Candidate Profile
Rick Vandeven

Libertarian , Missouri


Rick Vandeven
U.S. Rep., Dist. 8

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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 Disagree

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

Strongly Disagree

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 The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) should be repealed by Congress.

No Answer

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 Disagree

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


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?

I like to believe that the intent of enumerating the powers of the federal government as outlined in the Constitution was to prevent the central government from consolidating too much power. The biggest flaws in the document have been the Interstate Commerce, Supremacy, and General Welfare clauses; in addition to slavery not being prohibited and congressional authority to levy taxes.

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

I have three issues that are popular, could pass the legislative process, and will put more money in everybody's pockets... 1. Term limits for federal representatives and senators (requires a constitutional amendment) 2. Removing marijuana from the federal Schedule 1 list of drugs, and decriminalizing all cannabis products at the federal level 3. Removing all federal subsidies for ethanol products and production I will also oppose all forms of cronyism, debt ceiling hikes, tax increases, wars of aggression, Patriot Act extensions, and censorship laws.

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

I believe that abortion should be allowed up to the "viability" stage, and that abortion should be legal in cases of rape, incest, and when a woman's life is in danger as a result of the pregnancy. Women who choose to have abortions should not be subjected to forced ultrasounds, being placed in mandated waiting periods, or have to prove their case to a government sanctioned "inquisition" either. This is a private matter. Roe v. Wade will not be overturned. The individual states still retain the right to regulate abortions up to the point of outlawing them altogether. Single issue voters need to realize that no candidate or political party will ever have the power (or will) to overturn Roe v. Wade. I am opposed to federal subsidies for abortions, and abortion providers.

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.

I believe that I am the highest source of authority in my life. I believe that you are the highest authority in your life. I have no desire to tell you how to peacefully live your life in whatever manner you choose.

19. Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I believe that the "Golden Rule", do unto others as you would have them do unto you and love your neighbor, sums up my personal value system well. I believe that the world would be a much more peaceful and prosperous place for all humans if people lived by the Golden Rule. If elected, there is one criteria that proposed legislation must pass before I will even consider voting for it: does this legislation benefit someone at the expense of somebody else?


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  • Missouri Libertarian Party, Executive Committee Member
  • LP MO 8th Congressional Dist. Cmte., Chair
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