Alan Keyes presidential campaign, 2008


Alan Keyes presidential campaign, 2008

Infobox U.S. federal election campaign, 2008
committee = Alan Keyes for President 2008

campaign = U.S. presidential election, 2008
candidate = Alan Keyes
Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs 1985–1987
cand_id =
fec_date = 2007-09-14
status = Announced September 14, 2007
affiliation = Republican Party, later Constitution Party, and now independent candidate
headquarters = Montogomery County, Maryland
key_people =
receipts =
slogan = We Need Alan Keyes
homepage = [http://www.alankeyes.com/ www.alankeyes.com]

Alan Keyes announced his United States Presidential candidacy, running as a Republican Party candidate, on September 14, 2007 in an interview with radio show personality Janet Parshall. [cite web|url=http://www.renewamerica.us/news/070914keyes.htm|title=RenewAmerica.us "Alan Keyes announces for President!"] Keyes later sought the nomination of the Constitution Party in the same year, before becoming independent.

This is Keyes' third effort; he ran in the two election cycles prior to 2008: 1996 and 2000.

Pre-announcement

On June 5, 2007 a draft movement was started entitled "We Need Alan Keyes for President" and formed a political action committee to encourage Keyes to run for President. [cite web|url=http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/579913330.html|title=ChristianNewswire.com |title=We Need Alan Keyes for President' Website Launched] On September 14, 2007, Keyes officially announced his candidacy in an interview with radio show host Janet Parshall [cite web|url=http://www.renewamerica.us/news/070914keyes.htm|title=RenewAmerica.us "Alan Keyes announces for President!"] and was quickly invited to the "Values Voter Debate", a debate that was streamed live on Skyangel, the Value Voter Website, and radio. [cite web|url=http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/09/18/value-voters-pick-huckabee/|title=Values Voters Pick Huckabee]

Reception

Keyes received 5% of support in the Values Voter straw poll, placing third only behind Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul, [cite web|url=http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/09/18/value-voters-pick-huckabee/|title=Values Voters Pick Huckabee] his campaign has drawn very little support in any of the caucuses or primaries that have taken place. In the Iowa caucuses, Keyes accused some of the state's ballots of not even listing him as a candidate, and his campaign CEO, Stephen Stone, stated that the reason he did not show up on most ballots was mainly because Keyes had decided to enter the election cycle so late. He also blamed the media for not recognizing Keyes as a viable candidate, excluding him from debates and providing practically no campaign coverage.citeweb|url=http://media.www.iowastatedaily.com/media/storage/paper818/news/2008/01/03/IowaCaucusNews/Alan-Keyes.Garners.Little.Support.In.Iowa-3146178.shtml|title=Keyes garners little support in Iowa|author=Tommy Birch|publisher|IowaStateDaily.com|date=2008-01-03|accessdate=2008-01-21]

Keyes has been awarded four delegates, which is more than he received in 1996 but less than in 2000. In early 2008, Keyes changed his allegiance to the Constitution Party, and signified that by showing a dead Republican elephant on the bottom of his web page. However, his effort to win that party's nomination failed as well, as Chuck Baldwin was selected at the party's convention. [Penn, Steve. [http://primebuzz.kcstar.com/?q=node/11314 Constitution Party stunner: Chuck Baldwin KOs firebrand Alan Keyes] . Kansas City Star. 26 April 2008.] Following the defeat, Keyes told a group of his supporters that he was "prayerfully considering" continuing his candidacy as an independent, [Hill, Trent [http://thirdpartywatch.com/2008/04/27/keyes-continuing-candidacy/ "Keyes' Continuing Candidacy"] , Third Party Watch.com. April 27, 2008] and refused to endorse Baldwin. [Kraske, Steve [http://primebuzz.kcstar.com/?q=node/11400 "Constitution Party stunner II: Keyes won't back Chuck Baldwin for president, suggests party used him"] , KansasCity Star. April 30, 2008] Currently, Keyes is the Presidential nominee of America's Independent Party with ballot access currently in California, Colorado, Florida. He has been also endorsed by the Christian Falangist Party of America

ee also

*Comparison of United States presidential candidates, 2008
*List of candidates in the United States presidential election, 2008
*Third party (United States) presidential candidates, 2008

References

External links

* [http://www.alankeyes.com/ Alan Keyes' Official Campaign Website]
* [http://www.americasrevival.com/ America's Revival:Alan Keyes for President]


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