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Jesus Christ would not vote for Obama

Q: “Would Jesus vote for Obama?”

A: I actually think that statement is a self-evident truth that Christ could not vote for Barack Obama. Obama voted against the Born Alive Infant Protection Act. He has cast a vote three times to allow a practice to go on that allows infant babies, fully born and with no dispute over their humanity or anything else, to be set aside like garbage to die. The simple question I have to ask myself as a person of Christian conscience, is ‘would Christ do that?’ We know He wouldn’t because Christ put special emphasis on the children and spent some of his harshest language about people that would harm children.

Barack Obama has said he is in line 100 percent with the agenda for gay rights, he said he would vote to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act which is aimed at making sure that gay marriage is forced upon all the states in this union. Those views are also inconsistent with the Christian conscience.

Source: Q&A with Southern Illinoisan reporter Sep 13, 2004

Can’t let Obama waltz into the Senate

After careful deliberation, and on the strength of deep and contemplative prayer, I have decided to accept the Illinois Republican Party’s nomination for the United States Senate.

When I was first approached with the offer to run for the Senate in Illinois, I was hesitant to agree, since I am not from the state. However, when all of these friends of mine sent me information on Barack Obama, I agreed that it just seemed wrong that somebody with his record should kind of waltz into the Senate unopposed.

What finally forced me to consider whether I not only had the opportunity to oppose him, but the obligation, was when I learned that in April 2002, Obama had cast a vote that would continue to allow LIVE BIRTH ABORTIONS in the state of Illinois. When Barack Obama embraces an extremist position on abortion that countenances even the murder of living young children outside the womb, he abandons the principles of our Declaration, and destroys the foundations of our national union!

Source: Internet press release on NewsMax Media Aug 16, 2004

Family and home important, but Obama needs opponent

One fact is obvious to people who know me: I am from Maryland. It’s not the first time that folks have approached and talked to me about the possibility of going to some state other than Maryland and running for the Senate of the United States. On those occasions, I listened, as I always try to do, politely, and I told them no. I told them no for a number of reasons.

First, I have a clear and serious objection, in principle, to the notion that people of national reputation have the right to

Source: Senate announcement speech in Arlington Heights, Illinois Aug 8, 2004

Obama is likable but his liberalism needs opposition

Like most Americans, I didn’t know much about Barack Obama more than what I saw on the Democratic convention. He didn’t seem to me to be some rabid threat to the future of the country. He looked like a pretty likable guy. Certainly intelligent and articulate.

And then I looked at his record. I found somebody who has never seen a spending bill he couldn’t find some excuse for, and has never seen a tax increase he didn’t like. We find somebody who would rather that our children were educated

Source: Senate announcement speech in Arlington Heights, Illinois Aug 8, 2004

Withdraws from GOP race on eve of GOP Convention

Alan Keyes withdrew from the Republican race today, on the eve of the GOP Convention.
Source: National Public Radio News Jul 25, 2000

Withdraws with 21 delegates; supports Bush & Cheney

Alan Keyes expressed his support for George W. Bush’s choice of a running mate Tuesday - and said he had dropped his own campaign for the Republican nomination.

Keyes won no primaries last winter and spring, but he had remained on the campaign trail spreading his conservative message. Asked Tuesday if he still considered himself a candidate, Keyes said, “I am not.” A campaign spokeswoman said Keyes had not yet filed withdrawal papers with the Federal Election Commission.

Keyes said he supports Bush’s choice of former Defense Secretary Dick Cheney as his running mate, adding that Cheney’s anti-abortion views mirrored his own. He said he would join other Republicans to unite behind Bush at the party’s convention.

Keyes won 21 delegates this year though the final count could change by a delegate or two. His best showing was in the Iowa caucuses, where he won 14% of the vote.

Source: John McElhenny, Associated Press Jul 25, 2000

Would think hard about being Bush VP; like “getting married”

Q: What do you think of Bush?
A: He’s a nice guy.
Q: Would you accept the Vice Presidency?
A: I’d have to think hard about it, as hard as I’d think about getting married. In political terms, wherever that person goes, you’re there. So you have to think whether he agrees on your principles.
Source: Interview on the Jay Leno Show May 2, 2000

Clinton cannot take credit for reduction in crime

Q: Do you give the current administration any credit for reduced crime rates, reduced teen pregnancy rates, etc.? A: Not at all. Because most of those improvements came as a result of the work of governors and Republican mayors like Rudolph Giuliani. So, no, you don’t give to a shameless, lying, oath-breaking president any kind of credit for an improvement in the nation’s moral atmosphere, which he has polluted with his lack of integrity.
Source: GOP debate in Los Angeles Mar 2, 2000

I’m here because I’m the choice of conservatives’ hearts

Why am I here? Because with the majority of people in the Republican Party, I’m the sentimental favorite. I’m the one you all listen to, you know I’m saying what’s in your heart. You know that I speak the truth about true bedrock conservatism, and I do it better than anybody who has appeared in these debates. And it’s one of the reasons that my colleagues did not feel that they have the strength to stand up and say, kick him out. Because they know that that would rouse your ire. But if it will rouse your ire, how come it doesn’t inspire you to get out there in the voting booth and stand with the same integrity for what you believe that I stand with here in this arena. Unless the voters start to be willing to show that kind of integrity, our cause will be lost. These gentlemen won’t win in the fall because they don’t have the courage of our convictions. And they will not effectively communicate that to the heart of the American people. And that’s what we desperately need.
Source: GOP debate in Los Angeles Mar 2, 2000

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