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Most Candidates Fail Courage Test




VoteEasy at announced today that neither Former Vice President Biden nor President Trump were willing to give specific answers to voter’s questions on key issues. But even though they flunked, Vote Smart did the work to get the goods on them, and 124 other candidates that filed for President who also failed. 73 presidential candidates passed the test.

The test, which has been conducted in every election since 1992, examines each candidate’s willingness to give their intentions on the issues voters are most concerned about. In the latest test, these issues included COVID-19 and criminal justice. The number of candidates passing the test has generally declined over the years as consistent with exploding levels of financial resources have enabled them to control the candidate’s messages.

Each candidate was contacted a minimum of six times and asked to provide this crucial information to citizens. Of the 206 Presidential candidates tested, 73 were willing to make a good faith effort to help voters by answering questions on a wide range of topics.

List of major passing candidates:

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Gov. Steve Bullock, former Rep. John Delaney, former Rep. Joe Sestak, Green Party nominee Howie Hawkins, Libertarian Party nominee Jo Jorgensen.

List of major failing candidates:

Pres. Donald Trump, former VP Joe Biden, Sen. Cory Booker, Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Sec. Julian Castro, Andrew Yang.

VoteEasy at

Compare major candidates’ issue positions with those of your own on Vote Smart’s powerful new tool VoteEasy at For candidates who refused to provide specific issue positions, Vote Smart used teams of researchers to cull through years of public records to compile answers on each failed candidate’s behalf. Those answers were supplied to each candidate for verification – not one objected to Vote Smart’s findings.

All of this data is now available on our new website at


About Vote Smart: Used by over 12 million voters, national media and corporations, Vote Smart is funded entirely by tax-deductible donations from citizens and charitable foundations. No one can serve on Vote Smart’s board without a political enemy and it is staffed by hundreds of student interns and staff that sign on for up to two years.

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