State Rep., Dist 98
11-06-18 General Election
 

Joseph Cruz (R)

 

Michael Gottlieb (D)

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Joseph Cruz (R)
Michael Gottlieb (D)

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  Stands on Issues

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Cruz:   Neutral
Gottlieb:   (Did not answer)

I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

Cruz:   Strongly Agree
Gottlieb:   (Did not answer)

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

Cruz:   Agree
Gottlieb:   (Did not answer)

Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with taxpayer or public funds.

Cruz:   Strongly Disagree
Gottlieb:   (Did not answer)

It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has a livable income.

Cruz:   Strongly Disagree
Gottlieb:   (Did not answer)

It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health insurance.

Cruz:   Neutral
Gottlieb:   (Did not answer)

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.

Cruz:   Neutral
Gottlieb:   (Did not answer)

More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.

Cruz:   Agree
Gottlieb:   (Did not answer)

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Cruz:   Strongly Agree
Gottlieb:   (Did not answer)

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

Cruz:   Strongly Agree
Gottlieb:   (Did not answer)

Any teaching to children on sex education in public schools must include all contraceptive methods, and should not show preference to abstinence.

Cruz:   Agree
Gottlieb:   (Did not answer)

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Cruz:   Strongly Disagree
Gottlieb:   (Did not answer)

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive funds from federal, state, or local governments.

Cruz:   Neutral
Gottlieb:   (Did not answer)

Islamic law (Sharia) should take precedence over national and state laws where there are Islamic majority communities in the U. S.

Cruz:   Strongly Disagree
Gottlieb:   (Did not answer)

The state constitution should limit the growth of spending to the rate of population growth plus the rate of inflation.

Cruz:   Neutral
Gottlieb:   (Did not answer)

Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

Cruz:   Agree
Gottlieb:   (Did not answer)

People should be allowed to use public restrooms, showers, and changing rooms based on "gender identity."

Cruz:   Agree
Gottlieb:   (Did not answer)

I support sanctuary cities.

Cruz:   Strongly Disagree
Gottlieb:   (Did not answer)

I support the death penalty.

Cruz:   Agree
Gottlieb:   (Did not answer)

Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.

Cruz:   Disagree
Gottlieb:   (Did not answer)

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

Cruz:   Strongly Agree
Gottlieb:   (Did not answer)

Parents should be the primary authority in decisions affecting their minor children.

Cruz:   Strongly Agree
Gottlieb:   (Did not answer)

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.

Cruz:   Disagree
Gottlieb:   (Did not answer)

I voted in these primaries and general elections:

Cruz:   2016 General Election, 2016 Republican Primary
Gottlieb:   (Did not answer)

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Cruz:   As an advocate for small government, I feel abortion should be a decision left to be made by the stakeholders involved and not legislators. While I do not personally agree with the practice of abortion, I don't believe it is acceptable intervene in decisions women make regarding their bodies and health.
Gottlieb:   (Did not answer)

What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?

Cruz:   The nature of mankind to have a tendency towards tyranny makes the inclusion of separation of powers necessary for America's Founders. Ensuring all branches of government can be held accountable and checked by the others has made America the pinnacle of Democracy.
Gottlieb:   (Did not answer)

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

Cruz:   I was born and raised in a Catholic family, and received a Catholic education through my sophomore year of high school. This helped to instill values in me that largely dictate who I am today. Like others, my relationship with God and my religious practice has not always been perfect; but charity, acting as a servant for others, and the importance of giving back to the community are values my religion has instilled in me that I have always cherished.
Gottlieb:   (Did not answer)

When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

Cruz:   Moderate
Gottlieb:   (Did not answer)

Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

Cruz:   (Did not answer)
Gottlieb:   (Did not answer)

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

Cruz:   Tax reform and eliminating unneeded regulation on small businesses are the most effective ways to bring down unemployment. Florida is the only state in the country that charges a tax on property leased for commercial use, and reducing or eliminating this tax is just one way we can free up businesses to use that money to invest in human capital.
Gottlieb:   (Did not answer)

How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

Cruz:   Ensuring that all Floridians have access to affordable healthcare coverage would be a top priority for me in the Florida legislature, but this must be done in a fiscally responsible manner. Expanding Medicare to as many Floridians as possible and incentivizing small businesses to provide coverage would be effective ways to bring down the current number of Floridians without access to affordable healthcare.
Gottlieb:   (Did not answer)

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

Cruz:   Government should aid in boosting the economy by ensuring that a stable environment exists in order for individuals to have confidence to participate in transactions and that their investments will hold value. Governments should also protect consumers by regulating industries only when necessary, and intervene when economic downturn is imminent and unavoidable. Government spending should not be considered the primary mechanism to induce economic growth.
Gottlieb:   (Did not answer)

What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

Cruz:   As a lifelong resident of District 98, I am uniquely positioned to represent our community in Tallahassee and advocate for the values that matter to my constituents. The needs of my community will come before my personal interests or my party affiliation, and I will make it a point that all residents of district 98 feel they have a representative who fights for them in the State Legislature.
Gottlieb:   (Did not answer)

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you:

Cruz:   joseph@votejosephcruz.com 954-494-2229
Gottlieb:   (Did not answer)

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

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  Background
Joseph Cruz (R)
Michael Gottlieb (D)

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