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Tom Cole's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (OK) - District 4, Republican
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Tom Cole 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

  • "Throughout my service in the U.S. House of Representatives, I have voted in support of life and currently have a 100% pro-life voting record. In the days ahead, I will continue to support the sanctity of life with every vote I cast." http://cole.house.gov/issue/life (cole.house.gov)
  • "I support keeping 'In God We Trust' on our currency, the free exercise of religion, protecting the lives of the unborn, and promoting traditional marriage." http://www.tomcoleforcongress.com/issues (www.tomcoleforcongress.com)
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/46034/tom-cole/2#.V2xVPHUrIfI (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

  • "By closing loopholes and lowering both individual and corporate tax rates, we can incentivize America's job creators to do just that." http://cole.house.gov/issue/economy (cole.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.1105 "Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54353#.V2xV-nUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I support the simplification of our nation’s tax code and common sense proposals to make tax collection fair and efficient for America’s workers. I support making the Bush tax cuts permanent." http://www.tomcoleforcongress.com/issues (www.tomcoleforcongress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I will continue to support the Department of Justice, which enforces existing federal regulations pertaining to illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia. " http://votesmart.org/public-statement/683999/issue-position-law-enforcement/?search=drugs#.V2xWk3UrIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Every year, I have voted for the lowest proposed budget and will continue to fight to get government spending under control. Not only does increased spending increase our debt and burden our economy, but far too often it is used to grow government." http://www.tomcoleforcongress.com/issues (www.tomcoleforcongress.com)
  • "From out-of-control spending and a downgrade of our debt to persistent trillion-dollar deficits and high unemployment, the status quo is unacceptable." http://cole.house.gov/issue/economy (cole.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I support the simplification of our nation’s tax code and common sense proposals to make tax collection fair and efficient for America’s workers. I support making the Bush tax cuts permanent." http://www.tomcoleforcongress.com/issues (www.tomcoleforcongress.com)
  • "By closing loopholes and lowering both individual and corporate tax rates, we can incentivize America's job creators to do just that." http://cole.house.gov/issue/economy (cole.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 636 "America's Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/19512/51297/46034/americas-small-business-tax-relief-act-of-2015#.V2xXcHUrIfl (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "When Congress enacted the No Child Left Behind law in 2002, it created more accountability and additional resources for state and local schools to ensure that all American children get a quality education. Over the last ten years, it is clear that some aspects of this law have worked, while others have not been as effective. It is my hope that members of both parties will develop a plan to give local schools more control but still ensure that every student has access to a high quality education." http://cole.house.gov/issue/education (cole.house.gov)
  • "The recently passed Every Student Succeeds Act repeals the shortfalls of No Child Left Behind.[...]It also reduces unnecessary testing and prohibits a federal mandate requiring states to follow Common Core." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1068096/issue-position-education/?search=common%20core#.V2xYVXUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "On January 8, 2002, President Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) into law. Less than four years later, the success of the law and its emphasis on accountability are unmistakable." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/128916/#.VagzPKRVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I support the Keystone XL Pipeline and increased production of oil and natural gas." http://www.tomcoleforcongress.com/issues (www.tomcoleforcongress.com)
  • "The Keystone XL pipeline would bring Canadian produced oil into the United States to be refined and marketed. Unfortunately, the administration has given into the fear-mongering being used by environmentalists and has delayed the construction of the northern portion of the pipeline running from Canada to Cushing, Okla." http://cole.house.gov/issue/energy (cole.house.gov)
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

  • "[…] I believe that we can and should encourage greater energy efficiency by offering conservation tax incentives to Americans who make their cars, homes and businesses more energy efficient. Also, we should promote clean and reliable sources of energy like clean coal and nuclear and renewable energies like wind, solar and hydroelectric. In short, we need meaningful energy solutions that make sense for America, our economy and our energy future." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/395300/energy-awareness-month#.VakMJKRVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Not only does the credit play an important role in encouraging and developing an all-of-the-above energy approach for our nation, but it also ensures that America continues to be a leader in innovation. By modestly increasing this credit, we can continue to encourage economic development, especially in our rural communities." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/875248/congressmen-blumenauer-cole-introduce-rural-wind-energy-development-act#.VakLi6RVhHe (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by Environment America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/46034/tom-cole/30#.V22MSHUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "With the volatile situation in the Middle East threatening catastrophic gas price increases, the last thing we need to do is raise energy costs ourselves through crippling regulations. The EPA's plan to implement cap and trade circumvents both Congress and the wishes of the American people." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/591841/#.Vag1HaRVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "While the impact of cap and trade on our environment will most likely be inconclusive and debatable, the devastation to our economy will not be. The burden on U.S. manufacturers will force many of them to shut down their American operations and relocate to countries with far less stringent environmental regulations. In effect, cap and trade will cause America to export jobs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/426415/cap-and-trade-is-a-costly-experiment#.Vag1w6RVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "[…] I have supported efforts to overturn onerous gun bans in Washington, D.C., and Chicago, Ill., because when our citizens' rights are violated anywhere, they are in danger everywhere." http://cole.house.gov/issue/second-amendment-rights (cole.house.gov)
  • Rated 93% by the National Rifles Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/46034/tom-cole/37#.V2xacHUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "The Second Amendment is very clear. The right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. I am a strong-protector of these rights and have led an effort 'Defend the 2nd Amendment' designed to be a voice telling President Obama that the people will not sit idly why his administration seeks to erode this fundamental right." http://www.tomcoleforcongress.com/issues (www.tomcoleforcongress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.3762 "Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/55150#.V2xbBHUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe we have a moral obligation to continue looking for ways to provide basic health care for the weakest and most vulnerable among us; however, I do not support the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)." http://cole.house.gov/issue/health (cole.house.gov)
  • "I strongly oppose the so-called Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare." http://www.tomcoleforcongress.com/issues (www.tomcoleforcongress.com)
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

  • "America is a land of immigrants, and we are also a nation of laws. Those laws must be enforced in order to secure our borders and stop the flood of illegal immigration." http://www.tomcoleforcongress.com/issues (www.tomcoleforcongress.com)
  • Voted in favor for H.R. 5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014 " http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50625#.V2xbrXUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "To end this dangerous migration, it is essential that the U.S. enforce our immigration laws and create effective and necessary deterrents so that potential illegal immigrants understand that their dream of reaching and being allowed to remain in the U.S. is unrealistic, and it is a virtual certainty they will be repatriated to their home countries." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/884045/letter-to-barack-obama-president-of-the-united-states-immigration#.Vagy4qRVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I support keeping 'In God We Trust' on our currency, the free exercise of religion, protecting the lives of the unborn, and promoting traditional marriage." http://www.tomcoleforcongress.com/issues (www.tomcoleforcongress.com)
  • "The Marriage Protection Amendment provides a national definition of marriage and leaves marriage laws to the state legislators. This legislation prevents unelected, lifetime-appointed Federal judges from striking down the provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), enacted in 1996, that ensures no state shall be required to accept same-sex marriage licenses granted in other states." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/192825/congressman-cole-votes-for-marriage-protection-amendment#.Vagz8aRVhHew (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

  • "At home and abroad, there should be no doubt that the United States is engaged and committed to ISIL's destruction. Until that task is completed, the president should not rule out any options or tactics for achieving this objective. Instead, acting with the support of Congress, he should keep the full array of military tools at his disposal." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/919339/cole-statement-on-presidents-plan-to-combat-isil#.Vag2iqRVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support a policy of pre-emptive strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to national security? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/46034/tom-cole/#.Vag3kKRVhHw (votesmart.org)
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

  • Rated 10% by Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/46034/tom-cole/53#.V2xc43UrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Cole said it’s possible, perhaps likely, that some of the recommendations made by this group will be similar to those made three decades ago. For example, a gradual increase in the age of eligibility might be a suggestion, or an index adjustment that slows the growth of benefits for upper-income Americans." http://www.tomcoleforcongress.com/rep-tom-coles-laudable-effort-to-keep-social-security-afloat (www.tomcoleforcongress.com)
  • Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves. "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/46034/tom-cole/#.VagyeKRVhHw (votesmart.org)

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Congressional Election 2004 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) regarding abortion.
a) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
Xd) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
Xe) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
Xf) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial-birth" abortion.
Xg) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
h) Other or expanded principles
Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category.
Budget Priorities
Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Slightly Decreaseb) Arts
Greatly Increasec) Defense
Slightly Increased) Education
Slightly Decreasee) Environment
Greatly Increasef) Homeland security
Maintain Statusg) International aid
Greatly Increaseh) Law enforcement
Slightly Increasei) Medical research
Maintain Statusj) National parks
Maintain Statusk) Public health services
Maintain Statusl) Scientific research
Maintain Statusm) Space exploration programs
Maintain Statusn) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Maintain Statuso) Welfare
p) Other or expanded categories
Defense Spending
Greatly Increasea) Armed Forces personnel training
Greatly Increaseb) Intelligence operations
Greatly Increasec) Military hardware
Greatly Increased) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
Greatly Increasee) National missile defense
Greatly Increasef) Pay for active duty personnel
Greatly Increaseg) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Greatly Increaseh) Research and development of new weapons
Greatly Increasei) Troop and equipment readiness
j) Other or expanded categories
Using the key above, indicate what federal tax levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category.
Taxes
Income Taxes:
Family Income
Greatly Decreasea) Less than $25,000
Greatly Decreaseb) $25,000-$75,000
Greatly Decreasec) $75,000-$150,000
Greatly Decreased) Over $150,000
e) Other or expanded categories
Retiree Income
Greatly Decreasef) Over $40,000
g) Other or expanded categories
Other Taxes:
Slightly Decreasea) Alcohol taxes
Eliminateb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Greatly Decreased) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Eliminatef) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories
Deductions/Credits:
Maintain Statusa) Charitable contributions
Greatly Increaseb) Child tax credit
Maintain Statusc) Earned income tax credit
Maintain Statusd) Medical expense deduction
Maintain Statuse) Mortgage deduction
Maintain Statusf) Student loan credit
g) Other or expanded categories
Yes4) Do you support permanent repeal of the federal estate tax?
Yes5) Do you support eliminating taxes on dividends paid to individual investors?
Yes6) Should a married couple filing jointly pay the same taxes as if they were an unmarried couple filing separately?
7) Other or expanded principles

AMERICANS NEED TO BE ABLE TO KEEP MORE OF THEIR OWN MONEY. ALSO, OUR TAX CODE MUST BE SIMPLIFIED.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
a) Support public taxpayer funding for federal candidates who comply with campaign spending limits.
Xb) Increase the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
c) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
d) Allow unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
e) Allow ads paid for by soft money that support or attack a candidate for federal office.
Xf) Allow issue advocacy commercials by corporations, labor unions, and non-profit groups which appear within 60 days of a general election and within 30 days of a primary election.
Xg) Remove all contribution limits on federal campaigns and parties.
Undecidedh) Do you support instant run-off voting (IRV)?
Undecidedi) Should Election Day be a national holiday?
Noj) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?
Yesk) Should marriage be restricted to a union only between a man and a woman?
l) 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) Impose "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve full sentences with no chance of parole.
Xd) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xe) Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
f) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
Xg) Support additional criminal penalties if a fetus is killed in the commission of a federal crime against a pregnant woman.
h) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, and disability be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
Xi) Support programs that provide job training and placement services for at-risk youth.
Xj) Impose stricter penalties for those convicted of white-collar crimes.
k) Enforcement of civil rights should primarily be the responsibility of the federal government.
l) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
m) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding drugs.
Xa) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
Xb) Expand federally sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
c) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
d) Allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
Xe) Increase border security to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the United States.
f) Eliminate federal funding for programs associated with the "war on drugs."
g) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
Xa) Support national standards for and testing of public school students.
b) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any public school.
Xc) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any private or religious school.
Xd) Allow teachers and professionals to receive authorization and funding to establish charter schools.
Xe) Increase funding for block grants to states to aid in the hiring of additional teachers.
Xf) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
Xg) Increase funding for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings, infrastructure, technology).
Xh) Support granting states limited control over Head Start programs.
Xi) Support changing the mission of Head Start to emphasize improving the math and reading skills of disadvantaged children.
j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government.
k) Support affirmative action in public college admissions.
Xl) Increase funding of programs such as Pell grants and Stafford loans to help students pay for college.
Xm) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
Xn) Other or expanded principles

ON QUESTION (B), I SUPPORT VOUCHERS WITHIN PUBLIC SCHOOLS ONLY WHEN CHILDREN ARE TRAPPED IN A FAILING SCHOOL.

1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.
Xa) Increase funding for national job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
Xb) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xc) Provide tax credits or grants to businesses that offer child care services to employees.
Xd) Encourage employers to offer flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
e) Eliminate all federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
f) Increase the federal minimum wage.
g) Support the right of workers to strike without fear of being permanently replaced.
Xh) Allow workers to sell company stock and to diversify their company retirement funds into other investment options.
i) Other or expanded principles
2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding affirmative action.
a) The federal government should consider race and gender in government contracting decisions.
b) The federal government should discontinue affirmative action programs.
c) The federal government should continue affirmative action programs.
d) Include sexual orientation in federal anti-discrimination laws.
e) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
a) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
Xc) Require states to compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses of privately-owned land.
Xd) Relax logging restrictions on federal lands.
Xe) Relax standards on federal lands to allow increased recreational usage.
Xf) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil).
g) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
Xh) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration.
Xi) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
Xj) Support the use of ethanol as an alternative fuel.
Xk) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits.
l) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming.
m) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.
a) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xc) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xe) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
h) Require a license for gun possession.
i) Establish a national database of ballistic "fingerprints" to track guns used in criminal activities.
Xj) Support legislation that would protect manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and importers of firearms from civil lawsuits by crime victims.
k) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health care.
a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government.
b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
Xc) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes appeal mechanisms when claims are denied.
d) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes the right to sue when claims are denied.
Xe) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts.
Xf) Establish limits on the amount of punitive damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xg) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
h) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under private managed care plans.
Xi) Offer tax credits to individuals and small businesses to offset the cost of insurance coverage.
j) Support automatic enrollment of children in federal health care programs such as CHIP and Medicaid.
k) Allow 55-65 year-olds to buy into Medicare.
l) Support stem cell research on existing lines of stem cells.
m) Allow laboratories to create new lines of stem cells for additional research.
n) Other or expanded principles
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.
c) Increase the number of visas issued for agricultural workers.
d) Relax restrictions barring legal immigrants from using social programs (e.g. public housing, food stamps).
e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States.
f) Support the detention of asylum seekers from countries known to sponsor terrorism.
Xg) Other or expanded principles

THIS IS A COMPLICATED ISSUE WITH TOO MANY FACETS TO EXPAND ON IN THESE LIMITED QUESTIONS.

International Aid
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding United States economic assistance.
Xa) Aid should be granted to countries when extraordinary circumstances cause disaster and threaten civilian lives.
Xb) Aid should be granted to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States.
c) Aid should be eliminated for any nation with documented human rights abuses.
d) Aid programs should be scaled back and eventually eliminated.
e) Other or expanded principles
International Policy
1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the Middle East.
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?
Noc) Should the United States withdraw its troops from Iraq?
d) Discuss your proposals for the reconstruction of Iraq. What funding sources would you use to implement these proposals? (75 words or less. Please use an attached page if the space below is not adequate.)

THE U.S. MUST BE VICTORIOUS IN IRAQ. OUR LONG-TERM INTERESTS WILL BE STRENGTHENED BY A FREE AND DEMOCRATICALLY GOVERNED IRAQ. I SUPPORT PRESIDENT BUSH'S EFFORTS TO ADVANCE LIBERTY AND THE WAR ON TERROR.

e) Other or expanded principles
2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Central and East Asia.
Yesa) Should the United States use diplomatic and economic pressure to encourage North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program?
Nob) Should the United States use military force to destroy the North Korean nuclear weapons program?
Noc) Should the United States remove the North Korean government from power?
Yesd) Should the United States increase financial support to Afghanistan?
Yese) Should the United States increase military support to Afghanistan?
f) Other or expanded principles
3) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the United Nations.
Yesa) Should the United States maintain its financial support of the United Nations?
Nob) Should the United States decrease its financial support of the United Nations?
Undecidedc) Should the United States commit troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions?
d) Other or expanded principles

FOR QUESTION 3(c), U.S. FORCES SHOULD BE COMMITTED TO UN PEACEKEEPING MISSIONS ONLY WHEN SUCH A DEPLOYMENT IS IN OUR NATIONAL INTEREST.

No4) Should the United States lift the travel ban to Cuba?
Yes5) Should the United States increase its financial support to Colombia to combat "the war on drugs"?
Yes6) Should aid to African nations for AIDS prevention programs fund distribution of contraceptives?
Yes7) Should aid to African nations for AIDS prevention fund abstinence education?
8) Other or expanded principles
International Trade
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international trade.
Yes1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
Yes2) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
Yes3) Do you support continued U.S. membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
4) Should a nation's human rights record affect its normal trade relations (most favored nation) status with the United States?
Yes5) Do you support the trade embargo against Cuba?
Undecided6) Should trade agreements include provisions to address environmental concerns and to protect workers' rights?
7) Other or expanded principles

FOR QUESTION 6, THE CONTEXT OF THE AGREEMENT MUST BE CONSIDERED ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security.
Yesa) Do you support using military tribunals to try suspected terrorists when ordinary civilian courts are deemed inappropriate or impractical?
Yesb) Should the United States adopt stricter rules for student visa applications from nations known to sponsor terrorism?
Undecidedc) Should the United States grant law enforcement agencies greater discretion to read mail and email, tap phones, and conduct random searches to prevent future terrorist attacks?
Yesd) Should the United States hold foreign states accountable for terrorists who operate in their country?
Yese) Should the federal government increase funding to states and cities for homeland security?
Yesf) Do you support a policy of pre-emptive strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to national security?
g) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security.
Xa) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves.
Xb) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government.
c) Invest a portion of Social Security assets collectively in stocks and bonds instead of United States Treasury securities.
d) Increase the payroll tax to better finance Social Security in its current form.
e) Lower the annual cost-of-living increases.
f) Raise the retirement age for when individuals are eligible to receive full Social Security benefits.
g) Other of expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding technology and communication.
a) Collect taxes on commercial Internet transactions.
b) Continue the moratorium on Internet taxation.
c) Implement regulation of Internet content.
Xd) Support government mandates to curtail violent and sexual content on television.
Xe) Support strict penalties for Internet crimes (e.g. hacking, identity theft, worms/viruses).
Xf) Support legislation to detail how personal information can be collected and used on the Internet.
g) Regulating the Internet is not a responsibility of the federal government.
Xh) Impose regulations on "spam" emails.
i) Other or expanded principles
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) Increase funding for child care programs.
Xc) Continue to give states and local governments flexibility in and responsibility for welfare programs through federal block grants.
Xd) Direct federal poverty aid through religious, community-based, or other non-profit organizations.
e) Abolish all federal welfare programs.
Xf) Support housing assistance for low-income families.
g) Other or expanded principles
On an attached page, disk, or via email, please explain in a total of 75 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.
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