Lisa Song Sutton, Republican candidate for U.S. House Nevada’s 4th Congressional District Joins TVT to discuss her campaign and national politics.
Shapiro asks, “what made you decide to run for office.” Sutton responded, I never planned to run for office or get involved in politics. However, after “starting the second location of my store, called Ship Las Vegas,” I began to hear from local community members how disenfranchised they were with Steven Horsford.”
Shapiro comments, moving on, let me ask you some policy questions. “Do you agree with me that something needs to be done, as far as gun control,” be it red flag laws or mental health reform.
Sutton answers, “I think mental health is a huge issue that’s just simply not explored.” Ms. Sutton continues, “here in the State of Nevada they have passed red flag laws, they are going into implementation right now into 2020. The feedback we’re hearing is that [red flag laws] are highly ineffective.” Sutton explains we need to look at the totality of factors that lead to gun violence. There is no overwhelming factor.
Shapiro responds, would you be comfortable with a person being allowed to purchase a firearm, after being released from jail after a domestic violence situation. Sutton answers, “of course not.” However, “I don’t agree with red flags laws the way they are written and especially the way they are trying to implement them here in Nevada.”
Sutton continues, there must be a conversation about what implementation will look like, which we lacked here in Nevada. Sutton goes on, unfettered red flag laws open pandora’s box for governmental seizer of legally owned firearms.
Shapiro comments, “there’s not one law or ten laws that I’m going to say” will stop mass shootings. Shapiro continues; however, it bothers me that right now, there is legislation sitting on Mitch McConnell’s desk that may reduce gun violence.
Sharp asks, “and you think he is not looking at that because of his relationship with the NRA.” Shapiro replies, “I certainly think the NRA is a problem.” Shapiro explains, “After October 1st, The President was speaking tough on gun laws . . . then all of a sudden, he meets with the head of the NRA and  his tone changes.”
Shapiro asks, “I think anyone who believes the NRA isn’t influential in the least with our politician is wrong. Am I wrong in thinking that?” Sutton responds, “The American people are tired of feeling that their politicians are bought,” on both sides of the aisle. Sutton continues, “that is a large part of why I’m running.”
Sharp comments, “you bring up a good point.” “Donald Trump, he really can’t be purchased, that’s one of the reasons why is getting the backlash he is getting.” Sharp continues, Donald Trump’s net worth isn’t going to increase like some past politicians drastically; Harry Reid, for example.
Shapiro comments, “maybe he can’t be bought, but then explain to me why he keeps changing his tune with the NRA.” Sharp replies, “that because he understands that a large amount of his base supports the NRA.”
Shapiro asks, what is your opinion of the ongoing impeachment trial? Sutton answers, people are “tired of hearing about it, they are tired of seeing it every day in the news. They want Congress and Government to get back to work for the people.” Sutton continues, “it seems that this has been part of the democrat agenda from day one.” Sutton explains Democrats are using impeachment as a tool “because they weren’t happy” with the 2016 election.
Shapiro asks, what is your opinion concerning President Trump and some of his more controversial comments. Sutton answers, “at the end of the day; we are stronger when we are united, we have to support our President regardless of who it was.”
Sutton explains the American people care about the economy. we have “record low unemployment for women, African Americans, Asian Americans.” “People have more money in their pockets because of the tax cuts. Those are the types of things that I’m hearing” from the community “about why they support this President. It has nothing to do with his tweets.”
Shapiro asks, “do you wish he would stop tweeting.” Sutton answers, “there are some tweets that I don’t agree with.” However, “at the end of the day, I’m focused on hearing what our community has to say.” Sutton continues, “they support this President because of the tangible benefits that they’re seeing.”
Shapiro asks, what is your opinion on abortion. Sutton replies, “life should try to be preserved at all costs.” However, “we do live in a country” where people have options under specific circumstances.
Shapiro comments, “so you would agree with me though if  a woman was raped.” That’s a conversation that should be made in the home, not between politicians. Sutton responds, “I don’t think the Government should be making any decisions in relation to any of that. It is a personal choice in relation to extenuating circumstances.”
Shapiro asks, what is your view on gay marriage. Sutton answers, “I am absolutely for gay marriage. I have no problem with that at all.”
Shapiro responds, “would you call yourself a moderate republican.” Sutton answers, “I think what people need to remember is that just like democrats, republicans have a gradient.” Sutton explains, just because you are a Republican doesn’t mean you have to fit into the stereotypical mold. Sutton continues, I think it’s essential for times like these for “non-traditional candidates to come off the sideline.”
Sutton explains, “I’m not a career politician.” Sutton continues, I come from the private sector, I’ve built businesses,” and engaged with the community on a philanthropic level.