Candidate Profile
Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente (California)

Republican , California

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Liberal
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Questionnaire

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Right to Life

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

Disagree   

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

Agree   

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.

Disagree   

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

I personally believe that all life sacred and should be preserved and protected. As an American, I believe that a woman’s choice to have an abortion is between her and her doctor. However, tax payers should not be compelled to pay for it. Abortion should be safe, legal, rare, and privately funded.


Economy

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

Disagree   

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

Strongly Agree   

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

The best way to reform Social Security is to first realize that in its current form it is a pyramid scheme that is propped up by the payments of young people who likely will never see a dime of their Social Security retirement benefits. We can honor the commitments made to workers approaching retirement age and give younger workers a level of security by implementing privatization over tiered phases.

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

First I would work to eliminate or reduce federal subsidize to private industries. The I would reduce our overall defense spending. Too much of our military budget is spent on being the world’s police. By refocusing our military away from an interventionist role we will be better able to fully equip, train, and mobilize our brave men in women in uniform to defend against actual threats and attacks against the people of the United States.

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

Student loans are commitments made to repay money used for higher education and tax payers shouldn’t be on the hook for your educational and vocational choices. However, I propose that we offer deductions or loan repayments based on working for a specified period in critical fields such as teaching, health care, military, foreign services, or EMS.


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.

Agree   

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

Agree   

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

Yes   

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

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof" to me means that the government has not authority to restrict or regulate religious beliefs or practices, as long as those beliefs and practices do not infringe on the actual rights of others. It also means that the government cannot require others to adopt or participate in those religious beliefs or practices.


Healthcare

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

Disagree   

I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.

Disagree   

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

There is no easy fix to our broken healthcare system, but we can start with a few simple ideas. Require upfront pricing comparisons for cash payers versus insurance payments, allow state governments to join together to create multi-state health compacts, remove caps and restrictions on health savings accounts, remove federal ban on selling insurance across state lines, allow new health share programs, end the ban on importation of prescription medications, encourage more telemedicine programs, and end loopholes for blocking generic medications.


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?

Nearly 60 years of U.S. meddling in the Middle East has led to the formation of terrorist groups like ISIL/ISIS, al-Qaeda, Taliban, and others. We must pull our military out of the region and engage in real diplomacy through statesmanship and private economic development.


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.

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.

Disagree   

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

Neutral   

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

Instead of building a $4 billion dollar wall, easily defeated by a $50 saw, we should be encouraging people to come to the U.S. easily and lawfully. Recognizing undocumented workers as assets rather than liabilities and welcoming them to come to our country for low skilled seasonal agriculture jobs through a guest worker program, like the one championed by President Ronald Reagan, would not only fill the shortfall in farm workers, but also help to ease the economic despair facing the people of Mexico. Any person seeking a better life for themselves and their family, excluding those with a history of committing violent crimes, should be allowed to immigrate to the United States. We must also work harder to expedite asylum requests from people fleeing oppressive and violent governments.


Education

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Disagree   


Values

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

Neutral   

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

Agree   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

My beliefs and faith are personal and private. Asking candidates to make expressions of religious belief will only encourage politicians to feign faith. My values are simple, do the most good without infringing on the rights of others.


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?

Moderate   

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Over the years I have made many public statements on a multitude of issues on national news programs, in local news papers, and on social media (Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter).

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

No.

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

I am living proof that the American Dream can be achieved by those who are inspired to pursue it. I was born in 1945 in San Diego, California. My parents, Roque and Bertha, instilled the deep sense of responsibility toward others that I still hold so dear. This message of “service to others” was reinforced by the Carmelites of the Sacred Heart, The Daughters of the Holy Spirit, Dominican Pillars, Legionaries of Christ, Maris and Jesuits, who provided my education during my formative years. I earned a bachelor’s degree in Physics and Mathematics from Instituto Patria and graduated Magna Cum Laude. As you come to know me, You will find that my word is my bond, something unique today in the political and business worlds. My opinions are authentic and raw just like yours.


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 an honest conversation about how community policing can help curb gun violence in the cities struggling the most. We also need to hold local prosecutors accountable when black market gun dealers and violent criminals aren’t prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law while terrorizing our neighborhoods. But restrictions on lawful gun ownership will not deter violent crime.


Other Important Issues

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

Disagree   

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Agree   

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

Disagree   

The Electoral College should be abolished.

Disagree   

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

Flat Tax- by instituting a flat tax, with limited deductions for charitable contributions and investment, we would ease that burden and ensure that everyone can quickly and easily pay their fair share. Free Trade - tariffs are taxes that US consumers and small producers pay. The US/China tariffs are costing farmers and small businesses nearly $7 billion a month. Immigration Reform - create new pathways for legal immigration and honor the tradition of welcoming immigrants to the U.S.

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

Yes, systemic racism is a threat to domestic security. From our restrictive ballot access and election laws, mandatory minimums, the cash bail system, racial profiling in policing, plea deal stacking, and education funding by zip code have led to a system that shuts out minorities from having an equal chance at the American dream.


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  • US President, Sought 2016
  • US Senator, Sought 2018
 

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