Candidate Profile
Rudy Barnes

Other , South Carolina

Biography

Panel Rating

Somewhat Liberal Information icon

Questionnaire

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

Congress should repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

Disagree

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

Disagree

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.

Disagree

The U.S. military should wait for militant Islamic groups to directly threaten our national security on our shores, rather than eradicate them now wherever they may be worldwide.

Disagree

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

Agree

I support legislation such as the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) that would prohibit discrimination against individuals, organizations and small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

Disagree

The federal government should establish Common Core as a nationwide academic standard for high school graduation.

Neutral

I oppose the resettlement of Syrian refugees into the U.S. without proper vetting.

Agree

Current regulations on domestic oil exploration and drilling are more restrictive than are necessary.

Disagree

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

Neutral

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

Agree

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

Agree

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.

Neutral

Free enterprise and the right to private property turn mankind's natural self-interest into the most productive economic system there is.

Agree

Governments should pay to develop wind and solar energy solutions until they are economically feasible.

Neutral

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States.

Disagree

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

Neutral

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Neutral

The United States should help defend Israel from attack by its enemies.

Agree

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

Neutral

Marijuana should be legalized and regulated like tobacco and alcohol.

Neutral

Islamic law (Sharia) does not pose a threat to the United States and its Constitution.

Agree

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

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Before fetus is viable, or if rape or if danger to life of mother.

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

power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

The moral imperative of my faith is summed up in the greatest commandment to love God and love our neighbors-even those we would rather ignore-as we love ourselves. It is a common word of faith for Jews, Christians and Muslims alike. God is love, and God's will is to reconcile and redeem humanity, while Satan's will is to divide and conquer.

Considering all issues (social, economic, national security, etc.), which of these best describes you?

Moderate

Please defend your answer to the previous question by referencing your publicly available track record.

See my commentary at http://www.religionlegitimacyandpolitics.com/

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

RudyBarnes@RudyBarnesforCongress.com, or use contact link at http://www.rudybarnesforcongress.com/

Additional comment from candidate:

I have opinions on the issues marked as neutral, and all of the issues deserve discussion.


Background

Education
  • Univ of S. Carolina, Columbia, JD, 1967
  • Univ of S. Carolina, Columbia, MPA, 1979
  • The Citadel, Charleston, BA PolSc, 1964
Work & Military
  • SC Bar, attorney, 49
  • US Army, Colonel, 25
  • SC United Meth Conf., pastor, 12
Affiliations
  • Newberry County Water & Sewer Authority, chair
  • Mid-Carolina Journal, editor
  • Lake Murray Assn, Board
  • Cooperative Ministries, volunteer counselor
  • SC Bar, Board of Governors
  • SC Bar, chair of senior lawyers section
  • SC Bar, chair of military lawyer section
  • Freedom & Hope Foundation, Board
Offices
  • Columbia City Council, Held 8
 

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