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U.S. House Questionnaire: Sue Googe 

Name as it appears on the ballot: Sue Googe
Campaign Website: www.suegooge.com
Phone number: 
Email: (919) 378-1182 | sue4nc@gmail.com
Years lived in the district: 5 total on and off

1. In your view, what are the three most pressing issues the United States faces? If elected, what would you do to address these issues?

"1) Economics and jobs 2) immigration reform 3) criminal justice reform

Economics and jobs:
Reduce corporate tax from 35% to 15%, deregulate outdated and over burdensome regulations on businesses, eliminate global tax system for businesses and citizens, bring the $2+ trillion corporate oversea profit back to America for investment and instill economic growth.

Growing economic is the best way to reduce poverty rate and government dependency,

immigration reform:
Bring talented and business minded immigrants into the USA, triple H1b visa, eliminate 50k green card lottery visa, secure the border do not allow illegal immigrants to flood in.

Criminal justice reform
Free up citizens with minor drug issues, instead transform them to be productive members of the society."

2. Name three members of Congress, past or present, who you look up to as role models. Explain why you have picked these three.

"Ron Paul, Walter Jones, Justin Amash
They stand for liberty and freedom and are against government intervention into personal life. They believe in free market system. Most importantly, they are leaders stand on principles, not party ideologies."

3. If you are challenging an incumbent, what decisions has the incumbent made that you most disagree with? If you are an incumbent, what in your voting record and experience do you believe entitles you to another term? For both challengers and incumbents: In what ways would your election benefit the citizens of North Carolina?

"Incumbent David Price believes in big government is the solution for all our problems. For example Obama care, as a sitting in VA committee member, Price has overseen a failed VA system that doesn't serve our veterans best interest.

Washington is business as usual too cozied up with special interests not the American people.

I will bring common sense solutions and modern constituent services into the 4th district.

I will change Washington's political culture, the government has to serve the best interest of our country and our people, not the selected few in the political power circle."

4. Candidates running for president this year have proposed wildly divergent tax plans. The Democrats have proposed raising taxes on the wealthy, whereas some Republicans have argued that we should do away with the graduated income tax altogether. What do you believe should be done about taxes? Are there any current proposals that you would support in Congress?

"If the economy is weak and middle class is shrinking, switch the tax burden among citizens in different income class won't help to solve this problem.

The only way to achieve prosperity across the board is to bring foreign investment in, grow jobs and economics domestically, broaden the tax payer base, simplify tax code by replacing with fair tax or flat tax."

5. Since its inception, the Affordable Care Act has been polarizing. Republicans have called for it to be repealed “root and branch,” but have not reached consensus on what a replacement would look like. Democrats, meanwhile, have been supportive of the ACA, and some, especially Senator Bernie Sanders, have proposed moving to a Medicare-for-all system. What do you think should be done about health care in the United States? If you support repealing Obamacare, how would you propose structuring and funding its replacement? Do you support or oppose moving toward a single-payer system? Why or why not?

"I will repeal Affordable Care Act. I support single payer system."

6. Concerns about terrorism and related unrest in the Middle East have been at the forefront lately. Do you believe the United States is doing enough to counter the threat posed by ISIS and other militant groups? Why or why not?

"Our leaders did the wrong thing, the Federal government's job is protect America and American people, not to be a self-funded world policeman.

First we need to secure the border, make sure we all safe from terrorist attacks."

7. In terms of foreign policy, what do you believe are the best three things the Obama administration has done over the past seven-and-a-half years? What do you believe are the administration’s three biggest shortcomings or failures? What steps do you believe Congress should take with regard to these shortcomings or failures?

1) Didn't get into Syrian civil war as some hawky members in congress suggested 2) Showed gesture of multilateralism 3) Normalized relationship with Cuba

Biggest shortcoming:
1) Good intention but missed opportunity. When first elected to office was the best chance to change the relationship for the better with Iran, but missed it, America gave up too much didn't get much in return. Bad deal and bad negotiation in general.

2) FlipFlops sent confused a message to the world . Obama should either keep his mouth shut or follow his words, the red line in Syria, US president doesn't have to response to every issues in the world, we are not the world's policeman. but once we issued some kind of warning, better be serious about it.

3) Obama doesn't understand economics in general, he surrounded himself with the wrong advisors, missing many opportunities to turn the economic around without sky rocketing our federal debt.

Congress needs to act as checks and balance to the other branches. When president makes the wrong decision, congress has the purse string to not fund the adventure, congress also can unit together to get American citizens behind Congress against president's wrongful decision."

8. Do you consider the Iran nuclear deal a success or failure? Explain why. Do you support engagement with the Iranian regime?

"I support engagement with Iran and support normalized relationship with Iran. However I do not support the Obama Iran deal, he had good intentions but didn't serve our best interest."

9. Similarly, do you believe the Obama administration’s engagement with Cuba is prudent? Why or why not?

"I support engagement with Cuba, and support normalized relationship with Cuba. he didn't do a perfect job in his visit but at least he is the one took the first step."

10. One area where there seems to be an emerging bipartisan consensus related to criminal-justice reform, specifically as it relates to nonviolent drug offenses. How would you propose reforming drug policy? Do you believe marijuana should be either decriminalized or legalized under federal law? Do you believe the federal government should intervene where states have relaxed marijuana prohibitions contrary to federal law?

"I believe marijuana should be decriminalized under federal law, then let the states decide their own direction from there. I believe drug abuse is health issue rather than criminal issue. No, I absolute do not believe the federal government should intervene state's law in regarding drug policies."

11. The recently negotiated Trans-Pacific Partnership has been criticized by some corners of both the right and left, though Congress did vote last year to grant the president “fast-track” authority. Congress is expected to vote on the TPP sometime this year. In general, do you support or oppose the TPP? Why or why not? Do you believe that it does enough to protect American workers?

"TPP has good intension but didn't turn out the way we wanted. I will vote no on current version and negotiate a different version that will truly protect American workers."

12. What do you believe is driving the polarization of and rancor in American politics? Is there anything you believe Congress can do about it? In what areas do you believe you could reach a compromise with members of the opposite political party?

"We are in the new culture of ""blame others"" is cool. As your congresswoman, I will take the high road, take responsibility to seek common sense solution for the challenges face our nation, bring people of the two parties together to find common ground, instead of fighting each other. I will put the American people first."

13. Over the past year, the GOP campaign has been almost defined by Donald Trump’s bombast—from calling Mexican immigrants rapists to proposing a ban on Muslim immigration to demeaning John McCain’s military service—and yet he’s nonetheless likely to be the Republican nominee for president. To what to you attribute Trump’s success? Do you believe his rhetoric is appropriate? If you are a Republican, do you plan to support Trump as your party’s nominee in the fall? If you are a Democrat, are there any areas in which you believe you could find common ground with a President Trump?

"I believe some of Trump's rhetoric is inappropriate for the presidency, however much of the content and message make sense. Yes I plan to support trump in this fall as republican, but I will not be trump's rubber stamp in congress. I will always put the American people first."

14. Identify and explain one principled stand you would be willing to take if elected that you suspect might cost you some popularity points with voters.

"I will protect religious freedom. Also, I don't think federal government should be in charge social issues such marriage and abortion."

15. The Citizens United decision has been criticized by some on the left for opening up the floodgates for special interests to influence political leaders. What changes do you believe Congress can or should make to campaign-finance regulations? Do you believe that Citizens United has had a positive or negative effect on American politics?

"I believe citizens united has had a negative effect on American politics, the marriage of money and power never a good idea it will disenfranchise voters and our democracy.

If we can't overturn the Citizens United case, at least pass new law to limit the proportions of campaign contributions come out of each district. Currently most incumbents receive more than 50% PAC money.

We can limit out of district contributions to 20%, or PAC money has to be within 20% of the total contribution."

16. Finally, these congressional primaries were moved from March to June after a federal court invalidated the state’s districts, calling them an unconstitutional gerrymander. What are your thoughts on the new district map? Would you support an independent redistricting commission to draw these maps in the future—as is the case in Arizona—or do you believe the legislature can handle the task fairly?  

The new district map is obviously less gerrymandered than the previous one, I believe its quite fair. 

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