Gubernatorial Candidate Raul Labrador Says He'll Champion "Traditional Idaho Values"

Feb 13, 2018

GOP congressman and Idaho gubernatorial candidate Raul Labrador says he'll be an advocate of traditional values if elected to the state's highest executive office. Labrador says he'll fight the Supreme Court's ruling legalizing same-sex marriage and try to prevent Medicaid dollars from going to Planned Parenthood.
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Congressman Raul Labrador says he’ll fight to defend Idaho's right to define marriage, cut off federal funding to health clinics providing abortions, and support stronger gun rights if elected governor.

Calling it a plan to defend traditional Idaho values, among Labrador’s proposals are strengthening second amendment protections by way of stand your ground legislation and fighting marriage equality.

If elected governor, the outgoing congressman says he’ll work to ensure residents can legally use deadly force when their lives or property are threatened. Labrador says he’ll also reform the state’s mandatory prison sentence laws. He claims a one-size fits all approach can lead to low-level offenders becoming hardened criminals.

On social issues, Labrador says he’ll be a champion of traditional marriage and family values. A release from his campaign says Labrador will do everything he can to challenge the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 decision legalizing same-sex marriage. Labrador says the ruling by the high court interfered with states’ sovereignty and their right to define unions. It’s unclear how Labrador could challenge the ruling.

He also advocates preventing Medicaid patients from using Planned Parenthood for health care services. Federal courts have blocked attempts to cut off Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood in six states, including Idaho’s neighbor Utah.

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