Candidate Profile
Kris Kobach

Republican , Kansas

Biography

Name
Kris Kobach
Party
Republican
Race
U.S. Senator
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating*

Very Conservative Information icon *

*Additional information appears below for educational purposes; however, only data received prior to the candidate deadline was considered during Panel Evaluation.

Endorsements*

*These endorsements were received after the deadline and were not considered in the Panel Evaluations and are for additional educational purposes only.

Conservatives

7
American Workers Coalition, David Barton, David Clarke, Donna Lippoldt, Dr. James Dobson, Operation Rescue, *Republicans for National Renewal

Reported by Candidate

5
Gun Owners of America, National Association for Gun Rights, Kansas Coalition for Life, National Border Patrol Council, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
1
State Republican Party Organizations (2020)

Summary

0%

LIBERAL

100%

CONSERVATIVE

 

Other Information

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?

To 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   

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

We best protect Social Security by keeping it safe from the big spenders in Congress. We must also defend Medicare by fighting against the Democrats’ radical plans for a government takeover of healthcare.

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

As an immediate action, once the economic recovery is underway following the reopening of the economy as we emerge from this China coronavirus pandemic and along with winding down the roughly $3 trillion of emergency relief spending put in place during height of the pandemic , I support a 1 percent across-the-board reduction in all non-defense discretionary spending (which excludes Medicare and Social Security).

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

Taxpayers shouldn't be on the hook. Period.


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?

The Establishment Clause prohibits the U.S. government from declaring a national religion.


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?

Free the American people from the costs and restrictions of Obamacare by putting patients and doctors first and keeping the government bureaucrats out of healthcare decision-making which should lie with individuals and their health care providers. We should permit and encourage health insurance companies to sell policies across state lines (like we do with auto insurance) so we can enhance competition and reduce premiums. It is also critical to ensure maximum price transparency for healthcare services so individuals can make informed decisions as consumers and we can have true price competition among providers. We must do all of this while preserving protections for pre- existing conditions and defeating the Democrats’ radical plans for a government takeover of our health care system.


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 first understand the true nature of the problem. Radical Islamism is more than simply a religious belief. It is a comprehensive political, economic, and religious movement that seeks to impose sharia—Islamic law—upon all aspects of global society. Radical Islamists see politics and religion as inseparable in a way it is difficult for Americans to understand. Radical Islamists assert sharia’s supremacy over the freely legislated laws and values of the countries they live in and see it as their sacred duty to achieve this totalitarian supremacy in practice. Some radical Islamists use terrorism as a tactic to impose sharia but others use non-violent methods—a cultural, political, and legal jihad that seeks the same totalitarian goal even while claiming to repudiate violence. We must be clear headed in dealing with the threat in all manifestations.


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?

Right now, with over 40 million Americans out of work due to economic shutdown caused by the Chinese coronavirus, we must continue the moratorium on legal immigration instituted by President Trump. By pausing legal immigration, we will help put unemployed Americans first in line for jobs as America reopens. It would be wrong and unjust for Americans laid off by the virus to be replaced with newly arriving immigrants. We should then move forward with adopting of system of legal immigration designed to protect the interests of American citizens and those legal immigrants already here.


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.

Disagree   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a born-again Evangelical Christian.


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.

My Breitbart columns provide a clear picture of my stance on many issues. They are available at https://www.breitbart.com/author/kris-w-kobach/. Please also see my campaign website at www.kriskobach.com or follow me on Facebook 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?

(Did not answer)


Criminal Justice

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

(Did not answer)


2nd Amendment

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

None.

iVoterGuide Note:  Candidate received an A+ rating from the NRA Political Victory Fund KS in 2020. https://www.nrapvf.org/grades/kansas/


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?

1. Immigration reform -- build the wall, deny federal funds to sanctuary cities 2. Introduce a Senate version of the PRIME Act, which would increase competition in the beef packing industry to help drive down the cost of beef for consumers and maintain ranching as a viable industry American cattle ranchers. 3. Deny Title IX funds to universities that allow biological males to compete in college women's sports in order to protect the gains made by women in college sports and ensure the opportunities open to young women athletes are not taken away.

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

Racism in any form is a moral repugnance and a threat to our national unity. It has no place in our country. We must continue to strive for a color-blind society where all individuals are equal under the law and are judged by the content of their character and not the color their skin (or for that matter, their ethnicity, religion or sex).


Background

Education
  • Harvard University, BS
  • Oxford University, PHD
  • Yale University, JD
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Affiliations
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Offices
  • Kansas Secretary of State, Held 8
  • Kansas Governor, Sought 2018
 

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