Rev. Chuck Baldwin was the Constitution Party's 2004 nominee for Vice President. Baldwin is the pastor of Crossroad Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida, the host of a radio program, Chuck Baldwin Live, and is columnist for Alan Keyes' Renew America web site.
Rev. Baldwin took the time to answer these question for The Conservative President 2008.
1. Where do you think the Republican Party is headed?
If the Democratic Party wasn't so liberal and out of touch with average Americans, the GOP would already be reduced to cinders. The only thing that keeps the GOP afloat is the absurd liberalism of Democrats in Washington, D.C. The question is, how long will the American people put up with the bumbling, stumbling, GOP? I personally believe the GOP will continue to self-destruct.
2. Do you think that you could support any of the potential 2008 Republican nominees for President?
I could not support any of the Republicans that I have heard mentioned as potential candidates in 2008. I love Tom Tancredo for what he is doing to fight illegal immigration, but I would need to learn more about where he stands on other issues. Republicans I believe I could support would include men such as Judge Roy Moore, Pat Buchanan, Alan Keyes, or Ron Paul. Unfortunately, the Republican leadership will never allow men such as these to obtain the nomination. At the center, establishment Republicans care no more for genuine conservative principles than Democrats.
3. Do you think that the Republican Party will ever be what you would call a conservative party?
No. I believe it has crossed the point of no return. The GOP has become nothing more than a second big-government, big-spending party. Only at election time do most Republicans even mention conservative causes, and that is only for the purpose of obtaining the votes of gullible conservatives. When one examines the true record of what has happened in Washington, D.C., since the GOP took control in 2000, an argument could be made that the GOP is in practice more liberal than the Democratic Party. That is why I left the GOP in 2004 and became an Independent.
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?
I could not personally support any person who would not use the power of his or her office to protect innocent human life in the womb. By the same token, neither could I support a candidate who is right on the life issue but wrong on other essential issues such as illegal immigration, gun control, constitutional government, and internationalism.
5. Will you run for President in 2008?
Funny you should ask. By virtue of the fact that I was the Vice Presidential candidate for the Constitution Party in 2004, I have been asked this question quite often - especially lately. I have learned to never say never, but I have no desire to run. I have a very busy schedule, a growing church ministry, and many pressing obligations. Beyond that, I am not wealthy and can see little prospect of being able to raise the funds necessary for such a campaign. In order for me to even consider running in 2008 would require several "miraculous" signs of reassurance that, frankly, I cannot see happening. However, I am always open to God's will. I did not seek or desire the Vice Presidential nomination of the Constitution Party in 2004, either.