Candidate Profile
Mark Gonsalves

Republican , Georgia

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Name
Mark Gonsalves
Party
Republican
Race
U.S. Rep., Dist. 7
Incumbent
No
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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?

All life is precious and must be protected. I would be willing to give a very limited window when the life of the mother is at risk or in cases of rape and incest. These situations must be legitimate and the window very limited.


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   

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

We must protect what was promised to people while giving younger generations a more sustainable way of doing things.

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

We must examine the benefits of each agency and program in the federal government. A good example is the federal Department of Education, we must get rid of it and I will sponsor legislation to make that happen! It is time to return government to its proper role.

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

There are NO circumstances where taxpayers should be forced to pay off existing student loans.


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.

Yes   

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

There is no mention in the U.S. Constitution of separation of church and state, this phrase came later after the Constitution had been in place for years. The Constitution bars the government from forcing religion or preventing the free practice of a person’s religion, but if a teacher is holding prayer in her classroom there is nothing inherently wrong with that. In the same light, any kid has the right to not participate in that prayer or pray in their own way. We can’t institute religion, but it does not mean we have to throw our religion to the curb either. I understand different state statutes and constitutions may be different, but as a Congressman my concern is following the U.S. Constitution. Our founding fathers believed our rights came from God as natural rights and we must not forget that.


Healthcare

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?

We must institute free-market principles through transparency. If it was public information, what healthcare services cost, it would create competition and drive prices down. I believe we must push for pricing transparency.


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?

We must continue to support the eradication of all terror groups and protect our borders so that nobody who is a threat can come in. We must have extreme vetting of all who enter the United States while assisting in the annihilation of terror groups.


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   

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?

Immigration to the U.S. should be merit-based. Everyone sovereign nation has the right, I would argue the obligation, to make the decision of who can or can't come in.


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.

My Christian faith is very important to me and informs my beliefs on everything. One of the great issues with society has been the eradication of faith from our culture.


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   

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Economically I believe it is time to cut government spending and reduce governmental dependence along with foreign dependence. Socially we must bring the teachings of God back into society. We must stop fighting endless wars we don't know how to win and push forward with an America First foreign policy. We must protect our border, as I believe NO Sovereign Nation Can Remain Sovereign Absent A Secure Border. We must bring conservative principles to DC, and that is what I will do.

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

Never.

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

My name is Mark Gonsalves. I’m a Trump-like outsider; a businessman who gets things done. I’ve spent my professional career helping build and grow companies. Creating jobs. One became the 4th fastest-growing private company in the US before going public, one sold to private equity for over a half a billion dollars. Congress desperately needs leaders who have the courage to do what’s right for We The People. We need more outsiders, not career politicians, who have the guts to stand up to the D.C. insiders and put America First! I’m ready to STOP THE NONSENSE!


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?

We already have too many gun laws. The only time you should be able to have your guns taken is after you have had Due Process and a day in court. I am strongly against red flag laws and any laws which infringe on the 2nd Amendment.


Other Important Issues

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

Strongly Disagree   

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Strongly Disagree   

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?

We MUST hold China accountable and reduce our dependence on China, this is the first thing I will do. We MUST protect the 2nd Amendment and I will immediately act to do that. Thirdly, it is time to enact term limits and send home all career politicians and I will fight to do this!

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

Racism is an unconscionable form of evil. That being said, hate is hate regardless of the form it comes in.


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