Campbell takes stance on issues

Republican Senatorial candidate Tom Campbell’s liberal stance on social issues sticks out most when compared to primary election opponents Carly Fiorina and Chuck DeVore.

“I don’t care if a couple is gay or straight; I don’t think the government should care either,” he said in a 45-minute interview last week while on a campaign swing in San Diego County.

However, Campbell, who also favors abortion rights, calls himself a fiscal conservative without “a serious challenge on those credentials.”

The former congressman favors keeping the prison at Guantanamo Bay open, delaying Miranda warnings for suspected terrorists who are American citizens until investigators get necessary information and supports Arizona’s illegal immigration legislation.

Citing a lack of experience, Campbell said he would not approve Elena Kagan to be the next U.S. Supreme Court Justice. He also said if elected he would work to repeal President Obama’s healthcare bill.

“The Democrats were at fault for pushing through a bill that was supported only by Democrats rather than seeking a compromise,” Campbell said. “That’s what I have in mind when I look at the healthcare bill and the financial regulatory bill, and cap and trade. That’s from single party rule.”

The Republicans controlled Congress from 2002 until the 2006 mid-term elections, during President George W. Bush’s second term. Campbell said he disputes that 46 million Americans are without health insurance; instead, he says that figure is closer to 18 million based on his calculations, which are aligned with how full-time employees and students are measured.

Campbell said he aims to have less government involvement in healthcare through a geographic bidding system. Under his plan, the government would grant states the authority to use all Medicaid and State Children’s Health Insurance Program funds to entice insurance companies to bid with a list of treatments they would cover for a set amount of money to low income residents and those with pre-existing conditions.

“I have not approached insurance companies on this, but I’ve had my ideas on the website for almost a year now,” he said.

For guest workers

Campbell said he believes a fix to the country’s illegal immigration problem is through a guest worker program, namely in hospitality, agriculture and construction.

“I’m a free trader, however you cannot have free trade in labor with a welfare state like we do,” he said.

When asked about the willingness of undocumented workers to undertake tasks that U.S. citizens would not for pay rates below minimum wage, Campbell said he believes contractors when they tell him they do in fact pay undocumented workers at least $8 per hour.

“I think Americans would do any honest job and would prefer to do a job than be unemployed,” he said.

Say ‘no’ to Iran

In terms of national security, Campbell was quick to criticize President Obama’s dealings with Iran, saying he has sent a signal that he would allow Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to obtain a nuclear weapon.

"(President Obama) sent the signal that he will restrain Israel from taking military action and I think that’s going to lead to Iran getting the nuclear weapon,” Campbell said, adding that he is in full support of Israel militarily in terms of Iran, but opposes its West Bank settlements. He also said believes that American economic contributions to Israel should be reduced.

Campbell is not in favor of raising taxes in California, despite its $20 billion deficit, saying that it poses the risk of residents and businesses moving to another state. Instead, he said the goal is to get Americans back to work, and that pension plans for state and municipal employees and retirees are “generously high.” Campbell said Proposition 13, which drastically limits property tax reassessments, is an economic asset to California.

“It’s the only thing we have going for us,” he said.