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 email@example.com 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.