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Values Voters and the Presidential Candidates
By Chris Long
September 29, 2007

  Values Voters issues are beginning to be discussed among the Presidential candidates in a number of candidate forums and candidate interviews, and many potential voters are taking note of where the candidates stand on important social/moral issues. On September 13th, the Ohio Christian Alliance, in cooperation with the Christian Alliance chapters in Iowa, Michigan, Georgia, Alabama, and Pennsylvania, held the first in a series of web broadcast Presidential candidate interviews from the Salem Broadcasting Network internet radio station of www.newstalkcolumbus.com. Invitations were submitted to all Presidential candidates. The first candidates to be interviewed were Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo and California Congressman Duncan Hunter. The issues discussed ranged from immigration to abortion and national security. The next broadcast will take place over the Internet on October 11th at 7 p.m. EST at www.newstalkcolumbus.com. Listeners can call in after the interview and express their views on the positions of the candidates. Also, listeners are emailing questions in for the candidates.

  On Monday, September 17th, a Values Voter Presidential Candidate Forum took place in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Candidates attending the event were former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Kansas Senator Sam Brownback, Texas Congressman Ron Paul, California Congressman Duncan Hunter, Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo, and former Ambassador Allen Keyes, who had just announced his Presidential candidacy. The moderators for the Value Voter Forum included Phyllis Schlaffly of Eagle Forum, Don Wildmon of The American Family Association, and Paul Wyrick, among others.

  The straw polls of the Ohio Christian Alliance and the Values Voter Forum both indicated that former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee was the clear winner. Voters are beginning to pay attention to the candidates and to discern their positions on the war in Iraq, immigration, abortion, marriage, and stem cell research.

  Absent from these forums, which has not gone without notice among Value Voters, are all of the Democratic candidates and Republican candidates Giuliani, Thompson, Romney, and McCain. Many consider this to be a huge misstep, first for the Democrats, who canít afford to ignore family issues and people of faith, as the Democrats have paid a heavy price for this in recent national elections. And, what Republican believes he can win the primaries without the conservative base of Values Voters in tow? One thing is for sure, with the Iowa Caucuses taking place possibly as early as January 3rd, followed by the New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida primaries being concluded by mid-January, Americans will know earlier than ever who the nominees for each party will be. It remains to be seen whether or not those selected will reflect the values of the Values Voter.
 
 
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