Candidate Profile
Elise Hatsuko Kaneshiro

Republican , Hawaii


Elise Hatsuko Kaneshiro
U.S. Rep., Dist. 2

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Pat Saiki


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?



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


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?

I would bring together stakeholders that can help to redesign the Social Security system into one that is sustainable for generations to come.

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

I would reduce Medicaid payments by exploring how to more effectively provide healthcare to vulnerable populations.

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

Undue influence.

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?

To me, separation of church and state means that we do not have a designated national church and that we do not prohibit or hinder anyone from practicing their spirituality.


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


I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.


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

In my opinion, health insurance and healthcare access are not the same. I strongly believe in subsidizing wellness programs that will preventatively and holistically address the wellbeing of our communities. Through nutrition, movement, and mental and emotional care initiatives, I plan to promote a healthy and happy lifestyle for everyone in our community. I believe that this will, in turn, cause healthcare costs to decrease as a whole and for those who need treatment to receive it.

National Security

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


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

Strengthen the military to serve as a deterrent.


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.


Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should be abolished.


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.


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


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

Anyone should be allowed to migrate so long as they follow the protocol.


Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.



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


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


Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I grew up Christian and, after a period in the desert and wilderness, have returned to the fold. Everyday, I continue to grow in my faith and hope that my journey will inspire others. I am committed to treating all with love and to being a light to the world. My spirituality is the foundation of my life and serving God is my purpose. I believe that Jesus Christ is the only truth, the only way, and the only source of salvation for our world today.


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?


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

Socially, my values are conservative as I believe in protecting life, the home, and the family. However, I do believe in taking care of others and serving the most vulnerable populations through government-sponsored initiatives.

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 have firsthand knowledge about the atrocities of abortion. My children, Matthew, Mary, and Emma, are driving forces for this campaign. I am committed to ensuring that no other woman has to lose her children to the enemy.

Criminal Justice

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


2nd Amendment

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

Addressing unregistered firearms and implementing universal background checks.

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.


The Electoral College should be abolished.


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

1) Wellness: funding initiatives to ensure well-functioning individuals & communities 2) Finance: funding counseling & planning programs to provide tools that will unleash the potential of our nation 3) Education: funding programs in physical education, music, art, and dance

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

Yes, racism against any individual or group of people can terrorize them and cause them to live in fear.


  • 'Iolani School, Honolulu, HS, 2013
  • Arizona State University, Tempe, BS, 2017
  • William S. Richardson School of Law, Honolulu, JD, 2020
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