Candidate Profile
Cliff DeTemple

Republican , Wisconsin


Cliff DeTemple
U.S. Rep., Dist. 5

Panel Rating*

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*Additional information appears below for educational purposes; however, only data received prior to the candidate deadline was considered during Panel Evaluation.


*These endorsements were received after the deadline and were not considered in the Panel Evaluations and are for additional educational purposes only.


*Pro-Life Wisconsin Victory Fund


Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim, unless the candidate requests a typo change or we remove inappropriate language.

Right to Life

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

Strongly Agree

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

Strongly Agree

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.

Strongly Agree

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?



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.

Strongly Agree

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

The best way is to help keep inflation and taxes down. If costs and taxes keep rising then social security will drain.

What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?

I would eliminate government spend down. This is the practice of spending all remaining funds to keep the same budget for the following year. I have a plan that helps agencies long-term while reducing the overall operating expenses.

Under what circumstances should taxpayers help pay off existing student loans?

Taxpayers should never pay off student loans. Private companies have the option to pay off student loans by hiring students and offering incentive plans to join their company.

Religious Liberty

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

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

Strongly Agree

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?

Freedom of religion; not freedom from religion. Religion is an important part of society. The state can not dictate a religion or hinder the practice of any religion, except those religions that practice harm on themselves or others. Everyone should be allowed to pray in public or schools; no one should be forced to participate if they do not want to.


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


I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.

Strongly Disagree

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

Healthcare and health insurance must be looked at separately. I want to see healthcare provided at the most local level.

National Security

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

Strongly Agree

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

There several sides to this question. There is the internal US and external global. The internal is solved by keeping sovereign borders. We need to know who is coming in and out. We remove the ROI of the radical nature and help all people prosper. When they feel hope for the future they will not be turned by the radical nature of the religion. Religion and radical extremists must be recognized separately.


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

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should be abolished.

Strongly Disagree

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.


Employers should be required to use E-verify to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States.


Who should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and under what circumstances?

Anyone that wants to immigrate that shares our constitutional values should be allowed to immigrate to the USA. They must go through legal processes.


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.

Strongly Agree

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 was raised Roman Catholic and practice Orthodox Catholic through marriage. I am Pro-Life at all stages of life.


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.

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?

With 33 years experience in the Military reserve, 18 years with business accountability, and a lifetime of service as an Eagle Scout I didn't want to get into politics... I needed to get into politics. I have an 11 year old daughter; I need to protect our constitution for her and all children's futures.

Criminal Justice

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.


2nd Amendment

What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?

Everyone should be allowed to own a gun that legally can. They must pass a background check.

Other Important Issues

I support BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanction) against Israel if they refuse to allow the creation of a Palestinian state.

Strongly Disagree

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.


Reparations should be given to people on the basis of race.

Strongly Disagree

The Electoral College should be abolished.


In priority order, what three areas of legislation do you propose to author or sponsor if elected?

1. Defund Planned Parenthood 2. Secure all borders electronically, physically and emotionally. 3. Balance budget

Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?

Racism is currently being used as a political tool and a major threat to our internal security. This is separate from true racism. We can prevent racism by supporting the family unit and allowing everyone the opportunity to thrive.


  • RACC, Reading, AS, 1989
Work & Military
  • WSLS
  • NRA
  • BSA
  • APO

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