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1. Marriage: The 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage decision.
Chintan Desai (Democrat)
Support
Same-sex couples have a fundamental right to marry that is guaranteed by the Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Elvis Presley (Libertarian)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Rick Crawford (Republican)
Oppose
2. Immigration: Building a wall or other barrier along the entire border with Mexico.
Chintan Desai (Democrat)
Oppose
Barriers have been proven easy to get around. This is not a good use of taxpayer money.
Elvis Presley (Libertarian)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Rick Crawford (Republican)
Support
3. Religious Liberty: Allowing churches to endorse candidates by abolishing the Johnson Amendment.
Chintan Desai (Democrat)
Oppose
Churches have fewer reporting requirements than other non-profit organizations and abolishing the Johnson Amendment would effectively make political contributions tax-deductible.
Elvis Presley (Libertarian)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Rick Crawford (Republican)
Support
I believe churches should have the option to forego their tax free status if they choose to engage in paid political activities or fundraising activities involving political issues. If they prefer to retain their tax free status, I believe it is appropriate that they refrain from the aforementioned activities. In any case, I believe all Americans should have the right to free speech, however, I don’t believe political speech or related activities should be funded by taxpayer dollars.
4. Electoral College: Electing the President of the United States by a nationwide popular vote rather than by the Electoral College method that is currently in use.
Chintan Desai (Democrat)
Support
Elvis Presley (Libertarian)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Rick Crawford (Republican)
Oppose
5. Balanced Budget: Requiring a balanced federal budget every year.
Chintan Desai (Democrat)
Support
Elvis Presley (Libertarian)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Rick Crawford (Republican)
Support
6. Abortion: Prohibiting abortions except in cases when the mother’s life is at risk.
Chintan Desai (Democrat)
Oppose
We must also consider circumstances of rape and incest and that women have a fundamental right to make decisions about their bodies.
Elvis Presley (Libertarian)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Rick Crawford (Republican)
Support
7. Guns: Reinstating the 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban.
Chintan Desai (Democrat)
Support
Assault weapons do not belong in the hands of civilians.
Elvis Presley (Libertarian)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Rick Crawford (Republican)
Oppose
8. Civil Liberties: Amending the Federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 to add sexual orientation to the list of protected classes.
Chintan Desai (Democrat)
Support
Elvis Presley (Libertarian)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Rick Crawford (Republican)
Oppose
9. Marijuana: Enforcing federal anti-marijuana laws in states like Arkansas that have legalized medical or recreational marijuana.
Chintan Desai (Democrat)
Oppose
Elvis Presley (Libertarian)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Rick Crawford (Republican)
Support
10. Sanctuary Cities: Ending sanctuary cities for illegal immigrants.
Chintan Desai (Democrat)
Oppose
Elvis Presley (Libertarian)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Rick Crawford (Republican)
Support
11. What should be done about the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants who are in the U.S.?
Chintan Desai (Democrat)
First: I reject the term "illegal" immigrants. No humans are illegal. Second, we must consider that most undocumented individuals have come to the United States to attain a better life. While I do agree that in an ideal scenario we would better vet individuals as they are coming into the country, we must also look to our country's values and particularly the refrain associated with the Statue of Liberty: "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free." There is value in uplifting individuals who, for the most part, have good intentions in migrating to the United States.
Elvis Presley (Libertarian)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Rick Crawford (Republican)
Illegal immigration is becoming an even more challenging problem than it has in years past due to the Obama Administration’s illegal actions with regard to DACA recipients. When it comes to those here illegally, we need to enact reforms to our immigration laws that require employers to utilize E-Verify as well as reforms to guest worker programs used by many seasonal employers. Documenting who these immigrants are is important to our national security and anyone who does not want to follow our laws should be held accountable for their actions. Any changes to the DACA program should, at the very least, include changes to our border security recognizing that outside threats to our county are looking for ways to destabilize our nation.
12. How can the U.S. prevent mass shootings?
Chintan Desai (Democrat)
We must enact common-sense gun legislation to ensure weapons stay out of the hands of individuals who should not have them. This includes:

- a ban on high-capacity magazines
- a ban on all assault rifles
- a background check and permit requirement for all gun purchases
- closing the gun show purchasing loophole
Elvis Presley (Libertarian)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Rick Crawford (Republican)
I fully support the ongoing dialogue with respect to school safety on how to prevent similar tragedies from happening in the future. Finding the delicate balance between protecting the safety of all Americans without ignoring the Second Amendment rights of law abiding citizens is one of the most difficult challenges of lawmakers. It is imperative to find ways to make our communities safer, while also protecting Americans' Second Amendment rights. Many school districts in Arkansas have taken measures to further protect their schools and I encourage all levels of government, as well as administrators and parents, to continue to work on ways to keep the public safe from those who may wish to do harm.
13. What type of health care reform do you support?
Chintan Desai (Democrat)
We must work to cover all Americans with affordable health coverage. This includes:

- subsidized health insurance purchases for Americans who need it most
- require that all Americans purchase healthcare
- require all Americans obtain preventative care
- require employers to offer health insurance through the Medicare system as one option for their employees
Elvis Presley (Libertarian)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Rick Crawford (Republican)
I support patient-centered health care where individuals have more freedom and control to make important health related decisions in their own lives. Healthcare plans should be portable, allowing individuals to take their plans with them to a new job or in the event they lost their job, either involuntarily or on their own accord. Other cost-saving measures would be to allow small businesses to pool together to purchase plans at lower costs and keep state insurance departments as the primary regulators of coverage.