Candidate Profile
Thomas Nelson

Libertarian , Wisconsin


Thomas Nelson
Attorney General

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Scott Fitzgerald, Scott Walker







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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. Election of judges by the people for a definite term of office is the best way to select judges.

No Answer

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

Strongly Disagree

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


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


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

Strongly Disagree

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


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

No Answer

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 The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) should be repealed by Congress.

Strongly Agree

10. There should be a strict constitutional spending limit for state and local governments that would tie the rate of spending to the rate of population growth plus the rate of inflation.


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


12. Free market competition for education dollars, rather than a government monopoly, would create a better education for all students.

Strongly Agree

13. Where minor children are involved, divorce laws should be reformed to include mutual consent of both parents and an increased waiting period, unless there is fault or abuse.

No Answer

14. The Ten Commandments should not be displayed in public school buildings.


15. Religious freedom is our most foundational freedom and deserves added protection in our state and federal constitutions.


16. 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.

No Answer

17. Our state should participate in the nationwide Common Core standards for high-school graduation.

Strongly Disagree

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

This question cannot be served within your 500 word limit. You should have more respect for your readers.

19. 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.

Constitution, Supreme Court, Congress, Voters, Academia. Professional Sports? Are you kidding?

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

Of course abortion should be allowed under some circumstances. A civilized society does not condemn an innocent woman to a terrible death in the service of someone's superstition. This is an area where compromise must be accepted. Both of the extreme positions become irrational when applied to the facts of individual cases. I believe the Roe v. Wade decision or something very much like it is in the spirit of that compromise.

21. Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I would bar government from involving itself in anyone's religion, creed, tenet or way of life so long as it is not injurious to others. We do a pretty good job of that now with our constitutional law. I would take it further. My basic concept of government is that of John Stuart Mill when he said that your right to swing your fist ends only where my neighbor's nose begins.


  • University of Utah, Salt Lake City, J.D., 1975
  • University of Utah, Salt Lake City, B.S,, 1972
Work & Military
  • U. S. Air Force, Sergeant, 1965-1968
  • Mensa, Member
  • National Rifle Association, Life Member
  • (Candidate did not provide)

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