Republican Senate Primary quesionnaire: Trey Grayson

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Trey Grayson

Address:  PO Box 175726, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017

Date of birth: April 18, 1972

Family information:  Wife, Nancy; Two daughters, Alex and Kate

Educational background:  University of Kentucky (J.D. 1998, M.B.A., 1998); Harvard College (A.B., Government, 1994); Dixie Heights High School (1990)

Work history:  Kentucky Secretary of State (2003-Present); Attorney with Greenebaum Doll & McDonald and Keating, Muething & Klekamp, where he focused on estate planning and corporate law.

Community activities (clubs, organizations, church, etc.): Trey Grayson has served on the boards of a number of non-profit organizations, including the New Hope Center Kentucky Governor's Scholars Program, the Commonwealth Fund for KET, the Kentucky Advocates for Higher Education, the ConnectKentucky steering committee, and the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board.  He is a 2002 graduate of Leadership Kentucky and a 2000 graduate of Leadership Northern Kentucky. He is also a founding member of Legacy, a young professional organization in Northern Kentucky. Trey and his family are active members at their church in Covington.

Campaign website:  www.treygrayson.com

Campaign email:  info@treygrayson.com

1. Why are you running for Senator?

It's my belief that we can change the direction of the country and make the difficult decisions necessary to avoid leaving our children and grandchildren with an enormous national debt that will harm our economy and threaten our national security.

I will support a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to force Congress, which has been irresponsible under both parties, to balance the budget.  Our national debt is on track to double in five years and triple in ten.  Our current spending spree is unsustainable

2. What are your qualifications to serve as a Senator? What knowledge and experiences have prepared you for this position?

As Kentucky's Secretary of State I've cut spending by 15 percent while providing increased services.  That's the kind of fiscal discipline we need in Washington.  Additionally, I wrote a bill that passed the Kentucky legislature to prevent vote fraud and keep ACORN out of Kentucky.

3. If elected, what will be your priorities while in office?

My #1 priority will be to reduce wasteful government spending and balance the budget.  I'll fight to repeal the Obama/Reid/Pelosi health care bill that passed.  I'll work to ensure that our children and grandchildren aren't burdened with a massive national debt that will threaten our economic well-being and our national security.

4. What do you believe are the most important issues the country will be facing in the next six years? What can you do as a Senator to address those issues?

Now more than ever before, we need representatives in Washington who will stand up for taxpayers by proposing and supporting innovative reforms that will cut spending, reduce the deficit and free small business men and women to create jobs and get our economy growing again. These are some of my ideas for doing that.

Spending Freeze

Implement two-year budget cycles to increase legislative oversight

Limit non-defense, non-veterans discretionary spending to FY 2008 levels across the board

Limit future discretionary spending adjusted to no more than the rate of inflation

End the Bailouts

Eliminate the TARP program and dedicate any returned TARP funds to deficit reduction

Stop the Wasteful Stimulus

End the spending of all stimulus funds not already expended

Enact Line-Item Veto

Allow the President to send back to Congress wasteful spending for an up-or-down vote

End Wasteful Programs

Enact legislation introduced by Sen. Sam Brownback to create the Commission on Congressional Budgetary Accountability and Review of Federal Agencies, a commission to evaluate all federal programs to determine which are duplicative and wasteful, allowing Congress to eliminate them or combine them for greater efficiency

Balanced Budget Amendment

Pass a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution requiring Congress to pass a balanced budget, like the one that exists in Kentucky.

5. Health care has been a frequent topic of political discussion in recent years. Congress and the American public are divided over what should be done. What do you believe is the best approach to improve health care in the United States? Why do you favor this approach?

Real reform to bring down health care costs for consumers without increasing the deficit or raising taxes could include:

Enacting medical malpractice reform to curb frivolous lawsuits and end the costly practice of defensive medicine

Allowing consumers to purchase insurance across state lines to increase competition and lower costs

Prohibiting denial of coverage based on pre-existing medical conditions

Providing full tax deductibility for individuals who purchase private health insurance and making all medical expenses not covered by insurance fully tax deductible

Allowing small businesses to band together to increase the size of risk pools and obtain lower cost coverage for employees

Increasing the use of medical savings accounts

Eliminating bureaucratic red tape and reducing government regulation to lower compliance and paperwork costs for medical providers

Modernizing medical records technology and payment systems

Eliminating waste, fraud and abuse in the Medicare and Medicaid systems

6. The United States military remains active in Iraq and Afghanistan. What should the military do in each of those countries? How long should the United States maintain its military presence in each country?

We should secure our borders and enforce immigration laws, keep the terrorist detention facility at Guantanamo Bay open and use that facility to interrogate and try terrorist there off our shores using military tribunals.  We should review TSA and Homeland Security procedures to ensure the safety of Americans.  We should review the information sharing process of our law enforcement and intelligence agencies to ensure our security. I supported the surge in Iraq and the surge in Afghanistan and believe we must win the battle against insurgents and terrorists there to protect our security here at home. We must stay there until we stabilize those countries and ensure they're able to provide security for themselves and become allies in the fight against radical Islamic terrorism.

7. What role should the federal government play in education? Should No Child Left Behind policies be revised, changed or continue as they are? Why?

We must do more to free our local communities to have adequate decision-making abilities and flexibility in our approach to education.  We know our needs the best in our local communities, and we need the freedom to implement reforms locally.

8. Job creation remains an important issue for millions of Americans. What can the government learn from its stimulus packages and its bailout of the automotive industry and financial institutions? What is the best way for the government to encourage more jobs to be created?

The federal government needs to free small businesses and entrepreneurs to create jobs by avoiding excessive regulation and empowering them to create jobs and grow businesses free of overbearing government regulation and intervention into the private marketplace. I would support the repeal of TARP to end government bailouts and end government ownership of private businesses like Citi, AIG, GM, Chrysler and others and would dedicate returned TARP funds to deficit reduction.

9. Coal, oil and renewable energy sources are likely to be part of U.S. energy policies in the future. What is the best way to meet our future energy needs? Should nuclear energy be included in those plans? Why or why not?

Yes, I believe that both coal and nuclear power hold key roles in our energy future. To achieve energy independence we must:

Stop any cap and trade system from passing Congress

Pass a comprehensive national energy plan that encourages the use of domestic energy - an all-of-the-above plan that includes coal, nuclear, bio, solar and wind energy

Increase domestic oil production, including offshore and oil shale

10. What other issues do you think the country should focus on, and what can you do as a Senator to address those issues?

In Kentucky, agriculture is an important issue, and I believe we must:

Promote access to new markets for Kentucky products

Permanently repeal the death tax

Reduce capital gains taxes

Incentives for the development of renewable energy

Support private property rights

11. What else would you like voters to know about you?

I'm a fifth generation Kentuckian and a graduate of the University of Kentucky.  I've worked in the private sector to assist clients in creating jobs. As Secretary of State I was the first office to voluntarily post expenditures online so taxpayers can see how their money is being spent. That's the kind of fiscal responsibility and transparency I'll promote as Kentucky's U.S. Senator.