Candidate Profile
Curtis McLaughlin Jr

Libertarian , South Carolina


Curtis McLaughlin Jr
U.S. Rep., Dist. 4

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Kevin Umbaugh (L) Victor Kocher (L) Steve French (L)

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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.


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


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


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 The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) should be repealed by Congress.


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


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

Strongly Disagree

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

Strongly Agree

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


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 Agree

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

No Answer

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?

In order to escape oppression that they saw as unjust and illegitimate and to form a more perfect union based on the values that they fought and died for. They learned from their past and grew from it to shape (or frame) us as a new nation.

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

1) American foreign policy/meddling abroad - We need to stop intervening in the actions and decisions made by sovereign nations. We need to stop sending money and military hardware to less-than-trustworthy nations across the globe. 2) Domestic drug policy - I would support legislation to end the failed "War on Drugs" that benefits no one except the institutions looking to line their pockets at the taxpayer expense. Federal classification of illicit drugs should be nullified and drug policy should be mandated at the State-level. 3) NSA - Defund it entirely, this agency has proven its untrustworthiness time and time again, I would support legislation to set the NSA's annual operating budget to $0.00 annually.

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

No answer.

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.

1. Constitution 2. Voters 3. Industry 4. Congress 5. Academia 6. Supreme Court 7. Media

19. Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

My religious convictions (per the constitution) would not play a role in my legislative decision making, however, the opinions of my religious constituents would.


  • Wade Hampton High School, Greenville, SC, Diploma, 2007
  • Clemson University, Clemson, SC, Bachelors, 2012
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