Long is mounting a challenge as a conservative supporter of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. To combat public corruption, she proposes to limit members to two terms, scrap their pensions, tie their salaries to the national household median income and ban them from professional lobbying after they leave office. To boost jobs and income, she urges the repeal of federal regulation, including the Dodd-Frank rules for community and midsize banks. Long wants to simplify and lower individual tax rates, cut the corporate rate to 15 percent and allow penalty-free repatriation of capital held overseas. She supports drilling and mining on some federal land, and better trade deals. She would repeal and replace Obamacare, abolish the Education Department, end Common Core and federal college student loans, and use federal leverage to lower tuition. She also said she is for a military and foreign policy that would rebuild the military, stop nation building and regime change, as well as rooting out corruption in the Veterans Affairs, improving veterans care, supporting Israel, defeating ISIS and containing Iran.
Long, 56, who is on the Republican, Conservative and Reform lines, is running her second Senate campaign after challenging and losing to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) in 2012. Long is an attorney and conservative activist who in 2005 helped found the Judicial Confirmation Network to urge the Senate to approve John Roberts as chief justice and Samuel Alito as associate justice on the Supreme Court. She graduated from Dartmouth College and attended Harvard and Northwestern University School of Law, where she was an editor on the law review and earned her degree in 1995. Long clerked on the federal Second Circuit Court of Appeals and for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. She also served as spokeswoman for two Republican senators. Long lives in Manhattan with her husband and their two children.