Candidate Profile
Clint Smith

Republican , Georgia

Biography

Panel Rating*

Conservative
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Endorsements*

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Conservatives

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*Georgia Right to Life

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 Agree   

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?

Almost never - except in rare cases to the save the life of the mother.


Economy

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   

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

In Georgia, our state constitution requires that we balance the budget. But in so doing each year, legislators need to double down on the zero-based budgeting approach that I originally sponsored and is current law in Georgia. It requires that each state agency leader justify their needs each fiscal year. There is never any funding that automatically carries over to the next year.


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   

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 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.

Yes   

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

The term is not found in the constitution and should not be considered as a guiding principle for leaders. Generally, it should mean the government should not encroach upon the rights of people of faith.


Healthcare

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

Strongly Disagree   

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

Obamacare is not the answer. 1. Flexible health savings accounts 2. Protection for people who lose their coverage because of government policies. 3. Promote incentives for healthy life styles (diet/excercise) Do not let people game the system by not taking care of themselves while foregoing insurance til they get sick and then demand free government benefits. 4. I support Governor Kemp's Medicaid waiver plan in Georgia


National Security

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

Strongly Agree   


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 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 Agree   

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

Only allow people who follow the current system of applying with the federal government. Exceptions can be made for work visas, young people who volunteer to join the military, and a few other exceptions for elderly/senior citizens


Education

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree   


Values

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.

I am a Christian who excepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior at a Billy Graham crusade when I was 13 years old. My parents raised me in a Christian home. They inspired me to contribute to the community and to work for Christian principles which I have done as a Republican leader, former legislator, in the military, and as a Deacon in church. Christians have a right to participate and have influence: free to publicly worship and evangelize; uphold the sanctity of marriage, fight to end abortion once and for all, and ensure that our children are not indoctrinated into radical liberalism.


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 Conservative   

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

In my past legislative service, I was consistently endorsed by National/Georgia Right to life, the National Rifle Association, 100% positive legislative scorecards from the Christian Coalition and National Federation of Independent Business

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

Eight years service in the legislature - Republican deputy whip Bachelor's degree in Political Science (minor in Business Management)

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 ask for their vote. I would appreciate it. Please pray for me. Please pray that our nation conquers the coronavirus emergency.


Judicial Philosophy

I support the use of Sharia law as a basis for legislation and judicial decisions in the United States.

Strongly Disagree   


Criminal Justice

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

Strongly Agree   


2nd Amendment

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

Yes   

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

None but we need to tackle issues related to mental illness


Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Disagree   

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Strongly 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?

Eliminate the state income tax, legislation to protect senior citizens in assisted living and nursing homes, and penalizing sanctuary cities (protect our borders)

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

all racism should be eliminated in society and it could threaten our foundation as a nation. But I do not believe that it is as bad an issue as the left is attempting to portray it. In fact, I believe that there is a somewhat organized effort to inflame racial animosity by liberals to creation chaos and distrust of government


Background

Education
  • Georgia State University, Atlanta, Bachelors, 1990
  • Comm College of Air Force, Montgomery, ALA, associate, 1992
Work & Military
  • Georgia Air National Guard, Strategic Planning Specialist, 1985-2017
Affiliations
  • First Redeemer Church, Deacon (inactive)
  • Dawson County Republican Party, Chairman
  • Georgia Faith-Based Initiatives Task Force, Chairman
  • Chestatee Regional Library Board, President
  • Historical Society of Georgia National Guard, President
Offices
  • State Representative, Held 1995-2003
 

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