Candidate Profile
Ivan Torres

Democrat , California

Biography

Name
Ivan Torres
Party
Democrat
Race
U.S. Rep., Dist. 19
Incumbent
No
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Questionnaire

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

Right to Life

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

Strongly Disagree   

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

Strongly Disagree   

I support the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which requires health care providers to provide life-saving treatment for infants who survive an attempted abortion.

Strongly Disagree   

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

When it's on the woman's terms and she is in a safe and sanitary facility surrounded by medically trained and licensed professionals.


Economy

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

Strongly Agree   

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

Disagree   

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

This is not a 1 solution type of issue. We have several options when it comes to resolving this. From tweaking the benefits formula to ensure the wealthy earners receive less benefit as they are far less likely to actually depend on it to survive.

What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?

The Trillions of dollars we spend on senseless and destructive war. The monetary incentives and subsidies we provide to Billion dollar corporations, and ensuring the ultra wealthy pay their fair share of taxes.

Under what circumstances should taxpayers help pay off existing student loans?

When the debt becomes a 1.5 Trillion dollar crisis. Eliminating student debt would allow so many graduates to purchase a home which is the biggest source of income for the entire nation and in turn local communities.


Religious Liberty

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 Disagree   

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

Neutral   

I promise to protect the freedom of Christians to share the Gospel and to practice Biblical principles.

No Answer   

What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

To me it means that religious activity should not be infringed upon by the government. but it also means religion should never influence governments decisions. Example: Lobbying by religious organizations should be prohibited.


Healthcare

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

Strongly Agree   

I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.

Strongly Agree   

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

'Medicare for All' would require little to no promotion. A single payer healthcare system to ensure every man, woman and child has access to quality and affordable healthcare.


National Security

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

Disagree   

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

Senseless war should never be the answer. It really comes down to the fact that the most vulnerable people can also be the most influenceable. Instilling fear and manipulation is a tactic that is used to have anyone adopt your ideology.


Immigration

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 Disagree   

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should be abolished.

Strongly Agree   

State and federal funds should be denied to any public or private entity, including but not limited to sanctuary cities, that are not in compliance with immigration laws.

Strongly Disagree   

Employers should be required to use E-verify to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States.

Strongly Disagree   

Who should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and under what circumstances?

America was founded on Immigration. Everyone should have an equal opportunity and chance to be heard and hopefully be allowed to contribute to this great nation.


Education

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Agree   


Values

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which is necessary for our system of limited government.

No Answer   

I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.

Strongly Agree   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I was raised with strong catholic values and morals. And as I've gotten older I've become more spiritual and understand that moral clarity is what should always prevail.


Qualifications

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?

Very Liberal   

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

ivantorres2020.com is my website which contains all of my polices and stances on many issues ranging from healthcare, education, housing to criminal justice reform.

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.

No, never.

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

I'm not a corporately funded politician who is once again seeking re-election to maintain the status quo at the expense of the working class. I'm a 100% people-funded candidate and a working class American fighting to cause change and to represent everyday people!


Criminal Justice

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.

Disagree   


2nd Amendment

What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?

We need to start by ensuring that we have a federally mandated nationwide universal background check. Gun control laws should not vary state by state.


Other Important Issues

I support BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanction) against Israel if they refuse to allow the creation of a Palestinian state.

Strongly Agree   

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Strongly Agree   

Reparations should be given to people on the basis of race.

Agree   

The Electoral College should be abolished.

Strongly Agree   

In priority order, what three areas of legislation do you propose to author or sponsor if elected?

Medicare for All, Green New Deal, Tuition-Free Public College/Trade School

Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?

Absolutely! Its no secret that bigotry and hate crimes have spiked in the U.S in recent years. Every American has the right to feel safe and secure in the U.S and not feel targeted because they may somehow be different.


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Affiliations
  • Bernie Sanders Campaign, Organizer/Volunteer
  • Sunrise Movement, Volunteer
Offices
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