Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.
iVoterGuide Note: "Life begins at the moment of conception and needs to be protected." Source
Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.
iVoterGuide Note: "Federal monies should not be distributed to Planned Parenthood which furthers the government-sanctioned murder of babies in the womb." 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.
iVoterGuide Note: Baldwin supports the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. Source
Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?
None. When the pro-choice community argues that a mother's health is at risk, there is no medical reason why the life of the child must be directly and intentionally ended with an abortion procedure. There are other options for medical treatment that preserve sanctity of life and protect the mother and child (ex: preterm delivery). If medical treatment (ex: chemotherapy) results in a miscarriage, that is not an abortion as the death of child was not the intended outcome. Further, sexual assault trauma is not resolved with the additional trauma of abortion.
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.
iVoterGuide Note: "As a VA Republican, I believe the free enterprise system is the most productive supplier of human needs and economic justice." Source
How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?
It is unlikely social security benefits will exist for future generations without a significant overhaul of the current system. We should give workers control of their retirement investments and make retirement savings options voluntary, portable, and secure. Allow current retirees or near-retirees to remain in the system, and give future generations greater latitude and control over their financial future in retirement.
What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?
We need to prioritize a balanced budget. This means getting serious on cutting spending, even on programs that we support. Identifying and eliminating government waste and fraud will not be enough. Scaling back to the constitutionally provisioned federal boundaries will also help in reducing spending. Focus on the six purposes of government set forth in the Preamble to the US Constitution.
Under what circumstances should taxpayers help pay off existing student loans?
None. Taxpayers should not bear the financial burden for individuals' choices to incur loan debt in the pursuit of higher education.
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.
What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?
It means that the church and state are separate entities at an institutional level. It also means that government cannot recognize or show favoritism for any religion. The government should be neutral in the people's free exercise of religion or choice to not believe if that is the people's preference. It means you may have a faith and you may live it.
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?
We need to strengthen patient choice, provide cost-saving competition among providers, health insurance portability, and enact laws promoting coverage of pre-existing conditions. We also must bring the financing of Medicaid and Medicare under control by modernizing both programs, and let the free market system do its best work to offer adequate, affordable, and accessible healthcare coverage for all.
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?
The United States should use its intelligence and national security resources to counteract the threat of radical Islamic terrorism. Public-private partnerships with organizations committed to religious freedom also help educate and eradicate the threat.
iVoterGuide Note: Baldwin supports terrorist efforts by Trump to kill al-Baghdadi. Source
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: "Protect our borders. Build the wall. Better fund ICE." Source
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should be abolished.
iVoterGuide Note: Baldwin supports ICE. Source
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.
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?
We need to have a merit-based immigration system and qualifying individuals should come to the USA following the naturalization process set forth in the US Constitution.
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 am a born-again Christian, a sinner who continues to grow in her personal relationship with Jesus Christ, my Savior. I value faith, family, and freedom. I believe in the sanctity of life. I support loving our neighbors and showing kindness to others, even with whom we fundamentally disagree. I prioritize service above self.
iVoterGuide Note: Christian Source
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?
iVoterGuide Note: "Christian Constitutional Conservative" Source
Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.
AlissaBaldwin.com, including links to social media posts
Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.
Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?
I am a native Virginian who loves helping others, reading, and singing. I am a lifelong learner and passionate about my chosen pursuits. I love animals, particularly dogs, and support legislation to combat animal cruelty, puppy mills, etc. which harm those innocent creatures. Since childhood, I have been a vocal advocate and champion for the underdog against injustice. My leadership experience makes me well suited to bring people together, hear what matters to you, and act with integrity on your behalf. We the People deserve better than career politicians and I'm in the fight as the ultimate political outsider to be your voice. We can find common ground with compromise while being unwavering in our core principles/values. As a civics teacher, I know the Constitution and people from all sorts of backgrounds. As your US Senator, I can introduce bills that help real people with real problems. Informed voters do their homework. Please reach out with questions.
Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.
What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?
None. Law abiding citizens have a God-given and constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. The only gun control we need is stance and trigger discipline. With great freedom comes great responsibility and gun owners can and should seek out firearms safety and training, but it should not be mandated and no additional restrictions are necessary.
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?
Pro-Life Legislation Education Reform Repeal Gun Free Zones Act
Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?
We must take any and all threats to domestic security seriously in the United States. Acts of extremism, including hate-fueled actions by extreme racists like those in alt-right white supremacist groups for example, are detrimental to domestic tranquility, a more perfect union, and the ideals of America that all men (and women) are created equal.