Candidate Profile
Bill Connor

Republican , South Carolina

Biography

Name
Bill Connor
Party
Republican
Race
U.S. Senator
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

Conservative

Endorsements

Conservatives

6
Association of Black Conservatives, Conservatives for Responsible Government, Constitutional Veterans Association, Major General Paul Vallely-Ret, South Carolina Tea Party Leaders, South Carolinians for Responsible Government

Reported by Candidate

1
Major General (ret) Paul Vallely former Fox News Lt. Colonel (USMC ret) Bill Cowan Fox News General (ret) Colby Broadwater College President Steve Brown former Chairman Greenville County GOP Dean Fowler Treasurer of Florence County SC Wade Arnett Coroner/GOP Chair of Berkeley County
 

Other Information

Numbers USA Candidate Survey: https://www.numbersusa.com/content/elections/races/congressional/senate-election/2014-senate-race.html

Questionnaire

Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

1. Free enterprise and the right to private property turn mankind's natural self interest into the fairest and most productive economic system there is, and are the key to national prosperity.

Strongly Agree

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

Strongly Disagree

3. The United States must maintain a nuclear arsenal that is safe, reliable, modern and numerically superior to those of potential adversaries.

Strongly Agree

4. Government should enforce laws designed to protect the border and to prevent illegal entry of persons into the country.

Strongly Agree

5. The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) should be repealed by Congress.

Strongly Agree

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

Strongly Agree

7. Marriage is a union of one man and one woman. No government has the authority to alter this definition.

Strongly Agree

8. Efforts to bring Islamic law (shariah) to America do not pose a threat to our country and its Constitution.

Strongly Disagree

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

Strongly Agree

10. Governments should pay to develop wind and solar energy solutions when these are not economically feasible.

Strongly Disagree

11. More restrictive gun control laws are needed now to protect public safety.

Strongly Disagree

12. The founders established pure democracy in the Constitution because they believed that it is the best form of government to ensure the safety and equitable treatment of all citizens.

Strongly Disagree

13. People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree

14. The federal government should establish nationwide standards (such as Common Core) for high-school graduation.

Strongly Disagree

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

Our founders were primarily Christian men who believed in the doctrine of original sin. They understood the quote of Lord Acton "Power tends to corrupt, absolute power corrupts absolutely". They knew that for government to remain limited, offering the maximum Liberty to citizens, it required Constitutionally mandated separation of power with checks and balances to prevent the corrupting influence of power.

16. Briefly list three (3) political or legislative issues of most concern to you, and explain why each is important to you.

1. Repealing Obamacare (aka "affordable" care act) and Abolishing the National Dept of Education: This is critical as both Obamacare and the Nat'l Dept of Ed are unconstitutional overreaches by the Federal Government. The individual mandate under Obamacare is not Constitutional under the commerce clause, which is how it was sold to Congress. 2. Fighting for enforcement of our immigration laws and against plans for amnesty. We need to secure our borders and bring immigration under control. It is killing our economy and destroying the fabric of America. 3. Simplifying our tax code and move away from the so-called "progressive" tax to a consumption based tax. I am a proponent of the "Fair Tax" and eventual abolition of the IRS, though I realize we may have to move through a flat tax period to get to that goal.

17. Should abortion be allowed under extenuating circumstances? If so, what circumstances?

The only exception for abortion should be in cases where an abortion would be necessary to save the life of the mother. In that specific case, the decision is with the mother. In all other cases, abortion should not be allowed.

18. Based on the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, please arrange the following entities, starting with the highest source of authority, and continue the list in descending order of authority, skipping any that do not apply: Academia, Congress, Constitution, God, Industry, Media, Professional Sports, Supreme Court, Voters.

God, Constitution, Voters, Congress, Supreme Court, Industry, Academia, Media, Professional Sports.

19. Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a born-again Christian who believes the Bible is the inspired Word of God. I believe it to be true, and hold to Biblical values. Admittedly, I am not perfect, as a sinner saved by grace, but strive to the example of Jesus Christ and believe I will someday face judgment under His sacrifice on the cross.


Background

Education
  • The Citadel, Charleston, BA, 1990
  • USC School of Law, Columbia, JD, 2005
  • Command and General Staff Officers Course (CGSC), Leavenworth, Masters equivalent Military Education, 2004
Work & Military
  • US Army, LTC(P) Selected for Colonel on April 15, 2014, 1990-present
  • US Army, Senior US Advisor to Helmand Province, 2007-2008
  • US Army, Senior Officer of CGSC instruction in SC, 2011-present
  • Horger and Connor LLC, Law Partner/Owner, 2010-present
Affiliations
  • Orangeburg Christian Academy (K-12 School), Chairman of the Board 2008-present
  • SC 6th Congressional District Republican Party, Chairman
  • South Carolina's "Youth Challenge" program, Board member, Committee Chairman
  • South Carolina's Child Evangelism Fellowship, State Board
  • Rotary, member/Board
Offices
  • Chairman of SC 6th Congressional District GOP, Held 2012-2013
  • SC Lt. Governor, Sought 2010 (runoff)
 

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