Alan Keyes Poised to Enter GOP Race

I’ve heard a lot of talk about Alan Keyes as a potential Presidential candidate for the Constitution Party. Well, maybe not quite yet.

Keyes’ organization RenewAmerica just sent out an email plugging a new “independent” group called “We Need Alan Keyes for President” that’s urging Keyes to run. I say “independent” because the group’s domain name is AlanKeyes.com and the website is run by the same people who run RenewAmerica. Also, it’s fantastically professional… quite obviously not done by grassroots supporters, but more of an official campaign site in waiting.

The email opened up with the following:

Several times a week, we at RenewAmerica receive messages from moral conservatives and concerned citizens encouraging Alan Keyes to run for president in 2008 (messages we pass on to him).

Typically, these messages express dissatisfaction with the current field of candidates and ask Alan to enter the Republican primaries - the most wide-open presidential race in 60 years.

So it sounds like Keyes plans to make another run at the GOP nomination. Maybe after that he would consider working with the Constitution Party? Hard to say.

47 Responses to “Alan Keyes Poised to Enter GOP Race”

  1. Trent Hill Says:

    You’re as smart as you look austin. ;)

  2. Yosemite1967 Says:

    “...messages express dissatisfaction with the current field of candidates and ask Alan to enter the Republican primaries…”

    How can those who like Alan Keyes be dissatisfied with the current field of candidates in the Republican primaries? Hello! What about Ron Paul?

  3. Cody Quirk Says:

    Yup, I definally backing Jerome Corsi

  4. Jackcjackson Says:

    There are big differences between Ron Paul and Keyes. But there is certainly a lot of Keyes overlap with a few of the “2nd tier candidates.”

  5. Trent Hill Says:

    Eh. The differences between Ron Paul and Alan Keyes are pretty minor.

    Free Trade
    Abortion (both are pro-life, but small differences)
    Gay Marriage

    Frankly, Alan Keyes isnt as accomplished, smart, or libertarian. Id prefer Ron Paul and then some.

    However, I believe Alan Keyes can do alot for the CP.
    I wouldnt mind him being the VP.

  6. Volunteer Voters » Key To Victory Says:

    [...] Alan Keyes is apparently exploring another run for President. Now, personally, I’ve always been a big fan of Alan Keyes. Honestly, there is nothing better than having a Patrick Buchanan, a Ron Paul, a Jerry Brown, a Dennis Kucinich, etc. stirring up debate and giving voice to the voiceless. [...]

  7. Richard Winger Says:

    Well, if the Republicans let Alan Keyes into future debates, at least the press can’t make snide remarks about the 10 white men on the debate platform.

  8. Andy Says:

    “Trent Hill Says:

    June 6th, 2007 at 2:00 pm
    Eh. The differences between Ron Paul and Alan Keyes are pretty minor.

    Free Trade
    Abortion (both are pro-life, but small differences)
    Gay Marriage”

    Somebody correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m pretty sure that Alan Keyes is in favor of the War on Drugs, something that Ron Paul opposes.

    Having said this, I would say that Keyes is better than the typical Republican. I remember back in 2000 when the Republican Presidential debates got down to George W. Bush, John McCain, and Alan Keyes. The mainstream media was obviously trying to ignore Keyes, but between the 3 candidates he was the only one that made any sense.

  9. Gary Odom Says:

    “Yup, I definally backing Jerome Corsi”

    Cody, are you talking with your mouth full or something? But you’re right, Corsi’s a good guy and I’ll be seeing him down it Texas.

  10. Michael Says:

    Hillary vs Rudy vs Alan? Sign me up for Alan!!

  11. Brandon H. Says:

    Maybe we can get Keyes vs. Obama for President, rematch of the 2004 Senate Election.

    If Paul were to some how win the Republican Nomination, would Keyes by a good choice for VP?

  12. Devious David Says:

    Alan Keyes wants to make it so blacks don’t pay taxes for 20 years and government should build public transportation systems.

  13. Jackcjackson Says:

    I have to admit ( and I am a little ashamed of it) I sorta liked Keyes, like 20 years ago. As a libertarian, I don’t agree with Paul anywhere near 100% either but much more than Keyes. I think Keyes would be more at home in the CP, Paul the LP.

    I don’t think the only important thing is agreement on issues, but also how one arrives at those beliefs- where rights come from and why,etc. I am comfortable thinking Paul actually believes in and respects the rights of the individual, without religious/sexual/racial/other conditions. Keyes is a great orator and very passionate about his beliefs, but I think he is very wrong about very important things.

    I respect Keyes for winning every debate I saw in 2000. That’s when I first thought Bush was a pre-anointed joke.

  14. Trent Hill Says:

    I think Paul is more suitable in the old Republican party than either the LP or CP.
    CP is too religous, too dogmatic. LP is open borders and pro-choice.
    The old Republican party is his home.

  15. Andy Says:

    “Trent Hill Says:

    June 6th, 2007 at 11:46 pm
    I think Paul is more suitable in the old Republican party than either the LP or CP.”

    Old Republican Party??! You mean the party of big government and mercantilism whose first elected President was Abe Lincoln, one of the biggest frauds in American history.

    The notion that the Republican Party was ever REALLY about limited, constitutional government is nothing more than a MYTH.

  16. Timm Knibbs Says:

    Alan Keyes said back in December that he was planning to run for president. I am currently supporting Ron Paul, but I could support and have supported Keyes in the past. I think that Paul has a broader appeal than Keyes. I would actually like to see Keyes stay out of the race or at least stay out of the Republican race. I would like to see if Paul can make any real noise. If Keyes is in the race it will hurt Paul’s chances because many in the religious right will flock to him when now some of them are supporting Paul. I also think that in the general election Paul will appeal to a broader group of voters and is the only Republican that can win the general election because he can get the support of the Libertarian, Constitution and other smaller parties. The people in these parties are used to working hard for a candidate that even when the convince someone that the candidate is the best one, that person says he can’t win and votes for the two headed monster. Don’t underestimate having these people working for the Republican nominee instead of against him. I will vote for Ron Paul if he is on my ballot no matter what the party affiliation is. He is my first choice. If Alan Keyes runs he will be my second choice. Otherwise I will vote for the Constitution Party candidate whoever it is.

  17. matt Says:

    Although some of his positions resonate with me, Keyes leaves me cold.

  18. Austin Cassidy Says:

    I don’t think Keyes has much overlap with Paul among GOP primary voters. If Keyes hurts anyone it’s going to be Brownback, Tancredo, Hunter, etc.

  19. Trent Hill Says:

    “Old Republican Party??! You mean the party of big government and mercantilism whose first elected President was Abe Lincoln, one of the biggest frauds in American history.

    The notion that the Republican Party was ever REALLY about limited, constitutional government is nothing more than a MYTH.”

    Actually, I was referring to the Goldwaterites. The Robert Tafts. Both were for smaller government.

    I pray that Alan Keyes will make it LOOK like he is going to enter the GOP race (in order to get attention), and then hop in the CP race without ever touching the GOP race.
    Alan Keyes in the race will DEFINETLY hurt Paul. A quarter or so of his support comes from highly religious traditional conservatives who are likely to support Paul.
    Besides—this will make Keyes look like a carpetbagger again (oops, that sounded racial). I mean to say, that he will look like he is simply travelling from place to place to find his best chances. He’ll look like an opportunist.

  20. matt Says:

    If Keyes in the primary will hurt Paul, there’s a good chance someone will pay him to enter the race. He is alleged to run for money, mostly. Then again, these type of rumors always get spread about a big2 candidate who has never won an election.

  21. Andy Says:

    “Actually, I was referring to the Goldwaterites. The Robert Tafts. Both were for smaller government.”

    I’m not so sure that Barry Goldwater wanted to reduce government as much as Ron Paul and I’d have to do some more research on Robert Taft.

    Whatever the case may be, the Republican Party was a party of big government from its inception and any examples to the contrary are the exception rather than the rule. Also, it should be noted that there have been a lot of Republicans who TALKED about reducing government, but who NEVER actually did it, or even really attempted to do it.

  22. Trent Hill Says:

    Ohk Andy,

    Then the Libertarian Party is the party of open borders and abortionists. Any examples of the contrary are the exception rather than the rule.

  23. Ted Says:

    The way Keyes imploded against Obama was a huge disappointment to me.

    He’s a wonderful orator with great passion for what he believes, but IMHO he’s a lousy candidate.

  24. Andy Says:

    “Trent Hill Says:

    June 7th, 2007 at 1:45 pm
    Ohk Andy,

    Then the Libertarian Party is the party of open borders and abortionists. Any examples of the contrary are the exception rather than the rule.”

    Neither of these statements are true because while some Libertarians do not believe in government borders, ALL LIBERTARIANS BELIEVE IN PRIVATE PROPERTY BORDERS! As for abortion, there has been division within the Libertarian Party over abortion since its inception. I know that in at least 4 Presidential elections the Libertarian Party ran Presidential candidates that were pro-life: in 1988 (Ron Paul), 1996 (Harry Browne), 2000 (Harry Browne), and 2004 (Michael Badnarik). I don’t know the views of abortion on the Libertarian Presidential candidates from ‘72, ‘76, ‘80, ‘84, or ‘92, but I do know that there have been pro-life Libertarians for other offices.

    So the two things that you said about the Libertarian Party do not correspond to what I said about the Republican Party, and that is that the Republican Party was founded as a party of big government and has almost always lived up to that.

  25. Trent Hill Says:

    And there havent been small government candidates who run under the Republican party?

    You’re proving my point for me.

  26. Sean Scallon Says:

    Guys, Alan Keyes is a joke. This is nothing more than a fundraising scam designed to pull in money to make it look like he’s plan another run for the GOP nomination (which would be his third such run) and then say “I’m bolting the GOP. These guys aren’t conservative enough blah, blah, blah,” and then use that money to have an edge running for the CP nomination. Its gross what this mans gets away from people who are sadly too gullible to see through his act.

    You know what issues he ran on in his Illinois U.S. Senate race three years ago? Brining back the draft and slave reparations. Yeah, that will go down big with CP supporters. They would kill themsleves supporting a fraud like Alan Keyes and deservedly so. CP supporters should just stay from him.

  27. Carl Says:

    Murray Rothbard traced his roots back to the old Democratic party. Lew Rockwell and company also fit in that camp, even down the the racism.

    The Federalists, Whigs and then Republicans represented the industrialists. There was a time during the 20th century when the Republican Party was the more libertarian party economically—from Harding to Reagan—but both earlier and after the RP was the party of crony capitalism, moral crusading, and military adventurism.

    The Bush Administration has a tremendous number of parallels with the Lincoln Administration:

    • Big government
    • Crony capitalism
    • A war on false legalistic premises later morphed into a moral crusade
    • Incompetence, including not listening to the smart generals
    • Long unpopular occupation, repulsed by citizens who preferred the old regime
    • Semi got rid of a horrible institution

    Forget Viet Nam, what we are seeing is Reconstruction redux. The people we are fighting are the Middle Eastern equivalent of the Klan.

    Many overlook Lincoln’s weaknesses because getting rid of slavery was a gigantic plus. Problem is, the Civil War did not fully liberate the blacks. Reconstruction was not successful. Similarly, ending the horrible treatment of women in Afghanistan is a huge plus, one that fully justifies the war in Afghanistan. Unfortunately, women’s liberation is not complete here.

    Lincoln was a better speaker. Bush is better looking. Lincoln was an atheist who knew the Bible well. Bush is a Christian; don’t know how well he knows the Bible. These are main differences.

  28. matt Says:

    Carl,
    I have read Lew Rockwell’s website almost daily for the past 2 years, and sporadically before that. The (alleged) racism hasn’t come up. In that period of time, and with that level of scrutinty, such a thing, if extant, certainly would have surfaced.

  29. Ron Says:

    Alan Keyes is a great man who has gotten a bad rap. It’s no wonder, given the way the media vilifies anyone who actually stands for the Constitution. They will say anything to marginalize this man and keep him out of influence. That’s because there’s no one like him in politics today, and if he actually broke through the bottleneck of bias against him, he would take this country by storm.

    I’d support Keyes in either a third party or GOP run. Folks, this guy is the real deal.

    Anyone like me who wants to make a little noise for the Constitution should support Keyes and his efforts. There’s a petition out there for people to sign. Even if you support someone else this is worth doing.

    http://www.alankeyes.com/petition.php

  30. matt Says:

    There might not be anyone like him, but I can quickly think of someone superior to him.

  31. Andy Says:

    “Trent Hill Says:

    June 7th, 2007 at 3:48 pm
    And there havent been small government candidates who run under the Republican party?

    You’re proving my point for me.”

    This is not proving your point because while there have been a FEW small government Republicans, this is NOT the norm of the Republican Party. Republicans have almost always increased the size of government. In fact, some of the biggest increases in government in the history of this country have happened under Republicans.

  32. globalist_elitist Says:

    Keyes is a fraud, a statist, a homophobe, and a bad parent. His own daughter is a lesbian who won’t speak to him. Explain this. He pays himself a $100,000 salary to run for office and then defaults on his debts. He supported the Apartheid regime in South Africa. Keyes is the ultimate affirmative action recipient, the token black that you racists can point to in support and say, “Look, I’m not racist!”, an intellectual lightweight, and quite honestly right up there among the worst people in the world with Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin, Dick Cheney, Rush Limbaugh, etc.

  33. Trent Hill Says:

    “This is not proving your point because while there have been a FEW small government Republicans, this is NOT the norm of the Republican Party.”

    A few? My state legislature has 3 or 4. I know Idaho has 3 or 4. Texas has at least one (US) congressman who is small government. I can think of two more Republican congressmen whom I would call “small” government.
    Goldwater, Ron Paul, Robert Taft, William Buckeley.

    You’re right,they definetly make up a minority (particularly now). But so do pro-life libertarians. So do closed-border libertarians. Now shut up about it. It was an offhand comment anyway.

    GE,

    Im not a huge fan of Keyes. He wants reparations, supported Aparthied, and has a less-than-credible history of elections. But he is nowhere near as corrupt as Dick Cheney, and nowhere near as stupid as Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin, or Rush Limbaugh.

  34. globalist_elitist Says:

    He condemens homosexuals and affirms family values and yet his own daughter is a lesbian. He should retire from public life and work on his family, the same way that impoverished Libertarians should make themselves better capitalists before running for president.

  35. Cody Quirk Says:

    Cody, are you talking with your mouth full or something?

    =No, just speaking American. Heheheh.

    Trent, Ted is right about Keyes. As OK of a speaker as he is, as a candidate… Well…

    HE SUCKS.

  36. globalist_elitist Says:

    As soon as there really is a party for open borders and abortionists, let me know and I’ll sign up.

  37. Andy Says:

    “globalist_elitist Says:

    June 8th, 2007 at 2:35 pm
    As soon as there really is a party for open borders and abortionists, let me know and I’ll sign up.”

    Parties like this already exsist. They are called Democrats and Republicans.

  38. globalist_elitist Says:

    Which of the two parties are explicitly for open immigration and abortion? The LP used to be until right wingers took it over and ruined it; turning it into a debating club for societal losers and chasing away men of accomplishment and wealth.

  39. Andy Says:

    “globalist_elitist Says:

    June 9th, 2007 at 11:55 am
    Which of the two parties are explicitly for open immigration and abortion?”

    Both of them you naive fool.

  40. globalist_elitist Says:

    So both major parties are for freedom? Wow, that’s news to me.

    The LP, when founded, was explicitly pro-choice on abortion and 100% pro-immigration. Then anti-property socialists like you ran out the serious men of intellect and means and we have a party of survivalists, tax protestors, and other assorted kooks and losers. And are we any freer because of it? No.

  41. Trent Hill Says:

    “The LP used to be until right wingers took it over and ruined it; turning it into a debating club for societal losers and chasing away men of accomplishment and wealth.”

    Moron. Right wingers were the ones in control to BEGIN with. It was the leftists who took over the party and ran off the rich guys (i.e. Koch).

  42. globalist_elitist Says:

    Sorry, that’s not true. Anarchists ran out the Koches, including Murray Rothbard. If you are saying that the anarchists are “left” and the limited-government types were “right” then you’re the moron.

  43. Trent Hill Says:

    No. Anarchists are neither left nor right. They are up.

  44. globalist_elitist Says:

    Some anarchists (Emma Goldman) are left, some (Murray Rothbard) are right. They right ones are wrong in terms of how anarchy would work. The point is that the band of morons who took over the LP were very right-wing - survivalists, conspiracy theorists, hard-money idiots, etc. They ran out the practical people, the people with money, the serious people with experience, etc., who now run Cato.

  45. steve Says:

    Alan Keyes is a puritan, not a libertarian. Those who say otherwise are cultic liars.

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