An interview with Arizona U.S. Senate Candidate, Justin Olson



Clayton

Hello, Clayton here with the Catchall Arizona, and joining me today is Arizona U.S. Senate candidate, Justin Olson. Justin, great to have you here, how are you doing today?


Justin

Good, Clayton. It's a pleasure to be here.


Clayton

So you announced your candidacy in October of last year, what made you make the decision to run for US Senate.


Justin

And I'm running for the United States Senate. Because I'm concerned about the future of our country, I want to make sure that we're passing on a strong and a free country, to our kids and our grandkids. You know, I'm the father of nine children. And just like any parents, we want to make sure that our children have a wonderful country to grow up in that they see the same great opportunities for success and prosperity and security that we've enjoyed in our lifetimes. And that's what's motivated me, I'm concerned about the direction that the country's going, you know, from the disastrous withdrawal in Afghanistan to the chaos of the borders, to runaway inflation, to a disastrous energy policy that's led to $5 a gallon gasoline, the direction that the Biden administration and his supporters in Congress are taking this country is the wrong direction. We've got to make sure that we're securing our borders, that we have election integrity, that we're growing our economy. And that's why I'm running for the United States Senate. I'm the candidate in this race with a proven record. And I want to make sure that we replace Mark Kelly, with someone who's going to champion the conservative principles that made our country great.


Clayton

Having served in the Arizona State House of Representatives since 2011, and commissioner thereafter in 2017, what are some of your accomplishments that make you a candidate voters know they can rely on?


Justin

Yeah, you know, with me, voters don't have to take my word for it, that they're going to have a conservative champion on Capitol Hill, they can look to my record, you know, how many times have we, as voters been let down by candidates who on the campaign trail promise that they're going to be a conservative, just to become part of the problem when they get elected and begin becoming part of the establishment or Republicans in name only, you know, but with me, they can look to my record. You know, in the state legislature, I passed successful legislation that cut our income taxes that balanced our budget for the first time that the state had seen a structurally balanced budget in years after the Great Recession. I defunded planned parenthood, I defunded Obamacare, I had a 100% pro-life voting record, I voted to fund the border StrikeForce to protect our communities. I voted to ban ballot harvesting, to ensure that we have secure elections. Unfortunately, the folks in positions of enforcing that law, let us down. And so we've got to do more. So I've been championing and putting in place a voter identification mandate for every ballot that's cast. In addition, I will continue to advocate for the conservative principles such as school choice, I introduced a piece of legislation that would have been a universal expansion of our empowerment scholarships accounts to empower parents to choose what school would be the appropriate school for their student to attend. On the corporation commission, I defeated the green New Deal. I advanced free markets, and I supported opening up our energy markets for competition. But most importantly, I told the corporations that are subject to the corporation commission that they cannot comply with Biden's unconstitutional vaccine mandate, I don't believe that anybody should be compelled to receive a vaccination against their will, or be forced to lose their job as a consequence. So this is the proven record that I offered to voters, they can look and see what I've done. I've been their conservative champion. In addition to the public service, I've also served as the CFO for turning point USA, a leading organization in the conservative movement. I've been in the trenches fighting the good fight, to save our country. And that's why I'm running for the United States Senate so that we can have a proven conservative representing our state in the United States Senate.


Clayton

Now, one of the biggest threats America faces today is our border security, rather lack thereof. So following the election, what are some of the viable short-term solutions that you could see implemented to reduce the influx of immigrants coming across the border?


Justin

Yeah, we've got to secure our borders. You know, this is a humanitarian crisis. That's actually very dangerous for American communities. You know, the the solutions are actually quite simple and straightforward. We do what President Trump did, we finish the wall, we make permanent the remain in Mexico policy, we properly fund the Border Patrol. And I think in addition, we should also put in place and a verify requirement for all employers so that we can properly enforce our immigration laws on the interior. And these solutions are, it's not rocket science, they're very straightforward and simple. But they would give us that ability to have operational control of the border. And it's so critically important, because what we saw under the Trump administration is that he was able to get that control of the borders. And in just one year of the Biden administration, that has been reversed, and we see chaos. At our southern border, we've seen an increase of 341%, in the arrests of criminal, illegal immigrants coming across the border. And by the Border Patrol, we've seen an increase of 134% in the amount of fentanyl that's being trafficked across the border. And that's because of these failed policies of the Biden administration that have created this chaos that gives cover to the drug cartels. And these substances are killing Americans. It's a dangerous situation, and it needs to stop. But it's also a humanitarian crisis. The policies of the Biden administration are enticing immigrants to put themselves in harm's way. And worse yet, they're young children in harm's way, that breaks my heart to see these infants being dropped over the border wall, and abandoned in the desert by smugglers. This should not be happening in the United States of America. And that's why the first bill that I'll introduce, as your United States senator will be that bill to accomplish those reforms to secure our borders and to put an end to this humanitarian crisis that's dangerous for American communities.


Clayton

Now, in the past, you have defended Planned Parenthood. Can you expand on your stance and fight to protect life?


Justin

Absolutely. You know, our founding documents are very clear that governments exist for one particular reason. And that's to protect life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, our property, you know, we absolutely must protect the most innocent and vulnerable among us. And I think that's absolutely wrong, that Planned Parenthood would receive 40% of its budget, from taxpayer funds. And so that's why I introduced a bill to stop that to defund Planned Parenthood. In Arizona, I was very honored to successfully introduce this bill, and then to earn the support of my colleagues in the state legislature, and then have that legislation signed into law by Governor Brewer. This is something that is absolutely critical. We must stand for life and protect the most innocent among us.


Clayton

Yes, and no president before has done as much for the pro-life movement as Donald Trump. And now with Biden in office, he's been looking to derail most of the advancements that Trump has made in recent years. So, with you in office, how would you plan to implement and put those previous policies back in place?


Justin

We've got to advance the judicial nominees that respect the Constitution, [that] are going to honor the principles that made our country great. And that's what I'll do in the United States Senate. I will not support nominees that are not going to respect the principles established in our Constitution. In addition, I'll continue to champion defunding Planned Parenthood at the national level, we should not be subsidizing the abortion industry. And you know what, Mark Kelly actually voted to allow direct taxpayer funding for abortion. This is an extreme measure. It's out of step with mainstream Americans and it's not consistent with Arizona voters. We need an Arizona United States senator who's going to stand for life and that's what I'll do.


Clayton

Transitioning over to the second amendment, you have an 'A' rating with the National Rifle Association. As a big supporter of the amendment, do you have any ambitions to loosen some of the current restrictions? Or are you more focused on preserving what we have in place today?


Justin

I believe in the Second Amendment and the Second Amendment is extremely clear. It says that our right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. That this need to be able to protect our security, even to form ourselves into militias, if necessary, is guaranteed by our Constitution, and that protection shall not be infringed. So I will stand with the Constitution. I will stand with our founding fathers. I will stand with our rights to protect act ourselves and the principles established in our constitution at every turn, that means ensuring that no new restrictions are put in place and working to eliminate those restrictions that are currently in place.


Clayton

As it goes without saying that people should be responsible when it comes to firearm ownership, many people have proven not to be. Guns have been placed in hands that they shouldn't be in like criminals and young children, and school shootings have been on the rise in recent years. So how do you plan on abating such atrocities without infringing on the second amendment?


Justin

The best thing that we can do as a society is to have responsible citizens being prepared to defend themselves. And that's what I have championed. And that's what I will continue to champion. These restrictions that have been put into place only apply to those who comply with them. And so what we're saying is that if you're a law abiding citizen, then you're going to have to disarm yourself while the criminals and those who are intent on breaking our laws don't have to comply with that. And so what we need to do is we need to continue to encourage folks to be responsible gun owners to educate themselves to train themselves and to be prepared to protect themselves and their loved ones.


Clayton

Now, the last issue I want to harp on is academia. Our school system has been under constant threat from the indoctrination of Marxist-based idea systems like CRT and the 1619 project. As our youth is a vital part of our future, will this be something you will work hard to get rid of?


Justin

Absolutely, the federal government has no role in establishing our curriculum in our school systems. You know, as your United States Senator, I will work to eliminate the department of education not only the Department of Education, I'll work to eliminate any action in any department of the federal government that's not authorized under the enumerated powers of the Constitution. And you know what, Mark Kelly actually voted to allow critical race theory to be taught in our schools. This is, it's an indoctrination of our children. And it's something that it tramples on the grave of Martin Luther King, on his legacy, you know, we should be teaching our children to look upon the content of one's character, not upon the color of one's skin. And that's what I'll continue to champion and what I'll continue to teach my children. And all of this begins in the home, we need to ensure that we are promulgating and supporting policies at every level of the government, that support families that support these institutions that build strong communities, like churches, like every civic organization, that gives folks that opportunity to have mentorship that gives folks that opportunity to teach the rising generation, the principles that are established in our Constitution and to be caring individuals to love one another, and to be responsible citizens. That's what we need to do. And that's what we need to get back to. Strong families, strong churches, and strong communities.


Clayton

Before you go, what can you tell voters that makes you the best candidate for this position?


Justin

I believe that I'm the most qualified candidate for this position. I'm the only candidate that has experience legislating in the state legislature. I passed successful legislation to balance our budget when folks thought that it couldn't be done. We had a $3.6 billion budget deficit because of the failed policies of Governor Napolitano, who spent our state into a fiscal crisis, she increased spending by more than double the rate of growth of population and inflation. And when the inevitable downturn in the economic cycle occurred, we were ill prepared. And what did our legislators do? Well, they passed a record property tax increase, they passed a record sales tax increase, they sold the state capitol and used all of the funds to pay the salaries and benefits of that fiscal year. You know, and I said this is wrong. We should not be asking Arizonans to pay more of their hard earned resources for their government, especially at a time when we have record unemployment levels. We should be doing the reverse. We should expect more of our elected officials, we should expect fiscal responsibility, we should expect them to be decreasing the burden that the government is placing on our economy. And so that's why I ran for the legislature. And I ran on the platform of promising to balance the budget and promising to grow the economy by getting the government out of the way and I delivered on that promise. I became the budget leader In the House of Representatives and worked hand in hand with that great patriot, Andy Biggs, who, of course is now the House Freedom Caucus Chairman in the US Congress. At the time, he was the budget Leader in the Senate. And we together passed my successful budget bills in my first year as the appropriations chairman. And these budget bills passed the first structurally balanced budget that the state had seen in years, and we did it with no new debt, no new taxes, and no budget gimmicks. That's what I look forward to delivering in the United States Congress, we need folks who are going to understand fiscal responsibility who are going to end this runaway government spending that's leading to runaway inflation. We need folks who respect our Constitution, who are going to fight to defend the principles in it, that made our country great. And that's why I'm running. I'm the only candidate in this race with a proven conservative record. So folks know what they're going to get with me. I've championed conservative policies in the state legislature, and I've been in the trenches fighting the good fight to save our country, as the CFO of turning point USA where we've been teaching the rising generation to love our country, to honor its founding, to protect and preserve the principles that made our country. Great. That's why I'm running for the United States Senate. I look forward to representing Arizona and standing for these principles and passing on a strong and a free country, to our kids and our grandkids.


Clayton

And where can people find you and support your effort?


Justin

I'm at votejustinolson.com. I'm also on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. And it would be an honor to have the support of all of your audience who lives in Arizona. If they don't live in Arizona, they can support me as well by logging on and making a small contribution that can help us to get this message out so that we can save our country we can regain Republican control of the Senate, and stop this damage that the radical left is trying to inflict on our country.


Clayton

Well, there you have it! If you want to get Mark Kelly out and Justin Olson in, go support him at VoteJustinOlson.com. Justin, it's been great speaking with you today, I wish you the best of luck on the rest of your campaign.


Justin

Thank you so much. It's been a pleasure.