Miss Oklahoma Olivia Jordan
The Confederate flag, excessive force by police and same-sex marriage are all recent, hot-button issues in our country. What do you think will be the next that we need to tackle on a national level?
I think we still need to talk about race relations in this country. We have not solved this issue. We are still having problems and we keep hearing about new issues that are coming up. We really need to work on being an accepting society and being a society where every single person, no matter your race, no matter your gender, is given the same rights and privileges and opportunities.
Miss Texas Ylianna Guerra
Last year, CEOs in the United States made around 300 times as much as the average worker salary. Should the government impose boundaries on salaries of executives?
That’s a very good question. You know, I think that if you work hard enough, you can attain anything. This is the land of opportunity and CEOs — I believe that they work hard enough for their money, so I believe that they should be able to attain whatever it is they are working for.
Miss Rhode Island Anea Garcia
Recently, comedian Jerry Seinfeld spoke out against political correctness in our culture. Do you think political correctness is hurting or helping this country and why?
That’s a very good question. I think it’s a balance of both. Definitely, we need — I’m sorry, please repeat the question.” (Judge repeated the question.) I think that it’s a balance of both. We need the people to remind us, especially politicians, to remind us what to do right and when to do wrong.
Miss Maryland Mame Adjei
The United States has agreed to formally reopen its embassy in Cuba. Do you think this change will be a positive one for both countries?
I think that it will be a positive trade. I think that it is an awesome thing to open our doors to all countries, all nations and to mend our relations with everyone. We should not be holding on to old grudges. We should be moving forward and accepting each other and loving one another and moving forward so that we can create better relations, better society, better govern — govern our countries better that way.
Miss Nevada Brittany McGowan
What would you do to improve race relations in the U.S.? Please be specific.
What I would do to improve race relations in the U.S. is get the more races grouped together and be able to be with each other in a — in a non — I think what we need to do is bring — we need to be more accepting of each other and we need to bring people together, and that’s what we need to do. Thank you so much.