Russell Pearce

Party
Republican
Religious Affiliation

LDS*

Views

Education

  • “…we should pursue a more efficient path and eliminate the Department of Education, besides there is not Constitutional provision for the federal government to be involved in education, it is a local issue. In addition, all parents should have a choice of where to send their children to school, not just the wealthy (like those in Congress who send their kids to private/parochial schools but oppose school choice for those who are not wealthy).”
    [Source: Pearce’s web site, accessed 11/11/2008]

Family

  • “I am a voice for family values, freedom, constitutional and limited government.”
    [Source: Pearce’s web site, accessed 11/11/2008]
  • “We must preserve marriage (by federal law if the courts make it necessary) as a union between a man and a woman.”
    [Source: Pearce’s web site, accessed 11/11/2008]

Guns

Immigration

  • “We should encourage legal immigration and always discourage illegal immigration, yet Republicans and Democrats in DC are terrified to oppose illegal immigration out of fear that they will be labeled racist.”
    [Source: Pearce’s web site, accessed 11/11/2008]
  • “Those that don’t pay in or are illegally in this country should not be permitted to benefit from Social Security.”
    [Source: Pearce’s web site, accessed 11/11/2008]
  • “Americans can speak whatever language they choose, but anyone who doesn’t speak English loses out in the America. HR 997: Language Unity Act of 2003 (Title: To declare English as the official language of the United States) has over 80 House sponsors. We need representatives to push for this resolution.”
    [Source: Pearce’s web site, accessed 11/11/2008]

Taxation

  • “The graduated income tax punishes self-sufficiency, rewards dependence on Washington, divides Americans, encourages envy and creates a permanent underclass of poor Americans dependent on the federal government. …. We will stop punishing productivity by eliminating the income tax.”
    [Source: Pearce’s web site, accessed 11/11/2008]

Welfare

  • “Today, Arizona, like America, has become a huge, bloated welfare state.” [Source: Pearce’s web site, accessed 11/11/2008]
Accomplishments

MVD

  • “Director of MVD: Created the on line registration (first state in the Union to offer electronic registration renewals over multiple channels.”
    [Source: Arizona State Legislature]
Controversy

Racist Email

  • Circulated racist email saying that, “ ‘media masters’ force on the public their view of ‘world in which every voice proclaims the equality of the races, the inerrant nature of the Jewish “Holocaust” tale, the wickedness of attempting to halt the flood of non-White aliens pouring across our borders….”

    Responded, “ ‘My heart is really hurt to think something like that would go out under my name,’ Pearce said Tuesday. ‘I was very embarrassed I didn’t have better diligence and read the whole article.’ ”
    [Source: USA Today]

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