Candidate Profile
Darren Aquino

Republican , Florida

Biography

Name
Darren Aquino
Party
Republican
Race
U.S. Rep., Dist. 19
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

Somewhat Conservative Information icon

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?

When the life of the mother is at stake


Economy

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

Agree   

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 are going to protect Social Security. As President, Clinton dipped into the Social Security fund, which was disgraceful. Social Security is a right for all Americans, and I am going to protect it.

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

We need to get rid of our subsidizing of illegal immigrants. Democrats want 100 million dollars to illegals, and another few hundred million to subsidizing of the arts. Our welfare system is also corrupt. Democrats want to give a ‘hand out’ instead of a ‘hand up’. We need to get rid of waste, fraud, and abuse.

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

Taxpayers should not pay off existing student loans. However, we should get rid of the interest on the student loans for high achieving students.


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?

The state should not get involved in the affairs of the church, or force the church to adopt certain political positions. Additionally, there should be no establishment of an official state religion. That being said, Christian values are what made this country great, and are what gave birth to our Constitution and our various institutions. The founding fathers were all deeply religious Christians, and men of God.


Healthcare

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

Agree   

I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.

Strongly Disagree   

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

I am going to protect Medicare and Medicaid, but it needs some reform to root out the corruption. Under Obamacare, Barack Obama made the health care system serve the special interest groups. We want health care to serve the people. I am going to remove HMO’s and PPO’s, which are corrupt. We need to make health care affordable to all.


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 can’t let political correctness get in the way of defeating radical Islam. I support a ban on non-natural born Americans from running for Congress. Ilhan Omar was born in Somalia and has hatred for the American people. Under my new proposal she would be removed from office.


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?

Immigration must actually benefit the American people. They should have a clean record, and should not be competing with American born citizens for jobs. No more illegal immigration!


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.

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.

I am a Bible-believing Christian. The Bible is the word of God. Jesus Christ is God’s son, and he died for our sins. The Bible influences my actions, and I pray on what my next steps should be. I will pray on how to best serve my district in Congress.


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?

I have been the National Chief Advocate for Disabled Americans, Veterans, Police, Firemen & Families for over 35 years. I have worked for four presidents, starting with Ronald Reagan. I arranged Reagan’s funeral for the disabled. I also know President Trump. He has been a guest at the family restaurant for 30 years. He is a great guy, and I am going to work with him to put America First when I am in Congress. I am going to STAND FOR OUR STATUES against the radical Democratic mob who want to take them down.


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?

All Americans should be able to own guns, except in the case of severe mental illness.


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.

Neutral   

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?

All Congressmen must be Natural Born Americans, just like the office of presidency. E-Verify, to make sure that businesses hire legal Americans, as opposed to illegal immigrants. Utilize unused government properties for homeless housing to take our homeless veterans off the streets.

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

Yes. One group’s lives are not more important than the others. All lives matter.


Background

Education
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Work & Military
  • Sopranos, Actor
  • Law & Order, Actor
Affiliations
  • Advocates for Disabled Americans, National Chief Advocate and founder
Offices
  • (Candidate did not provide)
 

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