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How We Evaluated the Candidates

A Tea Party endorsement reflects what the Tea Party stands for. Basically, we want politicians to treat our tax money like you treat your own money: Cut taxes, cut waste, spend within your means. If our politicians do this then they need to use the Constitution to set priorities and allow business to take over those items that are not the responsibility of the State or Federal government.

If you look at our Scorecard you see near the candidate’s name we tell you their party, even if it is a non-partisan race. If the race is non-partisan, we say that too. We list the office on top. Then we organize our topics under 3 main categories. Those 3 categories coincide with Tea Party Values.

Under Constitutionally Limited Government we put the candidate’s views on the 2nd Amendment, pro-life issues, and immigration.

Under Fiscal Responsibility we put their actions and positions on taxes and spending.

And under Free Market Solutions we look at their position on Educational Choice, Healthcare and Business—we want fewer regulations, reduced taxes and tort reform.

In each box the candidate could score 0 – 5, 5 being the highest score. If our vetters found no verifiable position on an issue for a candidate, you will see this statement: "Nothing found. Our vetting process gives the candidate the benefit of the doubt, while keeping in mind the candidate’s party’s platform." In such cases we may give a score of 0 to 2.5.

Our process wasn’t perfect; we’re all volunteers and we did as much as we could. For some categories we could find no information; but still the choices tended to be clear.

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Our core values are:

  • Defend the Constitution
  • Fiscal Responsibility
  • Limited Government
  • Free Markets
  • God and Country

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