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.
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.
It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has a livable income.
It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health insurance.
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.
Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.
Additional regulations are needed to prevent climate change.
Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.
The United States should help defend Israel from attack by its enemies.
Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive funds from federal, state, or local governments.
Islamic law (Sharia) should take precedence over national and state laws where there are Islamic majority communities in the U. S.
Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.
People should be allowed to use public restrooms, showers, and changing rooms based on "gender identity."
I support sanctuary cities.
It is OK for Congress to exempt itself from compliance with laws applicable to all citizens.
I support the death penalty.
Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.
The United States should protect its sovereignty from the United Nations.
The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.
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?
Mother's health is at risk. Rape and/or incest
What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?
The United States needs to increase its counter-terrorism operations and work with our allies to identify, target, and destroy violent Islamic extremist fighters and operatives. These enemies include “homegrown” extremists. The U.S. needs to intensify the intelligence collection on all Islamic radical factions and should develop a comprehensive strategy to discredit violent extremists’ murderous and twisted ideology, as well as a well-resourced operational plan to confront this growing threat. We must organize and enable parents, teachers, peers, religious leaders, and anyone closest to would-be terrorists to detect risks to public safety and intervene immediately to prevent someone from the path of radicalization. Government agencies should make the vetting process for any non-U.S. citizen entering the United States more difficult. The vetting process should include enhanced monitoring of visa holders and all social media outlets
What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?
Those entrusted with power tend to abuse it. The separation of powers enumerated in the Constitution operates as a check on each of the three branches of government.
Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior. The Bible is the divinely inspired word of God that serves as the final written authority for living the Christian faith.
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.
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How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?
Healthcare reform should lower costs, raise care quality, and ensure basic health services for all Americans. Reform must cover pre-existing conditions and low-income families. It should give states flexibility to solve local issues. It must stress the central role of the private sector. We should build on the current health care system and avoid restrictive single-payer systems. New coverage types, such as health care sharing (members share bills), should be promoted. Consumer choice must range from full coverage to catastrophic plans. New plans such as concierge care (flat fees for doctor visits) increase access. Medical device taxes must be eliminated. Firms can then shift tax savings into research that may lower treatment cost. Malpractice laws should be changed to reduce costs. Prescription drug costs must be addressed. Companies sell new drugs overseas at a fraction of the price Americans pay. We must make fair pricing of drugs a top trade priority to lower U.S. prices.
What role should government play in boosting the economy?
The Government must not weaken or devalue our currency. No country has ever devalued its way to prosperity. We must continue to encourage foreign investment capital. The government should use corporate tax incentives to encourage companies to hire and retain workers. It can also improve infrastructure, promote exports (including natural gas) and undertake tax reform aimed at lowering taxes on capital to encourage more investment. The Government needs to promote economic growth by removing obstacles to innovation.
What changes should be made to the tax code?
The U.S. tax code is still outdated and overly complex. However, with the passage of the H.R.1 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), I believe we are heading in the right direction. The passage of TCJA allows businesses to deduct the full cost of investments, lowers the corporate rate from 39% to 21%, and reduces individual tax rates. Tax code reform needs to eliminate tax subsidies that benefit politically favored industries such as the myriad tax breaks for the production and consumption of wind farms, solar panels, and nuclear electricity production. Many provisions in TCJA are scheduled to expire over the next eight years, but these provisions should instead be made permanent. For example, in 2025, most of the individual income tax changes in TCJA are set to expire. Lawmakers should evaluate which portions of TCJA could be improved. Congress should prioritize the tax codes that expand the individual income tax base, as well as those that make the tax code simpler and more neutral.
What is the best way to bring down unemployment?
The U.S. must encourage domestic innovation. Business friendly monetary policy, reduced taxes, infrastructure expansion, and strategic tariffs will level the playing field for American manufacturing and spur the creation of new jobs. The U.S. must increase its lead in technology, as new classes of products will create lucrative jobs. But a myriad of government programs give foreigners easy access to American jobs. These programs replace U.S. citizens with cheap labor, reduce wages, and limit openings for new college graduates. Congress must change the laws to ensure that citizens are given first priority for American jobs. For young adults and students, we need to increase exposure to jobs in high demand. Students need a clear understanding of industry needs. Student partnerships with business leaders and local government officials should develop business plans and solutions to real problems in sustainability, transportation, infrastructure, and city planning.
How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?
Social Security benefits are expected to be depleted by 2034. Thereafter, the program is projected to pay out 75% of benefits. There are roughly 10,000 baby boomers who turn 65 every day. Since 2010, Social Security has been running a cash-flow deficit. Past generations of workers paid extra payroll taxes to shore up the Social Security system, but the government spent that additional revenue on non-retirement activities. Congress must not be permitted to divert Social Security funds for other uses. One key way to ensure that Social Security is solvent is to raise employment. New jobs, especially for young workers, will add to the Social Security tax base and address deficit reduction. In addition, Congress should boost the maximum contributions people can make to Health Savings Accounts, so that Americans can afford the medical expenses incurred in old age. More broadly, Congress should shift away from Social Security into a "fully funded" system based on real savings
What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?
My educational background consists of an undergraduate degree in Computer Information Systems with Master’s course work in Systems Engineering from George Washington University. I am an accomplished, dynamic business partner with a track record of significantly improving organizational performance. My proven leadership, team building, and communications skills have resulted in superior program performance for 30+ years. I have in-depth experience in government contracting, accountability, problem solving, risk & opportunity management, and management of strategic programs and projects. My experience has yielded a proven ability to manage multi-million-dollar programs and produce deliverables within time and budget constraints. I am a U.S. Navy Veteran who has held a Top Secret clearance for 30+ years. I co-founded AARD Solutions, LLC: A Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB).
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Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?
Calm, Competent, Common Sense Leadership. Leadership that’s more interested in doing the right thing—for our district, for our state, for our nation—than in continuing the current “standard” in Washington: doing absolutely nothing except engaging in polarizing partisan politics. I’m interested in doing the opposite of that. Look at my positions on some of the most important issues facing us, and you’ll see I’m much more concerned with arriving at workable solutions than in simply “beating the other side.” So please, go through my site and see where I stand. If you feel I represent your beliefs on the majority of these issues, I would very much appreciate your vote, both in the June primary and again during the general election in November. And if you disagree, please make a cogent case for your differing opinion and drop me a line at the contact page—I’m always open to listening to any of my potential constituents. Thank you, Rudy Peters