Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.
Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.
iVoterGuide Note: Romero is "Pro Life - NO Taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood". Source
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.
Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?
The following are at the full discretion of the mother and I would like anyone who is contemplating, under these conditions, abortion to see an ultra-sound of the child and speak with a councelor who can show the options for the child should they choose life. 1. In the cases of pregnancy by incest. 2. In the cases of pregnancy by rape. 3. If the life of the mother is legitimately in jeopardy in the course of carrying the child to term. I stress, these choices above fully rest on the mother, but options to giving birth should be provided before a termination is carried out.
iVoterGuide Note: Romero believes in abortion only in the case of rape, incest, and the risk of death for the mother. Source
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.
How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?
1. Social Security funds MUST be returned to a protected Trust where it originally started and not be available for Congress to leave IOU's they don't intend on repaying. 2. The lack of a balanced budget and movement of Social Security funds into the General fund has created an environment where Congress has abused funds for a variety of pork ear marks outside of the Constitution and Federal boundaries. This needs reversed. 3. Better investment, Bearish investment, is where these funds should be placed which will bolster our markets and grow the fund. 4. Continue the Social Security program but under its own management with external monthy inspections by the Treasury, CBO, Legislative and Executive Branches.
What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?
Cut ALL the pork. Eliminate subsidies for commercial businesses who make a profit. A steady draw down would save trillions of dollars. The Federal Government should only be spending money on issues that fall under the perview of the Constitution, PERIOD. Many Departments will be closed. State sovereignty, those things not specifically delegated to the Federal Government through the Constitution fall to each individual State and their voters.
Under what circumstances should taxpayers help pay off existing student loans?
I'd like to see the interest killed off for student loans, especially Federally funded student loans, BUT the balance still falls to the student. This enforces basic responsibility and makes it easier for students to succeed in whatever job market they find themselves. Interest has been a killer for many students along with degree choices. Not sure what you're supposed to do with a $120,000 Philosophy Degree. Become a philosophical Plumber? Comedian?
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.
Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.
I promise to protect the freedom of Christians to share the Gospel and to practice Biblical principles.
iVoterGuide Note: Romero is in favor of religious liberty. Source
What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?
1. This has more to do with the STATE not having undue influence over freedom of religion for Americans and basic 1st Amendment guaranteed rights. 2. The other side of the coin is that elected persons in power do not unduely target those of a specific belief system with the exception of if a belief system targets others physically. 3. The Constitution is a reflection of the Judeo/Christian VALUES that birthed our country. To ignore that as part of our ingrained culture is foley.
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?
1. Correct the law that doesn't allow Medicare/Medicaid to negotiate drug prices from BIG PHARMA. Competition is what creates balance in our economy for all consumers. 2. Insurance companies should not be allowed to own interest in hospitals, clinics, etc., as this is a direct conflict of interest and has greatly increased the cost of all healthcare. 3. Health care IS available to all, it's just that is is largely not affordable in America for many Americans. The issues that have made it unaffordable is what must be addressed. Get to the roots of the problem as noted above in 1 and 2.
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?
All practicing Muslims support the five pillars of Islam. One of those pillars is JIHAD against the Infidel. Anyone not practicing Islam is considered an Infidel and should be put to death. Islam and Sharia is not complimentary to our Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Rule of Law, therefore it should not be allowed in America. Islam's ambition and stated goal is to rule the world at any and all costs, ridding the Earth of the Infidel. If a country chooses to be of Islam and Sharia, then that is where they should stay. Otherwise they should be met with force for removal and returned to the Islamic nation of their choice. The Jihadists of Islam do not value life, they value jihad. Americans of Judeo Christian values do value life and we do not have to tolerate evil in any form. We also are not required to be victims of evil. We can defend ourselves, our family, the weak, and our property. The Bible tells us so.
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.
iVoterGuide Note: "Countries around the world protect their borders, and America should too. A wall at the border is going to greatly reduce everything from drugs to human trafficking to illegal immigration to the potential of terrorists moving across our borders and into our country. This is a good thing for everybody, whether they want to admit it or not." Source
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.
iVoterGuide Note: Romero wants to end sanctuary cities and states. Source
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?
Those who qualify under ENFORCED immigration law. True refugees may come, however, they should also be allowed to return home as issues in their home countries are remedied. To be an American any immigrant who seeks citizenship must speak (learn to speak) English, not be a burden to taxpayers, must be self sufficient, and embrace America and her cultures. Those who seek to attack, injure or destroy the culture of America, including her Judeo/Christian values, would not be allowed entry under any circumstance.
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 believe in God and the sacrifice of His Son Jesus Christ for all mankind. The question is that in our free will can and will we accept this and live a life that God will love. We are far from perfect, but in our efforts to be better children in the eye of God as we live this life and strive for peace, harmony and love. In this life there are the Shepherds, the flock, the wolf and the sheep dog. I am the sheep dog. I defend and protect the flock and deal with the wolf as needed. That is my role and I feel as a US Senator I'll be able to do this on a grander scale.
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.
www.romero4oregon.com has detailed information about my candidacy including articles, radio interviews, and videos.
Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.
No, not ever. No drugs, except prescribed medication, ever. Never smoked even one cigarette.
Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?
As a single father of five I have suffered through the fiery hoops of life so many have. I know what survival means in the America of today. I have the benefit of a "Never give up, never say die." mentality. I put myself through college with the help of the GI Bill, which I paid for and earned. I will never pander to voters, what you see is what you get. I am NOT a politician, but am a pragmatist. I really enjoy locating a problem and fixing the true underlying issue. I've had a unique life that enables me to relate to a wide variety of people across a multitude of socio-economic backgrounds. I've worked my entire life, no silver spoon. I am uncompromised and plan to stay that way. I know what integrity is and people will always be able to describe me as, "He has great integrity, fortitude, and is principled. We trust Paul Romero because he is truly trustworthy." Such is my goal, and to truly represent Oregonians and Americans in general. God Bless you all and God Bless America.
Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.
What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?
1. Required GUN SAFETY COURSE of which the Hunters Safety Course is adequate. 2. Felons of gun related crimes, and felons who use other weapons in the course of committing a crime, should probably not be allowed to own firearms. This is a public general safety clause. 3. Red Flag laws are Unconstitutional, PERIOD. 4. Limitations on magazine size, gun appearance, etc., are a violation of the 2nd Amendment.
iVoterGuide Note: Paul Romero supports the 2nd Amendment and opposes a ban on semiautomatic weapons. Source
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. Social Security repair and reform as mentioned above. 2. Balanced Budget Amendment/Law for Congress. 3. Federal mandate and immediate securing of our borders. 4. 2nd Amendment Protections, States Reciprocity of any gun licensing.
Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?
No. Sure there are small elements on all sides that revel in their racism, but I have not witnessed this as a problem contributed by or experienced by all Americans. I see a variety of area cultures, perspectives (justified or not), and, ultimately, a blame game. Too many people cast blame on anyone but themselves for their lot in life. In America the American Dream is available to all who have the motivation and inspiration. Sadly, many lack the motivation or inspiration, but they all can blame others for their own failures. No more pity parties. Get guidance, a mentor, mentors, and build YOUR OWN dream, then follow through.