Candidate Profile
Thomas Phillips

Republican , New Jersey

Biography

Panel Rating

Conservative
(Conditional)

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?

(Did not answer)


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.

Strongly Agree   

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

To tackle this problem, common-sense modernization is needed to begin to put our future commitments back on a manageable path. The answer lies in taking a page from private sector investors and allowing current and future members of the American workforce to begin saving for themselves in private accounts. The infrastructure, mechanisms, and benefits are available already. We simply need the willpower to make it a reality. Workers should get to set aside a percentage of their social security payroll deductions into private 401k accounts in return for reducing the value of their future social security payments. This can be accomplished over a 30 year window as we phase current workers 50 and under slowly off of their guaranteed benefits in exchange for the freedom to have their own personal retirement accounts.

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

(Did not answer)

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

There are no circumstances in which taxpayers should pay off student loans that were voluntarily taken to pay for education. I do believe that we should have caps on both interest rates and total maximum borrowing for federal loans, so that government can stop subsidizing the cost of college and not treat our loan holders as indentured servants to the state with high interest rates.


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.

Agree   

I promise to protect the freedom of Christians to share the Gospel and to practice Biblical principles.

No Answer   

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

(Did not answer)


Healthcare

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

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?

Current and future Medicare benefits can remain secure while allowing workers to begin saving in private Health Spending Accounts, allowing them the flexibility of reducing payroll contributions now in exchange for forgoing guaranteed benefits in the future. Freedom of savings in HSA's and the reduction of reliance on the federal government are key in solving this issue for future generations. As with Social Security modernization, we would begin phasing workers 50 and under out for a 30 year window.


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?

(Did not answer)


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?

(Did not answer)


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.

(Did not answer)


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.

(Did not answer)

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.

Neutral   


2nd Amendment

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

(Did not answer)


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 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?

That would all depend on committee assignments in the next Congress, which are at the discretion of the Congressional leadership, so this question can't be answered at this time.

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

(Did not answer)


Background

Education
  • Rutgers University, New Brunswick, MBA, 2015
  • New York University, New York City, MS, 2008
  • Drew University, Madison, BA, 1999
Work & Military
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