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Live from FreedomFest: I’m More Optimistic Than Ever, Says Viguerie

Dr. Lee Edwards and Richard Viguerie

Richard A. Viguerie, Chairman of and author of TAKEOVER, The 100-Year War for the Soul of the GOP and How Conservatives Can Finally Win It, closed FreedomFest with an optimistic assessment of where the liberty movement stands today and the prospects for governing American according to limited government constitutional conservative principles.
“I’m more optimistic than ever that we have the opportunity, no guarantee, but the opportunity to take over the Republican Party and govern America according to limited government constitutional conservative principles in 2017,” said Viguerie.
“If things look bleak for conservatives today, trust me: conservatives were in a darkness of biblical proportions after Goldwater’s defeat,” noted Viguerie. “But now we have more resources and even though the leadership of virtually every major institution in America is arrayed against us we are winning on many fronts.”
“Gridlock in Washington is one indicator that we are winning,” said Viguerie, noting that none of Obama’s legislative agenda is passing and the Republican Party is a more conservative party than it was ten or even five years ago.
“Worse is better in my opinion,” said Viguerie, arguing that the excesses of the Obama administration were driving the country to the right.
“The biggest problem we, as a conservative movement have had for the past 25 years or so is leadership,” observed Viguerie. “Today, we have half a dozen or so rising leaders with the skills and principles to win the White House. What we need to do is unite behind one candidate so that we do not split the conservative vote and open the door to a Chris Christie or Jeb Bush candidacy.”
“I don’t worry about Hillary Clinton if we have the right candidate,” said Viguerie. “As a marketer I look to position my product or candidate opposite the other products or candidate in the marketplace, and if Hillary Clinton is going to be the Democratic Party’s nominee then we need to nominate someone outside of Washington to be our conservative candidate. We have a great group of conservative governors to run.”

 “It is going to be very tough for the Democrats to hold the White House in 2016,” noted Mr. Viguerie, noting that only three times in the last 100 years has a President passed on the White House to a candidate of his own Party; Coolidge to Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt to Truman and Ronald Reagan to George H.W. Bush.
Viguerie cited Florida Governor Rick Scott, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Indiana Governor Mike Pence as potential candidates.
“When I look at the potential Republican candidates for President I apply what I call ‘Viguerie’s Foolproof Test’ of whether or not a candidate is a conservative: who do you walk with,” observed Mr. Viguerie. “When Ronald Reagan was running for president, every time I saw him, and I saw him quite a bit, he was surrounded by people I knew from conservative politics: Senator Paul Laxalt, Jeff Bell, Lyn Nofziger, Marty Anderson, Dick Allen, Judge Clark, Ed Meese, etc. If you haven’t walked with conservatives for the past ten or fifteen years, how can we expect you to have a conservative administration if there are no conservatives around you now?”
Indiana Governor Mike Pence, concluded Mr. Viguerie, has the whole package; he is the one candidate who walks with conservatives, has a record of success in his state of governing according to conservative principles and is outside the Beltway.

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Mike Pence

I'm a random conservative down in south Texas, and I came to the same conclusion about Mike Pence. I was excited to read this article. Pence has a solid prior conservator record as a US rep. and is a proven conservative executive leader as governor of Indiana. As a bonus, Indiana instituted (under their prior governor) a creative program to deal with health care. Pence can blast Obamacare as a failed national program and argue that health care should be a state's issue with credibility. Most importantly, the country is in dire need of a uniter as president. Pence appears to be a smooth, effective, nonabrasive communicator and a tough but humble man. Most of the current names will turn off a lot of moderates and disillusioned progressives just by opening their mouths.