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Todd Rasmussen is a Republican running for the GOP nomination in Senate District 24. For more information on Rasmussen’s campaign, visit this page.

  1. What is the proper role of government:

The role of government is to protect our natural, God-given rights while interfering as little as possible in our lives.

2. What issues do you consider non-negotiable:

Protection of life should be absolute.  I believe in personhood from conception to natural death.  The right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed and it is the right that protects all others.  Every dollar the government spends comes from a family that worked hard to earn it.  Government and government spending should be limited.

3. What concerns do you have about how the COVID-19 situation was handled by the government, if any:

I am concerned about the Secretary of State taking it upon himself to mail all voters absentee ballot requests without any appropriation or authorization from the legislature.  Our Senators and Representatives should make sure that state officials do not trample all over our rights in both emergencies or bureaucrats become complacent and we never get them back.

4. At what point do you believe a human life is guaranteed the legal protections of being an American citizen and what would you do to ensure those protections are provided?

I believe in personhood from conception to natural death.

5. Would you support a religious freedom and restoration act in the state of Iowa?

I support religious freedom to the point that it does not violate the rights of others.  Our state code should not enable an argument for Islamic people to implement any kind of Shariah law that mutilates young women or provides draconian punishments.

6. Would you support mandatory E-Verify?

This is needed. I am a contractor. I must compete with a black market labor force that does not pay income taxes and sucks up public resources.  I support LEGAL immigration. Employers should not be encouraged to flout our laws.

7. Would you support banning traffic cameras, why or why not?

Traffic cameras are unconstitutional.

8. What, if any, measures would you support to curb gun violence?

We should allow teachers to carry in school and encourage citizens to conceal carry.  A well-armed population is safer from violence and oppression.

9. What percent of the state’s budget do you believe should go toward education?

It is currently over half counting the regents.  We need to invest in our kids but include vouchers for private school and home school.  As a home school parent, I understand the difficulty in both time and resources to educate my child.  As a taxpayer, I’m paying into a system that benefits other people’s children more than mine.  We need to spend enough that our kids have better opportunities than we had.  However, we cannot just put a percentage on a budget.  The state budget is currently way too much.

10. Would you support education savings accounts?

Yes.

11. What do you think of Iowa’s current tax structure?

Our corporate tax structure needs to be more competitive.  The rest of our taxes are also too high.  I would prefer a fair tax and property tax relief.

12. Are there any state regulations you would like to see removed?

The licensure of industries needs a complete overhaul.

13. What are your views on climate change and what, if anything, should the government’s role be in addressing climate change?

Climate change is a tool by globalists to raise our taxes and send our jobs to China where they don’t care about polluting the world anyway.

14. Do you support expanding use of medical marijuana? Would you support recreational use of marijuana?

I think recreational marijuana is silly but I also think tying up our courts on enforcing laws that curb Scooby-Doo marathons and hacky sack circles is a waste of resources.  If science shows medical marijuana works to aid suffering, let’s aid suffering.

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