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After 15 years of working in the healthcare industry,
Adkins characterized the Affordable Care Act, which
She said certain COVID-19 accommodations, such as expanded telemedicine and accelerated FDA review of new discoveries and therapeutics, should be made permanent.
As the country continues to reel from the pandemic, Adkins said the federal government must create "incentives that reward work, not furthering dependency on government."
Adkins supports building a wall on the Mexican border and said elected officials have a moral obligation to create an immigration system that protects American lives and jobs. She said
Adkins acknowledged the reality of climate change and said solutions should capitalize on American innovation.
"Climate change is real and global industrial activity is a contributing factor," Adkins said. "I support market-based legislation that incentivizes clean energy investments and promotes clean energy technologies."
A former president of the
"I serve as a co-guardian to my best friend with Down syndrome, and I see how the current system fails her," she said.
Weir played a major role in the 2014 passage of the ABLE Act, which created tax-exempt savings accounts that protect Medicaid benefits for people with disabilities.
Although she supports efforts to combat illegal immigration with physical barriers and increased drone surveillance at the southern border, Weir is opposed to child separation and inhumane conditions at detention centers.
"In order to fix our immigration system, we need to implement a new strategy to prevent overcrowding of our detention centers to make them more humane," Weir said.
Weir said it's time to start decoupling the American and Chinese economies, and that
She said the widespread adoption of social media has divided Americans and had a "corrosive impact on society."
A former executive at Burns & McDonnell,
"Let states provide social safety nets for healthcare," Beehler said. "When we rebuild the economy back to the Pre-COVID record-setting results in unemployment across all sectors, employers will compete for workers with better wages and better benefits."
Beehler said that in a second Trump term,
Beehler supports building a border wall, and said preventing illegal immigration is particularly important now, during a time of high unemployment in the
He also said he hopes to do away with bilingual education and to ensure that non-native-English-speaking children become proficient in the language at a young age.
"Let's have excellence in English first for young people, and then we can move on to some other things," Beehler said.
"You want to be proficient so you can assimilate, become a citizen and then compete in the world marketplace."
The former engineering executive, who said he has read the proposed Green New Deal, dismissed the scientifically proven threat of climate change.
"When I was getting my engineering degree, the 'experts' were telling us of an impending 'ice age," Beehler said.
"This is less about climate and more about 'some' wanting government control over the free markets."
She did not elaborate on how that vision should be actualized.
After one term as mayor and a stint as executive director of the
"I was a small business owner and understand the time-sucking burden of complying with so many government regulations," Foster said.
Foster, whose grandparents immigrated legally from
"We must focus on identifying and preventing the entry of drugs, violent criminals, sex offenders, cartel and gang members, human traffickers, predators, coyotes, and terrorists," Foster said.
The former mayor said she offers a "more practical approach" to environmental sustainability.
"The Federal government is the largest spending organization in the world and has the largest footprint. They borrow and squander billions," Foster said. "Therefore, everything we can do to reduce their spending and their footprint, is helpful to our environment."
"I want the Federal Government to target K-2nd grade children's Title One funds for K-2nd grade literacy labs in our poorer schools in the
"The majority of prison inmates are functionally illiterate and they didn't receive this help."
According to a
Love said Americans with pre-existing medical conditions should be placed in an insurance pool so that insurance companies can share the risk.
He said he supports major tax reforms, including removing "the majority" of the
"Provide a flat tax rate on incomes above the poverty level," Love said. "Then the middle class will get a break and won't be paying 40% in when all taxes are considered."
Love favors a comprehensive immigration plan that includes a border wall. He said undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children should be allowed to stay.
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