Candidate Profile
Manny Santos

Republican , Connecticut


Manny Santos
U.S. Rep., Dist. 5

Panel Rating

Somewhat Conservative Information icon



Connecticut Citizens Defense League

Reported by Candidate

State Senator Len Suzio, State Rep Craig Fishbein, State Rep Rosa Rebimbas, Mayor & Gubernatorial Candidate Mark Boughton, Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL)


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

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


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

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

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.

Strongly Agree

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

Strongly Disagree

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

Strongly Disagree

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


More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.

Strongly Disagree

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Strongly Agree

Additional regulations are needed to prevent climate change.

Strongly Disagree

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

Strongly Agree

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

Strongly Agree

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

Strongly Agree

Islamic law (Sharia) should take precedence over national and state laws where there are Islamic majority communities in the U. S.

Strongly Disagree

Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

Strongly Agree

People should be allowed to use public restrooms, showers, and changing rooms based on "gender identity."

Strongly Disagree

I support sanctuary cities.

Strongly Disagree

It is OK for Congress to exempt itself from compliance with laws applicable to all citizens.

Strongly Disagree

I support the death penalty.

Strongly Agree

Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree

The United States should protect its sovereignty from the United Nations.

Strongly Agree

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

Strongly Agree

I voted in these primaries and general elections:

2010 General Election, 2010 Republican Primary, 2012 General Election, 2012 Republican Primary, 2014 General Election, 2014 Republican Primary, 2016 General Election, 2016 Republican Primary

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Rape, incest, protecting the life of the mother.

What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?

Completely isolate countries that tolerate or promote it. When an act of terror is committed against America, Americans or our allies, we must have the courage to severely and decisively retaliate and eliminate the perpetrators and their supporters.

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

Greed for power and money, and the understanding that evil does exist.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

Christian. I appreciate and respect all other peaceful faiths.

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?

Very Conservative

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

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

Increase the relationship between patient and doctor; there is little to no understanding of how much a service, procedure or drug will cost before it's prescribed. We as consumers (patients) must take more responsibility for our own choice of lifestyle and the decisions we make regarding our health. Implementing a basic catastrophic insurance, combined with some form of Health Savings Account and disclosure of medical procedure costs before the service is rendered, will introduce competition and allow us more control of our own healthcare finances. There are ways to improve Obamacare, but I'm in favor of repealing it altogether. I'm not an expert in this, but I know what we have right now is not working and I am willing to look at innovative ideas that result in affordable and accessible healthcare, without taxpayer money

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

Government needs to develop and implement policies that encourage private business activity: low and reasonable regulations and low taxes.

What changes should be made to the tax code?

The federal tax code needs to be completely discarded and start from scratch. It needs to be simplified, so an average citizen doesn't need to pay someone else to deal with it. Filing our income tax should be simple and fit on a postcard. I'm a proponent of the "flat tax" or some form of a simplified federal tax structure.

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

Cut taxes and regulations. Elect individuals to public office who understand this.

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

This is key to solving one of the biggest budget items. I would start by analyzing what conditions qualifies one to receive Social Security Disability. I suspect there is too much fraud and abuse in SSD. Unfortunately, the retirement age will have to be raised for young workers. Ultimately, the best way to sure-up Social Security, we must have a robust economy that encourages job growth and entrepreneurship.

What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

Former mayor, so I understand how public policy impacts our communities. I'm a war veteran: I understand our military and the challenges veterans face. I'm an engineer: a critical thinker and I know how to solve problems. I'm an immigrant, and I appreciate all this country has afforded me. I can speak convincingly about the urgency to resolve our illegal immigration problem.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you: 860-612-8344

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

We need principled people to serve in Congress, to resist the temptation to do only what is politically savvy. That's how I conducted myself as a city mayor and that's how I'll conduct myself as a Congressman.


  • University of Connecticut, Storrs, BS, 1999
Work & Military
  • United States Marine Corps, E4 Corporal (E5 - IRR), 4
  • CT Republican State Central Committee, Member
  • Meriden Republican Town Committee, Former Secretary
  • Marine Corps League, Member
  • American Legion, Member
  • Boy Scouts of America, Cubmaster
  • Door of Hope Community Church, Member
  • Mayor, Held 2

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