Only 40 percent of congressional candidates -- the lowest percentage since this survey began in 1992 -- will say where they stand on key issues, according to a new survey by Project Vote Smart.
Project Vote Smart calls it the 2010 Political Courage Test and notes that even if candidates won't say where they stand, they've put together a database at www.voteeasy.org that shows what candidates have said about various issues.
Among the congressional candidates listed as not answering the survey: U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Arlington, and his Democratic challenger David Cozad; U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, R-Fort Worth; U.S. Rep. Kenny Marchant, R-Coppell; U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Lewisville, his Democratic challenger Neil Durrance, and his Libertarian challenger Mark Boler; and U.S. Rep. Chet Edwards, D-Waco, and his Republican challenger Bill Flores.
Also, 82 percent of legislative candidates in Texas and all gubernatorial candidates did not answer the questions as well.
"VoteEasy is the future -- the cutting edge of technology applied to the people's need to know their candidates," said Richard Kimball, president of Project Vote Smart.
-- Anna M. Tinsley