Candidate Profile
Joe Reynolds

Republican , South Carolina

Biography

Name
Joe Reynolds
Party
Republican
Race
U.S. Senator
Incumbent
No
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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.

Disagree   

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

No Answer   

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?

First trimester; also in circumstances where health of the mother is at risk.


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?

There is no solution that does not involve Democrats and Republicans working together. Currently we do not have the right people who would work hard at the solution. Any solution is going to involve some means testing and modest revenue adjustments. There are only politicians in Washington, not leaders. It's time we got to work.

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

Social security and Medicare should be paid for through their own funding streams. Currently payroll funded. The remaining budget should be capped. If our revenues go up 4% we should not spend an extra 8% on defense, and an extra 7% on discretionary spending. If our revenues go up 4% then we can only raise budgets -- across the line -- by 3.5%. During a recession there can be deficit spending.

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.

No Answer   

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

Disagree   

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?

We should not impose our religion on others. All people should be free to observe their religion. There should be no state sponsored religion.


Healthcare

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

No Answer   

I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.

Disagree   

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

The states should be allowed to move toward instituting policies that bring more healthcare to people. These can be work rules, or automatic registration, among many. In addition, states should allow citizens the right to petition to expand Medicaid. States should be allowed to expand to 100% of poverty level. Reinsurance has been a proven success at bringing down the costs of premiums. The goal is 100% coverage, and I believe states should have flexibility to do things their way, as long as they want to expand coverage.


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?

Maintain alliances and agreements with likeminded nations and share valuable information. Disinvest ourself from Saudi Arabia, and begin to remove US protections for that country.


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.

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.

Disagree   

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?

Legal immigration is the cornerstone of our country. We should encourage overseas students to stay for two years after graduation to work in America, and then offer them the opportunity to apply for green card and citizenship. Not all entries should be purely for our benefit -- i.e doctors, nurses, careworkers, entrepreneurs -- there should also be room in this nation for people of good faith and decent work ethic to be invited legally and allowed to flourish. We should expand our refugee immigration. Illegal immigration should be discouraged by border best practices, which can be some fencing, some drones, or other technology in remote places. We should encourage migrant farmworkers to come, and if there is no blot on their record, after 5 years offer them a green card. We should discourage any business or enterprise from hiring any illegal workers. All workers should be verified that they are legal citizens.


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.

Disagree   

I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.

No Answer   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a Catholic. But I have had concerns with the Catholic church abuse scandal. I believe priests should be allowed to marry, and that female priests should be allowed to serve. These views are currently not mainstream in the Catholic hierarchy.


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?

Moderate   

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

See www. reynolds2020.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?

I'm a Chief Engineer. When the ship breaks in the middle of the ocean I don't say 'maybe next election we'll get to it'. Our Congress does not work because we do not have the right people up there. They are good at getting elected but not very good at anything else. You have to put a gun to their heads to get them off their sofas. We have too many people who have been up there too long, wandering the halls asking what is for lunch. It's time we have people like engineers who are driven to solutions, not personal ambition. Congress should be an ethical place where you are honored to serve your country, not feather your nest.


Criminal Justice

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

Agree   


2nd Amendment

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

Extreme risk protection orders have been working in many states. Any flaws should be corrected. The federal government can help in assisting states. But I am a firm believer that the states should come up with their individual rules. Universal background checks should be implemented. Weapons such as the AR-15 should be age restricted. Ban bump stocks.


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.

Agree   

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. Constitutional amendment for term limits for Senate 2. Ethics rule banning fundraising while the Senate is in session. The work week is for constituents, not fundraising. 3. Medicare price negotiation. 4. A new oath of office for members stating that they will not be lobbyists, consultants, paid speakers, paid television pundits, or anything else that means they have gained financially from their positions.

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

Some people are a threat. I would not say there is a general threat.


Background

Education
  • US Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY, BS, 1987
Work & Military
  • US Naval Reserve, Lieutenant, 6
Affiliations
  • Evening of Prayer Food Ministry, Dishwasher
  • Shifa Clinic Food Boxes, Delivery
  • USMMA Alumni Association, Member
Offices
  • (Candidate did not provide)
 

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