Candidate Profile
W. Scott Howard

Libertarian , Idaho


W. Scott Howard
U.S. Rep., Dist. 1

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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.


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.

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.

Strongly Disagree

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

Strongly Disagree

It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health insurance.

Strongly Disagree

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 Disagree

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

Strongly Disagree

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.

Strongly Disagree

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."

Strongly Disagree

I support sanctuary cities.

Strongly Disagree

It is OK for Congress to exempt itself from compliance with laws applicable to all citizens.

Strongly Disagree

I support the death penalty.


Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree

The United States should protect its sovereignty from the United Nations.

Strongly Agree

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


I voted in these primaries and general elections:

2012 General Election, 2016 General Election

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

It should be a personal choice of those directly involved. It is not up to government, friends, or family. Personally I feel that if one parent does not want a child, but the other parent does, the two should be able to sign a legally binding agreement that give the desiring parent all responsibility for the child, and releases the parent that wishes to not have the child from any responsibility. Thus all medical and other expenses shall be paid by the parent wanting the child. This is regardless of who the desiring parent is.

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

The United states has a responsibility to it's citizens to protect them from harm. This is not an excuse to wage wars across the globe because of the threat that one day may come against us. we need to move our troops back to the U.S. and defend our country. We should not be the world police.

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

"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I believe that everyone has a right to believe in whatever spirit they choose, and it is of no concern to others. I have no say in your spiritual life, nor do you have any in mine. Live a good life and be good to those around you. Don't hurt people, and don't take their stuff.

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.

I am a libertarian. I cross both sides of the political spectrum short of the extremes. Don't hurt people, and don't take their stuff. this includes taking their money to give to others (don't do it).

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

Limit patent lifetimes, reduce or eliminate subsidizes, remove incentive for companies to over charge for medical related services.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

Stay out of it.

What changes should be made to the tax code?

Remove all tax except a national sales tax. Remove the states ability to tax. Set in place a national 25% sales tax on end user items. of that tax, 50% goes to the U.S. Government, Depending on where the sale takes place 25% to the state, 12.5% to the municipality and 12.5% to the county if in a manucipalaity otherwise 25% to the county Remove the IRS.

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

Getting the government out of business.

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

I wouldn't for retirement. I would help promote and educate those future generations on investing in themselves and preparing for retirement. For disability, that should be handled at a community level rather than a federal level.

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

The experience of watching the world , country, states, and communities I have been living and working in. Listening to those around me.

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

I value our liberty and freedom to pursue happiness. I will not tell you how to live, and it is not for the government to do either. The two party system had been hurting the country at it is time to take the country back. Additionally when it comes to abortion, I would like to add, it is not my place to tell anyone what to do or how to do it. However faith taught me that the lives of the young belong to the creator. if they have not reached an age of understanding, they return to him. thus in a better place. The teachings also said that judgement of others is reserved for him. Thus precluding me for showing disdain on their actions, lest I be judged. and finally that faith is a personal and individual relationship, that no external person can affect your path with your creator. thus making laws or forcing people to live the way I do is not the message he had. Preventing people from an abortion does not change their heart, it just makes them choose less safe methods.


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