by user 188.8.131.52
Cross-posted from Faultline USA
Well it’s good to see that conservative op ed columnists and bloggers are finally starting to write about conservative candidates and potential candidates for the Presidency instead of just reacting to the disastrous Democratic menu.
I’m not about to endorse any candidate at this point, but I can say what I’m looking for in a conservative candidate. I suspect that many conservatives are looking for the same qualities.
1. I want a candidate who is strong on traditional/conservative American values. I will not vote for a compromised candidate who is a Republican in name only.
Chris Ademo said it best in his article “Why Fred Thompson’s Day Has Arrived”
Throughout 2006, Republican compromise and capitulation to the big-spending, morally bankrupt agenda of the Democrats left the public largely disillusioned and demoralized. And that public sentiment was clearly reflected in the upheaval of the midterm elections, which shifted the country decidedly into the dominion of the Democrats. ' Yet the GOP hardly recognized the lesson of last November, and instead has all too frequently appeared to concede to the guiding philosophies of the political left. While Americans grow increasingly outraged by the Democrats’ “cut and run” response to an ever encroaching Islamist malignancy, Republican reaction to the elections have, until recently, been excessively conciliatory and accommodating. . .
2. I want a candidate who can galvanize the majority of conservatives into one strong voting block. Nothing could be more dangerous to the fate of this nation than to have a Democratic President and a Democratic dominated Congress. It’s highly doubtful that I would vote for an independent candidate because history has proven that this would only serve to dilute the conservative vote.
A Rasmussen poll conducted 4/3/07: Giuliani 26%, McCain 16%, Fred Thompson 14%, Gingrich 11%, and Romney 8%.
Cook Political Report/RT Strategies Poll. March 29-April 1, 200: Giuliani 34%, McCain 17%, Fred Thompson 10%, Gingrich 9%, Romney 6%, and Tancredo 0%.
Romney $23, Giuliani $15, McCain $12.5, Brownback $2, Tancredo $1.4 million.
3. I want a candidate who is strong on enforcing a much stricter immigration policy! From my point of view, controlling immigration is the key to every other issue – especially how we conduct the War on Terrorism.
A nation that cannot even keep count of the number of potential terrorists on its own soil cannot successfully conduct a War on Terrorism abroad.
A nation that cannot control its own borders is not a sovereign nation.
A nation of immigrants, who have no desire to assimilate, is just a piece of “up for grabs” balkanized land.
That means that we need a candidate who is not afraid to demand that we seal the borders and slap hefty fines on companies that hire illegals. That means we need a candidate who will not sell out America’s sovereignty to corporate globalization. That means we need a candidate who isn’t afraid to call illegals – ILLEGAL! That means we need a candidate who will not back down from red herring debates about nationalism and xenophobia.
Tom Tancredo A+ Fred Thompson C Newt Gingrich D John McCain D Sam Brownback D Giuliani N/A Romney N/A
Giuliani is pro-immigration
According to Jason Horowitz in the NY Observer . . .
Giuliani strongly supported a guest worker program supported by President Bush and said during a newly interesting appearance on Meet the Press the following: "There isn't a mayor or a public official in this country that's more strongly pro-immigrant than I am, including disagreeing with President Clinton when he signed an anti-immigration legislation about two or three years ago, which we got some amendments of to protect the rights of immigrants.
'Mitt Romney ??? Does anyone really know? ' Here’s some of what Romney says today about immigration reform.
Here’s a short excerpt from a recent O’Reilly interview with Romney:
O'REILLY: Would you build a wall between Mexico and the United States and would you put the National Guard on the border? ' ROMNEY: Absolutely. We'd put the National Guard there because we don't have the wall yet. You have to have a wall or a fence or electronic surveillance. And you have to have a tamper-proof document to make sure that people who are here are aliens are identified and registered, and people can not hire them unless they're here legally.
' Bloggers On Tancredo'
' Bloggers On Fred Thompson'