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Cyber-Defense

We must strengthen our ability to defend against any and all cyber-attacks. With the advancement of informatics and the placement of “smart devices” almost everywhere, hackers can use the internet to access sensitive information from thousands of miles away. Hackers could include hostile governments, terrorist groups, and malicious intruders. With our nation so dependent on technology, any major cyber-attack would be devastating. As your congressman, I’ll fight to pass more legislation aimed to improve our nation’s cyber security and give our government the tools it needs to prevent, deter, and respond to cyber-attacks.

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Global Alliances

There is great strength in numbers, and the power of unity-based international consensus cannot be understated. The U.S. must fortify our global relationships in order to better advance our national interests. We are a great nation that is indeed capable of worldwide leadership; leadership that can produce global stability. We must recommit ourselves to this most noble endeavor!

Among a host of other items, we must continue to stand by Israel, our greatest ally in the Middle East. We must support Israeli efforts to defend itself, and oppose Iranian-backed terrorism in the region. We must also be cognizant of the concerns of the Palestinian people living within the borders of Israel. We must support Ukraine and NATO as they face challenges from Russia. We must stand by Egypt as it fights terrorist insurgencies in Sinai and from Libya. We must support Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines, and other Asia-Pacific allies in the face of Chinese expansionist behavior.

In this globalized world of ours there is a strong international desire to partner with America, and there are many nations and peoples who do share in our vision for the future. When elected to Congress I will work to strengthen our alliances and develop new relationships across the globe. I will work to promote free, but fair international trade. I will work to foster stronger partnerships in Asia, Africa, and Latin America with both official state institutions as well as with local peoples and groups who share in our vision for a better global future and a more united humanity.

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Global Warming

Climate change is not just a national security issue for America, it is a threat to all humanity. Global warming is a real phenomenon and must be addressed NOW. Its effects have already had significant and harmful effects on our communities, our health, and our climate. Extreme storms and severe droughts are both increasing in uncommon areas causing higher sea levels, more wildfires, more heat waves, and declining agricultural productivity. However, practical solutions currently exist to slow the pace of global warming so we can pass on a healthier, safer world to future generations.

When elected to Congress I will:

  • Aggressively push the executive branch to lead the international community in the fight against climate change.
  • Support funding research to explore how to greater utilize renewable sources of energy. 

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Homeland Security & Terrorism

As a 16-year-old, I saw the tragic events of 9/11 unfold live on television. It had a dramatic impact on my life. We know that terrorists are openly calling for attacks on our homeland. While we have significantly progressed in securing our nation from terrorist attacks since 9/11, much work remains as terrorist threats have evolved, and continue to change.

The U.S. must lead global efforts in combating terrorism. As your Congressman, I will promote policies for working with allies and partners to eliminate terrorist networks and violent ideologies, as well as to curtail recruitment, propaganda, and safe havens on a global level.

When elected to Congress I will:

  • Fight terrorism while upholding Constitutional values.
  • Push for more homeland security funding for Southern Nevada.
  • Ensure that our law enforcement agencies have the resources they need to protect us.
  • Push for more cyber-security legislation.
  • Promote supporting, training, and equipping allies and partners to enhance their own capabilities to eliminate terrorism.

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ISIS Must Be Destroyed

ISIS has forged itself into a military force that threatens to destabilize the Middle East and is a serious threat to our national security and the international community at large. This calls for action to be taken. However, learning from our prior mistakes, we must do all we can to avoid becoming entangled in another long, drawn out, and costly ground war. The key to defeating ISIS, is defeating their radical ideology. Therefore, we must first develop more cohesive, comprehensive, and multilateral plans to degrade and destroy ISIS.

When elected to Congress I will:

  • Support waging a “war of ideas” to discredit and disavow radical and violent ideologies.
  • Support regional allies who have much more to lose if ISIS grows in strength.
  • Push for more intelligence collaboration with foreign nations to neutralize terrorist capabilities.
  • Support granting humanitarian relief to those displaced by the region’s instability.

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No Nuclear Weapons for Iran

We must never allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons. Allowing this would destabilize the entire Middle East, potentially ignite a dangerous arms race in the region, and gravely threaten the security of our ally Israel.

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Powerful Military

Our nation is the greatest fighting force on earth, and I consider myself privileged to have served in it. However, with the speed of today’s ever-changing global landscape, we must make sure we don’t fall behind. Our military must continue to be the most versatile as well as the best trained, best equipped, and best led armed force in the world.

When elected to Congress I will:

  • Fight to modernize our military so that our service members have the resources they need to meet new threats.
  • Promote the use of diplomacy, intelligence systems, and our economic strength to influence global affairs.
  • Work towards fortifying our present global alliances, while also forming new partnerships.

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Standing up to China

We must stand shoulder to shoulder with our Asia-Pacific allies, many of whom feel very threatened by China’s aggressive actions in the South China Sea. The U.S. must work with regional allies to increase our military presence in the region and guarantee freedom of navigation and access to trade routes that pass through the Western Pacific. We must support Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines, Vietnam, and South Korea in defending their territorial waters. The U.S. military must look to station additional Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps units in the Western Pacific. The presence of our armed forces, coupled with the fact that they will participate in joint operation training exercises with our regional allies, will serve as a major deterrent to Chinese expansionist behavior and show our allies that we will stand with them.

The U.S. must then lead in building robust economic relationships in the region, promote institution building in Asia, and encourage China to be a responsible stakeholder in all of this. This would include the arenas of cyberspace freedom, human rights, trade, territorial disputes, and climate change. If we are able to navigate the current tenuousness between our great nations I am very optimistic that the 21st century U.S.-China relationship has the potential to lead the world into a new era of peace and stability!  

When elected to Congress I will:

  • Reassure our Asia-Pacific allies that we will stand with them.
  • Work to increase regional military presence, and to ensure freedom of navigation in the South China Sea.
  • Hold China accountable whenever they break with international agreements.
  • Work to overcome this tenuous stage in our relationship, and to forge a partnership that can lead the world into a new era of peace and stability.  

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Standing up to Russia

The U.S. must work together with our European allies to support new NATO member states on the front lines with Russia, states such as Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, and Poland. We must help support them by relocating existing U.S. forces closer to their eastern borders. Our multilateral operation should be supported by a new, strong integrated air defense system. We must also help safeguard a free Ukraine by helping train Ukrainian forces.

While building a strong deterrent to Russian expansion into the region, we should look to foster greater economic and diplomatic relationships with Russia. There is a wide ranging list of commonly held issues between the U.S. and Russia such as combating radical jihadi groups, curtailing nuclear proliferation, and creating renewable sources of energy.

 When elected to Congress I will:

  • Work to strengthen our relationship with NATO, and support new NATO members.
  • Work to develop a strong multinational joint air defense system that will serve as a deterrent to Russian expansionism.
  • Work to forge new diplomatic and economic partnerships with Russia and its people.

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