Candidate Profile
Mark McGinley

Republican , Montana

Biography

Name
Mark McGinley
Party
Republican
Race
U.S. Rep. (At Large)
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

Conservative
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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.

Agree   

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.

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.

Agree   

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Only when necessary to save the life of the mother


Economy

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

Disagree   

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Agree   

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

Social Security is a promise that must be kept. The federal government cannot borrow from this fund in order to fund other programs. It can be saved but it requires bipartisan cooperation.

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

All government agencies must be reduced in size and scope. These powers and resources must be returned to the states.

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

None.


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.

Agree   

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

Neutral   

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 1st Amendment states that there will be no established religion. It does not say separation of church and state. It simply means no official state sponsored religion.


Healthcare

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

Disagree   

I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.

Disagree   

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

This a complicated policy discussion. It requires coordination between the President and the Congress. I prefer state level solutions because needs vary from state to state.


National Security

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

Agree   

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

This is a difficult policy question. It requires a coordinated effort between the President and the Congress. But American interests must always be defended.


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.

Agree   

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should be abolished.

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.

Agree   

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

Agree   

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

I believe immigration policy should be merit based.


Education

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Disagree   


Values

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

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 Christian. I try to live my life according to Christian values.


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?

Conservative   

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

MarkMcGinley2020.com

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?

MarkMcGinley2020.com


Criminal Justice

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

Neutral   


2nd Amendment

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

I support the 2nd Amendment. Period.


Other Important Issues

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

Disagree   

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Disagree   

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

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?

1. Term limits. 2. Education funding reallocated to the states. 3. Comprehensive Veterans support.

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

Perhaps. This issue has been exploited for political advantage. I'm a Christian and as such all women are my sisters and all men are my brothers regardless of the color of our skin. I try to live my life accordingly.


Background

Education
  • Carroll College, Helena, MT, BA, 1988
Work & Military
  • US Army, LTC, 30
Affiliations
  • American Legion
  • VFW
  • Knights of Columbus
Offices
  • Townsend School Board
  • Montana State Legislature, Sought 1996
 

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