Saturday, January 12, 2008

California Primary (#caprimary) Republican Presidential Candidate Statements

The official statements of the presidential candidates on the California Republican primary ballot can be found at Ten of the eleven candidates on the ballot submitted statements (Sam Brownback did not).

Let's take a look at some of the candidates that we haven't heard a lot about. Are they better than the ones grabbing all the press? You judge.

Duncan Hunter (a California Congressman)

I am running for President of the United States because I have the vision, experience and resolve necessary to lead this great nation. As a Vietnam Veteran and a Member of Congress for the past 27 years, I have always fought for the values that are important to the future of our country and I wish to continue working toward these important goals by serving the American people as their President. My national security and foreign policy is based on the concept of peace through strength. Our success in protecting America from terrorists is dependant upon our ability to obtain and utilize reliable intelligence data. Our national intelligence and defense communities must be provided with the tools necessary to identify, track, stop and prosecute terrorists before they have the opportunity to strike. Equally as important is the protection of America’s borders. I steadfastly oppose amnesty proposals and believe, as a matter of national security, we must enforce our immigration laws and secure our border by implementing the provisions of the Secure Fence Act calling for the construction of 854 miles of border fence along the five most prolific smuggling corridors on the Southwest border. As President, I will end the one-way street on trade and oppose treaties that infringe on basic U.S. sovereignty and adversely affect American workers, eliminate wasteful government spending, reduce taxes and work to protect the right to life for the unborn.

John H. Cox, whom I have never heard of:

The past 20 years have seen only Bushes and a Clinton as President. During that span, our government has added trillions of debt, failed to reform a broken tax system, failed to fix Social Security and Medicare, failed to deal with illegal immigration, watched health care costs explode, done nothing for education but spend money with few results. We have turned over control of government to the corrupt who make money from public service while selling out our principles and piling more debt on our children. If you are tired of these failures, I suggest you support my candidacy for President. I am a successful businessman who built a $100 million business in Chicago, Illinois. I have been a political activist and civic leader for over 25 years. I am not a career politician but someone who addresses problems and procedures results, something sorely lacking in today’s political culture. I am a CPA who will replace the IRS with consumption tax; I will arrest employers who employ illegal aliens; I will introduce competition and increased supply into health care and education to increase quality and reduce costs. I will win the war in Iraq by getting the Iraqis to pump their oil and pay for their own protection. The U.S. should work to spread prosperity and opportunity; not at the point of a gun but with our leadership and integrity. Let’s end government for sale, corruption and waste – we can do this by working together.

Alan Keyes:

The sovereignty of the American people is being destroyed. To address this crisis we must restore our moral sovereignty, beginning with the truth that all people are endowed by God with certain unalienable rights, starting with the right to life itself. I therefore support ending legal abortion, outlawing human cloning, as well as forbidding all forms of scientific research that require the destruction of human life at any stage after fertilization. We must also restore the integrity of our physical sovereignty, using all appropriate means, including physical barriers, electronic surveillance, and the creation of a U.S. Border Guard to control our national borders. We must strictly enforce our immigration laws to take down the “Y’all Come” sign corporate factions have erected to lure cheap labor across the border and steadily erode the economic equity American workers have achieved through hard fought social and political battles. To restore our constitutional sovereignty we must impeach and remove from office judges who stubbornly seek to dictate the law rather than apply laws made by our duly elected representatives. If elected I will of course not appoint such judges, but more importantly I will act on the President’s sworn duty conscientiously to follow the constitution, rather than the contrary opinions of dictatorial judges. To restore our economic sovereignty I will vigorously seek to abolish the Federal income tax and replace it with the Fair Tax system, funding the Federal government by means that do not require the surrender or violation of fundamental Constitutional rights.

In addition to Brownback, Cox, Hunter, and Keyes, the California Republican ballot includes the usual suspects, including Rudy Guiliani, Mike Huckabee, John McCain, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, Tom Tancredo (who is still listed on the ballot), and Fred Thompson.

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