2018 Primary election results

Richmond Davis

Richmond Davis
  • Republican
  • Age: 72
  • Residence: Dayton

About Richmond Davis

Education

I have an undergraduate degree in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland as well as a Juris Doctorate from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Background

I’m an attorney, admitted to the Maryland and District of Columbia Bars. I’m also a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

Questionnaire

1
Trump record
How do you assess the Trump administration so far?
Davis: I approve of the general economic policies, particularly the reduction of job-killing business regulations and tax cuts.
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2
2017 Tax cuts
Do you support or oppose the federal tax cuts passed in 2017? What effect do you believe they will have on the economy?
Davis: I support the Federal tax cuts. Not only are they helping the economy but, on principle, they allow most Americans to keep more of the money they earn out of the hands of government bureaucrats.
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3
National debt
Is the level of national debt a concern? What, if anything, should be done to reduce it or constrain its increase?
Davis: Absolutely! We must avoid following the path of Greece to, essentially, bankruptcy. Responsible leadership requires that entitlement spending rates must be reined in. That particularly means Medicare and Medicaid. But reductions in benefits or increased age for eligibility should be phased in so that current recipients are not affected.
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4
Income inequality
Is the level of economic inequality in the United States a problem, and if so, what should the federal government do to address it?
Davis: No. Inequality is a factor of individual economic choices. If baseball owners, for instance, wish to pay millions of dollars a year for a pitcher who works every five days for six months, so be it. That’s not the business of government to regulate.
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5
Gun laws
Should federal gun laws be changed, and if so, how?
Davis: No. The Second Amendment does not need changing. The focus should be on restricting this access to guns on those who are proven threats to themselves or others. But remember – criminals will find a way to get guns regardless of any laws.
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6
ACA
What should Congress do with respect to the Affordable Care Act? Should it be strengthened, and if so, how? Should it be scrapped? If so, what if anything should replace it?
Davis: End Obamacare. Substitute expanded health savings accounts and propose competition among insurance companies, for starters.
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7
Urban policy
What role should the federal government play in helping cities like Baltimore?
Davis: None. If appropriate, that is a state responsibility.
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8
Opioids
What can Congress do to address the opioid epidemic?
Davis: Very little. Public education on the dangers makes great sense. But I am a lawyer, not a health expert, so I am not qualified to propose a prescription for a comprehensive solution.
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9
Immigration
What changes if any should Congress make to our immigration and deportation laws and policies?
Davis: Enforce current laws. America, as a sovereign nation, has the absolute right to determine who is admitted. America’s interest is best served by establishing a priority for skilled and educated applicants over those with mere family connections with current residents.
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10
Free trade
Should the United States continue with the free trade policies it pursued for the last several decades, or should it enact restrictions in an attempt to help domestic industries?
Davis: I am a strong proponent of free trade. That contributes to a healthy American economy.
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11
Iran
Do you support the Iran nuclear deal?
Davis: No. It will lead to another rogue nation acquiring the power to annihilate its neighbors – and perhaps beyond.
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12
North Korea
How should the United States address the rise of North Korea’s nuclear program?
Davis: The United States should be prepared to take military action if aggression by North Korea becomes highly likely. I hope that American policy ultimately results in the overthrow of the Kim regime from within, making U.S. military action unnecessary.
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