Alan Keyes Launches Presidential Bid

Many within the Constitution Party had been hoping that Alan Keyes would seek their nomination, but it appears that will not be the case. Not yet anyway… we don’t know what will happen if he fails to collect enough delegates to win the GOP nod.

His campaign website and announcement is here.

Keyes will likely draw some support away from candidates like Ron Paul and Tom Tancredo. Perhaps also shaving a bit off from Duncan Hunter, Mike Huckabee, and other “Christian Right” candidates.

The biggest impact overall will be Keyes’ inclusion in the Presidential debates.

Keyes was the highest ranking African American in the Reagan administration, serving in the State Department and as an Ambassador to the United Nations.

In 1988 and 1992 he was a candidate for U.S. Senate in Maryland, failing to win both races, with 38% and 29% showings respectively. In 2004, Keyes was named the replacement Republican nominee for U.S. Senate from Illinois and was beaten 70% to 27% by Democratic candidate Barack Obama.

This is his third bid for President, after a minimal showing in 1996 and a somewhat more impressive performance in 2000.

In the 2000 primaries, Keyes finished third in Iowa with almost 15% of the vote. That showing secured him increased press coverage and 4 delegates to the national convention. He won only 6% in New Hampshire, and then spent several months campaigning and winning only marginal showings of between 2% and 6% in a long list of primaries. Once John McCain had dropped out of the race and George W. Bush had secured enough delegates to win the nomination, Keyes would pop back up and win some protest votes here and there. His best showing in the entire contest was the Utah primary in which he won 21% of the vote, shortly after John McCain formally suspended his campaign.

Four months after the Iowa Caucus, Keyes won 19% of the vote in both the Arkansas and Idaho primaries and was awarded with 9 delegates between them.

Because he was on the ballot in every primary and continued to run long after Bush had secured the nomination, Alan Keyes was able to accumulate over 1 million votes and about two-dozen delegates to the convention.

Here is a page filled with Alan Keyes related videos including clips from his short-lived MSNBC talk show, his syndicated radio program, and performances from several debates and rallies during the 2000 and 2004 campaigns.

44 Responses to “Alan Keyes Launches Presidential Bid”

  1. Ben Miller Says:

    Keyes may not get the CP nomination easily since he supports staying the course in Iraq as where the CP is ready to quit the war.

  2. matt Says:

    This is horrible.

    He is probably being paid to run as a buffer against the more dangerous than recognized Ron Paul.

    I hope he is ignored as thoroughly as he deserves to be.

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  4. Joe Says:

    I was on the ballot as a delegate for Keyes in 2000. I won’t vote for him this time for lots of reasons. If I vote Republican I would be much more inclined to vote for Ron Paul.

  5. Ferenc Says:

    People,People
    Mr. Alan Keyes never going to be nominated by nobady.Not becouse this war,but becouse this is a third time when he runing for president. This war is a big mistake, that is true. But to bring home our soldiers as soon as possible,even a mutch biger mistake. Even four years of brain washed by the socialist liberal democrats,the communist news media, and the anty american Hollywood trash,still most of Americans stand behind our millitary. Thanks GOD for that. Creating another Wietnam??????
    That is the only reoson Dr. Ron Poul never going to make it.
    GOD bless you all,and we must pray to GOD to save our nation, becouse we can’t. To many good democrats,and good republicans in Washington,but not enough PROUD AND GOOD AMERICANS THERE.

  6. Trent Hill Says:

    Alan Keyes wont pull any support from Ron Paul,he is pro-war and overly socially-conservative.

    Statements like, “Gay adoptions cause incest” will haunt his campaign. He’ll swtich to CP and have a decent shot there though.

  7. Richard Winger Says:

    According to America Votes 24, Alan Keyes got 914,548 votes in the 2000 Republican presidential primaries. The article above says he got over 1,000,000, but that seems to be untrue.

  8. Ben Miller Says:

    I agree with Trent, Keyes will probably make a bolt for a third party. Its almost certain Keyes will at lease support, if not become, a minor party candidate if Rudy Giuliani becomes the nominee. He threatened in 2000 to back Howard Phillips if the GOP weakened their position on abortion and with Giulinai at the front in ‘08 that is bound to happen.

  9. Michael Says:

    If you add the votes from caucuses and primaries, he got a little over a million votes. By my totals he got 33 delegates in 2000. I can only hope this is just a GOP practice effort for a run on the Constitution Party ticket in November, that’s the only way he can really make a difference.

  10. Ferenc Says:

    People
    If any conservative runing with a third party, then welcome to the first lady president,Mrs.Clinton,and womeniser Billy Boy as a first man.
    Please GOD save our nation,becouse we can’t.

  11. Trish Says:

    Boogie-man politics won’t get you far in this forum. Neither Giuliani nor Clinton are acceptable to a vast majority of folks following the threads on this site (99.44%?). Your support-the-GOP-or-else scenario is wasted here. Best of luck to Ron Paul, but the powers that be have already chosen their Republicrat candidates for 2008. We can only pray that Dr. Paul’s campaign for the GOP nomination is a warm-up for an independent run.

  12. Ferenc Says:

    Trish
    Mr. Ron P. not going to be republian presidental candidate. This war is wrong,But ,our sons and doughters are there.This country can NOT afford another Wietnnam. Dr. Ron Poul position on the war,same as the socialist liberal democratic party.HE is never going to make it, no mater what.
    ONLY GOD CAN SAVE OUR NATION. PLEASE PRAY

  13. Mo Says:

    He’s a good man but this campaign might be even more embarasing than his Illinois senate race.

  14. Green in Brooklyn Says:

    How could e take away support from Hunter when hunter has literally zero support in the polls? And it’s not ‘if he doesn’t get enuf delegates’, but when he doesn’t. Dennis Kucininch has a better chance of being the dem nominee than Keyes does of winning the GOP nomination. After his pasting by Obama, no one takes him seriously. If they do, then the GOP really is in trouble.

  15. Jackcjackson Says:

    Keyes is a lunatic but IMHO does very well at debates. I briefly supported him in 2000 back when I was young and “conservative.” At the time he seemed to own the debates and it was obvious the way Bush was being handed things.

    These days, his support of the war and his family issues/bigotry issues,etc- well I can’t believe I ever supported the man. But, hey, at least I grew as a person.

  16. Trent Hill Says:

    Keyes could possibly win a handful of delegates—if only because he will refuse to drop out until its all over. I hope when he DOES drop out (in favor of the CP, before the primaries so Sore Loser laws wont apply) that he will pledge his delegates to Dr. Paul.

  17. Ferenc Says:

    America best hope is Mr. Tom Tancredo. He is the best from this group.
    God Bless you all.

  18. Anthony Distler Says:

    “Ferenc Says:

    September 15th, 2007 at 9:24 pm
    Trish
    Mr. Ron P. not going to be republian presidental candidate. This war is wrong,But ,our sons and doughters are there.This country can NOT afford another Wietnnam. Dr. Ron Poul position on the war,same as the socialist liberal democratic party.HE is never going to make it, no mater what.
    ONLY GOD CAN SAVE OUR NATION. PLEASE PRAY

    ...Anyone understand this garbled up mess? And since when has Vietnam been spelled with a W?
    Though, I think the Democrats should adopt that. Call the War in Iraq “Wietnam”, like Vietnam only with the W for George W Bush.

  19. Ken H Says:

    Another quixotic campaign by Mr. Keyes.

  20. Ferenc Says:

    Anthony
    I’m sorry for my not perfect english. As a new and very proud Ameican
    citisen,(I come in to this country 26 years ago from a europian communist country) I understand this war. Blaming Bush for everything is a pure stupedity. The problem with radical muslims start with chicken Carter.
    Then womeniser Billy Boy do nothing for eight years? If you Anthony a perfect english, you just have to listen what womeniser Billy Boy,Hillary,
    cry baby Al Gore and other big mouth,but,chicken democrats, said in the late 90’s, you must belongs in to that crying group who wants to blame one person for everything. (I’m talking about the socialist liberal democratic party,moveon.com,and the Holliwood trash)
    Beside the point, GOD bless you

  21. Ben Miller Says:

    Trent Hill said: “Keyes could possibly win a handful of delegates—if only because he will refuse to drop out until its all over. I hope when he DOES drop out (in favor of the CP, before the primaries so Sore Loser laws wont apply) that he will pledge his delegates to Dr. Paul.”

    Keyes would be more likely to pledge his support to Duncan Hunter or Tom Tancredo than to anti-war Paul.

  22. Trish Says:

    Ferenc,

    Tancredo has even less of a chance than Dr. Paul in winning the GOP nomination. It is very much shaping up to be Giuliani v. Clinton in 2008. Barring lightning or some other catastrophe these are the likely GOP and Dem candidates. The real race is for the VP nomination of each party. Being a mere novice myself, I predict Clinton/Obama on Election Night 2008 w/ Giuliani/Romney being the GOP losers. I read an interesting statistic that since 1976 every GOP Pres. ticket has had either a Dole or a Bush. So Romney may be replaced by someone in the Bush family or maybe one of Bob Dole’s progeny (daughter?) will run for VP.

  23. Ferenc Says:

    Trish
    If this peple are the choices for America,then we in a BIG,BIG trouble. The only way out from this big mess that this two party put America in to is.Somebody have to talk to those so called Blue Dog Democrats, and fed up republicans like Hunter, Tancredo,and others in congress, and some of the good American senators,like Ron P. to create a major third party. Many of this third, and independent parties platform almost same. Somebody must start to making a big major third party coalition.That is the only way,start from the top.
    God save this once a wonderful country,UNITED STATES of AMERICA

  24. Michael Says:

    Ferenc, ANY Republican will defeat Hillary. The American people will not allow another Clinton as president. As soon as she is nominated break open the bubbly!!

  25. Ken H Says:

    Yeah, Michael, that’s what the Carter people did when Reagan was nominated in 1980.

  26. Devious David Says:

    Is it me, or am I the only one who saw Keyes debate Obama for Senate in ‘04? Keyes wanted to make blacks tax exempt for 20 years. And “invest” in pubic transportation. Oh and faggots are evil and the nation’s most pressing issue is abortion.

  27. Cody Quirk Says:

    Keyes running for President?

    Oh God! NOT again!

  28. Ferenc Says:

    Michael
    I hope you right,but that doesn’t mean we going to have a good president.
    Mrs.Clinton????? We have a lot of stuped people in this country. Think about it. Moveon.org,Hoollywood trash,environmental stupedist, all of the people who are getting welfare becouse they are lazy to work, most of the union,especially the teachers union,many of the illegal immigrants,chinese
    millitary,cuban drug dealers etc.etc. Personally,Giuliani not mutch better either
    I still say God save our nation from the leadership of this two party.
    God Bless You All

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  30. Trent Hill Says:

    Ferenc,

    I dunno. Cuban drug dealers are pretty smart….

  31. SovereignMN Says:

    Keyes support within the CP will dry up fast once people are educated on him. In MN I knew a lot of party activists that were trying to contact him to get him to participate in some party activities. Once they were made aware of his pro-war and pro-repirations statements they weren’t interested anymore.

  32. Trent Hill Says:

    His pro-reparations statements put me on the fence. He made them while in incredibly liberal and strongly black, Illinois—so it was possibly a ploy.

    From an article citing the Keyes/Obama race.

    Keyes said the experiment “would become a demonstration project for what I believe needs to be done for the whole country, which is to get rid of the income tax.”

  33. Trent Hill Says:

    http://conservativela.blogspot.com/2007/09/alan-keyes-to-take-another-shot.html

  34. Sean Scallon Says:

    What Keyes lacks in money he more than makes up in ego, I’ll give him that. He has never won an election in his life but that doesn’t stop him from from trying. It doesn’t matter if he’s never been close to winning an election in his life, his camapaigns are usually embarassments that the GOP party brass disavow and there’s usually an FEC investigation that shorty follows. Like Harold Stassen, Keyes runs for public office because he can. He enjoys it. He makes money off of it. It defines who he is. So why stop?

    If any CP members think that Alan Keyes is going to help them become a bigger party just because of his name and group of fanatical supporters, you are sorely mistaken. If anything his candidacy would tear the party apart once again only this split will be significant because it goes to the heart of what the party stands for: a man who really does believes the Declaration of Independence is the supreme law of the land over Constitution. That is not something any entity calling itself the Constitution Party can support.

    Alan Keyes is fool’s gold CP members. Stay far, far away from him or you’re going to be in a peck of trouble.

  35. Sean Scallon Says:

    Keyes ran for the U. S. Senate in Illinois in 2004 calling for slave reparations, reinstating the draft and keeping the Department of Agriculture. Now does that sound like a platform the CP can support? I don’t think so.

  36. Devious David Says:

    Trent, if his reparations tirade was a ploy, then that tells you a bit about his integrity, does it not?

  37. Michael Says:

    Ken H: Believe me, Hillary is no Reagan. She will be lucky to take five states and D.C.

  38. Ferenc Says:

    Trent
    You right, they are. But any American politician take money from them, is a shame.

  39. Trent Hill Says:

    Devious,

    That he is a politician who plays to his base? Im ohk with that.

    As for my statements about Keyes. He WOULD grow the CP. In a bad way or good way, i’m not sure. But he CERTAINLY would grow it. In 2000, he raised 15 million dollars and garnered a million votes in the primaries—-a massive accomplishment compared to Peroutka 2004. Even if he could just boost fundraising numbers i’d be happy—as that is the CP’s main problem.
    However, I am certainly NOT endorsing Alan Keyes. Im saying he’s alot better than the REST of the neo-cons, but not NEARLY as good as Paul.

    Here is my preferred scenario. Alan Keyes joins the CP after a preliminary GOP run, and then moves to a more conservative state (LA, MS, AL, GA, SC, MT,NV). After moving there, he works within the CP state-structure (not running for office though) for several months/years. After that, he runs for a conservative Congressional seat.

    Then again, i’d like to see the Loch ness monster. Some things dont work.

  40. david Says:

    I voted Constitution Party for pres. in 92, 96, 04 - Buchannan in 2000, I will not vote for Alan Keyes. He is only interested in one thing promoting Alan Keyes. He has no core or principals

  41. Trent Hill Says:

    David,

    I will attack his nomination, when given the chance. And hopefully insure he doesn’t get it. However, if he does—-I will most likely vote for him. Between the GOP choice, the Dem Choice, and the openborders/pro-choice candidate (read: Libertarian)—-ill take Keyes.

  42. Cody Quirk Says:

    I will attack his nomination, when given the chance. And hopefully insure he doesn’t get it. However, if he does—-I will most likely vote for him. Between the GOP choice, the Dem Choice, and the openborders/pro-choice candidate (read: Libertarian)—-ill take Keyes.

    =Same here.

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