Candidate Profile
Scott Meisterlin

Republican , California


Scott Meisterlin
U.S. Rep., Dist. 50

Panel Rating

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Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Congress should repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

Strongly Agree

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

No Answer

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

The U.S. military should wait for militant Islamic groups to directly threaten our national security on our shores, rather than eradicate them now wherever they may be worldwide.


The United States must maintain a nuclear arsenal that is safe, reliable, modern and numerically superior to those of potential adversaries.

Strongly Agree

I support legislation such as the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) that would prohibit discrimination against individuals, organizations and small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.


The federal government should establish Common Core as a nationwide academic standard for high school graduation.

Strongly Disagree

I oppose the resettlement of Syrian refugees into the U.S. without proper vetting.

Strongly Agree

Current regulations on domestic oil exploration and drilling are more restrictive than are necessary.


It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health care and a livable income.

Strongly Disagree

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.

Strongly Agree

More restrictive gun control laws are needed to protect public safety.

Strongly Disagree

The founders established pure democracy in the Constitution because they believed that it is the best form of government to ensure the safety and equitable treatment of all citizens.

Strongly Agree

Free enterprise and the right to private property turn mankind's natural self-interest into the most productive economic system there is.

Strongly Agree

Governments should pay to develop wind and solar energy solutions until they are economically feasible.


Religious liberty is at risk in the United States.

Strongly Agree

Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with public funds.


People should be able to vote without photo identification.


The United States should help defend Israel from attack by its enemies.


Planned Parenthood should not receive funds from federal, state, or local governments.


Marijuana should be legalized and regulated like tobacco and alcohol.


Islamic law (Sharia) does not pose a threat to the United States and its Constitution.


Based on the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, please arrange the following entities, starting with the highest source of authority, and continue the list in descending order of authority, skipping any that do not apply: Academia, Congress, Constitution, God, Industry, Media, Professional Sports, Supreme Court, Voters.

God, Constitution, Supreme Court, Congress, Voters

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Rape; incest; in order to save the life of the mother. I note that the question asks when abortions are to be “allowed”. This is an important distinction. “Allowing” them under specific circumstances does not mean one supports the action. Rather, allowing abortions under specific circumstances leaves the decision to the individual rather than the State requiring compliance with its mandates under those circumstances.

What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?

Power is a corrupting influence, and left unchecked, people with political power will eventually become corrupt. The separation of powers into three branches of government are intended to act as a check upon the powers of each of them.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a Christian and believe Jesus Christ is my Savior. I was raised to be mindful that organized religion is made up of human beings that, like myself, are also not perfect. I believe that each of us have a purpose, and that each of us should do our best to be the best we can be. Life is short, and in the end, it is good to know that you really tried to make a positive difference for those causes you believed in. Additionally, I believe children are our greatest resource. We need to love and nurture them as they are the leaders of tomorrow.

Considering all issues (social, economic, national security, etc.), which of these best describes you?


Please defend your answer to the previous question by referencing your publicly available track record.

Registered Republican; Member of Save the Downs Committee, which seeks to limit the Federal Government's involvement and jurisdiction over a local land use matter; Member of the Proposition BB Committee, which sought to increase educational opportunities in the Fallbrook/Bonsall area through the creation of a new high school with no additional taxes to the area.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you. 760-645-3678

Additional comment from candidate:

I'm running for Congress because I'm very worried about our Country and feel an obligation to try to help while I can. Not only does it appear we have more corruption in government than ever, our Representatives also seem no longer to be "representative". And nothing seems to get done… To quote Carly Fiorina: "82% of the American people now believe that there is a professional political class more interested in preserving its own power and privilege than it is in serving the American people". It’s also inappropriate for our elected Representatives to adopt policy positions that are counter-productive and inherently immoral. For example, it was wrong for our Representative to advocate the use of nuclear weapons as a first strike option for the military. Such a policy is against International Law, would create political instability, and the natural consequences of such a policy include great suffering. We are responsible for who we elect and we really do have choices.


  • Western State University, San Diego, J.D., 1988
  • Western State University, San Diego, B.S., 1988
  • United States International University, San Diego, A.A., 1977
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
  • Save the Downs Committee, Board Member, volunteer
  • Proposition BB Committee, Treasurer, volunteer
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