Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Republican Presidential Candidates—Value Issues

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“Pro-Life, Marriage Groups Release 2012 GOP Scorecard
By Matt Cover
October 7, 2011

(—Pro-life group the Susan B. Anthony List and pro-marriage group National Organization for Marriage have released a joint candidate scorecard

for most of the 2012 GOP presidential contenders, listing their positions on several social conservative issues.

The scorecard debuted at the Values Voters Summit in Washington, D.C., on Friday—an annual political conference focusing on social conservative issues.

The scorecard will be distributed at the summit.

The scorecard combines the two groups’ issue pledges that they send to candidates every election cycle, offering social conservatives a convenient way to gauge where most of the GOP presidential contenders stand on key social issues.

The scorecard indicates the positions of Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minnesota.), Herman Cain (From Georgia—my addition.), former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Georgia.), Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas), former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, Texas Governor Rick Perry, and former Senator Rick Santorum (R-Pennsylvania)—showing whether each candidate signed the pro-life and pro-marriage pledges as well as where they stand on several issues key to each group.

Only three candidates—Perry, Santorum, and Bachmann (The real conservatives in the contest!—my addition)—support every issue on the scorecard and have signed both pledges. The other candidates have either not signed one of the pledges or have not indicated support of one of the social conservative issues.

For instance, Cain (The text on this said it was Newt Gingrich who has not signed but according to the actual PDF it is Herman Cain. I changed it based on the PDF but can not verify that the PDF is correct—my addition.) has not signed the pro-life pledge, but supports all but one of the issues in the pro-life section of the scorecard—passage of fetal pain legislation.

Herman Cain is the only GOP candidate to sign neither the pro-life or pro-marriage pledges, even though he supports most of the issues on each section of the scorecard.

Romney is the only other candidate to not sign the pro-life pledge, even though he—like Cain—supports most of the issues in the pro-life area. The one issue he does not support is a pledge to select only pro-life appointees to relevant cabinet agencies such as Health and Human Service, the National Institutes of Health, and the Department of Justice.

Several candidates have not signed the pro-marriage pledge—Cain, Gingrich, and Paul—and others have not indicated support for some of its policies. None of the three non-signatories have said if they will nominate only pro-marriage judges to the federal bench, support a national commission on religious liberty, or advance legislation overturning gay marriage in the District of Columbia.

None of the candidates have said that they do not support any of the marriage pledge’s policy items. Of the candidates who have signed the marriage pledge, all have expressed support for its policy agenda.

The only pro-marriage policy that was rejected by any of the candidates was a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. That policy was rejected by Herman Cain and Ron Paul.”

The follow was said by Rush Limbaugh Tuesday during his radio show from 11am-12pm central time. I wrote down his comments while he was speaking and the following is not meant to be verbatim.

1) The Republican main street establishment wants Mitt Romney to be the candidate.

2) The mainstream media wants Mitt Romney to be the Republican candidate.

3) The Obama Administration wants Mitt Romney to be the Republican candidate.

4) If voters are not satisfied with Romney, Mitt Romney is pushing Herman Cain as the candidate to drive Rick Perry out of the race.

5) Mitt Romney is saying that if he wins the nomination he will select Herman Cain for Vice President. He is saying this to drive Rick Perry out of the race.

6) Herman Cain has little money and his staff has little experience. Mitt Romney believes he can defeat Herman Cain more easily in one on one contests than defeating Rick Perry in similar circumstances.

7) The mainstream media wants to crown Mitt Romney as the Republican candidate even before the primaries actually begin.

(As I’ve said, if Mitt Romney actually wins the Republican nomination, the mainstream media will immediately abandon him in favor of Barack Hussein Obama.)

8) Rick Perry is the only conservative candidate that can compete against Mitt Romney.

(Between Rick Perry and Mitt Romney, who am I going to support? RICK PERRY!!!)

Back to the Values Voters Conference:

Ron Paul won the Value Voters Straw Poll receiving 37 percent of the vote. Is winning the straw poll of any relevance? Read the following:


“As Gil Mertz, the emcee of the Summit, said when he announced the straw poll results, ‘Straw polls often raise more questions than they answer.’ Well, there were certainly a lot of questions raised when Ron Paul finished first in the weekend’s straw poll, followed by Herman Cain and Rick Santorum. The majority of the over 3,400 who registered and attended the event came to hear all of the candidates and then express their preference in the straw poll. On Saturday morning, however, more than 600 people flooded registration (some of whom were bussed in), paid the registration fee, listened to the speech of Ron Paul, voted, and left. That was unfortunate, because it obviously skewed the results (Known as stuffing the ballot box! Is that the kind of candidate that conservatives want?—my addition). Just to be clear, everyone who attended the Summit was required to individually register and pay the fee, ($99 for the 3 days or $75 for one-day pass). Campaigns were not permitted to buy block tickets. (But, it could be organized to accomplish the same thing and it seems that was what was done!—my addition)

As I said on CNN, I have to give the Paul campaign credit for being organized and getting people out of bed early on a Saturday morning to ride a bus to D.C. from New York and New Jersey just to hear Ron Paul speak. (I need to know the secret, so I can get my kids up on Saturday mornings!) I do not believe—nor do most of our attendees (who voiced their fervent frustration at the outcome)—that Ron Paul is what values voters are looking for in a presidential candidate (Nor do I!!!—my addition). However, I do not believe his followers should be discounted, because they're reflective of the growing discontent with big ineffective and expensive government, which is something values voters also care about. If Ron Paul were factored out of the voting, the poll’s results are more reflective of where I think values voters are: excited by Herman Cain (NOT me! He refused to sign the Pro-Life Pledge and the Pro-Marriage Pledge! Wake-up people! There is a reason why he refuses to sign! Do you think it is a good reason!—my addition), enthused by Rick Santorum, and still pulling for Representative Michele Bachmann and Governor Rick Perry.”

Which leaves out Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich! And as I’ve said from the beginning, I will not vote for either of them in the primary or the general election.

As far as I’m concerned, the three most important vows or oaths for any individual in descending order are:

1) Our vows to God to love HIM, serve HIM, and obey HIM!

2) our vow to our spouse

3) our oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States

Newt Gingrich has broken his marriage vows not once but twice. Twice he has committed adultery. And twice he has married the individual with whom he has committed adultery. And we are going to hold him up as the President of the United States and the symbol of OUR values!!! I can forgive him although he doesn’t need my forgiveness. GOD may have forgiven him. This I don’t know. But, neither of these means we should vote for him for President of the United States! No way!!! No how!!! And I think I am not alone in my assessment of the situation. Value voters ARE NOT going to vote for him for President!!!

“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.” (Last sentence of the Declaration of Independence)

It is time, it’s past time to RESTORE THE CONSTITUTION!!!
It is time, it’s past time to RESTORE THE CONSTITUTION!!!
It is time, it’s past time to RESTORE THE CONSTITUTION!!!

It is time, it’s past time to OBEY THE CONSTITUTION!!!
It is time, it’s past time to OBEY THE CONSTITUTION!!!
It is time, it’s past time to OBEY THE CONSTITUTION!!!

It’s time, it is past time to TAKE BACK THE NATION!!!
It’s time, it is past time to TAKE BACK THE NATION!!!
It’s time, it is past time to TAKE BACK THE NATION!!!