Tuesday, 27 Oct 2020

U.S. House District 3 candidate Q&A

Lauren Boebert

Republican Party

AGE
33
RESIDENCE
Silt
PROFESSION
Business Owner
EDUCATION
High School diploma and enrolled in CSU business classes
FAMILY
Married to Jayson who works in our local energy industry, Mother to 4 boys
EXPERIENCE
Business Owner (Shooters Grill), 2nd Amendment Advocate, 2nd Largest Signature Gatherer to Repeal National Popular Vote (out of 229,000 gathered)

Why are you seeking public office?
I believe we are in a battle for the heart and soul of our country. This race is about freedom versus socialism and I am proud to be on the side of freedom. When I told Beto O’Rourke “Hell no, you aren’t taking our guns!” it quickly became a national rallying call for the 2nd Amendment. I stood up to Governor Polis when he shut down my small business because people need jobs and business owners need to make payroll. I fought hard to repeal the National Popular Vote so we could keep Colorado’s vote for president. The 3rd Congressional District needs strong, active leadership like mine so our needs are heard loud and clear and not drowned out by Denver and Boulder liberals pushing higher taxes and socialistic policies. A vote for me is a vote for freedom.

What will your top three priorities be if elected?
My first vote will be to fire Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House, who decided to spend years on a frivolous attempt to impeach the President instead of taking him up on his offer to get important job-creating infrastructure projects underway. I’ll focus my efforts on supporting high-paying jobs for our local energy, agriculture and steel industries, which starts with working to make sure our businesses are open and more international markets are available with fair trade terms. This includes supporting the Jordan Cove pipeline to open international markets for our district’s clean natural gas and I’ll address healthcare as described below.

Should the Affordable Care Act be replaced? If so, what would you replace it with?
Only my opponent has advocated for replacement of the ACA (she’s pushed for Bernie Sanders’ single-payer, government-run, rationed care debacle). I will never vote for any legislation that takes away Coloradans’ health insurance. I’ll work to make sure the promises made to our seniors, children and those with pre-existing conditions are protected while expanding access and lowering the cost of healthcare. We need providers and patients to be brought closer together. We should have healthcare be personal and portable and prices be transparent so we can empower individuals and start shifting results in favor of our people. The system now wastes $800 billion per year on administrative costs that benefit everyone but the providers and patients. That’s wrong and I intend to help fix that.

Do you support a ban on fracking? Why or why not?
No. Fracking is directly responsible for high-paying jobs in my district and has led our country to energy independence. I do not want to return to having Americans subsidize foreign terrorist states like Iran every time we go to the gas station. I’m proud of our energy industry developing its resources safely and responsibly.

What, if anything, should the federal government do to improve the economy?
We need to be open for business. We had one of the strongest economies in our country’s history, if not the strongest ever, right before the global pandemic. I’ve been on the front lines of the battle to get us back open and expressed frustration that the government decided to choose winners and losers. There was no reason a small business like mine couldn’t be open safely when the big box stores down the road were allowed to be open. The government should continue working on expanding fair trade agreements so businesses in our district can access international markets, too. My opponent wants people to continue hiding in their basements like she’s been doing, close down our local energy industry and raise taxes. That’s a horrible, job-killing approach.

Do you support further federal restrictions on firearms? If so, which restrictions?
No. The 2nd Amendment shall not be infringed.

Diane Mitsch Bush

Democratic Party

AGE
70
RESIDENCE
Steamboat Springs
PROFESSION
Candidate for Congress
EDUCATION
I earned a BA in Sociology and PhD in Sociology from University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
FAMILY
Michael Paul is my husband
EXPERIENCE
Former tenured professor, Routt County Commissioner, and State Representative.

Why are you seeking public office?
I’m running for Congress to use my proven skills to solve problems facing us in CD 3 and unite our country. Washington is full of divisive partisan rhetoric and inaction. I’ll work for all of us, not just Washington insiders and ideologues. I’ve always taken a bipartisan, pragmatic approach to representing the people. In the State House, I stood up to my party’s leadership for my constituents. As a county commissioner and state representative, I earned the reputation as an independent leader who brings people together. I’ll work with Republicans and Democrats for pragmatic, evidence-based solutions for a brighter future.

What will your top three priorities be if elected?
First, lowering health care costs by strengthening the ACA, authorizing Medicare to negotiate lower prescription drug prices, funding the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), funding for rural hospitals, and ending surprise billing.

Second, I propose a federal infrastructure bank to invest in infrastructure that puts Coloradans back to work and brings prosperity. COVID has shown how weak the medical supply chain is, so I propose incentives to manufacture medical supplies products in CD 3.

Third, protecting public lands. They’re our heart and soul, and a major economic driver in Colorado because 500,000 jobs in Colorado rely on our public lands.

Should the Affordable Care Act be replaced? If so, what would you replace it with?
No, it is the only law on the books that protects more than 300,000 people in CD 3 with a pre-existing condition. Repeal would also eliminate ACA’s mental health parity provisions, roll back Colorado’s Medicaid expansion—taking coverage away from thousands of people in our district—and prevent young people from staying on their parents’ health insurance plans until age 26. We need to strengthen the ACA by ending surprise billing and increasing competition among insurers. Repeal would be disastrous in the middle of the pandemic.

Do you support a ban on fracking? Why or why not?
Authority over permitting on private lands resides with state and local governments. Congress has authority over permitting on federal public lands. I don’t support a blanket ban. I support partnerships and consensus agreements like the Thompson Divide Agreement which set aside some areas on our public lands as off-limits to oil-gas exploration and development. Development is already prohibited on wilderness areas. Public lands leasing needs a full -National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process to consider all impacts. We must reinstate and enforce the methane rule and other air, water, and wildlife protections. I oppose sale of our public lands.

What, if anything, should the federal government do to improve the economy?
Congress should pass additional COVID relief legislation immediately, but this time we must improve the administration of the Paycheck Protection Program, or a similar program, to make sure that small businesses, nonprofits, and local/state governments get aid in a timely manner and multinational corporations can’t take advantage of it.

We should also invest in water, transportation, the electric grid, and broadband infrastructure. Infrastructure creates good jobs immediately and then has major multiplier effects. Investing in infrastructure helps our local businesses, hard working families, and our communities to thrive and succeed, and recover from COVID.

Do you support further federal restrictions on firearms? If so, which restrictions?
I strongly support the Second Amendment and responsible gun ownership. I don’t support taking guns from law-abiding citizens.

I do support federal universal background checks to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals. Since 2013, Colorado’s universal background checks law has prevented over 300 convicted, violent felons from obtaining guns each year.

Protecting survivors of domestic violent requires background checks. I understand domestic violence calls firsthand. My first husband was a police officer in Minnesota before we moved here in 1976. For him and his colleagues, the most dangerous call was an instance of domestic violence.

John Ryan Keil and Critter Milton have not returned the questionnaire.

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