Thursday, October 6, 2011

Thursday, October 6, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

The Field Is Set

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin will not be a candidate for president in 2012. Here is an excerpt from an e-mail Palin sent to supporters last night:

"After much prayer and serious consideration, I have decided that I will not be seeking the 2012 GOP nomination for President of the United States. As always, my family comes first and obviously Todd and I put great consideration into family life before making this decision. When we serve, we devote ourselves to God, family and country. My decision maintains this order. ...I believe that at this time I can be more effective in a decisive role to help elect other true public servants to office -- from the nation's governors to Congressional seats and the Presidency."

With Palin's statement last night and Chris Christie's decision Tuesday, the Republican presidential primary field is set.

I Want To Hear From You!

Conservative activists from all over the country are heading to Washington, D.C., for the 2011 Values Voter Summit, which kicks off tomorrow. American Values, my public policy group, is one of the Summit's sponsors, and I will be speaking Saturday. The Values Voter Summit features an all-star lineup of speakers, including seven presidential candidates. A highlight of the event will be a straw poll.

I'd like to conduct our own straw poll. Now that the field is set, I would appreciate your feedback. Here is a list of Republican candidates in alphabetical order:

Michele Bachmann
Herman Cain
Newt Gingrich
Jon Huntsman
Gary Johnson
Ron Paul
Rick Perry
Mitt Romney
Rick Santorum

Here's what I would like to know:

  1. If the primary were held today, which of the candidates listed above would you vote for?
  2. What is your highest priority in selecting a candidate: Electability or Ideology? Are you backing a candidate because you believe he or she has the best chance of beating Obama? Or are you supporting a candidate because you believe that individual is the most conservative? Or are you following the "Buckley Rule" -- supporting the candidate you believe is the most conservative candidate who can also win?
  3. Is there a candidate on this list that you would not support under any circumstances? In other words, if that person won the nomination, you would not vote, vote third party or vote for Barack Obama.

My friends, I'm keeping today's report short and sending it early because I really want to hear from you, and I'd like to get as many responses back as possible. Your feedback will be extremely helpful to me in the next few days as I meet with reporters and leading conservative activists at the Values Voter Summit.

To help our staff process your responses, use this link.

Thank you!

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