Priorities

Pro-Life. Pro-Liberty. Pro-Constitution. “Unlike most politicians, you’ll always know where I stand on an issue. That’s a promise.”

Promoting Jobs & Economic Growth

“The business of the American people is business.” - Calvin Coolidge

Government doesn’t create jobs, but it can certainly kill job creation. The truth is that if government is going to spur economic growth, it has to get out of the way.

It’s time to drastically reduce excessive and harmful regulations that inhibit economic growth and the creation of new jobs. The Trump Administration is already doing an excellent job here, and I applaud the President’s efforts, but we must do more.

It’s not rocket science. The more roadblocks you put in the way of entrepreneurs, the fewer jobs will be created. I’d prefer job creators spending their time improving their products or bringing down prices, not jumping through regulatory hoops at the behest of bureaucrats.

Reducing Spending & Debt

“The [$1.3 Trillion] omnibus is one of the worst—and most costly—pieces of legislation ever to become law. Period.” - Rep. Justin Amash

We’re $21 trillion in debt. We have a $1 trillion deficit projected for FY 2018. Unfunded liabilities (e.g. Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid) total over $100 trillion. Let that sink in.

The American people have to balance their checkbooks, and so should the federal government — Congress should not get special treatment!

Our massive debt is harmful to the economy, and it hampers job creation and economic growth. It also forces the Federal Reserve to keep interest rates at near zero, which is a huge blow to savers and retirees who have been putting money aside their entire lives only to have the figurative rug pulled out from under them at the last second.

Did you know that Congress spends about $250 billion a year of taxpayer money on debt interest alone? Imagine how many jobs that money might create back in the private sector if it were kept in the pockets of hard-working Americans.

It’s morally reprehensible to continue to spend our kids' and grandkids’ money without their say-so. We need to balance the budget, and we need to responsibly deal with our debt. As your U.S. Senator, I will not vote for any budget that doesn’t balance. Enough is enough.

Protecting Your 2nd Amendment Rights

“There is no tragedy, no matter how great, that justifies taking away the rights of innocent people.” - Austin Petersen

It’s time to stop playing defense in regard to our 2nd Amendment rights and instead start going on the offense.

If Democrats want to talk about raising age limits to legally purchase firearms, banning firearms accessories via Executive Order, or repealing the Second Amendment, instead of conceding and offering this compromise or that compromise, let's push in the opposite direction.

They say the best defense is a good offense, so let's start talking about repealing the National Firearms Act and the Hughes Amendment. Let’s start the conversation about expanding our 2nd Amendment rights, not reducing them.

Watch this one minute clip to learn more about where I stand on protecting your constitutional right to bear arms.

Lowering Taxes

“We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.” - Winston Churchill

In a perfect world, we would completely eliminate the income tax. In the meantime, I support a flat tax — 15% across the board for personal, corporate, capital gains, you name it.

By establishing a flat tax and eliminating the self-employment tax, we can truly level the playing field. No more special treatment, handouts, or subsidies for the already rich, powerful, and well-connected. Small businesses deserve every bit the same treatment as large corporations.

Did you know that Americans spend about 9 billion hours a year complying with IRS tax filing requirements? All in all, compliance with the tax code costs the U.S. economy over $400 billion a year. There are much better ways for Americans to spend their time and money.

I want to turn tax season into tax minutes — TWO MINUTES. Instead of spending hours upon hours scouring for every possible deduction or hiring an accountant to spare you the misery, you’ll spend two minutes checking a few boxes. Then you can e-file or drop that postcard-sized return in the mail and be on your way.

Protecting Life

“It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.” St. Mother Teresa

When I was young, my parents met an expectant mother who was contemplating abortion. In an appeal to stop her from aborting her unborn child, they offered to adopt and raise the child if she were to carry it to term. Thankfully, she accepted their offer, and that is how my sister Jodi joined our family.

Unfortunately, in the United States nearly one million abortions are performed annually. Certainly a startling statistic, but the prevalence of abortion and complete disregard for the unborn is a growing problem in our society. Murdering a child is an act of violence. We have a moral obligation to protect the most vulnerable members of our society, and that is why I support overturning Roe vs. Wade.

Further, I feel that pro-life citizens should never have their tax dollars used to fund abortions or organizations that provide abortion services, and I support deregulation of the adoption market to decrease the cost of adoption for families and increase the amount of expectant mothers who choose adoption for their unborn children.

Encouraging Smart Foreign Policy

“The Constitution vests the power of declaring War with Congress; therefore no offensive expedition of importance can be undertaken until after they shall have deliberated upon the subject, and authorised such a measure.” - George Washington

No more nation-building! The United States should seek to protect and defend its security, allies, borders, and national interests abroad, but any military actions taken must come with a proper debate and vote in Congress and comply with the War Powers Resolution. No president should have the power to unilaterally declare war. That responsibility and authority falls to Congress, as per the Constitution.

Votes to declare war or authorize military action will no doubt be some of the most difficult and important decisions I’ll ever have to make as a U.S. Senator. I promise you this: if I wouldn’t send my own blood to the fight, I won’t send yours.

Our servicemembers and veterans deserve our utmost respect, commitment, and care. And I’ll do everything in my power to ensure we keep all of our promises to each and every one of them.

Fixing Immigration

“America is, and always will be, a shining city on a hill.” - Ronald Reagan

My ancestors, the Petersens, immigrated to this country from Denmark back in the early 1900s because of that very idea Ronald Reagan espouses — that America is truly a land of freedom and opportunity. They came to make a better life for themselves and pursue the American Dream, and I’m grateful everyday for it.

We’re a nation of hard workers, of dreamers, of entrepreneurs. We’re a nation where we judge one another, and wish to be judged, based on actions and the content of our character — not on the color of our skin, our religion, or our country of origin.

I believe in border security and national sovereignty, and I support cost-effective measures to further secure our border and protect American citizens. I also favor completely eliminating any and all welfare programs provided to illegal immigrants. These welfare programs, while perhaps well-intentioned, provide negative incentives and encourage people to come to this country for the wrong reasons.

The bottom line is this: if we want to solve the problem of illegal immigration, we must fix our legal immigration system. It’s currently too complicated, takes far too long, and costs too much money to play by the rules. This incentivizes bad behavior (i.e. coming here illegally) and over time leads to exactly where we are today.

Improving Healthcare

“If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free.” - P.J. O’Rourke

We need a clean repeal of Obamacare. Period. Yes, eliminating the Individual Mandate was a positive first step, but we still have a long way to go.

It should be legal to buy inexpensive health insurance. It should be legal for insurance companies to sell their products across state lines. These egregious regulations, among countless others, actually hurt the average American because they reduce our options in the marketplace, and they make the remaining options more expensive — oftentimes, prohibitively so.

We need to stop handing over millions of dollars in taxpayer money to powerful insurance conglomerates and pharmaceutical companies. Just like the big banks on Wall Street, these firms will do just fine without being subsidized by the American taxpayer.

No more handouts to Big Pharma or Big Healthcare! Market competition is the answer to improving our healthcare system and reducing costs — just like it is in every single other industry. Don’t be fooled by the lobbyists and special interest groups in D.C. pretending to care about you.

Championing Justice Reform

“Our nation’s laws should be focused on imprisoning the most dangerous and violent members of our society. Instead, our criminal justice system too frequently traps non-violent offenders, who are disproportionately African American men, in a cycle of poverty, unemployment and incarceration.” - Sen. Rand Paul

Today, the U.S. has about 5% of the world’s population, but it has about 25% of the world’s prisoners. We incarcerate a greater percentage of our people than any country on earth.

We have far too many people in prison for victimless crimes, and it is costing taxpayers tens of billions of dollars a year — money that could be better spent on taking care of our servicemembers and veterans or paying down our national debt.

Nonviolent drug offenders make up 50% of the U.S. prison population. The failed war on drugs has enriched and empowered street gangs and drug cartel kingpins, leading to increased violence in our communities and on our border. Ending this failed “war” will free up significant resources within the law enforcement community, so federal authorities will be able to concentrate their efforts on terrorism and espionage threats, while local police will be able to focus on pursuing actual violent criminals.

Furthermore, we should treat substance abuse and addiction as a medical problem, not a criminal problem, and show compassion towards those suffering with chemical dependencies by allowing and encouraging them to seek treatment. It is through compassion, treatment, and rehabilitation that we can solve the addiction problems plaguing so many Americans.

Lastly, we must eliminate federal Mandatory Minimum laws, thereby restoring authority to the judicial branch as our Founders’ intended. And we must also end the practice of Civil Asset Forfeiture, thereby protecting Americans’ 5th Amendment right to due process.