Candidate Profile
Douglas L. Merrill

Republican , Indiana


Panel Rating

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Reported by Candidate

Ronna McDaniel, Chairwoman RNC


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.


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

Strongly 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.

Strongly Agree   

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Only in cases of rape or if the life of the mother is threatened or if there is definite and incontroversial medical proof the fetus is malformed and medically damaged beyond all reasonable medical ability to correct it.


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

Strongly 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?

These funds need to be segregated and managed (invested) by competent private sector managers whose compensation is dependent upon the funds performance, the same as an individual's investment funds are managed except on a much larger scale. Astute private sector managers are capable of generating long-term profits on their investments and Social Security funds should be no different.

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

Require anyone receiving any kind of government assistance to get and maintain a source of earned income if physically able to do so. The government must not give monetary or other type assistance to non-citizens. Scrutinize the merits of grants or subsidies and eliminate the frivolous. Eliminate all foreign monetary handouts merely to "buy friendship".

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

Under no circumstances. Graduates must get out in the real world and earn their own way and pay their own debt which they voluntarily acquired. The government may help graduates earn income with which to help pay their debt.

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 Agree   

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

Strongly Agree   

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


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

The state--the government--cannot require anyone to adhere to any form of organized religion, and the state may not prohibit any individual or organization from exercising their faith either in private or public. Religious demonstrations and/or symbols of any and all recognized faiths may be voluntarily and freely but passively exhibited in any and all public places for all to see or not see as they deem fit and without any state interference or bias either for or against. If any individual chooses to be offended, so be it.


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

Strongly Disagree   

I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.

Strongly Disagree   

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

The basic problem is that medical charges have been allowed to spiral upward out of all logical reason. These currently excessive and generally outrageous doctor, drug and hospital charges need to be curtailed by instituting a standardized list of charges for various procedures and drugs, thus bringing costs down to something more affordable. Medicare and Medicaid as presently constituted are generally adequate for seniors if the excessive charges are curtailed. Also require Medicare to pay for high-quality supplements sourced from nature which will help promote a healthier population thus reducing many health problems in the general population and especially among seniors, thus reducing much current Medicare payments.

National Security

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

Strongly Agree   

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

The CIA, FBI, and other intelligence gathering agencies and businesses (Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) absolutely MUST put aside their petty jealousies and share any and all such disturbing and questionable information gleaned from monitoring internet "chatter". A central agency should be established to receive and analyze all possibly disturbing data from these sources and such disturbances must be investigated and, if possible, eliminated.


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   

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should be abolished.

Strongly Disagree   

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 Agree   

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

Strongly Agree   

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

Only those with demonstrated merit adequately and thoroughly investigated or "vetted", to be admitted on a two-year probationary period during which they must demonstrate at least a basic ability to read and communicate in English and to have and maintain an earned source of sustaining income or be directly under the care of and dependent on someone who does.


Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree   


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

Strongly Agree   

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

Strongly Disagree   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

We are all infinite immortal spiritual children begotten by Heavenly Parents. As such we must order our lives so as to be eligible to return as Resurrected and Eternal Beings to live again with our Resurrected and Eternal Heavenly Parents. Everyone will have the opportunity to hear the true Gospel and accept or reject it either in this mortal life or in the post-mortal life after death. The only way back is by having all our sins washed clean thru the Atonement of Jesus Christ, either in this mortal life or after death in the spirit world as we await our individual resurrection. Adhering to and following the Ten Commandments is a good foundation on which to build and are universal Rules of Conduct for everyone regardless of any specific religious belief or non-belief.


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 Conservative   

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

I am a strong and vocal supporter of President Trump and mostly agree with his agenda and policies. Federal government should be limited to protecting and defending our country and to growing and maintaining our status as a world leader based upon a strong belief in Goodness and God. Government should not be a cradle-to-grave nanny-state provider.

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


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

I am beholding to no persons or organizations. I am a free and independent thinker. I am a strong supporter of and believer in most of President Trump's ideas and concerns and will support him and his agenda in his likely second term. I am a firm believer in the Constitution, recognizing it was conceived by highly learned men under the divine guidance of God, and I believe all citizens should know the Pledge of Allegiance and honor both the Flag and our National Anthem. I am a firm believer in "America--Love it or Leave it!". Citizenship is a privilege, not a right. No one is forced to remain here. If any citizen disparages the country and wants to leave, the Government should rescind citizenship and pay for and provide them with a one-way exit. Non-citizens who disparage the country in any way should be quickly and permanently removed.

Criminal Justice

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

Strongly Agree   

2nd Amendment

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

Every citizen should have the right to bear and maintain reasonable arms. However, the Founding Fathers did not conceive of modern rapid fire assault-type military-style weapons and these should be made illegal for private ownership. Non-citizens should not be allowed to own guns of any type.

Other Important Issues

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


I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.


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

Strongly Disagree   

The Electoral College should be abolished.

Strongly Disagree   

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

1. Require all states to require voters in Federal elections to show their valid photo ID and maintain accurate voter records ensuring each voter can only vote ONCE. 2. Require all public schools in grades K-16 to prominently display the American flag in every classroom and require all students to stand and recite Pledge of Allegiance in the first class of each school day. 3. Allow voluntary prayer by any and all recognized faiths in all public schools at all convocations and events.

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

Yes. Different races have different heritages, different ideas, values, morals, customs, etc. and are so ingrained as to be almost impossible to change. All races need to adopt a more "live and let live" attitude towards each other and cease to look for negative things that usually are not there.


  • Indiana University, Bloomington IN, MS, 75
  • Purdue University, West Lafayette IN, BS, 68
  • Culver Military Academy, Culver IN, Grad, 61
Work & Military
  • Long Haul Trucking, Driver, 04-17
  • Computers a la Carte, Owner, 88-04
  • Merrill Stage Equipment, Office and Field Manager, 83-88
  • U. S. Navy, Officer, 68
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Member Melchizedek Priesthood
  • Youth Arts Consortium, Board Member
  • Purdue Drill Team, Member
  • American Legion, Member and Contributor
  • Disabled American Veterans, Contributor
  • Republican National Committee, Member and Contributor
  • Faith and Freedom Coalition, Member and Contributor
  • Trump Make America Great Again Committee, Member and Contributor
  • Vice-President Freshman Class Purdue, Held 63-64

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