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United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 4

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Robert Lawton

Businessman
4,848 votes (1.7%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Passing The Green New Deal
  • Passing Medicare For All
  • Getting money out of politics via dismantling Citizens United.

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California (3)

What financing method(s) would you support to repair or improve roads, rails, ports, airports, the electrical grid, and other infrastructure in the U.S.?
Answer from Robert Lawton:

As I mentioned, I’m the only candidate on the ballot who supports and will fight for The Green New Deal, (which will pay for itself over 15 years). Further, in addition to staving off the catastrophic effects of climate change, (which we’re already experiencing), the GND will completely revitalize and transform our entire national infrastructure (including water systems, broadband, electrical grid, and so on), while transitioning workers from the fossil fuel industry, and adding 20 million new jobs.

What programs or legislation, if any, would you support to help Americans of all ages to secure affordable health care?
Answer from Robert Lawton:

The fact that we’re one of the few major industrialized nations on earth which doesn’t have universal healthcare is a disgrace. Again, I'm the only candidate running who supports Medicare for All, which would LOWER overall healthcare costs for every single person in this country making less than $250,000 a year. Separately, imagine what our lives would be like if we no longer had to worry about seeing a doctor, or paying for a medical emergency or illness, or medications, and so on. Medicare For All is the appropriate solution.

Describe an immigration policy that you would support if presented to the House of Representatives.
Answer from Robert Lawton:

We’re a nation founded on immigration, so unless someone has Native American ancestry, they ought to remember this before bashing illegal immigrants. That said; I believe a wall is unnecessary, and I also believe we need to pass a clean DREAM ACT, pass DAPA, and abolish ICE. Most people don’t know ICE has only existed since 2003 in the wake of 9/11, and in addition to running afoul of their mandate, ICE has become a de facto paramilitary organization which has done enormous damage to our standing in the world, and here at home. Children being separated from their parents (who are often fleeing their homeland for a better life) is a disgraceful, indefensible stain on our nation’s legacy.

Questions from The Sacramento Bee (3)

In an era of polarized politics, which issues show the most promise for bipartisan agreement?
Answer from Robert Lawton:

Despite what the media (and many politicians) would have us believe; the majority of Americans agree on several substantive issues: For example, a majority of Americans support universal healthcare. I’m the only candidate on the ballot who supports Medicare for All, (which will SAVE $450 billion, and 68,000 lives per year). Also, most Americans believe climate change is real, and not enough is being done to combat it. I’m the only candidate in this race who will fight for the Green New Deal. Finally, most Americans favor some form of reasonable gun control, and I’m the only gun owner on the ballot who also supports sensible gun control measures such as expanded background checks, closing the gun show loophole, and reauthorizing the assault weapons ban.

Should the federal government help California with its homelessness problem? If so, how? If not, why not?
Answer from Robert Lawton:

Of course. Homelessness isn’t a problem unique to California, in fact over 500,000 Americans (including children) will sleep in the streets or some form of temporary shelter tonight. This is unacceptable anywhere, but particularly in one of the wealthiest nations on earth. I proudly support Bernie’s Housing for All plan, which will (among other things) do away with the ridiculous “Faircloth Amendment”. For those who are unfamiliar; the Faircloth Amendment has been in place since 1999, and mandates that HUD cannot construct any new public housing units until or unless it demolishes or disposes of others, resulting in no net gain of overall housing units. This is absurd, and needs to be abolished immediately.

Should federal income taxes be reduced again? If so, for whom? If not, why not?
Answer from Robert Lawton:

Thanks to the 2017 “GOP Tax Scam” which was an undeserved handout to corporations and the wealthy at the expense of the rest of us, the richest Americans now have a lower tax rate than the middle class, and the deficit has doubled. I’ll fight to rescind this disgraceful gift to the ultra-wealthy, and insure major corporations like Amazon, (which paid zero federal taxes last year on $11.2 billion in profits), start paying their fair share of corporate income taxes. 

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