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Debbie Lesko's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (AZ) - District 8, Republican

On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House (AZ) - District 8


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Debbie Lesko has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2020 Political Courage Test.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Arizona Congressional Election 2020 Political Courage Test

Pro-life Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
No In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Yes Do you support expanding federal funding to support entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare?
I support giving increased benefits based on inflation to those that have paid into the system and do not support cutting benefits to current or soon to be future participants.
No Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
This area is already regulated. I would review any new regulations on a case by case basis.
Yes Do you support the protection of government officials, including law enforcement officers, from personal liability in civil lawsuits concerning alleged misconduct?
Yes Do you support increasing defense spending?
No Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
Yes Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
Yes Do you support providing financial relief to businesses AND/OR corporations negatively impacted by the state of national emergency for COVID-19?
No Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
Unknown Position Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, geo-thermal)?
No Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Emissions are regulated. I would review any changes to the regulations on a case by case basis.
No Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
Yes Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
Yes Do you support requiring businesses to provide paid medical leave during public health crises, such as COVID-19?
I am supportive of a temporary benefit to employees for paid leave during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, I think that this requirement should be evenly placed on all businesses and should only be for a temporary amount of time, not permanent.
Yes Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?
Yes Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
I could support giving legal status to current DACA recipients if it is paired with more border security; however, DACA parents should not be allowed a special pathway to citizenship.
Yes Should the United States use military force to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a weapon of mass destruction (for example: nuclear, biological, chemical)?
Unknown Position Do you support reducing military intervention in Middle East conflicts?
That needs to be determined on a case by case basis.
Yes Do you generally support removing barriers to international trade (for example: tariffs, quotas, etc.)?
I believe in free and fair trade. However, I support tariffs and sanctions against bad actors, like China. Trade deals with the United States need to benefit the United States first and foremost.
1. Growing jobs and our economy 2. Mitigating the impacts of COVID-19 3. Providing Quality Education

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