Pro-Life Advocate Wins "American Candidate" Presidential Race on Showtime

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 11, 2004   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
October 11, 2004

New York, NY ( — Whether life will imitate art in November is another question, but a pro-life advocate won the presidential race on the Showtime reality show "American Candidate" Sunday night.

Park Gillespie, a 38 year-old Christian school teacher from North Carolina, was declared the victor in the fake presidential race. He overcame long odds and defeated two pro-abortion candidates in the final rounds to take home a $200,000 price and a chance to give a 10-minute long acceptance speech on national television.

"It’s a privilege to speak on behalf of life and the values we believe in," Gillespie told

Gillespie made his pro-life views loud and clear both during the campaign and in his acceptance speech. During the speech, Gillespie decried the "oligarchy" of the courts that has made abortion legal.

"For the last 30 years – from the legalization of abortion to the push to redefine marriage – government has too often worked against families," Gillespie said. "The chief offender? The courts."

Gillespie also said that President Bush best represents the pro-life, pro-family values he espouses.

"I believe they are most fully embodied in the real presidential election by George W. Bush – and that’s why I ask you tonight to join me in voting for his re-election," Gillespie said.

In one of the final debates, a moderator asked Gillespie the old cliche question meant to trip up pro-life candidates — whether he would allow one of his daughters to have an abortion if she were raped.

The pro-life "presidential candidate" hit a home run with his answer.

"I do not believe that two wrongs make a right. So, a child created in that situation, as tragic as that is, I’m not going to compound it by having two tragedies. I would counsel my daughter: Let this baby come to term," Gillespie explained.

Gillespie, a science and social studies teacher, says he is "absolutely pro-life" and that "government’s first job is to protect life."

"The arguments used to justify Roe have been disproved by science and reason. Therefore we must right the wrong done to millions," Gillespie explains.

In a letter sent to before the final two rounds, Joslyn Renae, Gillespie’s cousin, had urged pro-life advocates to support Gillespie. "Park is the only conservative Christian left. He is fervently opposed to abortion," Renae wrote.

The show originally began with 10 candidates vying for the title of Commander in Chief.

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