Beyond the 13 survey questions we asked each candidate on our voter guides, each candidate who answered the survey was given the opportunity, if they so chose, to respond to the following five essay questions in 300 words or less. On this page are the specific candidate’s answers. If a candidate answered some, but not all, of the questions, each unanswered question is marked as “No answer was provided.”
Explain your view of state government’s role in relation to economic growth and/or job creation.
I think government has proven to be a poor job creator. The best they can do is create a level playing field and get out of the way.
What particular regulations of abortion would you support or oppose and why?
Being as I was the one who made sure Planned Parenthood was no longer subsidized by the state, I think that’s a good start. Next is co-sponsor of Amendment 1. After that passes, I have several ideas but for fear of
those ideas being used to help defeat Amendment 1, I will refrain from talking about those at this time. I doubt there are any ideas I would oppose that would restrict abortion in Tennessee.
Do you believe parent(s) or government have the primary and ultimate responsibility for the education of children? Please provide at least one example that you believe demonstrates what you mean.
Parent have the ultimate responsibility to educate children, but I support public education to the point that is required by our state constitution. I have often said the dollars should follow the child so parents can best decide what is best for their child’s education. This my support for vouchers. I also have passed legislation to mandate parental involvement for parents of failing children. Parents are key to the child’s education.
What is one of the most satisfying things you have ever accomplished and what made it so satisfying to you?
I like all of my bills. Defunding Planned Parenthood was big. Passing drug testing for welfare recipients was big. Passing laws that allow people to say “Merry Christmas” in schools was big. Putting “In God we trust” on the Capitol was big.
What personal qualities or experiences do you think will define the nature of your service, if elected, and why do you think they are important?
I have taken every sling and arrow the left could throw at me. I have stood firm and keep on fighting for conservative principals.