Published by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on August 18, 2014:



U.S. Senate — Vic Kohring

Posted: Monday, August 18, 2014 12:15 pm | Updated: 2:18 pm, Mon Aug 18, 2014.

Vic Kohring

Alaskan Independence


Q: Explain your view on global warming and, if you believe it is occurring, the extent to which you believe humans contribute to it and what role government should have in reducing it.

Warming and cooling are part of the Earth's natural cycles. It hasn't been definitively proven that humans contribute anything of significance.

Q: What would you change, if anything, about the Affordable Care Act? What part(s) do you like? Why?

Repeal Obamacare completely as socialized health care is a known failure. Until passage of the law, America had one of the best medical systems in the world. It's now burdened with excessive government controls and IRS enforcement.

Q: The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is set to become the most-expensive weapons system in U.S. history. Eielson Air Force Base is in line to host two squadrons of the aircraft. What do you think of the F-35 program?

Advanced weapons systems such as the F-35 are needed to keep America's defenses strong. Eielson should get the squadrons as Alaska needs to continue playing a key role in our national defense.

Q: The situation in Iraq has been deteriorating in recent months. The militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has claimed significant territory in Iraq, and the government is weakening. How should the United States respond?

The U.S. has no business in Iraq and should stay out, other than humanitarian help. The ethnic groups should resolve their differences without our interfering in the affairs of another country.

Q: Interior Secretary Sally Jewell in December rejected a proposed land exchange with the state that would have allowed for construction of a long-sought road to connect the Alaska Peninsula community of King Cove with the all-weather airport at Cold Bay. Do you support or oppose Jewell’s decision? Explain.

Oppose. The road would serve a very useful purpose, providing better access between the communities for emergencies.

Q: Should Alaska call for a constitutional convention for the purpose of nullifying the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court “Citizens United” decision that allowed unrestricted spending by corporations and labor unions on political campaigns? Explain.

No. The constitutional right to free speech and political expression should not be infringed in a free society.

Q: Under what circumstances, if any, should abortions be permitted under state or federal law?

Only if the life of the mother is in danger.

Q: Do you support the legalizing of same-sex marriage? Explain.

No. Government should not sanction marriage. It should be left to churches and private entities.

Q: The federal Violence Against Women Act, signed into law in 2013, allows the nation’s tribal governments to prosecute non-Indians accused of domestic violence and sexual assault but contains a provision denying Alaska Native tribes that authority. Do you support or oppose the Alaska exclusion? Why?

Existing laws are sufficient.

Q: Education Secretary Arne Duncan calls the Common Core State Standards, created under direction of the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, “the single greatest thing to happen to public education in America since Brown versus Board of Education.” Do you agree? Explain.

No. Standards should be established by individual school districts. Government oversight and control of education should be limited.

Q: Name a member of Congress from the opposite party whom you respect and could work with to propose legislation on an issue of national concern. Explain.

Sen. Joe Lieberman. He appears willing to put partisanship aside and work with his colleagues, both Republican and Democrat, based on the merits of an issue.


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