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Archie Parnell's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


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Archie Parnell has failed to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2018 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart and voters like you.

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Issue Positions

For Presidential and Congressional candidates who refuse to provide voters with their positions, Vote Smart has researched their public records to determine their likely responses. These issue positions are from 2018.

  • "The most important question is whether Judge Kavanuagh will respect well-established Supreme Court precedent or erode the rights of women and minorities. We cannot support any judge who threatens long established precedent like Roe v Wade." (
  • "Please read and share my Op-Ed from this morning’s Rock Hill Herald. We should strive for tax fairness, not disproportionate tax breaks for billionaires and big corporations. #FlipSCBlue" (
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  • "ENDORSEMENT: End Citizens United @StopBigMoney "In Congress, Parnell will fight for reform to get Big Money out of politics ..." 1/3" (
  • "In the 8 years since Citizens United became the law of the land, special interests have spent billions to influence elections. It's bad for voters & bad for democracy. The special interests -- and many elected officials -- sure do seem to love it though." (
  • "Our crumbling infrastructure needs rebuilding --and more. It needs new investments to give rural communities a chance to compete in the world economy. Only an eye to the future can help entrepreneurs across this district succeed in the era of deindustrialization. #StateOfTheUnion " (
  • "If your cell reception has dropped as your car has bounced across bad SC roads, you know our economy depends on a new infrastructure package" (
  • "As a tax expert, he will work with both parties to close loopholes that allow giant companies to keep untaxed profits overseas – and use that money to cut taxes for families, repair and improve South Carolina infrastructure, and create jobs." (
  • "The Trump/Norman tax cuts for big corporations are going to bankrupt our country. The CBO chart below shows government debt as a % of national GDP. It’s frightening! Norman wants to address this by gutting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. This is wrong. We need fairness." (
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  • "The first thing we have to do is elect leaders who believe in science and accept that climate change is real. I will oppose offshore drilling at every stop and work to continue to harness the hydroelectric power and other alternative energy sources that SC’s coast provides. ##" (
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  • "I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: through action, not antics. Those of us - even in red districts - must not run away from common sense gun reform for fear of losing an election. Quite frankly, there are some things worth losing over. That’s the first step. /1 " (
  • "Second, we must pass legislation which mandates universal background checks, and ensures guns do not get into the hands of those w/ a history of domestic violence or abuse. /2 " (
  • "First, we must consider the addition of a public option to the ACA. The ACA isn’t perfect by any means, but that doesn’t mean we should dismantle it. Instead we should take swift action to improve upon it. We must also face the skyrocketing costs of RX drugs /1" (
  • "This isn’t about immigration or border security. This is about the President separating children from their parents to build his wall. It needs to stop now. Children are being held hostage by the same man Ralph Norman nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize." (
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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.
Pro-choice Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
I believe women's healthcare is between them and their healthcare provider
Unknown Position In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
Yes In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
I support bringing the trillions in corporate income that is trapped in overseas tax havens back to the United States to be taxed and help build up the American economy.
Yes Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Do you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?
Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders?
Mandatory minimums have taught millions of Americans who made a single mistake how to become career criminals in overcrowded prisons. There is a better way to handle non-violent drug offenders.
Yes Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
Yes Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
Archie supports economic growth in every community. He believes we need to repair our roads and bridges and provide for better cell phone service and high speed Internet in every corner of the district. [...] Archie wants to reform the tax code so we can lower taxes for working families, simplify the tax code for small businesses, and end tax breaks for companies who send jobs overseas instead of creating jobs here in SC.
Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline?
Yes Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
Do you support increased regulations on the hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") industry?
Archie supports initiatives that would invest in the expansion of these renewable resources as we continue to wean ourselves from fossil fuels that damage our water and air, as well as add to global insecurity and instability.
Do you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
Yes Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
He believes that it is possible for industry to thrive without abusing our air and water, and he looks forward to giving the EPA back the enforcement capabilities that keep South Carolina workers and families safe.
Yes Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
Gun ownership is a part of the fabric and heritage of this country, and the 2nd Amendment is the law of the land, but there is no reason not to have reasonable precautions to promote gun safety and curtail gun violence.
No Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
The Republican healthcare bill is dead. Thank goodness. Now it's time to sit down together & make Obamacare better for SC families.
Unknown Position Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
I support keeping our borders secure and following the rule of law, but our system needs to be set up to help welcome productive future citizens, not make it easier and quicker for them to come illegally. Children covered DACA who came here through no fault of their own are patriotic Americans and should be protected.
Yes Do you support same-sex marriage?
Archie supports protections of civil and marriage rights for all Americans, and rejects prejudice of any kind. America moves forward when we all stand together.
Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support?
Should the U.S use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the United States from possessing a nuclear weapon?
The world has become a smaller place, and there are no safe zones anywhere. The homeland is not treated as a safe zone by those who would do harm to the United States.
No Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
Archie will stand up for families and defend Social Security and Medicare from Washington's attempts to weaken them. Archie believes that if you have paid into Social Security and Medicare, you have earned it and it cannot be taken away from you.

SpendingIndicate what federal spending levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.TaxesIndicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.

a) Agriculture
b) Arts
c) Defense
d) Education
e) Environment
f) Homeland Security
g) International aid
h) Medical Research
i) Scientific Research
j) Space exploration
k) United Nations
l) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories
a) Capital gains taxes
b) Corporate taxes
c) Small business taxes
d) Excise taxes (alcohol)
e) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
f) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
g) Income taxes (low-income families)
h) Income taxes (middle-income families)
i) Income taxes (high-income families)
j) Inheritance taxes
k) Payroll taxes
l) Other or expanded categories
Please explain in a total of 100 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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