By Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Annika Bahnsen, Hanna Kang and Destiny Torres for the Orange County Register

Ahead of the March primary, The Orange County Register compiled a list of questions to pose to the candidates who wish to represent you. You can find the full questionnaire below. Questionnaires may have been edited for spelling, grammar, length and, in some instances, to remove hate speech and offensive language.

Name: Sarah Sun Liew

Current Job Title: Pastor + nonprofit CEO

Political Party Affiliation: Republican

Incumbent: No

Other political positions held: None

City where you reside: Victorville and Beverly Hills

Campaign website or social media:

How much assistance should the U.S. provide — military and/or financial — to foreign countries at war, like Israel or Ukraine? What, if any, should be the litmus test for American allies to receive assistance from the U.S.?

The U.S. should provide strategic assistance to allies like Israel and Ukraine, prioritizing support that aligns with American interests and global stability. Assistance should be contingent on shared democratic values, human rights records and contributions to international security. Balanced military and financial support, coupled with diplomatic efforts, is vital to safeguarding our interests and promoting peace.

Do you believe the U.S. should sunset or reform eligibility requirements for Social Security and Medicaid programs? Be specific on what changes you would push for in the U.S. Senate.

I advocate for a sustainable approach to Social Security and Medicaid, ensuring their long-term viability. This includes gradually increasing the retirement age in line with life expectancy trends and introducing means-testing for wealthier beneficiaries. Reform must protect the vulnerable while ensuring these programs’ financial sustainability for future generations

What is one environment or climate policy you’d champion if elected?

I would champion policy promoting clean energy innovation and infrastructure. This includes incentivizing renewable energy development and supporting technologies that reduce carbon emissions without hampering economic growth. Balancing environmental stewardship with economic pragmatism is key to effective climate policy.

As AI technology continues to rapidly expand, what do you see as the federal government’s role in creating and enforcing a regulatory framework?

The federal government should ensure a regulatory framework that promotes AI innovation while protecting privacy and security. This involves setting industry standards, safeguarding data privacy and addressing ethical concerns, ensuring AI development benefits society without compromising individual rights.

The White House, in recent negotiations with Congress, signaled support for certain immigration restrictions. What is one proposal you think could better America’s immigration system?

I support a merit-based immigration system that prioritizes skills and economic contribution, aligning with our labor market needs. Strengthening border security while providing a fair pathway for skilled immigrants will bolster our economy and uphold the rule of law.

The role — and size — of the U.S. Supreme Court has come under scrutiny in recent years. Do you believe more justices should be added to the nation’s highest court, or would you support any kind of reform, like term limits?

I oppose expanding the number of justices, as it risks politicizing the court. However, I am open to discussing term limits for Supreme Court justices to ensure the court evolves with the changing dynamics of our society while maintaining its independence and integrity.

What is the biggest contribution the late Sen. Dianne Feinstein had on politics?

Sen. Feinstein’s greatest contribution was her steadfast commitment to bipartisan cooperation, exemplifying how reaching across the aisle can lead to effective governance and policy-making.

Describe your political philosophy in 10 words or less.

Principled, pragmatic and dedicated to service.

What is something you’ve learned about yourself during this campaign, and how that would translate into the job?

This campaign has taught me the importance of adaptability and resilience. In the Senate, these qualities would translate into effective leadership, the ability to navigate challenges and the perseverance to advocate for my constituents’ needs and interests.

What is your go-to campaign trail snack or drink?

Almonds and water — healthy, energizing and portable.

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One Reply to “Sarah Sun Liew, US Senate candidate, 2024 primary Election Questionnaire”

  1. I enjoyed reading about you. You seem like a good person with conservative moral values I appreciate. What are your abortion views? If I were you, I would take down your support of Trump. He is not someone to have on your side.

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