Ron Paul Endorses the Constitution Party Candidate for President
The biggest news to hit the Constitution Party
in years was the endorsement of presidential candidate Chuck Baldwin
, (a Pensacola megachurch pastor and the party's 2004 vice presidential pick) by Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX).
The Constitution Party is America's third largest party in terms of membership, and is currently on the ballot in 37 states. The Alaska Independence Party to which Todd Palin was a longtime member, and Sarah Palin was so chummy that party leaders thought she was a member, is the Alaskan affiliate of the CP. As Chip Berlet recently explained here at Talk to Action:
Let's be clear, the U.S. Constitution Party would impose a form of theocratic neofascism in the United States. And I am not a person who tosses the term fascism around lightly.
(It should be noted that GOP perennial candidate Alan Keyes bolted
the GOP after disappearing from the national stage. He was defeated by Chuck Baldwin at the Constitution Party's presidential nominating convention and has not been heard from since.)
Here is the Constitution Party's press release about the Ron Paul endorsement:
Constitution Party's Chuck Baldwin Set To Dent `Big Box' Candidates
Grand Rapids, MI (September 22, 2008) Former GOP presidential candidate, Texas Congressman Ron Paul announced today he is endorsing Constitution Party presidential candidate Chuck Baldwin. (www.campaignforliberty.com)
In a letter to supporters, Paul wrote, "I'm supporting Chuck Baldwin, the Constitution Party candidate."
Paul went on to say, "There is no real choice between the two major parties and their nominees, only the rhetoric varies. The amazingly long campaign is designed to make sure the real issues are ignored."
Baldwin, a conservative commentator, columnist and pastor of a church in Pensacola, FL, campaigned for Ron Paul during the congressman's run for president. After receiving Paul's endorsement, Baldwin said, "I am humbled and deeply grateful to Dr. Paul for his support. There could not be higher praise. I am committed to carrying on the Ron Paul Revolution for a return to constitutionally limited government.
The www.constitutionparty.com, is poised to offer voters a viable alternative to the two parties now controlling our government.
Baldwin noted, "Ron Paul's message resonated with people across the political spectrum. Likewise, our campaign embraces Americans of diverse political ideologies, spiritual paths and socio-economic groups - all who recognize the urgency of a return to the Constitution and the principles of personal liberty that document defines."
Baldwin, appearing recently on CNN's Lou Dobb's Tonight program was told by Dobbs: (Baldwin's view on immigration reform issues) was "a good reason to vote for you, I like that reason." (Click here for a transcript, and HERE for a YouTube clip of the show.)
Baldwin appeared at a recent Washington DC press conference with Congressman Ron Paul. Paul spoke about the need to bypass the two major party candidates this November and instead vote for a candidate such as Chuck Baldwin. See YouTube clip HERE.)
Like Paul, Baldwin has taken a stand against unconstitutional foreign intervention, such as the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Both Baldwin and Paul have called for abolishing the IRS and the Federal Reserve, have spoken out against the recent financial "bailouts" and against unauthorized trade "agreements" such as NAFTA and GATT.
Chuck Baldwin supports Congressman Ron Paul's `Sanctity of Life legislation',(H.R. 2597) opposing abortion, has received an `A' rating from Gun Owners of America and an "excellent" grade from pro-secure borders group Numbers USA.