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Richard Lion

Running for U.S. Senate

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Party: Libertarian Party

CEP Status: nonparticipating

Website: http://richardlion.com/

Age: 62

Marital Status: single

Current Residence: Manchester

Current Job: Venus Royal Fish Lure Co

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Should Congress pass legislation to protect the special counsel from potential firing by the president? Why or why not?
No. This country is over 200 years old. Why would we need a new law like that now?
What specific steps should Congress take to make healthcare more affordable and accessible in this country?
More free market and charity solutions, like St. Joseph Hospital, less insurance company meddling.
Has the president's decision to place a $10,000 cap on SALT deductions unfairly penalized Connecticut residents? What will you do to mitigate the tax increase that this change represents for Connecticut taxpayers?
We are over taxed because our governments over spend. First, we have to drastically cut government spending, then we can cut taxes.
Eversource and some out-of-state entities appear to be attempting to buy control of Connecticut's water resources, and some of our quasi-public water agencies have signed away large amounts of water to commercial interests with little regard to future water shortages. What can you do to ensure that Connecticut residents maintain control of public water supplies in perpetuity?
Water is a right. I will defend that right.
Should the government's response to the opioid crisis be to focus on law enforcement to stop drug dealers, or improving access to treatment for addiction and reducing the overprescription of painkillers?
I will work to legalize all drugs, even the bad ones. The war on drugs is much more destructive than the worst drugs. I will support improving access to treatment for addiction and reducing the overprescription of painkillers.
Will you support a federal requirement for universal background checks on all gun purchases?
No.
Will you support a ban on posting online instructions for 3-D printing of guns
No. It would violate the 1st Amendment.
A recent report found 40 percent of Connecticut residents can't afford basic needs such as housing, food, health care, or child care. What would you do to improve their situation?
I am running for US Senate, not State Senate.
(For Democrats or minor party candidates): Will you support Nancy Pelosi for Speaker should Democrats retake the House? If not, who?
No. I don't like her.
(For Democrats or minor party candidates): Will you support Chuck Schumer as Senate Majority Leader should Democrats retake the House? If not, who?
I don't think so, but I don't know much about him.
(For Republicans or minor party candidates): If the Republicans maintain a House majority, who do you prefer for Speaker: Kevin McCarthy of California, Steve Scalise of Louisiana, Jim Jordan of Ohio, or someone else?
Dan Reale.
(For Republicans or minor party candidates): If you are elected to the Senate and the Republicans maintain the majority, will you support Mitch McConnell to continue as Majority Leader?
No.