Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.
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.
Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.
Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with taxpayer or public funds.
It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has a livable income.
It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health insurance.
Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.
More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.
Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.
Additional regulations are needed to prevent climate change.
Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.
The United States should help defend Israel from attack by its enemies.
Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive funds from federal, state, or local governments.
Islamic law (Sharia) should take precedence over national and state laws where there are Islamic majority communities in the U. S.
Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.
People should be allowed to use public restrooms, showers, and changing rooms based on "gender identity."
I support sanctuary cities.
It is OK for Congress to exempt itself from compliance with laws applicable to all citizens.
I support the death penalty.
Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.
The United States should protect its sovereignty from the United Nations.
The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.
I voted in these primaries and general elections:
2010 General Election, 2010 Republican Primary, 2012 General Election, 2012 Republican Primary, 2014 General Election, 2014 Republican Primary, 2016 General Election, 2016 Republican Primary
Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?
I strongly believe that life should be protected at every stage until natural death.
What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?
First of all, we need to recognize the nature of the threat we face. For eight years, President Obama refused to use the term "radical Islamic terrorism" instead labeling the threat "extremism." The problem with President Obama's approach is that you cannot defeat an enemy if you refuse to identify who they are. President Trump, to his credit, has made defeating ISIS a priority, and he has had considerable success. Unfortunately, members of ISIS, like al-Qaeda and the Taliban before them, are fleeing the battlefield and joining up with like-minded groups around the globe. And so we must remain vigilant and continue to root out and defeat radical Islamic terrorist groups wherever they may settle.
What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?
As Hamilton and Madison explained in the Federalist Papers, the Founders wanted to make certain that popular opinion was not used to silence those with less popular opinions, particularly since popular opinions tend to change (sometimes dramatically) over time. They had the experience of having a king who made all decisions. And so they divided power amongst the three branches, thereby making it is less likely that power could be consolidated in one person, and used to silence opposition.
Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
I am a Catholic, born, raised and educated. My faith plays an important role in everything I do, every day of my life. I rely on my faith to give me the strength and wisdom to do the right thing for the people I represent. My faith keeps me humble, but also pushes me to strive to be more compassionate, more empathetic and more understanding of the plight of others.
When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?
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I was ranked the most conservative member of the House by National Journal a few years ago, and I have one of the highest lifetime scores with Citizens Against Government Waste.
How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?
I have long championed legislation to allow individuals to deduct the cost of health insurance from their taxes, which would help people to purchase the health care plan they want, rather than settling for one they can afford. I also support efforts to create association health plans, and to allow health insurance companies to sell products across state lines. And I think we need to enact medical malpractice reform to help rein in skyrocketing costs. Also, I voted to repeal Obamcare numerous times in the House.
What role should government play in boosting the economy?
As Chairman of the House Small Business Committee, I believe the government should get out of the way of our nation's entrepreurs and small business owners so they can grow their businesses and create jobs. That means, lowering taxes and reducing the regulatory burden on job creators, both of which we have been able to achieve to a significant degree since President Trump took office.
What changes should be made to the tax code?
I supported the tax reform legislation that we passed, and President Trump signed into law, in December. I think this legislation will be tremendously beneficial to the economy and to the lives of the vast majority of the American families. That said, I think we should go further and completely repeal the current tax code, and replace it with a fairer, simpler, flatter tax system.
What is the best way to bring down unemployment?
Pursuing policies that allow the private sector to grow, expand and create jobs (like lower taxes and less regulations) are the most important steps we can take to reduce unemployment.
How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?
The first thing we need to do is pass the Social Security Preservation Act which will make sure that money paid into the Social Security system is spent on Social Security, and only Social Security. Next, we should give younger workers the option to invest a portion of their Social Security money into an account that provides a higher return than the traditional Social Security system. Doing so will enable us to both guarantee current retirees their full benefits, while also making sure that the system is still sound for future generations.
What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?
I have represented the people of the First District for nearly 22 years. Before that, I represented many of the same constituents on Cincinnati City Council and the Hamilton County Commission for five years each.
E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you:
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Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?
As one of the most senior members of the House Judiciary Committee, I plan to pursue the chairmanship of the Committee, now that current Chairman Bob Goodlatte is retiring. If successful, I will oversee the Committee that has jurisdiction over most abortion-related legislation. In that role, I will have the ability to promote pro-life legislation, just as I did when I was Chairman of the Constitution Subcommittee and I introduced the federal ban on partial-birth abortion which President Bush signed into law. My opponent, on the other hand, might be the most pro-abortion candidate to ever run to represent the First District. He has been called an "abortion advocate" by the Cincinnati Enquirer, and he routinely praises Planned Parenthood on social media and has shockingly called that organization's outgoing president, Cecile Richards, his personal hero.
Voted for Obama's budget deal with Republicans in December 2015 http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2015/roll705.xml