal government funding universal pre-K programs.
b) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any public school.
c) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
Xd) Allow teachers and professionals to receive federal funding to establish charter or magnet schools.
Xe) Increase funding for the Pell Grant program.
Xf) Decrease interest rates of Stafford Loans.
Xg) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
Xh) Ban university financial aid officers from owning stock in or accepting gifts from student loan lenders.
Xi) Require universities to disclose financial relationships with lenders.
Xj) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind).
k) Eliminate all federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind).
l) Other or expanded principles

I believe No Child Left Behind needs to be significantly reformed and fully funded.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.
Xa) Increase funding for national job-training programs that retrain displaced workers or teach skills needed in today’s job market.
b) Reduce government regulation of the private sector.
Xc) Encourage employers to offer child care services, flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
Xd) Increase the federal minimum wage.
Xe) Support the right of workers to unionize.
f) Eliminate all federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
Xg) Include sexual orientation in federal anti-discrimination laws.
Xh) Include gender identity in federal anti-discrimination laws.
i) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
Xa) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
Xb) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
c) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil).
Xd) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
Xe) Strengthen fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
f) Support domestic oil exploration in areas that are currently restricted.
Xg) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels.
Xh) Support the use of ethanol as an alternative fuel.
i) Support research and development of nuclear reactors as an alternative energy source.
Xj) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits under "cap and trade" laws.
Xk) Support international mandatory emission targets to limit global warming.
l) Support international voluntary emission targets to limit global warming.
m) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.
a) Allow individuals to carry concealed guns.
b) Ban the sale, ownership or possession of handguns except by law enforcement and other government officials.
On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories.
Maintain Statusc) Enforcement of existing restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Maintain Statusd) Restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
e) Other or expanded principles

I am a gun owner, sportsman and support our 2nd amendment right to bear arms. I also believe that we must do everything in our power to end gun violence and am committed to keeping firearms out of the hands of felons, violent offenders and mentally-ill individuals. I have always opposed military types of assault weapons, ?Saturday Night Specials? and support reauthorizing the assault weapons ban. These weapons have no useful purpose in our neighborhoods. Additionally, I support closing the gun show loophole which currently allows individuals to purchase guns at gun shows without having to submit a background check.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health.
a) Implement a universal healthcare program to guarantee coverage to all Americans, regardless of income.
b) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts.
c) Allow the importation of prescription drugs into the United States.
Xd) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
Xe) Offer tax credits to individuals and small businesses to offset the cost of insurance coverage.
Xf) Support expanding child healthcare programs.
g) Providing healthcare is not a responsibility of the federal government.
h) Other or expanded principles

In the past, I have supported re-importation of prescription drugs from Canada; however, I do not support wholesale importation from all countries for safety reasons.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.
a) Decrease the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country.
b) Establish English as the official national language.
Xc) Support a temporary worker program.
Xd) Support harsher financial punishments for those who knowingly employ illegal immigrants.
e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States.
f) Illegal immigrants should have to return to their countries of origin before being considered for citizenship.
Xg) Illegal immigrants should be given a pathway to citizenship.
h) Support merit-based visas over family-based visas.
i) Other or expanded principles
International Aid
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international aid.
Xa) Support the United States granting aid to countries when extraordinary circumstances cause disaster and threaten civilian lives.
Xb) Support the United States granting aid to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States.
Xc) Eliminate United States aid for any nation with documented human rights abuses.
d) Aid granted by the United States should be scaled back and eventually eliminated.
e) Other or expanded principles
International Policy
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international policy.
Yesa) Should the United States continue to provide leadership in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?
Yesb) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Yesc) Should the United States impose greater international sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates?
Yesd) Should the United States support the Lebanese government against insurgent forces?
Noe) Should the United States maintain its troop levels in Iraq?
Yesf) Should the United States withdraw its troops from Iraq?
g) Discuss your proposals for Iraq.

The U.S should redeploy our troops out of Iraq as quickly and safely as possible. We must focus our efforts on an international diplomatic strategy for quelling and containing the violence in Iraq. Ending the war in Iraq will allow us to devote additional resources to fighting terrorism worldwide.

Yesh) Should the United States apply greater economic and diplomatic sanctions against North Korea if it fails to abide by its agreement to suspend its nuclear program?
Yesi) Should the United States increase financial support for Afghanistan?
Yesj) Should the United States increase military support for Afghanistan?
Nok) Should the United States trade nuclear fuel to India for civilian purposes?
Nol) Should the United States decrease financial support for Pakistan?
Nom) Should the United States decrease military support for Pakistan?
Yesn) Should the United States be involved in bringing an end to the violence in Darfur, Sudan?
Yeso) Should the United States be involved in bringing an end to the violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo?
Nop) Should the United States provide economic and military support to the Transitional Government of Somalia?
Yesq) Should the United States use sanctions to encourage the government of Zimbabwe to end its human rights abuses?
Yesr) Should the United States support the creation of an independent nation of Kosovo?
s) Other or expanded principles
International Trade
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international trade.
a) Do you support the United States imposing economic sanctions on China?
b) Do you support the United States imposing trade sanctions on Venezuela?
c) Do you support the United States involvement in free trade agreements?
Yesd) Do you support the United States involvement in intergovernmental organizations dedicated to trade?
e) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security.
Noa) Do you support using military tribunals to try suspected terrorists when ordinary civilian courts are deemed inappropriate or impractical?
Nob) Should law enforcement agencies have greater discretion to monitor domestic communications, to prevent future terrorist attacks?
Yesc) Should the United States hold foreign states accountable for terrorists who operate in their country?
Yesd) Should the federal government increase funding to states and cities for homeland security?
Noe) Do you support pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to United States national security?
Nof) Do you support the creation of a federal identification card system?
Nog) Do you support long-term use of National Guard troops to supplement the armed forces in assignments overseas?
Noh) Should the United States expand its missile defense shield?
i) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.
Yesa) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?
Nob) Do you support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman?
Yesc) Do you support federal funding for research on existing embryonic stem cell lines?
Yesd) Do you support federal funding to create lines of stem cells from new embryos?
Yese) Should the federal government consider race and gender in government contracting decisions?
Yesf) Should the federal government continue affirmative action programs?
Yesg) Should the federal government regulate internet gambling?
h) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security.
a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts that they manage themselves.
b) Ensure the viability of Social Security by increasing the payroll tax.
c) Decrease benefits paid to retirees.
d) Support proportional increases of Social Security benefits based on the cost of living index.
e) Raise the retirement age for individual eligibility to receive full Social Security benefits.
f) Other or expanded principles

The president needs to convene a bipartisan commission to objectively weigh all available options for protecting Social Security.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare and poverty.
Xa) Require welfare recipients to spend at least 40 hours a week in a combination of work and training programs.
Xb) Continue to give states and local governments flexibility in and responsibility for welfare programs through federal block grants.
Xc) Support housing assistance for welfare recipients.
d) Abolish all federal welfare programs.
e) Other or expanded principles
Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

I believe all Americans should have access to quality, affordable healthcare. We need significant action on the federal level to conserve our natural resources and protect our planet from global warming. We must begin redeployment of our troops out of Iraq and refocus our efforts on an international diplomatic strategy for quelling and containing the violence in Iraq. I also strongly believe all federal spending should be fiscally responsible and accountable to the American taxpayer.

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