Freedom Writer - March 1995 [ref001] Reed issues ultimatum to GOP WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Ralp
Freedom Writer - March 1995
Reed issues ultimatum to GOP
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Ralph Reed, executive director of the Christian
Coalition, has sworn that the Religious Right would withdraw support
from the Republican ticket in 1996 unless both candidates opposed
abortion. Reed made his vow at the Conservative Political Action Conference,
held just before nine Republican presidential hopefuls showed up to
test the New Hampshire waters. So brazen was Reed's threat that it
made the front page of _The_New_York_Times_.
The February 10th speech was a departure from Reed's recent policy
of keeping so-called moral issues on the back burner while "casting
a wider net." Now, with claims of 1.5 million mostly Republican members,
Reed thinks the Christian Coalition is in a position to set the ground
rules for the Republican Party.
With the exception of Phil Gramm and Pat Buchanan, most of the candidates
scoffed at Reed's suggestion. Buchanan and Gramm are staunchly anti-choice,
with Gramm favoring a constitutional amendment banning abortion. Another
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Arlen Spector of Pennsylvania,
thinks the party should be pro-choice.
Reed vowed to mobilize the Coalition against the Republican Party
if it nominated pro-choice candidates for either president or vice
president. If the Republicans rebuff the Christian Coalition, it will
have nowhere to go but to a third-party candidate.
Meanwhile, Reed made it clear that the Christian Coalition would see
that Republican Sen. John Warner of Virginia would not be reelected
in 1996. There is speculation that Ralph Reed himself may be planning
to run against Warner.
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