I believe the Trump administration represents the most significant threat to American democracy since the Civil War. I will use all methods that are Constitutional, moral, and peaceful to counter this threat. I will be an effective force to check and balance the Executive branch, as the Framers of the Constitution intended.
Our great nation and its democratic processes have been subjected to attacks from a hostile foreign power and these attacks continue to this day. As the former Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, recently said of Russia's activities, " I believe they are now emboldened to continue such activities in the future both here and around the world, and to do so even more intensely. If there has ever been a clarion call for vigilance and action against a threat to the very foundation of our democratic political system, this episode is it. I hope the American people recognize the severity of this threat and that we collectively counter it before it further erodes the fabric of our democracy." I agree. As a career intelligence officer and Russian specialist, if elected I will seek a seat on the Intelligence Committee to get to the bottom of Russian interference and to craft appropriate responses to deter future meddling.
When I was in the Navy, I couldn't imagine a system in which a shipmate--and every member of his family, too--didn't have access to quality, affordable healthcare. It was unthinkable!
As a candidate, I'm committed to ensuring every American--without exception--has quality medical coverage he can afford. Sometimes I ask people to think of the people they saw yesterday. Maybe there was a man in the barber shop, maybe the lady from church with two children. Then I ask them, "Did you see anyone--anyone at all--who you think doesn't deserve health care, too?" Nobody has ever told me they know somebody who doesn't deserve quality, affordable health care. If by chance, you know of some American who doesn't deserve health care, please email me with the details and why you think they don't deserve this as a right.
As Neil deGrasse Tyson has so succinctly put it, "The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe it." It's a sad commentary on our time that scientists have to march on Washington to demand that science is respected and that our government's policies must be supported by evidence-based research. The transcendent global threat of our time is man-made climate change. I will work to support all efforts to lessen the effects of climate change and strengthen the EPA's efforts to ensure our children and grandchildren always have access to clean air and clean water. I support efforts to preserve access to our public lands for hunting, fishing, and recreational activities.