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Plan 5: Restore the Constitution


Mark Neumann understands that the States must serve as a check on the federal government should it overstep its Constitutional authority. As Governor, Mark Neumann will fight to uphold the Constitution. Neumann will fight back against ObamaCare, address illegal immigration, and support the Second Amendment, including concealed carry. Neumann will invoke the Tenth Amendment to protect Wisconsin citizens, should the federal government overstep its bounds.

Mark Neumann addresses a Tea Party crowd in Milwaukee.

Uphold the Constitution

Upon taking the oath of office, the first thing a public servant does is swear an oath to the U.S. Constitution. When Mark Neumann took this oath in 1995, he stuck to it. Neumann voted against unconstitutional legislation regardless of which political party authored it because he believes Constitutional government is just government.

When asked who he would appoint to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, Mark Neumann promptly answers: Constitutionalists.

Fight ObamaCare

Mark Neumann delivers tens of thousands of petitions to repeal ObamaCare to Governor Doyle.

ObamaCare is unconstitutional.

President Obama's health care plan not only adds a trillion dollars to our national debt - it's unconstitutional. Mark Neumann will push for a Wisconsin State Constitutional Amendment to explicitly preserve private health care choice. As Governor, Neumann will also authorize Attorney General JB Van Hollen to challenge the constitutionality of ObamaCare. Neumann has already collected and delivered over 25,000 Wisconsin anti-ObamaCare petitions to Governor Doyle.

Higher taxes and more government spending are NOT going to solve our health care problems!

Address Illegal Immigration

Mark Neumann will push the federal government to secure our borders and address illegal immigration - and will act under the 10th Amendment if the federal government refuses to do so.

If the federal government refuses to address illegal immigration, the states must.

States have the right to address illegal immigration — as Arizona recently did — under the 10th Amendment of the Constitution.

Return Stimulus to Wisconsin Taxpayers

Mark Neumann believes President Obama's stimulus package was not only a poor economic policy that has added to our debt and failed to create meaningful jobs, but that it is unconstitutional. Neumann will make sure that all future stimulus dollars are returned to the Wisconsin taxpayers or used to reduce Wisconsin's debt.

Support 2nd Amendment Rights

Mark Neumann supports the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America, which guarantees the right of Americans to keep and bear arms. In the past, the NRA gave Neumann an "A+" grade. Neumann agrees with the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in McDonald v. City of Chicago that reaffirmed this fundamental right.

Sign Concealed Carry Legislation

Governor Doyle has twice vetoed concealed carry legislation. If elected Governor, Mark Neumann will sign concealed carry legislation.

Mark Neumann's Plan

Invoke the 10th Amendment to Protect Wisconsin Citizens

Limiting the power of the federal government was a central theme in the Constitution. That is why the responsibilities of each branch of the federal government are laid out, and why the powers of the federal government are clearly defined. The Constitution's principal author and architect, James Madison said,

"The powers delegated to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the state governments are numerous and indefinite. . . . The powers reserved to the several states will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people."

The 10th Amendment reaffirms and defines Madison's cronstruction in explicit terms:

"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

Mark Neumann understands that the States must serve as a check on the federal government should it overstep its Constitutional authority. Such is the essence of federalism and the balance of powers designed to curb tyranny and centralization. As James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, and others clearly stated, the federal government is a creation of the independent states. As such, the federal government cannot be the final arbiter of its own power.

As Governor, Mark Neumann fully intends to protect the citizens of Wisconsin. Within the bounds of the power vested in Neumann as Governor, he will push back if the federal government should extend its power beyond the authority provided by the Constitution.

Mark Neumann discusses the 10th Amendment and its integral role in the federal system laid out by the Constitution.

Protect Wisconsin from Federal Health Care Mandates

"Folks in Wisconsin have the right to choose private health care insurance and should be able to say 'no' to government-imposed coverage." That's how Mark Neumann explains his opposition to ObamaCare. The Constitution does not give the federal government the power to mandate that private citizens buy a private sector product.

Wisconsin Constitution Amendment

Many other states are considering constitutional amendments that aim to preserve private health care choice. In Wisconsin, a Senate Joint Resolution currently in draft form (SJR-621) and likely to be introduced by state Sen. Joe Leibham of Sheboygan, would preserve choice and private health care options in Wisconsin. Mark Neumann fully supports this action.

Lawsuit Against ObamaCare

Additionally, more than a dozen state attorneys general are considering a constitutional challenge to ObamaCare. The basis of the challenge relates to the so-called individual mandate, in which the federal government has invented the power to force individuals to purchase a good or service. Failure to purchase health insurance can result in fines and incarceration. As Governor, Mark Neumann will work with the Attorney General on this issue to preserve individual liberty in Wisconsin.

Note: this simply is a discussion of ObamaCare. Please see Mark Neumann's plan to REFORM HEALTH CARE IN WISCONSIN for conservative solutions to heath care costs and access in Wisconsin.

Address Illegal Immigration if the Federal Government Refuses

Mark Neumann believes the states, under the 10th Amendment of the Constitution, have a responsibility and the authority to address illegal immigration. The first step to solving this problem is clearly closing the borders. Until the federal government assumes its responsibility to protect our border, the states must address this issue.

Neumann supports the power of states to protect their citizens when the federal government fails to do so. For example, he supports the recent Arizona immigration law.

Responsibly Fight Stimulus

Mark Neumann believes that so-called stimulus spending is not only irresponsible and counterproductive, but unconstitutional. The federal government has not been given the authority to print money or tax for the purpose of spending on favored industries, politically motivated projects, or for special favors for their friends. See Mark Neumann's plan to CUT SPENDING AND REDUCE TAXES for Neumann's responsible stimulus policy.

Support 2nd Amendment Rights

Mark Neumann supports the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America, which guarantees the right of Americans to keep and bear arms. The Second Amendment goes further, stating that an armed populace is in fact necessary to the security of a free people.

Mark Neumann applauds the U.S. Supreme Court decision in McDonald v. City of Chicago2 for affirming our natural, God-given and constitutionally protected fundamental right to bear arms.

Sign Concealed Carry Legislation

Mark Neumann with son, Matt, and supporters on 'Gun Day.'

Mark Neumann will sign the Concealed Carry bill that Jim Doyle vetoed twice.

Mark Neumann believes that the people of Wisconsin have the right to carry concealed weapons for self-defense. The Founding Fathers believed the same thing. Neumann will sign legislation similar to either of the following bills once Governor of Wisconsin.

The 2003 and 2005 Concealed Carry Bills

In 2003, the Senate and Assembly passed shall-issue legislation and sent it to Governor Doyle for his consideration. The governor vetoed the bill, and the legislature was unable to override. In 2005, the legislature took up the issue again. The Senate and Assembly sent Governor Doyle a revised concealed carry bill. As he did in 2003, Governor Doyle vetoed the legislation (in early 2006). The legislature was again unable to override the governor's veto.

Mark Neumann's Record

2nd Amendment Congressional Record

Neumann voted repeatedly to protect the 2nd Amendment during his four years in U.S. Congress. For example, he voted to repeal the Assault Weapons Ban.3

In the past, Mark Neumann received an A+ Rating from the NRA for his strong voting record in protecting 2nd Amendment rights.

Fighting the ObamaCare Takeover

Since January of 2010, Mark Neumann has been doing everything in his power as a private citizen to push back against the overreaching, unconstitutional ObamaCare bill. Neumann has gathered over 25,000 signatures for a petition that pressures Governor Doyle or the State Legislature to allow Attorney General JB Van Hollen to join other attorneys general in a lawsuit against the federal government over the bill. He has delivered the petitions to Governor Doyle4 and every member of Wisconsin's Congressional delegation.5

News Stories

Wisconsin Radio Network6

Republican gubernatorial candidate Mark Neumann says he'll call for a state waiver from the federal health care reforms enacted by Congress this year, if he's elected in November.

The former Congressman Neumann delivered more than 25,000 petition signatures to Governor Doyle's office on Monday, calling for action to prevent federal health care reforms from taking effect in Wisconsin. As a small business owner, Neumann says he fully understands the impact of "ObamaCare" and how it will drive businesses and jobs out of the state.

Appleton Post Crescent7

Republican candidate for Governor Mark Neumann has dropped off petitions he says are signed by 25,000 people urging Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle to join a lawsuit challenging the recently passed federal health care reform law.

Wisconsin State Journal8

"If the U. S. government had done its job right in the first place, Arizona would not have needed the law. Now, the U.S. Justice Department should stay out of Arizona's business. The 10th Amendment to the Constitution should carry the day here. I would support a similar law that is tailored to fit Wisconsin's needs. The primary goal must remain ensuring that our borders are sealed off from illegal entry." - Mark Neumann

Main Street Endorsements

Terri, Appleton

"Thank you Mark for protecting our feedoms for our generation and our children's generation."

Benjamin, Oshkosh

"Keep fighting the good fight and supporting states' rights and you'll have my support!"

Michael, Dousman

"Thank you Mark Neumann! We stand firm with you for our rights!"

Randy, Alma Center

"Hopefully, conservatives will take over not only Wisconsin, but the entire country in November. I want Mark elected - yesterday!"

Rick, Milwaukee

"We are losing control of our state and country. We need help. We need Mark Neumann."

Ken, Madison

"I agree with Mark Neumann's approach to gain citizens of WI some of their freedom back."

Jessica, Mosinee

"I support the constitution and help to uphold and defend it daily. Thank you for speaking for the people!"

1 2009 Wisconsin Senate Joint Resolution 62, available at

2 McDonald v. City of Chicago, U.S. Supreme Court No. 08-1521, June 28, 2010.

3 1996 House Ratings, The American Conservative Union, (showing that Mark Neumann voted for the "Repealing the Assault Weapons Ban" bill).

4 The Associated Press, Neumann Delivers Healthcare Petitions to Doyle, Fox 11 News Online, Mar. 24, 2010,

5 Lee Bergquist, Dueling Petitions on Healthcare Flood Moore's Office, MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, March 15, 2010, available at

6 Andrew Beckett. Neumann Pledges Health Care Opposition. Wisconsin Radio Network. May 25, 2010.

7 The Associated Press, Wisconsin Gubernatorial Candidate Mark Neumann Delivers Health Care Petitions to Gov. Jim Doyle, APPLETON POST CRESCENT, May 24, 2010, available at

8 Clay Barbour, Candidates for Governor Respond to US Lawsuit Against AZ Immigration Law, WISCONSIN STATE JOURNAL, July 10, 2010, available at

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