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?
None. I believe that we should help the mother during pregnancy, and the mother and her child after pregnancy. I work with pro-life women's health centers to ensure that happens. I also believe that, if absolutely necessary, we should default to adoption to prevent abortion.
What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?
First, use of the military should not be a first resort, but only a last resort. Second, fight the terrorists overseas before they get to U.S. soil. Third, utilize military and intelligence resources in a way that counters radical Islamic terrorists. Fourth, any use of the military must be limited; not designed to fight foreign civil wars (or other countries' conflicts) and through the use of the Constitution.
What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?
Our Founding Fathers knew man is not perfect; that man is subject to commit acts of wrongdoing. They designed a divinely inspired document to create a society where God-given values of charity and the opportunity to prosper could both occur. Our Founding Fathers also knew that governments concentrate power and use it against people. To keep people free, they separated those powers, setting each branch against the other, while forcing them to work together for the good of the people.
Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
I believe Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. I believe that Christ gave his life for our salvation. I believe we are to follow His teachings.
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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How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?
I have offered free market solutions that will make healthcare and healthcare insurance accessible, affordable, and of high quality.
What role should government play in boosting the economy?
Government should ensure an open, transparent, and competitive free market. Government should ensure civil courts and police are fully funded to protect individuals and property, as well as deal with business lawsuits.
What changes should be made to the tax code?
Simpler, lower taxes for small businesses (including S-Corps, LLCs, 1099s, etc.) and individuals. Also, many of the provisions of the latest tax reform law should be made permanent for small businesses and individuals.
What is the best way to bring down unemployment?
Robust economic growth.
How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?
I am concerned about the viability of Social Security benefits for future generations. I want people to have more sources of wealth; not having to rely strictly on Social Security.
What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?
10 years in the Idaho State Senate; Growing up on a dairy farm; International businessman for Idaho technology companies; MBA and other college degrees and certifications from Idaho universities and companies.
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Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?
Russ is a fourth generation Idahoan. He grew up on a family dairy farm. He spent more than 20 years in the technology industry, focusing on selling Idaho products around the world. He served for 10 years in the Idaho State Senate; six of those 10 years, Russ was in the State Senate leadership.