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Mike Turner's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (OH) - District 10, Republican
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Mike Turner 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, 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

  • Rated 0% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1016/rating/7720 (votesmart.org)
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R. 36 “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/53364 (votesmart.org)
  • “I'll support the right to life, the rights of students to pray in school and our right to publicly express our faith.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/888203/issue-position-values#.VjKNoWwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/interest-group/252/rating/7227 (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 President’s budget request is a non-starter. This proposal includes a $2.1 trillion dollar tax increase, adds $8.5 trillion dollars to our national debt, and never balances. Demanding higher taxes as the only mechanism to avert the President’s sequestration is not a serious solution to this failed policy." https://turner.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/turner-the-president-s-budget-request-is-a-non-starter (turner.house.gov)
  • “Ohio families have spent the last four years struggling in what has been called the 'worst economic recovery America has ever had.' Now they are faced with the uncertainty of increased taxes that they and our fragile economy cannot afford. […] Playing politics with the financial future of families and job creators is not something Ohioans support." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/733251/turner-raising-taxes-on-families-will-not-help-our-economy-recover#.VjKOQWwVikp (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “Criminals work hard to go to jail. They should stay there. Too many politicians put the rights of criminals ahead of law-abiding citizens.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/888229/issue-position-public-safety-and-immigration (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “The $700 billion 'urgent' government bailout of Wall Street last October has so far provided a means for the government take-over of General Motors and given Washington stock in many financial institutions. It also helped fund lavish bonuses for AIG executives even as taxpayers rescued their corporation. For many, if not most homeowners at risk of foreclosure, the bailout did little to nothing to help them keep their homes.” https://turner.house.gov/media-center/columns/reckless-government-spending-threatens-america-s-future (turner.house.gov)
  • "In addition to his efforts during the BRAC process, he recently voted for the bipartisan Economic Stimulus Act of 2008, which sent $168 billion in economic aid to American families and small businesses." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/386854/issue-position-economy#.VaaCYPlViko (votesmart.org)
  • “Yet again President Obama has proposed a budget with a trillion dollar deficit as well as increased taxes for increased spending. The American people have already spoken, and agree that these proposals are non-starters.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/670903/turner-statement-on-presidents-fy-2013-budget#.VcIdwnUVhHw (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 can't tax ourselves to prosperity.Lowering taxes, controlling government spending, ensuring a level playing field in the courts for job creators, and eliminating harmful regulations will all stimulate a new era of prosperity and private sector job growth.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/888215/issue-position-taxes-and-the-economy (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a pledge stating “I, Michael Turner, pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Ohio, and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/813534/americans-for-prosperity-federal-taxpayer-protection-pledge#.VcIeLnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 636 "America's Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51297#.VaPoUPlViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? 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 Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill To Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VaPmTPlViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 3 "Keystone XL Pipeline Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50797#.VaPm1PlViko (votesmart.org)
  • “Policies like Obama's opposition to the Keystone pipeline and his proposed carbon tax (cap and trade) are bad for the economy and don't do any good for the environment either.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/888239/issue-position-energy-and-the-epa#.VcIgcXUVhHw (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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “Obama's EPA is attacking all sectors of our energy industry and economy. It's socialism dressed up as 'environmentalism.' Policies like Obama's opposition to the Keystone pipeline and his proposed carbon tax (cap and trade) are bad for the economy and don't do any good for the environment either.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/888239/issue-position-energy-and-the-epa#.VcIgcXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against H.R. 2454 "Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade")" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/26496#.VaP46_lViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S.J.Res.23 “A Joint Resolution Providing for Congressional Disapproval Under Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code, of a Rule Submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency Relating to "Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54616 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/45519/mike-turner/37 (votesmart.org)
  • “As a lifetime member of the NRA, I regularly exercise my 2nd Amendment rights, and I will fight to protect them in Congress.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/888208/issue-position-2nd-amendment#.VcIhMXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.1098 “Prohibits the District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/49464 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “The flawed Obamacare legislation would adversely affect every American family, small business, and millions of seniors. Its $500 billion cuts to Medicare, which include $156 billion in Medicare Advantage cuts, will hurt southwestern Ohioans already at risk.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/581664/turner-votes-to-repeal-obamacare#.VcIiBnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 2 "Repealing the Health Care Bill" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/33026#.VaPv9flViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51284#.VaPp2flViko (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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dayton Daily News “Turner opposes same-sex marriage rights.” http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/news/local-govt-politics/should-we-care-that-mike-turner-and-his-wife-are-s/nTKNH/ (www.daytondailynews.com)
  • "I am a co-sponsor of House Joint Resolution 56, proposing an amendment to the United States Constitution relating to marriage. The president supports this constitutional amendment protecting marriage in America." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/59645/why-we-need-a-constitutional-amendment-to-define-marriage/?search=marriage#.VaaMR_lViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/45519/mike-turner/76#.VcIiuHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred 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, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
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

  • “Congressman Turner has come out strongly in support of preserving the nation's Social Security system and against proposals to privatize Social Security.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/918368/issue-position-seniors#.VcIkcXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “Our government must find ways to strengthen and preserve these critically important programs so they last for current seniors and future generations. Congressman Turner is committed to working to find bipartisan solutions to protect our crucial safety net.” https://turner.house.gov/issues/medicare (turner.house.gov)

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.

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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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