Candidate Profile
Merrill Anderson

Republican , Minnesota


Merrill Anderson
U.S. Senator

Panel Rating

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

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

Strongly Agree

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.

Strongly Agree

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.

Strongly Agree

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.

Strongly Disagree

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Strongly Agree

Additional regulations are needed to prevent climate change.

Strongly Disagree

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

Strongly Agree

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

Strongly Agree

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

Strongly Agree

Islamic law (Sharia) should take precedence over national and state laws where there are Islamic majority communities in the U. S.

Strongly Agree

iVoterGuide Note:  After the voter guide was published, candidate reported that he intended to answer "Strongly Disagree"

Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

Strongly Agree

People should be allowed to use public restrooms, showers, and changing rooms based on "gender identity."

Strongly Disagree

I support sanctuary cities.

Strongly Disagree

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.

Strongly Agree

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

Strongly Agree

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?

To preserve the life of the mother. In cases of incest, after case appropriate counseling.

What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?

We have given safe haven to the Muslim Brotherhood/CAIR (HAMAS) in our United States, which I believe to be a moral and a tactical error. Despite the fact that the MB has been designated a terrorist group by the UAE, Egypt and found to be such by the UK, we have been walking on eggshells, afraid to contest their active infiltration into American politics and bureaucracy. I have stated publicly several times that the MB and its affiliate groups should be designated terrorist and its members denied access to sensitive positions.

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

Those who hold power and their bureaucracies are, by nature, greedy to acquire ever more control. The separation of powers among the three branches of government, the specificity of powers given each branch, the checks and balances....and the leaving of all other matters to the states and local government were meant to preserve the over arching rights of the individual to their basic freedoms and the full enjoyment and personal control of their life, liberty and property.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

Old school Lutheran. Raised in Swedish Augustana Synod. Confirmed in Missouri Synod.

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?


Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.


How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

Before the Democrats began their gradual process of interfering with and working to nationalize health care in America, which accelerated under Obama with the "Affordable Care Act", America had a fairly decent health care system partitioned by State with the finances overseen by State Insurance Commissioners and Departments of Health in each of the states. We need to return to something similar, perhaps creating "Health Associations", which might be a good deal cheaper and more effective and responsive to local citizen control than the bureaucratic monstrosity Obama built. The federal government should not be trying to control individual health care in Minnesota remotely from Washington, D.C. It creates artificial walls between the patient and physician.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

The less role government has, the better. Such involvement as they do have should be focused on removing obstacles to investment, commerce and profit and to let the economy grow itself. High taxes and unreasonable controls created by bloated bureaucracies have slowed American economic development and job creation for decades. It's time to take the chains off.

What changes should be made to the tax code?

A consumption tax might work better than an income tax. We could save a great deal of taxpayer money immediately by simply cleaning up fraud which the IRS currently winks at. In example, the Child Care Credit, which illegal immigrants use to scam the U.S. out of billions annually, could simply be cut off for non citizens.

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

Unleash the economy, as in 31., above.

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

By removing benefits for those who have not paid into the system. By having Congress return to a "lock box" type investment fund the billions on billions they have "borrowed" (stolen?) from SS over the decades. Stop talking about SS as an "entitlement:. These are funds paid in and OWNED by the American taxpayer and their employers. THEIR money. Treat it as such.

What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

Unlike many officeholders, I am not an attorney, nor have I been brainwashed by an Ivy League College into believing in government by an elite cadre who "know better: than the average American. I have been "boots on the ground", learning as I go, dealing with the day to day problems every working American faces. My kaleidoscope of education and experience and my training as a systems analyst puts me in a unique position to serve as a problem solver at the national level...It is my hope that if I am elected, the average Minnesotan would feel that my being in Washington would be the closest thing possible to they themselves sitting in that Senate seat.

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

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

I am tough enough to withstand any guff the opposition my throw at me.... and.... I keep my promises.


  • Antioch Communiversity, Minneapolis, MN., Criminal Justice & Non Profit Management, 1973
  • USAFI, Military Extension, BA, 1958
  • Defense Language Institute, Monterey, CA., Chinese Mandarin, 1956
Work & Military
  • Army Security Agency, Interpreter, Chinese Mandarin, 1956 - 60
  • Honeywell Ordinance Division, Management Systems Analyst, 1961 - 64
  • Merrill Anderson & Associates, CEO, 1965 - 2004
  • Reachout, Inc., CEO, 1971 - 2004
  • Minneapolis Model Cities Citizen Committee, Secretary
  • Consumer's Council, Inc., Vice Prsident, Investigator
  • Sabathani Community Center, With the Director,wrote prof forma, fundraised.
  • "The City", Youth Center, Minneapolis, Wrote prof forma, recruited board, fundraised.
  • Reachout, Inc., Minneapolis Metro, Wrote Pro Forma, Director for 33 years.
  • Minnesota Department of Corrections, Volunteer Director MNDOC Commissioner Fogel.
  • Governor's Internship Program, Co-authored program with Director Mary De Roches.
  • Minnesota Professional Driver Training Association, Legislative liaison re Driving School licensing
  • (Candidate did not provide)

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