Freedom Writer - September 1995 [ref001] Dobson, Phillips form third-party pact Under the

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Freedom Writer - September 1995 [ref001] Dobson, Phillips form third-party pact Under the headline "Taxpayers Party urges Christians to prepare to bolt GOP," the July 6 _Washington_Post_ picked up the July/August _Freedom_Writer_'s front-page story. In that issue, _The_Freedom_Writer_ announced Howard Phillips' plans to meet with Focus on the Family head James Dobson to discuss ways to get Phillips' U.S. Taxpayers Party on the ballot in all 50 states in time for the 1996 elections. As a result of the Dobson/Phillips meeting, Phillips will probably make guest appearances on Dobson's radio show, which is aired on more than 1,500 Christian radio stations. Under Phillips' plan, the U.S. Taxpayers Party would nominate two candidates of its own if the Republicans fail to nominate anti-abortion presidential and vice-presidential candidates. The Taxpayers' convention, also in San Diego, is scheduled to begin a day after the Republican convention ends. Paul Hetrick, vice president of Focus on the Family, admitted to _The_ Washington_Post_ that "there may very well be a third party that emerges when the dust has settled." He said that religious conservatives "care far more deeply about pro-life issues than they do about Republican politics." Gary Bauer, who heads Family Research Council, an affiliate of Focus on the Family, said he was pleased with the Republican Party at the present time, but conceded that options need to be available "in case the party goes off the rails." Originally, Phillips indicated that he supported commentator Pat Buchanan for president, and either Congressman Robert Dornan or talk-show host Alan Keyes for vice-president. Since that time, the Keyes campaign has suffered serious financial losses from within the campaign committee. Also, some Christian conservatives have written off Keyes as arrogant and demanding. [ref002][ref003] Return to table of contents Copyright 1995 IFAS The Freedom Writer / ifas@crocker.com [ref001] ../banner.gif [ref002] index.html [ref003] ../../uparrow.gif This file is copywritten by the Institute for First Amendment Studies. Subscribe to The Freedom Writer and Walk Away news letters by writing to or telephoneing the Institute for First Amendment Studies: Post Office Box 589 Great Barrington, Massachusetts. 01230 Telephone: (413) 528-3800 E-Mail: ifas@crocker.com Web page: http://www.crocker.com/~ifas

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