Candidate Profile
Greg Raths

Republican , California

Biography

Panel Rating*

Conservative Information icon *

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

Endorsements*

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

Conservatives

5
California ProLife Council PAC, California Republican Assembly, Combat Veterans For Congress, House Freedom Fund (HFF), National Right To Life

Others

1
*SEAL PAC

Reported by Candidate

6
Congresswoman Mary Bono, Congressman Paul Cook, Combat Veterans For Congress PAC, Seal PAC, Mayor Trish Kelly Mission Viejo, Supervisor Don Wagner

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
7
Dana Rohrabacher (2014), Ed Royce (2014), Jim Jordan (2020), Local, County, and District Republican Organizations (2019), Paul Broun (2014), Scott Walker (2012), WinRed (2020)
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
4
Combat Veterans For Congress PAC (2019), North Carolina Leadership Fund (2020), Supporting Electing American Leaders (2020), WinRed (2020)

Summary

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LIBERAL

100%

CONSERVATIVE

Questionnaire

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

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?

Life of the mother


Economy

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

Disagree   

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?

I would ensure we have laws to keep the Social Security System well funded. I am a proponent of private savings accounts for the younger generations who would like to supplement their Social Security.

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

Reduce the bureaucratic infrastructure in Washington, D.C. by 10% over a 5 year period.

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

Maybe for a wounded veteran or a seriously ill person. But I am not in favor of paying off existing student loans by the government.


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.

Yes   

What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

Give to Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is God's. With that said, we were founded on Christian beliefs and I see no reason why the 'state' cannot be discussed in church.


Healthcare

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

Disagree   

I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.

Strongly Disagree   

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

I would stay with our current system of private healthcare, but work to improve it by lowering prescription drug prices, deductibles, and cover pre-existing conditions. I am a strong proponent of Medi-Share, a Christian based healthcare plan.


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?

Strong national defense and keen intelligence of these terrorists groups.


Immigration

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.

Strongly Agree   

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

Strongly Agree   

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

Immigration must be a merit based process. End chain migration and the lottery migration process.


Education

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Disagree   


Values

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.

Neutral   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

Roman Catholic. Believe Jesus Christ in my Savior. Obey the 10 Commandments.


Qualifications

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 a fiscal hawk conservative. My city of Mission Viejo just finished the year with a $6 million surplus. Social conservative. I protect life from conception.

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.

No

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

I am pro-life (adoption clinics, not abortion clinics), pro 2nd amendment, a fiscal conservative, strong on national security. Retired combat decorated Marine Corps fighter pilot, 30 years active duty. Three combat tours. Tour at the White House and Assistant Chief of Staff of the White House Military Office 1996-1999. Eagle Boy Scout. 3 College Degrees. Publisher and author of the book "9 Lives of a Fighter Pilot."


Criminal Justice

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

Strongly Agree   


2nd Amendment

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

We have the right to bear arms and I do not see a need for restrictions.


Other Important Issues

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

Disagree   

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Disagree   

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

Disagree   

The Electoral College should be abolished.

Strongly Disagree   

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

Work to ensure our Veterans are taken care of with medical treatment that is readily available. Term limits for Congress. Balance the budget.

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

No. That whole argument is overblown. In my 66 years of life experiences I have rarely come across any racism in my communities.


Background

Education
  • Arizona State University, Tempe, BS, 1975
  • National Defense University, Washington, D.C., MS, 1996
  • California State University Fullerton, Fullerton, BA, 2013
Work & Military
  • USMC, Colonel, 1975-2004
Affiliations
  • Unite OC Toastmasters, Member
  • American Legion Post 291, Member
  • Rotary of Mission Viejo, President
  • VFW, Member
  • Elks Lodge of Mission Viejo, Member
  • Association of Naval Aviation, Member
  • Marine Corps Aviation Association, Member
  • Orange County Veterans Advisory Council, Vice Chairman
Offices
  • Mayor Pro Tem of Mission Viejo, Held 2014/2018
  • Mayor of Mission Viejo, Held 2019
  • U.S. House of Representatives 45th District, Sought 2014
  • U.S. House of Representatives, Sought 2016
 

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