Beth Anne Rankin
|Beth Anne Rankin|
|U.S. House, Arkansas, District 4|
|Bachelor's||Ouachita Baptist University|
|Place of birth||El Dorado, AR|
was a 2012 Republican
candidate who sought election to the U.S. House
to represent the 4th Congressional District
. She was defeated in the Republican primary on May 22, 2012.
Rankin earned her B.A. in History/Music from Ouachita Baptist University. She previously worked as policy advisor of state and federal affairs for the office of Governor Mike Huckabee. Rankin has been the owner of Beth Anne Productions, Incorporated since 1998.
Rankin's campaign website listed the following issues:
- Excerpt: "We are literally “passing the buck” to a future generation of Americans who will get stuck with the bill of this out-of-control spending. This is basic math and a basic message: “Don’t spend more than you make.” Individuals have to live by it. Families have to live by it. Businesses have to live by it. The state of Arkansas has to live by it. It’s time the federal government had to live by it."
- Excerpt: "The free-enterprise system is the incredible economic engine that created the American economy and gave birth to the most powerful & generous nation on earth. It is absolutely essential for government to respect the magic of the free-market system. We must remember that government does not create jobs. Government’s proper role is to create an environment that fuels the creation of jobs by the private sector."
- Excerpt: "The most important responsibility of our federal government is ensuring the national security of the United States of America. It is absolutely essential that America dedicates the resources necessary to be sure our armed forces are strong and our borders are secure. America faces enemies today who are dedicated to destroying our way of life, and we must be vigilant and determined in our defense of freedom and liberty."
- Excerpt: "I support the full repeal and replacement of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) rammed through Congress and designed behind closed doors. The health care law is a massive behemoth government program that we did not approve and we cannot afford."
- Tax Reform and Regulatory Reform
- Excerpt: "Taxes for your average American worker are simply too high. If our goal is to create more jobs and put more people to work, then let’s create an incentive to work by allowing workers to actually keep more of the money they earn."
- Excerpt: "The right to life is a cherished, powerful issue that defines the moral fibre of a nation. A life-long pro-life advocate, I will continue to speak for the rights of the unborn to live."
- Excerpt: "Each and every member of the military who steps forward, accepts the mantle and responsibility of service and protects the American people needs to rest assured that the people of America will in turn support them both during their tours of duty and upon returning home."
- Excerpt: "I am a Life Member of the National Rifle Association, a proud gun owner and have my concealed carry license. The right to keep and bear arms by ordinary, law-abiding citizens is a fundamental component of our freedom as Americans. This constitutionally-protected right ensures Americans the ability to protect themselves and their families, and I will fight for the continued protection of this right for citizens."
- Excerpt: "As a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music and the daughter of a university economics & finance professor, I hold a strong and unwavering commitment to excellence in education at all levels. What I have discovered is that centrally-controlled, heavily-regulated “one-size-fits-all” models fail to achieve the levels of distinction and academic success that more locally-controlled, highly-customized approaches to education have attained."
- Excerpt: "Our founding fathers devised a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” We have deviated far from that guiding principal. It is time we return to the notion that the federal government works for the people and not the other way around. We need to reduce the size and scope of the federal government to a responsible level, which the original designers intended."
- See also: Arkansas' 4th Congressional District elections, 2012
Rankin ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Arkansas's 4th District. She lost to Tom Cotton in the May 22 Republican primary.