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Karen Handel's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (GA) - District 6, Republican
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Due to a later filing deadline, a lack of contact information, or other circumstances delaying entry into our database, Karen Handel was not directly invited to take the 2017 Political Courage Test. Karen Handel is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, 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 2017, 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

  • "Karen is pro-life. As a matter of law she believes society may allow for exceptions in cases of rape, incest or when there is a real threat to the mother's life." (
  • "Georgia Life Alliance certifies Karen Handel as a pro-life candidate in Georgia's 6th district special election!" (
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

  • "Karen believes that we were taxed too much before the election of President Obama and that the current trend in Washington is going to make the situation even worse. High tax rates on families, small businesses and corporations INHIBIT job creation and stifle the entrepreneurial spirit that drives the American economy." (
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "When it comes to funding transportation projects, Karen supports a comprehensive statewide approach rather than a piecemeal regional approach. She believes this should be a collaborative effort with legislators and local governments. The goal needs to be providing a foundation for our state's future, and we have to get started immediately." (
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Karen is a strong supporter of individual citizens' right to keep and bear arms. She was born into a family of sportsmen and first fired a gun when she was eight years old. Karen opposes the re-imposition of the so-called "assault weapons ban," which essentially seeks to ban rifles used for hunting and sport shooting as well as handguns used recreationally or for legitimate self defense." (
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "She is adamantly opposed to a government-run 'single payer system' preferred by many Democrats and European countries." (
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

  • "Karen believes that the United States and Georgia should be welcoming and hospitable to those who seek to come to our shores legally. Those who come by other means are, by definition, beginning their lives in our country and state by breaking our laws. While she believes that primary responsibility for protecting our borders lies with the federal government, she is well aware that they are systematically failing to live up to that responsibility, and that states must step in to fill the void left by federal inaction and incompetence." (
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Marriage is between a man and a woman only. To anyone who thinks otherwise, I say, 'Bring it on.' " (


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 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. Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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