Candidate Profile
Mike Braun

Republican , Indiana

Biography

Name
Mike Braun
Party
Republican
Race
U.S. Senator
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

Somewhat Conservative Information icon

Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), 2015-16:  94%
Indiana Family Institute, 2017:  83%
American Conservative Union (ACU), 2016:  92%, 82% (cum.)
Americans for Prosperity IN (AFP IN), 2015-16:  80%

85%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

Citizens Action Coalition, 2017:  41% (cum.)
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations IN (AFL-CIO IN), 2017:  33%

37%

LIBERAL AVERAGE

Endorsements

Conservatives

5
Indiana Right to Life, National Federation Of Independent Businesses, National Right To Life, TEA Party Patriots Citizens Fund, Tom Coburn

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
5
Curtis Hill, Local, County, and District Republican Organizations, Mark Messmer, Senate Conservatives Fund, State Republican Party Organizations
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
33
Alamo PAC, Associated Builders and Contractors, Big Sky Opportunity PAC, Bluegrass Committee, Citizens for Prosperity in America, Citizens United and 27 more

Summary

0%

LIBERAL

100%

CONSERVATIVE

 

Other Information

Voted Yes for House Roll Call Vote 1337 pro-life 2016 which was the final concurrence vote in the Indiana House on a pro-life bill from this session that banned abortion because of race, gender or disability and also mandated that abortion clinics must dispose of aborted babies through a relationship with a funeral home via either burial or cremation. Currently they are allowed to treat aborted baby bodies as "medical waste". Voted No for SB 20 sexual orientation 2016 which is an amendment to a bill in the Indiana House that would have added special protections for "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" into state law.

Questionnaire

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.

Strongly Agree

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.

Strongly Agree

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, 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?

I am 100% Pro-Life. Abortion should never be legal and I hope the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade.

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

We must seek to root out evil wherever it exists. While the US cannot be the world’s policeman, we have a moral obligation to stand against radical Islamic terrorism and fundamentalists like ISIS wherever they are. They threaten our national security and must be stopped.

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

Our rights come from God, not man. America’s founders recognized this and so enshrined in the Constitution specific liberties and freedoms that were meant to be enforced by a federal government. Unfortunately, future politicians forgot the meaning of the Constitution and have used the government to aid in re-election, not protecting our freedoms from tyranny.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a God-fearing Christian. He has blessed me and my family with success in business and for that I am forever grateful. I know that no matter what happens, He watches over us all. Jesus Christ is my savior and I am his humble servant.

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.

I am running because Hoosiers are ready for leaders who can break the stranglehold career politicians have on the federal government. I'm ready to bring conservative change to Washington. I know that President Trump is going to need reinforcements if he is going to drain the swamp in DC, and replacing Democrat Senator Joe Donnelly with a Hoosier conservative who can get the job done is a good place to start.

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

I’ve done this in my own business. First, we must repeal ObamaCare and its mandates. Health insurance costs can be brought down if we let the free market do its thing and stop kowtowing to big insurance. I was able to provide health insurance that was more affordable to my employees by simply designing my own plan. It’s time that government got out of the way.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

Government doesn’t create jobs. The free market does. The government needs to get out of the way to let job creators thrive and capital to form. We need to cut taxes, eliminate, regulations, and stop picking winners and losers in the free market.

What changes should be made to the tax code?

We need to eliminate special interest loopholes and cut marginal rates. I applaud President Trump’s recent tax cut bill which accomplished many of these goals, but we can do even more and that’s what I’ll fight for in the Senate.

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

Create a climate for economic growth where jobs can flourish. We can do that by cutting taxes and getting government off the backs of American job creators.

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

We must fully fund Social Security for future generations. Instead of wasting money we don’t have on government programs that don’t work, we should prioritize important programs like Social Security. I am open to other proposals to change the way Social Security is paid for or administered but will not support raising taxes to do so.

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

I have spent my life in business, not politics. There are too many people who spend their lives in politics and government, and what has it gotten us? Record debt, a country in turmoil, a weakened America. It’s time we started sending people from outside politics to change the way Washington works. President Trump was right. We need fewer career politicians and more citizens to take up arms and drain the swamp!

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

Mikebraun@mikebraunforindiana.com - phone -317-972-9700

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

no answer


Background

Education
  • Harvard, Boston, MBA, 1978
  • Wabqsh College, Crawfordsville, In., BA, 1976
  • Jasper High School, Jasper, In., Diploma, 1972
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Affiliations
  • Nature Conservancy, Advisory Board
  • Mid-state Corridor Group, Board Member
  • Conexus Southwest, Board Member
  • St. Joseph Catholic Church, Parishioner
Offices
  • Jasper School Board, Held 2004-14
 

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