Former Beauty Queen Miss Nevada & Daughter Of Immigrant Announces GOP Congressional Campaign: Big-Time Trump Supporter
Lisa Song Sutton, a business owner and former Miss Nevada United States, has launched a congressional bid as a Republican for Nevada’s 4th Congressional District. Sutton, who has a law degree from the University of Miami, launched her bid a few weeks ago with a campaign video that she posted to Twitter:
Sutton, whose father is a Vietnam war veteran and whose mother is an immigrant from Korea, is a self-described lifelong Republican who strongly supports small business, cutting regulations, the U.S. military, immigrant enforcement, border security, and the Second Amendment.
At the start of a campaign, the usual playbook is to release an "Intro Video" with the following:
1. Hello! I'm running for office.
2. Negative info about the other party.
3. Negative info about their opponent.
4. Direct ask for money.
Let's be different!https://t.co/oWO0LOa15Z
— Lisa Song Sutton (@LisaSongSutton) July 29, 2019
1. What inspired you to get into politics?
Politics was never in the plan for me. I have previously been focused on my companies and community work. However, when I opened the second location of my shipping store last year, I saw how much need was in the community. People have no access to basic amenities, like grocery stores. Veterans aren’t being served, and the community is forgotten. This area in the District opened my eyes to a larger problem: communities not being served by career politicians. This, coupled with my own examination of our state representatives, and realizing that we don’t have a voice for business owners, we don’t have a voice for millennials, and we don’t have a voice of someone actually engaged in the community, I knew I had to step up.
2. As the daughter of a Korean immigrant, what do you say to immigrants in the U.S. who listen to organizations like CNN and believe that the president is racist and that enforcing immigration law and securing the border is racist?
Look, no one is against legal immigration. Anyone is welcome to come here, work hard, and achieve their version of the American dream. We can no longer ignore the fact that insecure borders are a threat to national security. I have a cousin who formally served with Border Patrol along the Arizona/Mexico border. I have heard the stories about how our men and women who are boots on the ground there, are completely inundated. We need to provide them with more resources, and that means physical barriers where needed, more manpower, and more technology so that they can do their job.
3. Why should minorities vote Republican, and how should the party reach out to them?
I know many minorities who are Republicans, and it’s because we are a party that values work ethic and personal responsibility. In fact, the majority of minorities I know who are also Republicans are all business owners. We are the party of entrepreneurs and innovation. We don’t cloak ourselves in victimhood and cry, “woe is me” every time things don’t go our way. We pick ourselves up and take control of the situation. We make the choice for the direction we want to go in.
4. Why should younger people vote Republican, and what are you going to do to reach them?
I think the younger generation is realizing more and more that they can’t rely on others to fix their problems. That’s not the way the world works. The young people I meet when I speak at schools are smart, self-sufficient, and capable. They want to be in control of their destiny. The Republican Party supports that. I plan to continue with the work I have already been doing, which is meeting voters where they’re at, listening to them, engaging with them, and helping them. Community work has always been a big part of my life, and I view politics as a platform to be able to reach out and help more people.
5. How does the GOP respond to some of the issues, like healthcare and student debt, that Democrats propose addressing with socialist policies?
Americans want choice; they want freedoms. They don’t want the government overburdening them with red tape and regulations. People are equipped to take personal responsibility for their own actions. I believe in limited government, so I don’t want the government forcing policies upon me when I am equipped to do my own research and make my own decision. Where the government can help is in pushing for transparency from the key players in healthcare and student debt. Why is the cost so high? Who are all of the players involved? Washington D.C. needs to assist in equipping everyone with information so that the states can help implement the best solutions for their populations.
6. With the rise of socialism in the Democratic Party, are you also concerned about the Democrats’ continued push to curtail the freedoms of U.S. citizens?
It’s absolutely concerning. It just seems like we are drifting further and further away from core American values. This is a land of freedoms. We have to protect our rights and not disadvantage our future generations by making detrimental, knee-jerk, emotional choices now. This leftist drift is also perpetuating and encouraging a victimhood mentality. AOC and the squad are constantly reactive. Things are always happening “to” them and there’s never any attempt to be solution-oriented. The mentality that surfaces is one of blaming and complaining. Where does that leave the American people? We must right the ship and get things back on track.
7. How should Republicans respond to the Democrats becoming the party of identity politics?
I am not a fan of identity politics. I think voters should make their decision on merit. What items in that candidate’s life have helped equip that person to do a good job representing us? Republican candidates have to show that we are the party of limited government and personal responsibility. I’m very proud to represent women and Asian women, but I don’t want people to vote for me “just because” I’m a woman, or “just because” I’m a minority. I want people to vote for me because they believe that based on my background, my experience, my community work, I’m someone who will provide them with the representation they deserve.
8. What do you view as the greatest threat to the United States both from a foreign and a domestic standpoint?
From a foreign standpoint, a major threat that isn’t talked about enough is China’s theft of U.S. companies’ intellectual property (IP). Our patents that are issued from the USPTO are not protected internationally by the U.S. governing body. Each country, and the EU, have their own regulatory agencies for recognizing intellectual property. Some of the greatest innovations and products in modern times have been developed by U.S. entrepreneurs (Apple, Tesla, etc.), and not much is being done or advocated for when it comes to protecting these American-born products and technologies.
From a domestic standpoint, and I don’t think this is paid attention to enough, our spending and the national debt is out of control. We must get back to a balanced budget. I follow Rep. Chip Roy from Texas on Twitter, and he’s one of the very few consistent voices I see about this issue. We can’t keep mortgaging our future generations. We must curtail spending and get back to a balanced budget.
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