Why are you seeking election?
I’m running for people like my dad. He was a small business owner who just wanted to be able to provide a good home and a good life for his family. And I’m running because Jenny and I want for our four children what every Hoosier parent wants for their children — that’s access to a quality education that leads to good-paying jobs and meaningful careers in the Hoosier state.
What makes you a qualified candidate for the position?
I have experience across a broad spectrum of areas that comes from my time as a Marine intelligence officer, my time in the private sector and of course my time in Congress, where I have consistently not just talked about the problems we face but worked for and achieved solutions to those problems. I have a proven track record of principled, pragmatic answers to some of the toughest challenges Americans face today, and I will continue that work as senator.
What are your legislative priorities if you are elected?
I’ll have three legislative priorities. First, to repeal and replace Obamacare with a free market-based system that keeps costs down and ensures access for the most vulnerable in our society. Second, to reform our tax code so that small businesses are no longer hamstrung at the starting line by unfair and unsustainable taxes. Third, to reverse the failed Obama/Clinton foreign policy through measures like my proposed select committee on the Iranian nuclear deal that would hold Iran accountable and keep Congress and the public informed of its transgressions.
What do you believe are the biggest challenges facing our nation at this time? How do you plan to solve them?
The two largest challenges we face today are a stagnant economy and growing global extremism that threatens U.S. security. Our economy has recovered in only the most technical sense; for millions of Americans, there has been little recovery from the recession. That’s why I want to eliminate job-killing regulations that hamstring businesses and reform our tax code to promote job growth not stifle it. In terms of countering global extremism, rather than continue the failed, lead-from-behind Obama/Clinton foreign policy, America must rise to the challenge and stay engaged in the world. Global stability is in the best interest of America.
Major manufacturing companies, including Carrier in Indianapolis, have recently left the United States for Mexico, citing too much federal regulation. Do you believe there is too much business regulation or not enough?
Regulations are stifling all sectors of our economy, especially manufacturing and agriculture. The current administration’s war on job-creators, otherwise known as the Clean Power Plan, and various other aspects of the left’s environmental agenda are chopping our manufacturing sector at the knees while providing little to no environmental benefit. We should be focusing on creating jobs, and that starts with restoring Congressional power over regulatory bodies. That’s why I introduced the REINS Act, which would require congressional approval over any proposed regulation with over $100 million in economic impact. We need to put unelected bureaucrats out of business, not the people of Indiana.
How do you plan to help work alongside the next president and administration, whether a Democrat or Republican wins?
As a member of the House, I’ve shown that I know how to work across the aisle, while championing the principles of limited government, and I plan on continuing that in the Senate. Regardless of who’s president, I’m willing to work with them to ensure an efficient, effective government that works for the people of America, not special interests or political bosses.