Josh Hawley on Principles & Values



America is the greatest nation in the history of the world

I just want to say to those people who say to us, "Oh, you're the past. Your moment has passed. It's over. It's Joe Biden's America now." I just want to say, "We're not the past, we're the future." We represent the future of this country. We represent the next generation of the country. We represent what's coming next, and there is no way that we're going to back down. We're not going to back down to the woke mob. We're not going to back down to the cancel culture.

We heard endlessly from corporate media, from big tech, from the left, how terrible our country is. We heard that we are systemically racist. We heard that the real founding of the country wasn't in 1776, it was in 1619, or whatever. And now we heard that America is founded in lies and evil. I mean, that's what we've been told. All of that is false. All of that is a lie. America is not a perfect place, but it's a good place. More than that, it's a great place. It's the greatest nation in the history of the world.

Source: Remarks by Senator Hawley at the 2021 CPAC Conference , Feb 26, 2021

Under investigation for mixing public funds with campaign

The Republican Secretary of State has formally requested an investigation into allegations that Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley used public resources to support his successful campaign for the U.S. Senate. The action was sparked by a complaint filed in early November by The American Democracy Legal Fund, demanding an investigation to determine whether Hawley should be prosecuted for violating a state law barring elected officials from using public funds to support political campaigns.

The complaint cited a report by The Kansas City Star in October that out-of-state campaign consultants who would go on to run Hawley's Senate campaign gave tasks to taxpayer-funded staff in the attorney general's office. The consultants led meetings with official staff during work hours in the state Supreme Court building in Jefferson City. The arrangement raised concerns among some of Hawley's employees about the mixing of politics with public business.

Source: Kansas City Star on 2018 Missouri Senate race , Dec 10, 2018

Represented Hobby Lobby for businesses religious freedom

Contraception: Allow employers to withhold contraceptive coverage from employees if disagree with it morally?

Hawley: Yes. Was lawyer in Hobby Lobby case that gave businesses religious freedom rights to withhold this coverage.

McCaskill: No. Says best way to reduce unintended pregnancies and abortions is by expanding access to birth control.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Missouri Senate race , Nov 1, 2018

Attorney General's duty to investigate Governor Greitens

Attorney General Josh Hawley has investigated some of the claims against the Republican governor, though Hawley seemingly has sought to distance himself from the embattled governor as he seeks the U.S. Senate seat.

Some have criticized the Attorney General for his investigations, saying his office took it easy on Greitens. "I've soft-pedaled nothing. I take my responsibilities as Missouri's chief law enforcement officer very seriously," he said. "This is bad for the state, there's no way around it."

When asked whether he believed the Governor should step down, Hawley responded, saying that he didn't want to say anything to compromise the investigation, but called the situation "very grave."

When asked if Greitens was one of the 15 entities that had been subpoenaed, Hawley said, "We will subpoena anyone and everyone who is relevant to this investigation," he said. "And we will not be put off by any invocation of executive privilege or anything else. We will get the facts."

Source: Missouri Times on 2018 Missouri Gubernatorial impeachment , Mar 29, 2018

Fight the false gospel of 'anything goes'

During a speech at a "Pastors and Pews" event hosted by the Missouri Renewal Project, Hawley tied the sexual revolution, the cultural shift in the 1960s and 1970s that eliminated the social stigma for premarital sex and contraception that had been commonplace in the United States:

"We have a human trafficking crisis in our state and in this city and in our country because people are willing to purchase women, young women, and treat them like commodities. There is a market for it. Why is there? Because our culture has completely lost its way. The sexual revolution has led to exploitation of women on a scale that we would never have imagined, never have imagined," Hawley told the crowd.

"We must deliver a message to our culture that the false gospel of 'anything goes' ends in this road of slavery. It ends in the slavery and the exploitation of the most vulnerable among us. It ends in the slavery and exploitation of young women."

Source: Kansas City Star on 2018 Missouri Senate race , Jan 31, 2018

Conservative principles are the backbone of our country

The American Conservative Union announced its endorsement of Josh Hawley, the leading conservative in Missouri's race for AG. Josh Hawley said about to the endorsement: "I'm honored to receive the endorsement of the ACU, one of our nation's strongest advocates for promoting our constitutional rights, personal responsibility & limited government. This continues the strong momentum for our grassroots campaign that is focused on the conservative principles that have made our country free & prosperous."
Source: American Conservative Union on 2018 Missouri Senate race , Jul 27, 2016

Oppose certification of the 2020 Presidential election.

Hawley voted YEA blocking certification of the Electoral vote

Explanation of 1/6/21 Electoral Certification, by Emily Brooks, Washington Examiner:Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Paul Gosar led an objection to counting Electoral College votes from the state of Arizona, the first formal objection to state results in a series of moves that will delay the certification of Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 presidential election over President Trump. Cruz is advocating for an `emergency 10-day audit` of election returns in disputed states. The usually ceremonial joint session of Congress that convenes to count and accept Electoral College votes will be put on hold as the House and Senate separately debate the objection.