Candidate Profile
Allen R. Waters

Republican , Rhode Island


Allen R. Waters
U.S. Senator

Panel Rating

Somewhat Conservative Information icon


Other Information

The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund gave this candidate a rating of AQ, which describes “[a] pro-gun candidate whose rating is based solely on the candidate's responses to the NRA-PVF Candidate Questionnaire and who does not have a voting record on Second Amendment issues."


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.


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?

To protect the life of the mother, and to follow the law.


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

Strongly 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?

(Did not answer)

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

(Did not answer)

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

(Did not answer)

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.


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?

(Did not answer)


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

Strongly 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?

We need to lower costs through a market based, cost transparent healthcare system encouraging competition among providers and insurers, better access to services and expanded personal choice while protecting the sick and the poor. The solution for health care reform is repealing Obamacare, and replacing it with a more fiscally responsible block grant to the states. Block grants allowing states to design their own healthcare programs and make regulatory decisions that adjust to the needs of their marketplaces. Medicaid recipients would have a choice to opt-out and enroll in private health coverage of their personal choice. Individuals and families should have the final say in the type of coverage they receive, and HSAs (Health Savings Accounts) should be changed to enabling healthcare consumers to use them with greater flexibility in meeting their wants and needs.

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?

We must aggressively pursue terrorists, dismantle terrorists'networks and eliminate the financial sources of strength and support that sustain them, and maintain sufficient pressure on terrorist organizations to stop them from reemerging. We must also defend the homeland by building strong borders, strengthening security at all U.S. ports of entry, protect our critical infrastructure, and facilitating preparedness and vigilance.


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.


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.

Strongly Agree   

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

(Did not answer)


Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree   


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.

(Did not answer)

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I belief in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I tend to pray to God directly and not through his son. I believe that Exodus 20:2-17 covers most of what you really need to know to live a moral and ethical life, and to walk a righteous path. I grew up in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, and still consider myself a Methodist. I believe that Natural Law, "a body of unchanging moral principles regarded as a basis for all human conduct," should be taught in public schools.


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.

(Did not answer)

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

(Did not answer)

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?

(Did not answer)

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.

(Did not answer)

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


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?

(Did not answer)

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

(Did not answer)


  • University of Rhode Island, Kingston, B.S., 1985
  • Classical High School, Providence, 1973
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
  • Rhode Island Black Heritage Society, Board Member
  • Providence Country Day School, Board Member
  • RI Coalition for Minority Investment, Board Member
  • Langston Hughes Center, Board Member
  • National Rifle Association, Member
  • National African American Gun Association, Member
  • Americans For A Safe Israel, Contributor
  • Mashpee Library Trustee, Board Member
  • U.S. Senate (MA), Sought 2018
  • State Senate Cape & Islands, Sought 2014

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