Libertarian Christine Smith is the third highest ranked Libertarian in the race for 2008. Smith answered these questions for The Conservative President 2008.
1. Why are you running for President?
I love America and feel called to help save it by being part of creating a freer and better America through the Libertarian Party.
I will take my campaign as far as it can go, enlightening the American people to the principles of the Libertarian Party, and inviting them to join us in our quest for smaller government, less taxes, and far greater individual liberty.
2. What makes you the best candidate?
Truth is my priority.
I am knowledgeable about the issues; seek to listen and learn; and am dedicated to implementation of Libertarian solutions for the benefit of all Americans. I base my platform on the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
As a charismatic articulate spokesperson (experienced before live audiences, radio, tv, etc.) I am capable of generating media interviews and public appearances.
I have chosen to serve my political party in this way out of a passion to help make America better. My campaign will recruit, educate and inspire, attracting more young people, women, minorities, in addition to more men to join the LP.
Most importantly, I am a candidate who is motivated from love of my country and its people, not from the ego. I will always use the political power I gain (be it simply the media platform I am given or be it elected office) in service of the Libertarian principles I believe are the solution to America's problems.
3. What is the top issue of your campaign?
Smaller government means: you pay less taxes, you keep more of the money you earn, you have greater freedom in every area of your life.
Smaller government means shrinking the size, power and cost of the federal government resulting in less waste, inefficiency, and corruption.
All of my proposals, whether international or domestic, can be achieved through smaller government. Smaller government will benefit every American.
Smaller government means more personal and financial freedom for you.
4. Do you think you could get the support of conservatives?
Yes. I've already heard from conservatives who have told me my platform is one they can support.
For example, I am a firm supporter of restoring the right for Americans to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment. And, I believe less government is the solution to many of America's societal ills.
My proposals will significantly reduce the size of government thereby eliminating big government spending and excessive regulation of the individual and business in our society.
If you log onto On the Issues and see where Sen. Chuck Hagel stands on the issues he looks pretty good until you scroll your way down to the immigration section.
Senator Hagel is pro-family, pro-life, pro-gun rights and is correct on other issues as well, but when it comes to illegal immigration Chuck Hagel favors it. Chuck Hagel voted with Senator Hillary Clinton to allow illegal immigrants to be able to take part in social security and is also a supporter of a path to citizenship for "guest workers" (aka illegal aliens).
If social security is offered to these illegal immigrants, then why isn't it also offered to other non-citizens in other countries as well?
Rudy Giuliani is at the top of the Republican field for President but, could he really win the nomination?
Republican strategists are skeptical of the reality of Giuliani winning the nomination. "They question whether a Republican who has seen one marriage end in annulment and another in divorce, and favors abortion rights, gun control and immigrant rights, has much retail appeal in the evangelical and deeply conservative reaches of the GOP," the Star Tribune reports.
"If the Republican Party wants to send the social conservatives home for good, all they have to do is nominate Rudy Giuliani. It's an insult to the pro-Christian agenda. ... He's going to spend a lot of money finding he can't get out of the Republican primaries," said Rev. Rick Scarborough, president of Vision America.
The Conservative President expresses its condolences to the family of President Gerald Ford, who passed away on December, 26, 2006.
"My family joins me in sharing the difficult news that Gerald Ford, our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather has passed away at 93 years of age. His life was filled with love of God, his family and his country," Betty Ford told the Associated Press.
Ford took office after the resignation of President Richard Nixon in 1974 and lost his bid for the White House in 1976 to Jimmy Carter.
Some questions have arisen about the candidacy of former Republican governor Jim Gilmore.
"Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, a Gilmore ally and possible 2009 gubernatorial candidate, said some will try to portray Gilmore as needlessly confrontational, when he was merely standing by his convictions," the Times Dispatch reports.
"Unless you are in the minority of minorities, how many people are going to ask Gilmore to campaign for them?" Republican Virginia State Senator and 2005 independent candidate for governor Russ Potts said.
It has also been speculated that Gilmore's run for national office is a starting point for him to return to state politics but Gilmore says it is not.
Ron Gunzburger, founder and publisher of Politics 1, is being sued for five million dollars by 2006 write in candidate for New York governor Bill Murawski. Why is Ron being sued? Because Mr. Murawski is charging him, along Rudy Giuliani, Michael Bloomburg and others, for his loss on November 7th.
As I am sure you can guess, Ron had nothing to do with the loss of Bill Murawski but, he is considering shutting down Politics 1 due to this mess.
We urge you to log onto www.politics1.com and leave a message for Ron and tell him to keep up the good job and keep the web site running. Also, you can e-mail Mr. Murawski at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell him what you think of this crazy law suit.
Independent presidential candidate Stephen James is ready to stop illegal immigration and punish those who hire illegal aliens.
"If elected I would propose a federal law that would make fines for those hiring illegals $50,000 per employee and that their be jail time for all corporate officers and or board members of a minimum 6 months," James says in a blog entry.
James goes onto say "Currently we also have an agreement with Mexico that we will not station troops along the U S / Mexico border.I would immediately do away with this, and start a rotation of military units to assist the border patrol until more patrol can be hired and trained."
Frank Luntz took time to see what people in a study group, one in New Hampshire and another in Iowa, had to say about possible presidential candidates.
When it came to John McCain, one respondent said that he needed anger management and many thought he had "the good of the nation on is mind."
Luntz said "there is a social agenda cloud on the horizon that could derail his candidacy - and we saw it in action in both Iowa and New Hampshire," about Rudy Giuliani.
On Romney Frank Luntz said he "absolutely blew away New Hampshire Republicans with his smooth talking," but went on to point out a negative effect saying that Romney was "blown away by Iowa Republicans for evasive answers and lack of national experience."
When it came to Newt Gingrich Luntz was "genuinely surprised by the strongly favorable reaction to his speeches and interviews."
Danile Hoyt, a former supporter of the Constitution Party and the editor of Hoyt Opinions, has recently made a post on his blog against the way the Constitution Party is now being run. Mr. Hoyt answered these questions for The Conservative President 2008.
1. Where do you see the Constitution Party headed?
I don't. They may remain the "Third largest political party by voter registration" because of their unwillingness to exercise authority over the errant IAP of Nevada, but the number of states unhappy with the current leadership will continue to grow and by the time the 2008 election arrives there won't be enough organized state affiliates to carry the Electoral College.
2. Should dissatisfied Constitution Party members join other third party's, such as the America First Party , or should yet another party form with similar or the same as existing party's?
That is up to each individual to decide and my opinion need not be considered. However, I will say that unless the minor parties such as AFP, AHP and others don't find enough similar ground to join forces they will forever remain on the horizon of the political landscape. I don't say that with a negative tone, but it is the reality. They will never gain enough media attention and the grass roots supporters aren't wealthy enough to "buy" an election. Without God's direct blessing even the "third largest political party" will remain in the fray. But, duty is ours, the results are up to God Almighty. People need to vote their conscience as they have been directed by God through prayer and fasting, not because Dan Hoyt, or anyone else, told them to.
3. What party do you currently belong to?
I am a proud member of the Constitution Party of Wisconsin. Membership in our organization runs through the calendar year, expiring on December 31 each year. Everyone must renew their membership annually regardless of what time of year they join, although some grace is given to new members who join in the later half of the fourth quarter.
4. Will you support the Constitution Party's 2008 candidate for President?
Depends on who the candidate is, though I'm pretty sure it won't be Chuck Baldwin so you may as well take his name off your web site. The CP National Committee is likely to choose a candidate who is willing to compromise on key issues to be more appealing. I will only support a candidate the caliber of Michael Anthony Peroutka - someone who is 100% pro-life, without exception and without compromise.
Governor Mitt Romney is out to make things clear on where he stands on social issues. He toldNationalReview recently where he stands on these issues.
Romney on Gay Marriage "Like the vast majority of Americans, I’ve opposed same-sex marriage, but I’ve also opposed unjust discrimination against anyone, for racial or religious reasons, or for sexual preference. Americans are a tolerant, generous, and kind people. We all oppose bigotry and disparagement. But the debate over same-sex marriage is not a debate over tolerance. It is a debate about the purpose of the institution of marriage and it is a debate about activist judges who make up the law rather than interpret the law."
Romney on Abortion "My position has changed and I have acknowledged that. How that came about is that several years ago, in the course of the stem-cell-research debate I met with a pair of experts from Harvard. At one point the experts pointed out that embryonic-stem-cell research should not be a moral issue because the embryos were destroyed at 14 days. After the meeting I looked over at Beth Myers, my chief of staff, and we both had exactly the same reaction — it just hit us hard just how much the sanctity of life had been cheapened by virtue of the Roe v. Wade mentality. "
"What I would like to see is the Court return the issue to the people to decide."
George Phillies was one of the first to annonce his candidacy for the 2008 Libertarian Presidential nomination. Phillies is a school teacher and sought to be the party's national chairman this past year but, failed to win the seat.
Phillies answered these questions for the The Conservative President 2008.
1. Why are you running for President?
Libertarians need a respectable Presidential candidate. Libertarians need someone who explains our plans in simple, clear language. Libertarians need a Presidential candidate who spends their money honestly and effectively. I am that candidate.
2. What makes you the best candidate?
I am credible: I have a long record of Libertarian Party activism. I have run successfully in local (university) elections. I have run for Federal office before. I have strong professional credentials, a doctorate from MIT. I focus on building the party, not on building me. There are no skeletons in my closet: No arrests, let alone convictions. No bizarre conspiracy theories. No unfiled tax returns.
3. What is the top issue of your campaign?
My nominating campaign issue is "run on issues Americans care about". What do Americans care about? End the War on Iraq. Border safety. Budget Deficits. Educate our children and grandchildren. Energy and the environment.
4. Do you believe you will be able to gain the support of social and fiscal conservatives?
My plank "End the grandchild tax" (pay off the national debt) and "No More Budget Deficits" should attract fiscal conservatives. I'm the opposite of the Bush Republican party that gave us the Bridge to Nowhere.
Modern "Social Conservatives", people who want to use government to impose their deeply-held religious beliefs on others, should remember that when those others are running government, they may inflict their religious opinions on you. Libertarians want to protect social conservatives; we'll make sure social liberals can't force their beliefs on you. Also, I will work to repeal that Mark of the Beast, the Real ID Act.
Libertarians say: "Uncle Sam should keep his hands out of your bedroom, your gun vault, and your pocketbook".
5. What do you think of Gene Chapman's campaign?
The significant Libertarian candidates are myself, Steve Kubby, and perhaps Christine Smith. Kent McManigal has shown remarkable strength in some polling. Gene Chapman is running for the Constitution Party nomination. His campaign planks are appropriate for that party, which is generally antiLibertarian in its attitudes.
Congressman Ron Paul could unite the Libertarian and Constitution Parties if he decides to run for President.
Paul is popular among members of both those parties. He was mentioned by 2004 Constitution Party Vice Presidential candidate Chuck Baldwin as someone he could support for President.
Paul was the Libertarian's 1988 Presidential candidate, he won 431,750 votes in that election. He has served in Congress, as a Republican, in 1976, 1981-1985, and 1997-present. In 2004 he spoke at the Libertarian Party national convention. For more information log onto Wikipedia or his official web site.
Jeb Bush has toldNewsMax that he isn't "not ruling in or out" a possible bid for the White House in 2008 or possibly seeking to be the GOP's Vice Presidential candidate.
"We have problems with Medicare, and the cost associated with that. We have too much litigation in our country. That puts a burden on our businesses that no other country has. Our capital markets now are becoming anti-competitive because of over-regulation. We're not training the next generation work force in a way that allows them to be competitive, and jobs will go elsewhere," Bush pointed out.
When it came to the current front runners for the nomination the retiring Florida governor said, "I like Romney, but I'd also be comforted at night knowing that Rudy Giuliani was leading our nation in a time of war, and John McCain — all three of them."
Thirty-one percent of poll responders to a recent Rasmussen poll said that would choose Rudy Giuliani as the Republican candidate for President in 2008. John McCain came nine points behind with 22% and Newt Gingrich came in third with 14%.
In his 1994 bid for the U.S. Senate Mitt Romney told the gay and lesbian newspaper, Bay Windows, that Republicans who imposed their positions on gay marriage on the Republican Party were "extremists," as the Boston Globereports.
So, where does Romney really stand on gay marriage? Does he, as he now says, support a federal ban on gay marriage which would make him one of the Republican "extremists?" Do we really want a flip flopper in the White House?
Is Senator John McCain the right choice for 2008? Former Senator Al D'Amato thinks that he is the best choice for the GOP nomination.
"If we have someone who demonstrates strength and compassion, like a John McCain, if we stay away from issues which almost trivialize the political process, like gay marriage . . . that’s nonsense. We shouldn’t be about that.” D'Amato said on Fox News as NewsMax reports.
Dr. Hugh Cort III is seeking the nomination of the Republican Party for President of the United States.
Cort recently ran in the 2006 primary to be his party's candidate for Alabama state representative from the 48th district. He came in fourth place with a little over 6% of the vote according to the Alabama Secretary of State's web site.
On the home page of Cort's campaign site he out lines how to win the war on terror and to stop the coming of the next attack by Osama bin Laden.
Cort says that his credentials are that he is a psychiatrist that has spent a number of years researching terrorism sources, is a member of the Republican National Committee's President's Club and is a member of the Republican Task Force.
Cort appears to be a one issue candidate, that issue being fighting against terrorism. The only item available on his issue page is a letter addressed to the media and government officials concerning Al-Qaida.
Human Eventscolumnist John Hawkins did an analysis of the top 20 candidates for the Republican nomination in three categories. Hawkins said this of John McCain "On the other hand, McCain is probably the single most widely despised Republican on Capitol Hill amongst conservatives in the know." To read his description for each candidate go here.
John Hawkins' List of the top Republicans for the GOP Nomination for President:
"Also, as can be seen with a short internet searchI live in Worcester, which is the second largest city in Massachusets, and not a Boston suburb.I am a college Professor, not a public school teacher.I work for a private university, not a public school.I am Chair of my County ACLU Chapter. We do have a school-related lawsuit locally. The Worcester public library was discriminating against a home schooler in ways too complicated to explain briefly, and they were to my mind really stubborn about it.Incidentally, the ACLU was founded by a group of people, not one, years before the Communist Party CPUSA was founded. Those people to my knowledge have now all passed away."
Jerry Corsi, co-author of the New York Times best seller Unfit for Command and columnist for the conservative web site World Net Daily, has been mentioned as a possible candidate for the Constitution Party's next Presidential nominee. Mr. Corsi answered these questions for The Conservative President 2008.
1. Where do you believe the Republican Party is headed?
If the Republican Party continues to ignore its conservative base, then the Party is headed to oblivion.
2. Do you think that you could support any of the potential 2008 Republican nominees for President?
None of the ones I have seen so far. Unfortunately, even Sam Brownback lost my support when the supported the “guest worker” amnesty plan contained in S.2611 co-sponsored by Kennedy and McCain.
3. Do you think that the Republican Party will ever be what you would call a conservative party?
I have given up thinking we can reform the Republican Party. The Rockefeller Republicans are fully in control and it is getting hard to tell the difference between most Republicans today and the more conservative Democrats.
4. If a candidate were to arise that was right on every issue but is pro-choice, is that a good enough reason not to vote for that candidate?
No way. I have no intention to support any Republican candidate who is pro-choice, period.
5. Will you run for President in 2008?
Howard Phillips of the Constitution Party asked me to consider seriously running for president in 2008 and I am doing so.
Could Illinois U.S. Senator Obama win the votes of conservative, pro life voters? Kevin McCullough of Townhall.com believes so.
"This past Friday Rick Warren, through the implied endorsement of allowing Obama to speak at one of the largest evangelical churches in America gave Obama the opportunity to split evangelicals who will be misled by Obama's words instead of opening their eyes to his actions. In my gentle admonition to Rick Warren over the past couple of weeks I reiterated time and again that it was this opportunity being extended to Obama that would be manipulated by both the press , and Obama himself to pose as a "person of faith." Warren's stubborn action of insisting upon having Obama speak at Saddleback Church in southern California has had that exact effect." He said in a recent article.
The Constitution Party, a conservative third party founded in 1992 to serve as a possible ticket for Pat Buchanan to run on, plans to have nominated its candidate for President by July 2007, World Net Dailyreports.
The party held a national committee meeting last weekend where Howard Phillips, who is the party's founder and three time Presidential candidate (1992, 1996 and 2000), told World Net Daily "The time has never been better for a third party dark horse candidate to grab the White House."
Phillips said that the party will nominate candidate next year and among the possibilities are: Jim Gilchrist, former Republican presidential candidate Alan Keyes, Pastor Chuck Baldwin and World Net Daily columnist Jerome Corsi.
Gene Chapman, who is seeking the presidential nomination of a number of party's including the Libertarian and Constitution Party, says that fellow Libertarian candidate for President George Phillies is a communist.
Why does Chapman say this? Because Phillies is a school teacher, lives in Boston and paid by a public school!
Sounds like Chapman is really trying to get the backing of educators, ya right!
Dick Morris, who managed President Clinton's 1996 re-election bid, says in an column for NewsMax that conservatives have no clear choice in the Republican field of candidates so far.
Morris points out that Mitt Romney may have a hard time with conservatives due to his stand on abortion. "Romney seems to be a chameleon who adjusts his positions to suit the need of his environment. When he was running in a liberal state against the most liberal member of the Senate, he talked liberal. But now that he wants to win a Republican primary with a conservative base, he speaks their language." Morris said of Governor Romney.
So who does the conservative branch of the party have to turn to? Morris says that Arkansas Governor Huckabee and Senator Brownback would be options for conservatives.
Would Kansas Senator Sam Brownback make a good president? He is pro life and against abortion and embryonic stem cell research, as LifeNews points out, but is he the best candidate?
Brownback claims to be a Reagan conservative but, in 2006 Brownbackvoted to give illegal aliens social security benefits. How does the Senator expect the immigration problem to be solved by giving law breakers special benefits and not punishment?
In the the Next PrezNovember Republican poll Former Virginia governor Jim Gilmore won the poll with 289 votes. Chicago businessman John Cox came in second with 177 votes followed by Tom Tancredo, who won 134 votes, and Mitt Romney with 108 votes.
This is also the first time in eight months that Jim Gilchrist lost the Constitution Party poll. Gilchrist came in third with 70 votes. Gene Chapman won the party's poll with 119 votes and 2004 Constitution Party presidential nominee Michael Peroutka came in second with 76 votes.
In the Libertarian poll Chapman came in third with 109 votes to to Kent McManigal's 184 votes and Steve Kubby's 192 votes.
In the mock ballot poll independent Steve Adams won with 272 votes to Libertarian Steve Kubby's 214 votes and Democrat John Kerry's 143 votes.
Constitution Party chairman Jim Clymer will appear as the party's presidential candidate for early signature requirements in West Virginia, according to Ballot Access News.
Clymer has not yet said if he will run or not but he is no stranger to running for office. He run for several offices in Pennsylvania as a Libertarian, independent and as a Constitution Party candidate. Most recently he ran as the Constitution Party's US Senate candidate and won 4% of the vote, where the party's presidential candidate, Michael Peroutka, didn't even receive a single percent in that state.
Retiring Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) will not be running for President in 2008.
“In the Bible, God tells us for everything there is a season, and for me, for now, this season of being an elected official has come to a close. I do not intend to run for president in 2008.
Karyn and I will take a sabbatical from public life. At this point a return to private life will allow me to return to my professional roots as a healer and to refocus my creative energies on innovative solutions to seemingly insurmountable challenges Americans face." Frist announced in a statement.
New York Governor George Pataki is yet another possible Republican candidate for President that is pro choice.
In July Pataki vetoed a bill permitting specialized license plates because one of them was a Choose Life plate. He also ordered that all hospitals, including religious ones, give out the morning after pill.
The governor also supported a bill that would spend $100 million dollars of taxpayer's money on the life ending process of embryonic stem cell research. To find out more on Pataki's pro choice stands go here.
It keeps becoming more evident that the GOP is getting farther and farther away from Reagan conservatism.
The Constitution Party web site, http://www.constitutionparty.com/, has had an increase in views in the past three months, according to Alexa.com. The page views for the site have gone up 79% in the last three months.
Calhoun says that the leading Republicans for the nomination are too liberal and that the Republican Party is traditionally a liberal party.
"Although Mitt Romney has tried recently to sell himself as a conservative, he has a very long track record of liberal causes. One can almost be certain that he is a liberal in disguise.
Some may say that Newt Gingrich is not a liberal per se, but he (unlike Reagan) certainly backs a neocon interventionist foreign policy, and would probably start another war. And although he recently has criticized the third-world invasion of America, only a few years ago he supported amnesty. Newt Gingrich is more neocon than conservative." Calhoun said of the retiring Massachusetts governor and the former Speaker of the House.
Calhoun said that the only hope for conservative Republicans is that Tancredo may win the nomination and if that doesn't that perhaps he will run as a third party candidate.
Calhoun also points out that CNN news anchor Lou Dobbs or Minuteman Project Inc. founder Jim Gilchrist may be a third party option for conservatives.
Congressman Duncan Hunter, who has formed an exploratory committee for the 2008 Republican Presidential nomination, received a 100% rating from the Christian Coalition in 2003, indicating a pro family voting record. Also in 2003, the pro choice organization NARAL gave Hunter a 0%, showing he has a pro life voting record.
Newt Gingrich, who has said that he will make his mind up about running for President in September of next year, should not even bother running. Newt Gingrich could not win the general election, if he could even win the Republican nomination.
Newspaper opinion columnistMolly Ivins has already attacked Gingrich's hypocrisy during the impeachment of President Clinton for having an extramarital affair while he himself was having one. She also goes on to point out that during Newt's first marriage he served his wife the divorce papers while she was in the hospital.
Could a person that could not be faithful to his wife (or in this case wives) be true to Americans?
If these were the choices for President in 2008 who would you vote for? Hillary Clinton (D) (37%) John McCain (R) (27%) John Kerry (I) (15%) Michael Badnarik (L) (9%) Alan Keyes (C) (8%) Pat Lamarch (G) (1%) 209 total votes
If these were the choices for President in 2008 who would you vote for? John McCain (R) (39%) Hillary Clinton (D) (38%) John Kerry (I) (23%) 204 total votes
Who would you vote for as the Republican candidate for President? George Allen (25%) John McCain (20%) Rudy Giuliani (13%) Mitt Romney (11%) Newt Gingrich (6%) Pat Buchanan (5%) Other (4%) Tom Tancredo (4%) Elizabeth Doll (2%) John Cox (2%) Mike Huckabee (1%) Tommy Thompson (0%) Michael Smith (0%) 143 total votes
If a liberal Republican became the Republican nominee, would you consider voting for a third party candidate? Yes (69%) No (31%) 137 total votes
If these were the choices for President in 2008, who would you vote for? Hillary Clinton (D) (47%) Tom Tancredo (R) (41%) Daniel Imperato (I) (6%) Jim Gilchrist (C) (6%) 140 total votes
If these were the choices for President, who would you vote for? Hillary Clinton (D) (39%) John McCain (R) (34%) Jim Gilchrist (C) (20%) Daniel Imperato (I) (5%) 143 total votes
If these were the choices for President, who would you vote for? Hillary Clinton (D) (42%) Rudy Giuliani (R) (38%) Jim Gilchrist (C) (15%) Daniel Imperato (I) (3%) 141 total votes
Former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson has announced that he will form an exploratory committee to run for President in early 2007, according to USA Today.
Thompson served as Wisconsin governor from 1987 to 2001 and more recently served as the Secretary of Health from 2001 to 2005.
Thompson is against abortion but he does support stem cell research. As governor he cut taxes a total of 91 times and he is opposed a national sales tax. As governor Thompson also created the nation's first private school choice program. To see where Thompson stands on other issues log onto On the Issues.
Tommy Thompson's brother, Ed, may also make a run for the White House in 2008 as a Libertarian. Ed Thompson is a former mayor of Tomah, WI and ran as the Libertarian candidate for Wisconsin Governor in 2002, winning 11% of the vote.
Independent Presidential candidate Bob Hargis answered these questions for The Conservative President 2008.
1. Why are you running for President?
Because I believe that I can represent America while being fair with respect to socioeconomics and social/political viewpoints. I am a critical decision maker by nature and by trade and have an unwavering ability to remain calm and objective. I have no political agendas, and my hope is for the nations well being, protection and prosperity. I desire only a better and more UNITED America .
2. What makes you the best choice for President?
I love this country and its people passionately. I am a servant. I believe that the USA should be united and that I am the type of facilitator that can work to make that change happen. I believe that fair government can only be accomplished when those who lead are not manipulated or controlled by money driven organizations. I am a leader who is non-biased, non-political and fair. I am positive, and I convey hope and optimism to those with whom I communicate. This country needs hope.
3. What do you think is the biggest problem with the Republicans and Democrats?
I believe that the bipartisan system has caused a power struggle that is based on power and money. The central focus of serving the people has been lost. As a result, this division has split our country in two. This line that has been drawn in the sand has weakened our infrastructure and brought unity and cooperation to an all time low. Both major parties are unable to see past their agendas to realize that we all live in his country together and that the spirit of cooperation is a must if we are to remain strong.
4. Do you consider yourself a social and fiscal conservative?
Yes and Yes
I have a moderately conservative view on most social issues. I am deeply rooted in my faith, but I am not judgmental towards those with differing opinions.
I am very fiscally conservative. I believe that spending our children’s future on interest for a foreign debt is irresponsible. I believe in wise and conservative spending, responsible budgeting and financial accountability for all areas of government spending.
5. What is the top issue your campaign is focused on?
My primary focus is on unity and non-partisan government that represents the voice and will of the American people.
6. If another candidate with similar views as yours were to arise, would you consider dropping out of the race?
Although not likely, I would not make that decision until I was well informed about another candidate with whom I had gained trust.
This is the fourth in a series on announced candidates for the Presidency.
Joe Schriner is running his third independent campaign for the Presidency. Schriner doesn't really have a job currently. He received journalism degree from Bowling Green State University in 1983. From 1983-1990 Schriner was a family counselor and in 1990 he started a research trip through America. "Average Joe" Schriner has been campaigning for the White House since 1999.
When it comes to illegal immigration, Schriner supports amnesty, "During a talk at an Immigration Rally of some 300 people in Flagstaff, Arizona, I said my administration would push for amnesty for illegal immigrants and family reunification… In addition, I told the Santa Rosa News in New Mexico that I fell heavily on the side of social justice, and a Schriner administration would ardently work for a living wage, benefits and optimal working conditions for all new arrivals to the country…", his web site says.
On taxes Schriner wants to shrink the income tax , and he supports a "Let's Help More" voluntary tax.
When it comes to life and death, Schriner is aginst abortion, euthenasia and embryonic stem cell research but, he also opposes the death penalty.
This past Sunday Sen. John McCain sat down with Tim Russert on Meet the Press and discussed the possibility of him taking another run for White House.
"Are we doing the things organizationally and legally that need to be done? Yes. The important thing is we will not make a decision until I sit down with my family, but we will be prepared," McCain said.
Four candidates for President told The Conservative President 2008 what there reaction to Tuesday's election results in the House and Senate and how they thought it would effect the 2008 Presidential election.
Independent Steve Adams: "Two years is a long time to forecast, and much will depend on what the Democrats do with their new balance of power. The takeover of both the House and Senate clearly demonstrates that the American public is disappointed with Republican leadership. My prediction is that in two years, they will also be equally disappointed with Democratic leadership. What this means for the presidential election is perhaps the desire to look elsewhere, such as an independent candidate like me. I plan on being there to offer that choice."
Republican John Cox: "This election validated what I have been saying for the past ten months all over the country. Republicans have not been acting like Republicans and have not been adhering to the principles of our party, the principles of Ronald Reagan. Just as the party responded after the 1976 loss to Jimmy Carter, we will reform our party around those principles that define us; fiscal responsibility, strong defense and traditional values. We must do more than merely mouth the words, we must lead with policies that effectuate solutions that reflect those principles and that address the challenges the public wants to have addressed.
This result will definitely impact the 2008 election. The public spoke - they are tired of the money seeking, power seeking career politicians. They are looking for positive solutions; they demand integrity, fiscal discipline and a resolution in Iraq. They reject arrogance and wish to see the US promote opportunity and hope for Americans as well as all people of the world. They don't want to see Americans die in battle but do want the best defense we can provide. They want our values defended but do not want partisan attacks and division. They absolutely insist on border security and enforcement of the law to address the immigration crisis.
The celebrities running in 2008 are in for a rude awakening. The public wants substance and action, not sound bites. My experience in the private sector and in politics will be attractive. The experience of the successors to three governors planning presidential bids has to hurt their prospects. The low regard for Congress has to impact any US Senator or Congressman planning to run. Former NY Mayor Rudy Giuliani has name recognition but is out of sync with the social conservative wing of the party.
Conservatives, who still form the base of the Republican party; they will appreciate my humble roots as I represent the small businesses that have built this country and create the jobs and economic growth we enjoy. I represent the American Dream and that is the vision of the Republican party we need in 2008."
Democrat Randy Crow: "I wish I was not so pessimistic. The bad guys, Karl Rove and company, have worked hard to make the United States a one party system. In North Carolina partisan judgeships are a thing of the past and in my area major Democratic and Republican candidates did not print party affiliation on mail outs for the November 7 election. Things, namely the war in Iraq and the Mid East have the possibility of becoming much worse under Democratic leadership. It is my guess the Karl Rove, Big George Bush, and yes James Baker, Republican game plan will be to get the Democrats to sanction and support Israel's, which really means the USA's, bombing of Iran and the approval of John Bolton as our ambassador to the UN. So I see the Democrat control of the US House and Senate as a possible plus for the bad guys. As the country's Republican and Democratic voters sigh a sigh of relief that comrade Little George has been stopped, the bad guys will get the Democrats to lead the charge of killing every Arab that moves, spreading bird flu, gutting the US Constitution, making the US a police state, and stealing every quart of oil in Iran and the Caspian Sea. Expect Democrats to demand that the USA become energy sufficient, which is a typical mantra at this stage of the game - which of course will never happen, with oil, anyway, and is a stupid suggestion for the purpose of justifying an invasion of Iran and then Russia. Recently I read an interesting article which stated that whoever controlled Russia' heartland controlled the world. So the Neocon path may be to Russia's heartland via, Iraq, Lebanon, Iran, Caspian Sea.
Little George is irreplaceable for touting the bad guy agenda. So I have not ruled out the bad guys making a move to seize the USA before November 2008. If we accidentally have Election 2008 with comrade Little George out of the picture, the anointments will be contrived and scripted by great writers to make people think we are not a communi$t country and that a two party system is alive and well, ho, ho, but there is no real difference between the Republicans and Democrats. Bad guy Republicans want the minimum wage increased, inflation, and big government so badly they can taste it."
Libertarian Christine Smith: "Overall, due to my rejection of the invasion of Iraq, I am pleased the election results show, in my opinion, an overwhelming rejection by the American people of the course the current administration has pursued.
However, I am simultaneously quite concerned with government spending. Although this may mean a more preferred foreign policy, the prospect of our nation's "budget" will probably not improve. Frankly, I view both the Democratic and Republican parties as big government, big spenders.
I am deeply concerned about America's problems, especially the precarious economic situation I think we're in. We and generations to come may have to eventually face an inflationary future and extreme economic strife due to the enormity of our national debt. Thus since I view Republicans and Democrats as big spenders I don't think the mid-term elections will change that.
Fiscally, I'm conservative. I seek less government at all levels because I believe less government means less taxation and less regulation of business (as well as less intrusion into people's private lives). Perhaps the gridlock of a divided government will result in less government spending, which will prove beneficial.
How does this affect the presidential 2008 election? I think it shows the people, when disgusted with the party in power, are willing to express it at the voting booth. Despite the probability the opinion ratings of the president may now go up before he leaves office, I still think he will go down in history as one of the worst presidents we've had. I think that will be reflected in the 2008 presidential election, as many Americans will again vote for candidates that are not Republican.
Voting for either a Democrat or Republican, is simply continuing the corrupt status quo...it's choosing between the lesser of two evils, it's still voting for more spending and bigger government. It's time the people vote for a candidate, not simply against a candidate who represents a party whose sitting president's policies they reject. The mid-term election shows the people will vote for change, but in the long run neither major party will, in my opinion, produce much change in areas that matter most. With the Democrats success of this mid-term, I think it will of course help them in 2008, but I am still hopeful that those who want smaller government will look toward candidates who want to limit government not expand it."
The America First Party formed after the fraction of the Reform Party that supported Pat Buchanan for President in 2000 split from the party in 2002.
The party claims to be the alternative for conservative voters, "We are the alternative to the present failing 'conservative' strategy. We offer concerned Americans the opportunity to organize around a set of principles which have long been the foundation of the success and greatness of our Republic. By avoiding the failed strategies of other third parties, and exploiting our opportunities and skills, we know that our success is a realistic possibility," party chairman Jon Hill said in a press release on Wednesday.
The America First Party did not run any candidates for federal or state offices this year and endorsed Constitution Party candidate Michael Peroutka for President in 2004, according to Wikipedia.
Representative Tom Tancredo has won re-election to the US House of Representatives. Tancredo, who is known for his support of boarder security, easily beat his opponents with 59% of the vote compared to Democrat Bill Winter and Libertarian Jack Woehr's 1%.
Tancredo is likely to seek the Republican nomination in 2008 as a way of pushing illegal immigration on the front burner of voter's minds.
Republican John Spencer's campaign against Hillary Clinton was not a total lost. Spencer only received 31% of the vote compared to Clinton's 67% but, while doing so he has pointed out Clinton's flaws on the issues.
On Spencer's web site, it is pointed out that Hillary Clinton: opposes securing our boarders, favors gun control, favors abortion, supports gay rights, and Hillary Clinton even supports flag burning.
Spencer has done well in showing us that Hillary Rodham Clinton is not a person that should be elected President of the United States.
Virginia Senator George Allen was once thought to be a leading candidate for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination.
Now, after a re-election campaign for US Senate against Democrat Jim Webb it is still uncertain if Allen will win another term. Right now, according to CNN, Webb is holding a one percent lead with 50% to Allen's 49%, third party candidate Gail Parker is coming in with just 1% of the vote.
During his campaign, as it is well known, Allen was went under fire for a remark that he made while on the campaign that is considered as a racial slur. Due this incident more was dug up from his past that resulted in hurting his campaign even more.
Even if Allen does turn out as the winner in this election, it will be nearly impossible for him to become the Republican nominee and even more so to win the general election in 2008.
Former Senator and 2004 Democratic Vice Presidential candidate John Edwards believes that hard working illegal immigrants should gain United States citizenship, according to On the Issues.
That is just not the way people should become American citizens. People should not come into the States ILLEGALLY work a while and then be given citizenship for doing so.
Immigrants should come to America LEGALLY and then find work. There is no excuse for unidentified people to cross into America. The boarder situation will never be solved until penalty's are give to the illegal immigrants.
Recently Republican candidate for Illinois governor Judy Baar Topinka, a liberal, stated that people voting for the third party candidate that will be on the ballot, Rich Whitney (Green Party), would "waste their vote".
As is noted in the 2006 endorsement list,the Conservative President 2008 does not support any of the candidates that will be on the ballot in Illinois, we support write in candidate Randy Stufflebeam. Conservative President 2008 also supports another non-major party, Timm Knibbs (Concerned Citizen's Party) who is running for US Senate in Connecticut.
When does a person waste their vote? When that person chooses to vote for a candidate that is the lesser of two (or more) evils, and in the case of the Illinois governor's election Judy Baar Topinka and Democrat Rod Blagojevich come in a tie with Green Rich Whitney coming in a close third.
Utah State Representative Jim Ferrin lost the Republican nomination for his seat and in turn endorsed the candidacy of Constitution Party candidate Ed McGarr.
Rep. Ferrin answered these questions for The Conservative President 2008.
1. Why did you endorse Ed McGarr to replace you in the Utah House ofRepresentatives and not your party's candidate? I have great regard for the integrity and importance of the Utah Legislature, as an institution. I understand very well that the legislature is no better than its members. I believe we should ALWAYSchoose the best person for the job, regrdless of party affiliation. And, as a Republican partisan, I almost always believe the Republican ISthe best person for the job. However, in this race I chose to supportMr. McGarr because, of the two candidates, his beliefs, positions,philosophy, and policies are closer to mine than are those of his Republican opponent. I know, from first-hand experience, of the heavy influence in the legislature wielded by the teachers' union, the UEA. I support public education and I believe we can and should rise to the challenge of providing a first-rate, world class education to our children. Yet, I strongly disagree with the union as to how that shouldbe achieved. For six years I fought for greater choice and competition in our public education system. I feel we have made great improvements there. The UEA has always opposed every effort to introduce principles of choice and competition, whether it be tuition tax credits, vouchers,charter schools, merit pay for quality teachers, starting bonuses, orany of the many other reforms that have been introduced in the legislature. Mr. Sandstrom has supported these UEA positions and has articulated them very well on their behalf. Mr. McGarr agrees with meon each of these important issues. Additionally, as a citizen I am verytroubled that a candidate with Steve Sandstrom's long history of tax liens (both federal and state), court ordered default judgements onloans, and other defaults on loans and unpaid bills would now seek tobecome our Representative and lawmaker. I am troubled with his cavalierdenial of responsibility for his federal tax liens, and his silence on his state tax liens. I think his history speaks to the character and integrity of the soul. On the other hand, I find Mr. McGarr enjoys a universal reputation of integrity and respect among those that know him. Finally, Steve Sandstrom told me that from childhood, he has "alwayswanted to be in the legislature." I suppose that is OK. But, my regard for the institution tells me that it is a place of trust and service,not merely an achievement to be sought of its own accord, not a steppingstone for higher elected office. My experience of Ed McGarr is that he seeks the office not to fulfill a personal ambition, but out of a genuine desire to serve and to stand for principles. Given all of this,notwithstanding my being a devout Republican partisan, I must still choose the better candidate for the job - Ed McGarr.
2. Do you think the Republican Party is becoming more liberal? No, but I do believe that conservative Republicans became overly complacent during the primary election cycle last summer. I believe that a vast majority of Republicans in my district believe as I do (andas Ed McGarr does) on the vital issues before state government. However, I also believe that the vast majority of those Republicans,feeling very complacent, simply failed to turn out and vote. I lost the primary election by 124 votes in an election in which only about 15-20%of the registered voters voted. We saw organized efforts from the teachers' union, instructing members to change parties to the Republicanparty to vote, then switch back to whatever you want. After the election UEA chiefs bragged they had mobilized 1100 union members to vote against me. The result was to elect the UEA friendly Steve Sandstrom by 124 votes. But, again, I don't believe it was the heart and soul of the Republican party that elected Sandstrom. Rather, the conservative heart and soul of the Republican party simply stayed home,didn't vote, and got Steve Sandstrom as their nominee in the process.
3. In the 2008 election, who would you like to see become the Republican Presidential candidate and if that person does not become the candidate would you consider supporting a third party candidate? I would like to see Mitt Romney become the Republican nominee for President. I will support the Republican nominee, no matter who it is. This is a VERY different scenario from the Ed McGarr/Steve Sandstromquestion in my legislative district. In this little race we have no Democrat in the race. So, a vote for McGarr does not inadvertantly elect an even more liberal candidate. Plus, Republicans enjoy such a majority in the Utah House that election of the non-Republican does not influence party control of the House (who serves as Speaker, committee chairs, etc...). But, the Presidential race is a very different affair. I think it fairly certain that the Republican Presidential nominee will not be entirely to my liking on all issues. But, it is also fairlycertain that he/she will be much better than any Democrat nominee. And,I don't believe any third party candidate has any chance whatsoever of being elected. So, a vote for the third party would be a defacto vote for the person I really don't want.
4. Do you think that third party's could become a formidable force in US politics? No, requirements for majority votes on issues force people of similar(if not identical) political philosophies to gather together to form majorities - not just pluralities. This has lead to the two party system. Plus, a successful third party would have t o draw sufficently from both the major parties to produce any meaning affect - which means it would have to be more liberal than the Republican party but more conservative than the Democrat party. It could not be successful drawing from the philosophical extremes of either party. Most third parties have done just that.
This is a third in a series of articles on announced candidates for 2008 Presidency.
Duncan Hunter is the latest to join the field of announced candidates for the 2008 Republican nomination.
Hunter is currently seeking re-nomination to California's 42nd Congressional seat, which he first won in 1980. Hunter is currently the chairman of the Armed Services Committee and in 2005 introduced the H.R. 552 The Right to Life Act stating the purpose of the bill is "implement equal protection ... for the right to life of each born and preborn human person," according to Wikipedia. Hunter also voted yes that illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment should be reported and voted yes on providing tax relief. To see where Duncan Hunter stands on other issues log onto On the Issues.
Hunter does not yet have a presidential campaign web site.
Former Conservative Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore (R) is not likely to run for President in 2008.
"Former Virginia governor Jim Gilmore seemingly ruled out a presidential bid today when he said his future options could be a run for the U.S. senate or bid to return to the governor's mansion." The Leesburg Today reported on October 20.
Draft Gilmore for President is still underway, "Governor Gilmore, we call upon you to answer the call of the American people and the grassroots volunteers across America and seek the Republican nomination for President," an open letter to Gilmore, posted on the Draft Gilmore web site, says.
Millie Howard, like Pat Buchanan, challenged President Bush in 1992 for the Republican nomination. She now is running for the Republican nomination for the 5th time. Howard took the time to answer these questions for The Conservative President 2008.
1. Why are you running for President? I am running for president because the Republicans did not bring forth any effort in securing a Constitutional Amendment to ban abortion in America for any reason, even though at election time they all say the are PRO LIFE. What does that mean to them? They took us to war, increased the debt exponentially, and have stood by while 12 million illegal aliens have invaded the nation. In short, they have not lived up to the notion of conservatives who believe in hard work, fair play for all Americans, and ACCOUNTABILITY FOR THEIR ACTIONS. The liberty of Americans have been eroded because we cannot stand up to the foreigners in our country who seek to do us harm. IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN EASIER FOR POLITICIANS TO STOKE THE CROOKS BECAUSE THEY MIGHT GET HURT, WHILE SOCKING IT TO AMERICANS WHOM THEY PERCEIVE AS “TAKING IT” AND LITTLE RISK TO THEM PHYSICALLY.
I want a $10,000 per year Birth Right Stipend for all sovereign citizens of the States and all naturalized citizens as of 12/31/91 to give some fairness to all Americans. It is time the special interests, such as the nonprofit sector, foreign governments, corporations, and individuals get the same amount of tax dollars. This Birth Right Stipend will replace all current government subsidies.
I want every law to pass a Constitutional test prior to enactment.
Presidents and Congress shall not be able to change their remarks for the record. They have plenty of time before they go to the floor to know what they are going to say, even if they read it and the whole text shall become part of the record without any future changes.
I want to stop Americans telephone calls from being monitored or recorded for any reason.
I want to freeze government spending until we address our debt and the liabilities we have incurred without putting aside anything to cover them.
I want to stay out of other countries and deal with each one as a sovereign nation and find some common ground to seek fair trade, and environmental issues that will benefit the world. I want American troops from around the globe home to set up a new defense for America. Everyone will serve 2 years protecting the areas within the 50-mile radius of their homes. I shall nationalize defense and take the profit out of the killing of our men and women in uniform.
I want to stop the practice of loan guarantees for anyone. The America of tomorrow must be the envisioned of the past. AMERICA MUST BE A NATION OF FREE PEOPLE WHO UNDERSTAND THAT THEIR FREEDOMS END WHERE THEY’RE NEIGHBORS BEGINA MUST INHABIT AMERICA. THEY UNDERSTAND THAT THE RIGHT TO DO ANYTHING, AUTOMATICALLY COMES WITH THE RESPONSIBILITY OF ACTIONS TAKEN AND SHALL NOT BECOME THE PROBLEMS OF GOVERNMENT OR SOCIETY.
I want to be president so we can be free, and no one would want to do harm to us because we are the greatest nation in the world and the world shall know that all policies shall not favor one over another, but rather shall seek fairness and justice. 2. You have run for President in every election since 1992, do you really think that you have a chance at actually being elected? While I have run for office since 1992, my resources have been limited to what I could put up. The two party systems makes it easy to vote, it is a matter if you want the special interests running your guy, or the other guy. We all know there is something very wrong with policies coming out of Washington. I’d like to address all the policies in terms of who gets and who pays.
3. What is the top issue that your campaign is focused on? There is a good deal of talk about voter identification. I am sure it was not my idea originally, but I would fight for it. People can find time to do everything else, they can find time to get a STATE VOTER ID COVERING CITIZENSHIP STATUS, AND DRIVERS’ LICENSE.
There is a big question about bringing our troops home. I said in public that we should be ashamed of ourselves for the first Iraq. We had no justification and no moral or legal authority.
I would work hard to clean up the election process. Anyone desiring ballot access would be required to do only what is now required of the two parties candidates. If we took a count today of those who consider themselves tied to a party in terms of giving money and working for candidates, it would be small. It is much easier for the special interests to deal with two groups, rather than the American people. We hear that the Republicans are for the rich and the religious right, while the Democrats are for the poor. IT IS A LIE – they both dance to the same drummer.
I would seek a Constitutional Amendment banning abortion for any reason
I would work with States to see that only AMERICAN CITIZENS HAVE THE VOTE
I would bring our troops home from around the world
I would seek the $10,000 Birth Right Stipend
I would seek a flat tax of 10% paid on all income with no deductions. Said tax to be paid to the State where physical residence is and income is generated. THERE SHALL BE NO REAL ESTATE, SALES, PERSONAL PROPERTY TAXES, AND WE WOULD PAY EXICES TAXES FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THEY WOULD SURVIVE ON TARIFFS AND EXCISE TAXES. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TAX BUSINESS OR INDIVIDUALS. 4. Do you consider yourself to be a fiscal conservative? I would consider myself a fiscal conservative because I believe we cannot be sustained on credit and immorality if we want to be a great nation. 5. If you do not become the Republican nominee, will you support whomever the Republican candidate is? If I am not the candidate, I will write my name in if possible. If you look at the potential candidates for 2008 you see nothing buy more of the same. I truly believe that America has enough of the status quo. It will not make any difference that gets elected if it is not I because nothing will change.
We must address the whole complex governing process and I believe it should start with the individual and what role they play in their nation. It will then follow with good politicians who put America first. We need food, clothing, and shelter. We require clean air and water and a safe food supply. We must be a moral people if we are to be free.
My idea is that if government collects taxes to do it – IT SHALL BE DONE WITH GOVERNMENTY EMPLOYEES without Unions and Civil Service. The taxes collected by government will be sufficient to pay for everything they think we need without fees or mandates. We don’t pay for a driver’s license, hunting license, gun license, etc. If government requires that we need them, then the 10% collected for taxes shall be how they are paid for. After all, these are the functions of government and what we already pay taxes for.
Colorado US Representative Tom Tancredo supports a phased withdrawal from Iraq. "I think we are at a point where we need to say to the Iraqi government, 'We have given you a democracy, it is up to you as to whether you want to keep it," the Denvor Post reported Tancredo saying during a debate between Tancredo and his two challengers for Colorado's 6th District, Democrat Bill Winter and Libertarian Jack Woehr.
Tancredo, who has served as US Representative since 1998, is known for being out spoken on illegal immigration and thought to be a possible 2008 candidate for the Republican nomination and even a possible independent candidate. Race 4 2008 gave Tancredo the 10th place spot in its list of who they think will become the Republican nominee.
Former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has recently spoken out on illegalimmigration. "How can you talk about national security and not control the border? How can you talk about terrorism and not control the border?" The Arizona Republic reported on October 20.
Gingrich went on to say, "I think we should enforce immigration law and we should enforce the businesses that are knowingly hiring somebody illegally, (they) should be hammered, and businesses that are hiring people who have fraudulent documents should have an easy method of determining whether or not that person is legal."
This is the second in a series of articles on announced candidates for President.
Mike Gravel is seeking the Democratic nomination for President. Gravel served as Alaska's US Senator from 1969 to 1981 and has not held political office since. Gravel lost his re-nomination campaign in 1980 against Clark Grueing. Prior to his election to the US Senate Gravel served as a State Representative from 1962 to 1966 (he was speaker of the house from 1964-1966) and ran for US Representative after leaving the house, he lost to Ralph Rivers.
In 1971 Gravel lead a one man filibuster against the renewing of the draft and was able to block bill for five months before President Nixon and Senate Republicans agreed to let the draft expire in 1973.
Gravel, who will be 79 on inauguration day 2009, has made funding education as a top priority and also favors a universal health care program. Gravel makes no note in his issues lists on where he stands on abortion or gay rights. Gravel also is not making the invasion of illegal immigrants a priority.
Independent candidate Daniel Imperato wants more boarder security and recognizes that the open board is a security risk: "Increased border patrol so that terrorists can't easily enter our borders" his web site now says.
Imperato recently dumped his Vice Presidential running mate, Webster Brooks, "Based upon the advice of my advisors and businesspeople that I am in contact with, I felt this was the correct decision for the campaign. The people of the United States of America deserve a strong campaign for 2008 and need a viable option to revive America," Imperato said in a press release.
President Obama? That is what many Americans, including Oprah, would like to see. Obama won in a land slide victory for the Illinois US Senate seat in 2004, winning 70% of the votes to Alan Keyes' 27%, Independent Al Franzen's 2% and Libertarian Jerry Kohn's 1%, according to Wikipedia.
In May of 2006, Obama voted to give illegal immigrants social security benefits. How does Obama expect the situation with boarder security to improve if America offers benefits and not punishment to people who break the law?
Obama also believes that woman have the right to choose to have an abortion or not. Who has the right to kill a child? Once the child is born and the mother then decides that she does not want it and kills it what would be the difference then having an abortion? There isn't any, it is murder both ways!
To see where Obama stands on other issues go here.
Nathan Burd is the director of Americans for Mitt, a group supporting the candidacy of Mitt Romney for President.
Burd answered these questions for the Conservative President 2008.
1. Why should Mitt Romney become President?
As voters become familiar with Governor Romney, they’ll see that he’s far and away the most accomplished candidate in the field. In fact, he may just be the best candidate from either party in a long, long time.
As governor, Romney has erased a $3 billion budget deficit by reducing waste and cutting taxes. Massachusetts can no longer be called “Taxachusetts” due to Romney’s bold leadership. The principles of fiscal discipline that he has shown in Massachusetts are sorely needed in Washington, D.C.
Romney has also earned praise for applying conservative principles to his landmark plan to provide universal health care coverage to every citizen in Massachusetts.
On education, Romney created the John and Abigail Adams scholarship program that allows high-achieving students to attend state colleges tuition-free for four years. The result of this incentive? Students in Massachusetts rank at the top of nearly academic category.
And on the vital social issues of the day, Romney has been a champion for traditional marriage and for protecting the unborn. By vetoing efforts to expand embryonic stem-cell research and emergency contraception, Romney has made defending human life a top priority. No leader has been as outspoken as Romney on the need to protect traditional marriage. By openly criticizing the Supreme Judicial Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage and by vocally supporting the Federal Marriage Amendment, Romney has been the strongest voice for the traditional values movement in America.
Prior to becoming governor, Romney ran the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. These games were held just months after 9/11 and Romney oversaw the massive security effort to keep the games safe. He has also recently traveled to Iraq and Afghanistan to encourage our troops and to get a first-hand look at the challenges we face. He has spoken clearly on the need to defeat the radical Jihadists who aim to destroy our way of life.
Mitt Romney should be our next president because he’s taken action on all of the major issues of our time and he has the leadership ability to ensure that America remains the world’s economic and military superpower.
2. What makes Romney a better candidate over other possible candidates?
Many of the likely candidates are Senators. History has shown that Senators have a hard time becoming presidents. Sadly, the current leadership in D.C. has failed to take action on the major issues facing the country. Governors (Carter, Reagan, Clinton, G.W. Bush) have the executive experience that voters appreciate and expect in presidential candidates.
Mitt Romney is the most accomplished candidate in the field. In fact, it’s not even close. If you stack Romney’s record of accomplishment up against the other likely candidates, there is no question that he’s the best candidate in the Republican field. He’s the complete package; a candidate who appeals to fiscal and social conservatives, but who has also proven capable of working with members of the other party for the common good. This country desperately needs Mitt Romney.
3. Do you think that Romney can win the Republican and if so could he win the general election?
Yes. Romney has already solidified himself as a top-tier candidate in the Republican field. Most polls show the race shaping up to be a Romney/Rudy/McCain contest. While Rudy and McCain still enjoy a considerable advantage in terms of name identification, each has significant weaknesses in the eyes of prominent factions of the Republican Party. Mitt Romney has no weaknesses. His message will appeal to a broad-range of Republican voters and once they get to know him, they’ll like him.
In March, Romney finished in second place in the Southern Republican Leadership Conference Straw Poll. The event was held in Tennessee and Bill Frist won the poll simply for that reason. However, Romney was the real winner by finishing well ahead of the rest of the field.
After winning the Republican nomination, independent voters and sensible Democrats will flock to his campaign. The Democrats in the race are all beatable by the right Republican candidate. Mitt Romney is that candidate.
4. Do you think that Romney being a Mormon will effect his chances at winning the Republican nomination?
The media will bring up “the Mormon issue” continually, but Republican voters will not reject Mitt Romney because of his religion. Republicans are looking for a candidate who shares their values. Mitt Romney has been proven that he shares the moral and political values that Republican voters appreciate.
Prominent religious leaders, including Ted Haggard, Jerry Falwell, Richard Land, Marvin Olasky, Chuck Colson, and more, have already said that they could vote for a Mormon who shares their values. The media will insist on making this an issue, but among Republicans and various religious leaders, it’s just not relevant.
The website I run, Americans for Mitt, has members from a wide variety of faith backgrounds. I’m an evangelical Christian and this issue poses no problem for me. As Cal Thomas recently said, “it troubles me not that a Mormon might become president.” There is also a great website for “Evangelicals for Mitt” (http://www.evangelicalsformitt.org/). As we’ve said from the beginning, the election is for president, not pastor.
5. If Romney loses the Republican nomination, would you like to see him run as a third party candidate?
No. Mitt Romney is a Republican. He’ll get to the White House by winning the Republican nomination and the general election.