Utah's Senate Race Challenge for 2018

EzDebate is challenging each candidate to answer questions for their constituents. We will be posting the recorded answers so voters can view them.

The following questions were submitted to the candidates:

  • What is your stance on gun control and the 2nd amendment?
  • What is your stance on immigration?
  • Are our trade policies with other nations good for our country or should they be revised?
  • Why are health care costs rising and what can be done about it?
  • Other than the issues already discussed, what is the greatest threat facing our nation today and how will you address it?
  • Other than the issues already discussed, what is the most important issue facing Utah and how will you address it?

Alicia Colvin (Republican)
Participation Confirmed
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Tim Aalders (Constitution)
Participation Confirmed

Tim is a National Political Talk Radio Host

The characteristics of a true leader are experienced, dedicated, and principled; all of which are exemplified by Tim Aalders.

These qualities have guided him throughout his time as a public servant as he fights for the ideals that define the state and its people.

Tim has taken a stance on issues like balancing the budget, tax reform; and securing America's borders. Tim recognizes that The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are the principles this country was founded on and which all laws should be based on.

The Federal Government has passed legislation and allowed for agencies under their control to violate our liberties and freedoms that are guaranteed by the Constitution. Tim will continue to work to identify and put an end to such abuses, such as the Patriot Act, the NDAA, and all other executive orders that circumvent the authority of the Constitution.

Tim is a strong supporter of states’ rights, freedom of religion, the right to assemble, personal privacy, the second amendment and many other topics that resonate with citizens.

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Abe Lincoln-Brian Jenkins (Republican)
Participation Confirmed

Brian grew up in the small southern Utah town of Circleville. He moved to the big city of Provo to attend college at Brigham Young University. He traveled to Japan to serve as an LDS missionary. Returning to BYU, he graduated in the field of International Relations. His interest in Constitutional principles has led him to run for political office in both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate. Additionally, he ran for Utah State Republican Party Chair. He was elected to Utah state central committee and to Utah's National Republican delegation.

In the spirit of Lincoln, he is determined to end modern-day slavery and once again reunite the nation.

MODERN DAY SLAVERY

Lincoln may have asked, "Where are your modern day slaves?" Brian Jenkins sees the tragedy and living bondage of slavery in several aspects of today's American experience. Lincoln would oppose the obvious slavery of the human sex trade. He would see those living in the suffering of their own homes under financial abuse. This bondage would concern him deeply. Though less obvious, it is an ever-pressing burden weighing on the backs of all citizens.

The Constitutional protections provided against state and federal government are dramatically diminished. Lincoln would be reminded of John Adam's statement, "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." Jenkins believes that Lincoln would once again recommend a day of repentance fasting humiliation and reconciliation as he instituted back in 1863. Jenkins wonders if it is possible that as one who poured out his life for the Freedom of the Land he loved, Lincoln still takes note of what is happening to this great Union of Nations.

REUNITING THE NATION

And what would Lincoln think of "Reuniting the nation?" In earlier days, it was his desire to unite the North and the South and avoid anarchy. Today, as then, his desire would be to unite the divisions creating strife among us: Democrats versus Republicans, liberals against conservatives, whites against blacks and the government against the people - because "a house divided against itself cannot stand." As Lincoln said in his first inaugural address, "We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature."

A congressman swears in his oath to protect the constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic? Jenkins suspects that Lincoln hopes that we in our day will have a new birth of freedom under God, that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.

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