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.
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?
When the mother's life in in danger.
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.
What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?
Most government contracts should be up for competitive bidding.
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.
Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with taxpayer or public funds.
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?
The "wall of separation" is the idea and protection that governments do not favor or disfavor one group over another. It doesn't mean that we cannot mention God or quote scripture in a public setting.
It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has health insurance.
How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?
Remove the obstacles of socialism from healthcare.
The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.
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.
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.
Who should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and under what circumstances?
Those who do so legally should be given priority over those who ignore the laws. The other priority should be for specific skills that are needed in this country,
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 the goodness, love, and grace of God. I believe in the redemption by way of the finished work of Jesus Christ, the son of God. Our actions and interactions with other should be primarily based on our thankfulness for God's goodness, love and grace.
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.
I'm not sure how to validate the previous answer, nor do I know the difference between very conservative and conservative. See issues page on my campaign website: https://www.fredclifford.com/issues
What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?
Ordinary people can and should be in the legislature. We all have different experience. We need people of a broad range of experience.
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 running for three reasons. 1. Liberty: You can run your life better than the government can. 2. Averse to special interest favoritism. 3. I'm not special. It's not about me; it's about ideas.
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I support the use of Sharia law as a basis for legislation and judicial decisions in the United States.
Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.
Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?
What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?
We need to enforce the law when people commit crimes, especially violent crimes. Limiting law-abiding citizens in their ability to protect themselves does not encourage safety, it helps the criminals.
People should be able to vote without photo identification.
I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.
The Electoral College should be abolished.
In priority order, what three areas of legislation do you propose to author or sponsor if elected?
I don't know if any of these would be sponsored by me, because it seems they are so common sense oriented that many other conservative legislators would seek to sponsor them. I don't have specific wording, and I am only mentioning two areas. One area is free speech protection. Public assistance needs to be reformed so that it does not trap people in poverty. Those requiring public assistance need to able to transition out of it without fear.
Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?
I don't know how much racism is a threat. I have no doubt that racism exists, but I have rarely been around it.