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Chris Gibson's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


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Chris Gibson has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests.

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Issue Positions

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  • Nathan Brown. Times Herald-Record: Gibson, Hayworth hold simmilar views on abortion. 3 September 2012. "Gibson, R-Kinderhook, and Hayworth, R-Mount Kisco, both think abortion should be legal " with caveats such as no late-term abortions and no public funding; Gibson also said he thinks it should be legal only in the first trimester." (
  • Chris Gibson. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Chris Gibson voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (
  • Katie Nowak. The Record - Gibson, Murphy Vying for 20th District Seat. 19 October 2010. "Gibson wants mandatory right-to-life counseling for women considering abortion." (
  • Casey Leigh Quinlan. Legislative Gazette: Gibson: I am the true conservative. 21 June 2010. "Gibson's spokesman, Daniel Odescalchi, said the candidate is opposed to all forms of partial birth abortions and late-term abortions. "He will fight to prevent the use of taxpayer dollars to fund abortions and hopes to work closely with the right-to-life community to continue efforts to limit the number of abortions being performed. He will also work to make adoption an easier, less complicated and more affordable process for both biological parents and those looking to adopt," said Odescalchi in a statement." (
  • Chris Gibson. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Chris Gibson voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (
  • Chris Gibson signed Americans for Tax Reform: The Taxpayer Protection Pledge. "I pledge to the taxpayers of the state of New York and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (
  • Chris Gibson. Issue Position: Jobs & Economy. 1 November 2011. "The single biggest issue in this campaign is the economy and the most significant difference between me and my opponent is how we facilitate private sector growth. Where my opponent supported the failed stimulus package and believes that the federal government can best stimulate the economy through increased spending, my campaign believes that private sector growth is achieved by getting government out of the way." (
  • Maury Thompson. Post Star: Gibson discusses 'Race to the Top Progam Funding. 30 August 2010. "Q: The "Race to the Top" program, in particular -- do you have any thoughts about that? A: "Given where we are right now -- I mean -- where we are in 2010, is we do have a bureaucracy in Washington D.C. And given the fact that we do have a bureaucracy I think programs like these are some of the more helpful programs. And I'm excited by the fact that New York state has done well and we are a recipient. But I would argue that what we really need to do as we look towards the coming years and throughout the 21st Century, is I think we should look towards restructuring our Republic so that we empower individuals, families and communities -- and less power down in Washington D.C" (
  • Chris Gibson. Congressman Gibson Meets with Capital District School Boards Association. 7 Feb 2012. "Today's meeting was a productive and informative session with local school boards. It gave me the opportunity to listen carefully to their concerns as we approach re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) later this year [¦] We certainly share a view that the federal government should roll back unfunded mandates and empower local school boards, administrators, teachers, parents and students. The ˜No Child Left Behind' and ˜Race to the Top' initiatives were well-intentioned, but they have created a climate that leads to ˜teaching to the test' and under-values our building trade skills and other technical career paths. These are critical to revitalizing our manufacturing base and ensuring we can comprehensively compete in the 21st century global economy. Let's recognize that and change course now. I am sharing these perspectives with the Committee on Education and the Workforce and look forward to working with all of our education professionals as this process moves forward." (
  • Chris Gibson. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Chris Gibson voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (
  • Chris Gibson. Issue Position: Second Amendment. 1 November 2011. "Chris Gibson is an outspoken supporter of the right to bear arms and to protect one's life, loved ones and property. As a student of history, Chris understands that our Founding Fathers were passionate about the need for an informed and armed electorate to prevent tyranny. Thomas Jefferson himself wrote that 'No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.' As Congressman, Chris will oppose any legislation which restricts the right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms for protection or for sport." (
  • Chris Gibson. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Chris Gibson voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (
  • Editorial Board. Adirondack Daily Enterprise: Rep. Chris Gibson continues to impress. 22 March 2012. "We also think Rep. Gibson's moderate views and solution-based approach would make him a good person to have at the table for needed national compromises on tax reform and immigration [¦] On immigration, he favors an idea that might be agreeable all around: Illegal immigrants would pay a reasonable fine to settle the fact that they broke the law, and then they can move forward as legitimate U.S. residents who can work freely." (
  • Casey Leigh Quinlan. Legislative Gazette: Gibson: I am the true conservative. 21 June 2010. "I'm a principled conservative. The economy and spending, that's the focus. I would say I don't support gay marriage and the reason why is that I believe the federal government really doesn't have the authority to redefine marriage," said Gibson. (
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  • Chris Gibson. Post Star - Q&A with Chris Gibson. 20 September 2010. "I don't support privatizing Social Security. I think that would be a wrong move." (
  • Chris Gibson. Issue Position: Preserving Social Security. 1 November 2011. "Social Security is a commitment to America's seniors we must uphold. This program cannot and should not be privatized. Those who have worked their entire lives with the understanding that Social Security will be there for them when they retire must be able to count on this promise. For those in or near retirement, all benefits must be protected, including not raising the retirement age or taxes as these would alter the agreement our nation has with its seniors." (
  • Chris Gibson. Issue Position: Social Security Solvency. 1 November 2011. "Social Security is a sacred commitment to America's seniors we must uphold and it should not be privatized. Those who have worked and contributed with the understanding that Social Security will be there when they retire must be able to count on this promise. For those in or near retirement, all benefits must be protected, including not raising the retirement age or taxes as these would alter the agreement our nation has with its seniors. With government spending out of control, the federal government must borrow more from a Social Security program that simply isn't taking in as much revenue. The first step to preserving Social Security is to stop the big-government tax and spend agenda in Washington and create private sector job growth." (

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