Candidate Profile
Dale Crafts

Republican , Maine

Biography

Panel Rating

Very Conservative

Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

National Federation of Independent Business ME (NFIB-ME), 2015-16:  100%
Right to Life ME, 2017-18:  100%
American Conservative Union ME (ACU-ME), 2017:  96%, 97% (cum.)

99%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

Maine Conservation Voters, 2018:  12%
Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund (PPMEAF), 2018:  0%

6%

LIBERAL AVERAGE

Endorsements

Conservatives

13
Brad Farrin, FRC Action PAC, Gary Drinkwater, Jeff Hanley, Jeff Timberlake, Jeffrey Pierce and 7 more

Others

11
Brian Hobart, Dana Dow, David Woodsome, Gary Hilliard, Jim Hamper, Matt Pouliot and 5 more

Reported by Candidate

6
Former Governor Paul LePage, Hon. Majority Leader Garrett Mason, 2018 Gubernatorial Candidate Shawn Moody, Sen. Minority Leader Dana Dow, Sen. Assistant Jeff Timberlake, Pastor Bob Emrick

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
3
Bruce Poliquin (2014), State Republican Party Organizations (2008), WinRed (2019)
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
4
Buddy PAC (2019), Debra Plowman (2019), Family Research Council (2020), WinRed (2019)

Summary

0%

LIBERAL

100%

CONSERVATIVE

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?

I'm Prolife with out exception. God chooses life not humans.


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 need to make having a family affordable with large tax deduction on returns. With family growth and good Immigration policies it would bring more people paying into Social Security. Security reform to make sure the system is not being taken advantage of.

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

I would vote for a balance budget amendment. We don't have revenue problem, we have a spending problem. Cut wasteful spending.

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

I believe anyone that agree to taken a loan agreement on a home, car or student loan has the obligation and responsibility to pay the loan in full.


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?

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. B


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?

American deserve access to affordable, quality healthcare. As a Congressman, I will fight for lower costs, increased access, and higher quality care. Doctors, not Washington bureaucrats, should make decisions about your health. Free market based healthcare options will help families choose their best health care needs at an affordable price.


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 focus on protecting human life rather than protecting people from being offended. Political correctness prevents the nation’s leaders from facing the actual threat posed by Islamic jihadists. Accordingly, it is time for our leaders to face the stark realities of the threat we face and prioritize it accordingly. The Justice Department, the FBI, and all of our law enforcement agencies must be briefed on the radical ideology that permeates terrorist organizations around the world that drives them to focus on killing as many of us as possible and eliminating us from the face of the Earth. This is not the time to cut out references to radical Islam in the briefings of our national security officers. We must focus on the threat we face. Recognizing the true nature of our enemy is the first step to actually defeating them and saving precious lives in the process. Agree with the ACLJ article. April 30 2020


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?

Welcoming new citizens into the United States strengthens our society and broadens our ability to accomplish great things. However, any sovereign nation has a right and an obligation to protect its borders from those who enter illegally. In order to reduce the number of illegal immigrants in our country, we first must enforce the laws that already exist. Illegal immigration puts our national and economic security at risk. The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution is not a restriction of religion from the state.


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.

Christian man of faith. I'm a member of Lisbon Falls Baptist Church. I believe the Bible is God's Holy Word.


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.

I served four two year terms in the State of Maine Legislature from 2008-2016 with a clear consistent fiscally, socially public record.

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?

As a Congressman, I will Use my business experience, to reduce regulations, protect the free-market and capitalism, and encourage business and job growth. Uphold and protect the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Protect the Sanctity of Human Life, 100%. Shrink the size of Government. Fight to balance the budget and reduce the national debt. Continue the fight as a Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine Board Member, by supporting your right to keep and bear arms and stopping the never-ending liberal gun grab.


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?

When it comes to our 2nd amendment rights, I don’t just talk the talk. During my time on the Legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee and as a Board Member for the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, I have led the effort to ensure all Mainers have the right to bear arms for sport, recreation, collection and personal protection. Law abiding American have the right to bear arms period.


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.

Disagree   

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

Strongly Agree   

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?

Balance Budget Amendment. Term limit Amendment. I would support or sponsor life Heartbeat legislation.

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

(Did not answer)


Background

Education
  • Lisbon school system, Lisbon Falls, Maine, High school diploma, 1978
  • Open Door Bible Church, Lisbon,Maine, Bible institute, 1992
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Affiliations
  • Open Door Bible Church, Treasuer/Assistant to the Pastor
  • Lisbon Falls Baptist Church, Member
  • Sportsman's Alliance of Maine, Treasuer/ Board of Director
  • Christain Civic League of Maine, AndroscogginCounty Chairman
  • NRA, Life Member
  • Gun Owners of Maine, Member
Offices
  • Maine State Legislature, Held 2008-2016
  • Lisbon Maine Town Councel, Held 2006-2009
  • Maine State Legislature, Sought 1998
 

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