Alan Keyes Launches Presidential Bid, Seeks Republican Party’s Nod

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 17, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
September 17,

Washington, DC ( — Former ambassador and GOP presidential candidate Alan Keyes has launched another attempt to secure the Republican Party’s nomination for president next year. The longtime pro-life advocate says none of the current candidates are adequately representing the positions he espouses.

Keyes filed a Statement of Candidacy with the Federal Election Commission on Friday, which constitutes an official announcement of a candidacy for the GOP nomination.

The author and former television talk show host made the announcement of his candidacy on the Janet Parshall radio show, which is syndicated nationally.

He told Parshall that he is "unmoved" by the current crop of Republican candidates on pro-life and conservative issues even though strong pro-life advocates such as Sam Brownback, Mike Huckabee and others are currently running.

"The one thing I’ve always been called to do is to raise the standard . . . of our allegiance to God and His authority that has been the foundation stone of our nation’s life," he said.

He indicated that none of the Republicans have a "forthright, clear, and clarion declaration."

However, several leading pro-life advocates who contacted following Keyes’ announcement indicated their concern about him joining the race.

While they appreciate his pro-life views, they’re worried that another pro-life candidate will dilute the vote of those seeking to prevent the nomination from going to Rudy Giuliani, the pro-abortion ex-mayor.

The former Reagan diplomat ran previously for president in 1996 and 2000. Keyes said he plans to join the Values Voter Presidential Debate which will take place Monday night.