Candidates in the heated race for Mississippi’s U.S. House 3rd District to replace Rep. Gregg Harper supplied brief answers to a series of questions from the Clarion Ledger.
Occupation: District attorney
Political affiliation: Republican
Serving as the district attorney for Madison and Rankin counties since 2008, Guest has been an ardent supporter of law enforcement and says he wants to apply his experience in Washington. If elected, he said he would support a border wall and work to repeal Obamacare.
If you would like to see federal spending cut, where would you make such cuts?
In order to reduce government spending, we must reduce the size and the scope of government. We need to remove programs the government has no business involving itself in, including cutting foreign aid to countries who don’t support us.
Conversely, are there areas where you would like to see federal spending increased?
I support increasing funding for America’s military to protect our country.
Do you agree with President Trump’s tariff policy, and how do you believe it would affect Mississippi?
I support free markets that sell American products because that means more jobs and growth here. But if there’s evidence of unfair trade practices overseas, we have a duty to stop unfair trade practices that hurt American workers and our competitiveness. We must make sure any resources required for our national security, such as agriculture, steel and energy production are preserved.
What are your thoughts on U.S. immigration policy and border security?
We must have stronger border security including a wall on America’s southwestern border. As a prosecutor, I have a unique perspective on this issue. I have seen drugs pour into our communities that were transported across our southwestern border, so we must stop illegal immigration as well as illegal drugs that are so harmful people and our communities.
What, if any, plans do you have to reduce health care costs for Mississippians?
I will work to see that Obamacare is once and for all repealed and that we focus on better access to affordable, quality care as a top priority. To do that, we must develop free market solutions, such as allowing health insurance to be sold across state lines, so people have more choices about what coverage best fits their needs.
Would you agree to cuts in Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, SNAP or other social welfare programs?
We must keep our promises to our seniors and any efforts to address entitlement spending must maintain that focus. But we also need to look at how to make programs viable for the future, and to end waste, fraud and abuse in social welfare programs.
What, if anything, should the federal government do to help with states’ infrastructure and how should we pay for it?
The best approach to any federal infrastructure spending legislation is to makes sure that local communities and states have the most freedom and flexibility when it comes to making decisions about what infrastructure priorities should be addressed, without being dictated from the federal government.
What separates you from other candidates in this race?
As a prosecutor, I have taken on complex cases with many moving parts and a wide variety of issues involved. This work has given me a unique perspective and the experience needed to stand firm for my conservative principles and to tackle the challenges we face in Congress, and to ultimately produce positive results for the people of our state.