Election 2012

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Blaine Richardson at the Maine GOP Convention on May 5, 2012.

R. Blaine Richardson

Party affiliation: R
Residence: Belfast

On the Issues

How would you balance the federal budget/reduce the federal deficit?

Congress has clearly demonstrated that it is incapable of passing a balanced budget. I fully support a balanced budget amendment. I will not support an increase in the debt ceiling. All federal spending must be on the table as well as reducing the size of the federal bureaucracy. The federal Government is broke.

What steps do you support to reform Social Security and Medicare?

Keep the program in place for 55 and older. Increase the retirement age. 54 and younger may invest up to one third of the collected tax. Restore the benefit to its original purpose.

Would you sign a pledge to never raise federal taxes? Why or why not?

Yes, and I have … we are broke

How should health care be reformed?

Repeal Obama care. No government fix. Pass tort reform measures and allow the purchase of a policy across state lines for a start.

Do you support a woman’s right to an abortion?

I am pro-life, life begins at conception.

In Congress, would you support DOMA or legislation to allow civil unions or gay marriage?

Marriage is a state issue and should not set precedent of recognition in another state. I believe in traditional marriage.

Should the federal government have a role in K-12 education?

Education is a state and LOCAL issue. Parents and school boards know best what the curriculum for their children should be.

What are the benefits of school choice? Vouchers? Should they be available for private and religious schools?

Competition breeds excellence. Vouchers should be available to any child for any school.

Do you believe climate change is happening? Do humans contribute to it? What should Congress do to address the problem?

Yes, all the time. We have a minimal effect. Congress should focus on issues they can fix.

What should the country’s energy policy look like?

Fully develop our domestic oil fields, gas resources, hydro and nuclear technology. No subsides for wind, solar or ethanol, let them mature in the competitive market on their own.