FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, February 9, 1995 Contact: Mike Russell 804-424-2630 The fo

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, February 9, 1995 Contact: Mike Russell 804-424-2630 The following statement by Ralph Reed Jr., executive director of the Christian Coalition, concerns the announcement by Dan Quayle to withdraw from the 1996 presidential race. Dan Quayle's decision to withdraw from the presidential race is the political equivalent of a jump ball at the buzzer. Whoever jumps the highest and reaches farthest for the pro-family vote likely will be standing behind the podium in San Diego, accepting the presidential nomination of the Republican party. The challenge for Phil Gramm is to incorporate Dan Quayle's theme of the centrality of families and values into an already compelling conservative message. If Gramm can accomplish that, he clearly will have received a booster rocket out of this surprising political development. On the other hand, Bob Dole is still the front-runner and the general rule of thumb is that when someone drops out, a substantial portion of those votes will always gravitate to the front-runner. The challenge for Bob Dole is to aggressively pursue the religious conservative vote, and to not allow anyone to outflank him in that effort. Ralph Reed can be reached for additional comment today following a 2:00 p.m. news conference on the Balanced Budget Amendment. The news conference will be held in room S-207 of the Capitol Building. *********************************************************************** * * * American Atheists website: http://www.atheists.org * * PO Box 140195 FTP: ftp://ftp.atheists.org * * Austin, TX 78714-0195 * * Voice: (512) 458-1244 Dial-THE-ATHEIST: * * FAX: (512) 467-9525 (512) 458-5731 * * * * Atheist Viewpoint TV: avtv@atheists.org * * Info on American Atheists: info@atheists.org, * * & American Atheist Press include your name and mailing address * * AANEWS -Free subscription: aanews-request@listserv.atheists.org * * and put "info aanews" in message body * * * * This text may be freely downloaded, reprinted, and/other * * otherwise redistributed, provided appropriate point of * * origin credit is given to American Atheists. * * * ***********************************************************************

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