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John Delaney's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


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

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Presidential Election 2020 Political Courage Test

Pro-choice Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Yes 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?
Yes Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Unknown Position Do you support increasing defense spending?
It would be irresponsible to promise changes to the national security budget absent a full evaluation of threats and challenges facing the United States in the future. Before setting a budget for the Department of Defense, we need to reassess what we are asking our military to do and ensure they have the resources needed to successfully accomplish the mission. As threats continue to evolve and become more sophisticated, the U.S. Armed Forces need to be able to adapt and make the necessary investments. If we underinvest in our national security, it will leave the U.S. vulnerable.
Yes Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
No Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
Yes Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
Every state will need to meet high standards to make our public school system as strong as possible and provide every student with a high-quality education, but I believe it is important that states maintain some flexibility to design their own curriculums.
Yes Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, geo-thermal)?
Yes Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Yes Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
No Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
No Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?
No Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
I support funding for border security, which could include physical barriers, if experts say it is necessary.
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)?
Yes Do you support reducing military intervention in Middle East conflicts?
The United States should use military force only as a last resort and instead focus on diplomatic and economic tools to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction to begin with.
Yes Do you generally support removing barriers to international trade (for example: tariffs, quotas, etc.)?
As president, I would focus on passing my climate change, infrastructure, and trade agendas. My $4 trillion climate plan includes a carbon fee and dividend, increased investment in basic research and negative emissions technology, the creation of a Climate Corps, and building a Carbon Throughway to transport captured carbon for reuse and permanent sequestration. My infrastructure plan includes the creation of an infrastructure bank, an increase in the Highway Trust Fund, and new matching funds to focus on specific infrastructure needs. Lastly, I would reject Trump's isolationist ideology and reenage in rules-based trade, including rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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