Election 2016 Q&A: U.S. Congressional District 4 candidate Dr. Paul A. Gosar
Question 1: What are the main concerns your constituents bring you? How do you consider those concerns, as you weigh your own personal ideals and reconcile what is best in the short-term, in the long-term, and to best serve the majority?
Gosar: My constituents are very concerned about illegal immigration and President Obama's failure to defend our Constitution and uphold the Rule of Law. I share their concerns. Article I, Section 8, Clause 4 of the Constitution grants Congress clear jurisdiction with regard to U.S. citizenship and immigration matters. Despite this fact, President Obama has continued to circumvent Congress and institute polices by executive fiat that have put the people of Arizona at risk. The Obama Administration has unilaterally granted amnesty to illegal immigrants who have subsequently raped and killed innocent Americans. Such actions are inexcusable and unconstitutional.
I have been leading the charge in Congress to secure the border and end Obama's executive amnesty policies. In March, I utilized the power of the purse to demand that appropriators ensure we build the fence, defund sanctuary cities, defund all of Obama's executive amnesty programs, defund Central American amnesty flights, and reimburse states for the cost of incarcerating illegal immigrants.
Question 2: Freedom is probably the thing that sets us apart from the world's other nations. Please explain the things that go into a nation truly being truly free. Are any of those freedoms in shorter supply than demand in our state? How do you address them?
Gosar: The biggest threat to freedom is an overzealous federal government that aims to control every aspect of our daily lives. I address that threat head on. President Obama and his administration continue to churn out an onslaught of job-killing regulations that limit individual freedom and negatively impact Arizona's future prosperity. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is a prime example of such egregious overreach and I have led the charge against the agency's new Waters of the United States (WOTUS), Clean Power Plan, and Ozone regulations.
When the Fish and Wildlife tried to close down significant areas on Lake Havasu to skiing, tubing and wakeboarding without justification, I spearheaded the effort to successfully beat back these proposed restrictions. I passed two amendments through the House and have been leading the fight to block Obama's new housing regulation that seeks to let Washington bureaucrats seize control of local zoning decisions and dictate where you can live.
Question 3: To some people, the Affordable Healthcare Act is far from affordable. Despite that, there are those who say it is necessary, and that the bugs will eventually be worked out. What do you think is the solution, for your communities, the state and for the country?
Gosar: Obamacare is broken and needs to be repealed. It is a failed, big government solution that contradicts what Americans actually need in a health care system. Instead of responding to America's call for greater choice and more affordable health care options, President Obama's signature legislation created thousands of pages of new mandates and taxes that have interfered with the doctor-patient relationship. An estimated 4.7 million cancellations and counting have gone out, despite repeated claims from the President that "If you like your health care, you can keep your health care. Period."
Obamacare should be replaced with a health care system that focuses on quality care, choice, access, affordability and free-market solutions. I support tort reform and allowing small businesses to pool together to negotiate better rates. We must implement a system that allows patients to be in control of their health care, instead of one that empowers government bureaucrats and health insurance companies.Age: 57
Years in Arizona: 31
Occupation: U.S. Representative from Arizona's Fourth Congressional District
Education: D.D.S. from Creighton Boyne School of Dentistry, 1985; Bachelor's Degree from Creighton University, 1981
Elective and Advisory Experience: Dr. Gosar is currently serving in his third term. Prior to being elected to Congress, he had no political experience.
Civic Affiliations: Past President of the Arizona Dental Association, past Vice-Chairman of the Arizona Dental Association Council on Governmental Affairs, past President of the Northern Arizona Dental Society, Arizona Dental Association's "Dentist of the Year" in 2001, and an Arizona Dental Association Hall of Fame Inductee.