News 8 Candidate Profile – Dan Carter

Dan Carter (Photo:  CarterforSenate.com)
Dan Carter (Photo: CarterforSenate.com)


As part of our commitment to comprehensive campaign coverage, News 8 reached out to every candidate running for Congress or the U.S. Senate from Connecticut. We offered each of them a chance to post a profile on WTNH.com, and an opportunity to do a 5-minute interview with Ann Nyberg. The information below was provided to us by the candidate themselves.

Name: Dan Carter

Political Party: Republican

Age: 49

Education: BA Political Science, MAS Airport Management

Profession: Sales and Training Executive

Hometown: Bethel, CT (Originally Vandalia, OH)

Religion: Christian

Family: Married, one daughter 20, one son 18, one dog 1

Elections and Appointments: State Representative, 2nd District (2011 to Present)


What is your plan to create more jobs in Connecticut?
Connecticut has been home to innovation and entrepreneurship for centuries, everything from the nuclear submarine and the helicopter to the hamburger. We need to eliminate artificial barriers that are keeping Connecticut’s best asset, our people, from innovating the next best thing.

We must recognize that we cannot tax our way out of debt and into prosperity. Our only hope is to grow the economy. If we raise federal taxes, Connecticut will be hurt even more than other states, given our high state taxes. We must reduce taxes and balance our budget.

We must create a fair and predictable tax code that will foster growth locally, from the bottom-up, not top-down from Washington.

We must also address overbearing and unnecessary regulations. We need to empower entrepreneurs to innovate and create. Regulations are important to protect consumers and workers, but too much has put a chokehold on our economy.

 

How would you lower taxes?
We must recognize that we cannot tax our way out of debt and into prosperity. Our only hope is to grow the economy. If we raise federal taxes, Connecticut will be hurt even more than other states, given our high state taxes. We must reduce taxes and balance our budget.

I will work to simplify the tax code and reduces taxes for all Americans. In the short term, we must make our system flatter and made more fair by decreasing brackets and eliminating loopholes. I also favor eliminating the Alternative Minimum Tax and the estate tax.

Corporate taxes account for less than 10% of Federal revenue but are often what the two sides fight over most. Lowering the tax rate for all businesses and eliminating loopholes would give companies a fair and predictable tax system and incentivize them to remain in the country. Connecticut could benefit even more than other states because our location and transportation system may still be attractive to businesses.

I favor a single rate of 15% or less for S Corporations. Since S Corporations have less than a 100 shareholders who pay the corporate tax, this rate would drive more investment in these smaller businesses.

A balanced budget, a fair and predictable tax code and reforms are our only chance to grow our economy.

What we do in our homes and what we have failed to do in Connecticut, holds true in Washington. We should spend within our means and only borrow what we can pay back.

 

How would you improve race relations?
First, we must always embrace our diversity and celebrate our unity as Americans.

We also must recognize that there is a problem and work together to fix it. We cannot overcome these issues with everyone retreating to their corners and pointing fingers.

Our schools have created inequality leaving so many minority children left behind in low-performing schools. We must improve our education system and ensure communities are managed effectively. We must be creative and thoughtful with our solutions and make sure our solutions are global and not focused only on skin color.

When developing policy, I will work with stakeholders from all religious and ethnic backgrounds to understand and address their needs. Together we will find common ground and make sure our communities have the resources to help strengthen families, improve neighborhoods, and protect citizens. I will protect and defend the rights of all Americans.

 

How would you better prepare our country to fight terrorism?
We need to restore our troops levels to meet both special needs of terrorism and to give our allies a sense of confidence and our enemies a sense of dread. The military should not be a police force, but defenders of American interests to meet the challenges of China and Russia.

At home I will support partnerships between the Homeland Security and communities to ensure states and communities have the information and resources they need to keep us safe. We must empower our intelligence community and law enforcement with the tools and resources they need to prevent attacks on American soil.

We must recognize that ISIS is a threat to Americans, as well as to Israel and our allies in Europe. The Obama administration will be announcing that the operations in Mosul have been successful, just in time for Election Day. Unfortunately, this is only one city, we have a long way to go, and we still do not have a comprehensive strategy to defeat ISIS.

We must also do a better job of supporting and working with our allies in the region. On a recent trip to Israel, I learned first hand the impact of Senator Blumenthal’s decision to vote for the Iran nuclear deal, that jeopardized not only our security, but that of Israel and the entire region. By allowing $150 Billion to flow to the world’s foremost state sponsor of terror that abuses women and executes members of the LGBT community, Senator Blumenthal put our security at risk. As Senator I would work against deals like this and would hold the Administration accountable for the additional $1.3 Billion in ransom paid to Iran for American hostages. These foreign policy decisions embolden our enemies and show weakness not resolve in the face of terror.

 

What is your plan to deal with immigration?
The United States needs a fair system for its citizens, businesses, and immigrants, but politics as usual in Congress continues to put both our physical and economic security at risk.

The solution to illegal immigration is to create common sense rules about legal immigration. I will work with people from all sides of the issue to develop a simple plan. We could start with creation of a worker visa program and enforcement of current laws that do not allow hiring of immigrants in the US illegally. We must also fix our immigration system and create a pathway to citizenship that doesn’t take 10 years.

By removing incentives for people to migrate to the US illegally, we should be able to secure our boarders more effectively.

 

How would you deal with guns and gun owners’ rights?
We must focus our efforts on keeping guns out of the hands of those who will do harm, instead of trying to limit gun ownership by those who follow the law. I believe we can achieve this difficult balance with common sense gun legislation that saves lives and still guarantees the right of Americans to own firearms. We must all be honest and abandon the political battles and stop drawing lines in the sand.

I have introduced and supported legislation that would close loopholes in background checks and I continue to advocate for background checks when in Washington. As a Senator, I will work to give states the resources to combat the influx of illegal firearms that are killing people in our communities. I will also work to create legislation in Washington that is similar to the legislation I introduced as a State Representative that would prevent a tragedy like Sandy Hook by creating a means to keep guns out of the hands of those diagnosed with a mental illness in a manner that provides due process.

 

How would you improve gender inequality?
We must always work to ensure that no one is discriminated on based on their gender or gender identity. The best way to ensure there are no unintended consequences that would adversely affect a specific group of Americans is to always fight for transparency and make certain those affected have an opportunity to be heard.

One of the most widely known issues today is inequality in pay for women. I have already supported legislation that passed in Connecticut that would ensure people have the ability to openly discuss their pay without fear of reprisal from employers. This is an important first step to create transparency that would give men and women the ability to negotiate pay in a more equitable way.

 

How would you address the current system of campaign financing?
While my opponent has taken over a million dollars in special interest money, it is clear this is something we need to stop. We should enact campaign finance legislation that ensures campaign contributions can only come from individuals.

 

How would you address environmental issues?
I believe we should be good stewards of our environment and we should balance environmental issues with common sense.

For instance, I introduced legislation that would prohibit the use of plastic microbeads in healthcare products. It just makes sense to keep plastic out of our water supply.

The future of America’s environmental security is also tied to America’s entrepreneurs. As innovators work to find the next solution to energy production we will continue to protect our environment, grow our economy and become energy independent.

 

Why should voters cast their ballot for you on November 8th?
Politicians like Senator Blumenthal have put their own agenda above the needs of their constituents for far too long, and it’s time for a fresh approach. It’s time for integrity.

America is facing ever-changing threats to our economic, and national security and we need new solutions.

I’ve served my country in the military, and my community in government and business. I know better than most that the best policies aren’t made from behind a desk or politician’s podium. Instead, we need leaders in Washington who will take a hands-on approach to offering new solutions to the challenges we face.

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