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Alan Keyes for Senate Update

Thursday, 02 September 2004 12:00 AM

Dear Friend,

I'm writing to give you a quick update on my race for the U.S. Senate in Illinois. After a few short weeks, things are going better than most believed was possible!

We are building up the kind of momentum that is striking fear into the heart of both Barack Obama (my Democrat opponent) and the entire Democrat Machine. In fact, they have been running scared since I stepped into the race.

They are so panicked that they tried to use illegal and unethical tactics to get me off the ballot in Illinois! Thank God, they failed. Now they're even suing the Illinois GOP. But their maneuvers are groundless, and I am in this race to the end ... a race I can win with your help:

Some people are wondering why the Democrats are so frightened. I can tell you: They are desperately afraid of a substantive challenge to Barack Obama - someone who they've hyped up but who doesn't have the substance, the abilities, the experience, the competence, or the self-confidence to deal with this race – OR with the U.S. Senate.

My opponent is a created candidate ... a figment of the Democratic Party's imagination. They thought that he would be able to waltz into the Senate with little or no challenge. But with me in the race, they know that such a hope is vain.

I have been traveling the state of Illinois, speaking to group after group. I have also been receiving enormous media coverage, much of it very positive and helpful, much of it contentious and biased. All of it has been greatly helpful to lay out who I am and what I stand for – and the rank-and-file Republican response in Illinois has been overwhelming in its enthusiasm and support!

Right now I am writing to you from New York City at the GOP convention, where I am being interviewed by another round of national press, which is seen across the nation and by millions of voters in Illinois.

One reason that the national press is covering my Senate race is because it has huge national implications for the conservative issues we hold dear to our hearts. That is why pundits from around the country are watching this race so closely. And that's why we need your help NOW:

As you have probably seen in the press, there were battles over what the Republican Party Platform would state this year. Fortunately, the platform kept very strong and promising language defending the right to life of unborn babies and defending the institution of marriage against the onslaught of the homosexual lobby.

But make no mistake – the struggle for the heart and soul of the Party of Lincoln continues! A strong pro-life and pro-marriage party platform did not end the controversy, nor has it stopped the efforts of a few to undercut our most sacred principles.

As you probably know, a handful of the GOP elite have decided to use the podium at the convention to give prime television time to people who are opposed to the moral issues of the Party Platform. There are a few who would like to see the party of Ronald Reagan – and the issues he held dear – become a thing of the past.

We cannot let that happen.

So why do liberals of all party stripes fear my candidacy? Because, perhaps more than in any other Senate race this year, I embody the principles of the Republican Party Platform.

My candidacy and my campaign show that true conservatives have not given up the battle to win races as well as battles over the language of our party's platform.

And should I win this U.S. Senate seat, the plans of liberal politicians to push conservatives into the closet will suffer a devastating setback. That is why I am running, and that is why I need your help to win:

When we continue to press the attack, and when we continue to show what cold-hearted positions my opponent holds, I will win this race.

Then, as a United States senator, I can fight to pass the laws that reflect what we believe and cherish.

And also remember, the man I am running against, Barack Obama, voted for INFANTICIDE to be legal!

He believes that if a late-term child is born alive after a botched abortion, that the abortionist should be allowed to discard that living child. This is reprehensible!

Friend, I know you believe as I do, that this nation was founded on the principle that we are "created equal, and endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights," including the right to life and liberty. But some in government, including my extreme left-wing opponent, believe that rights come from the state. They believe those rights can be violated, even taken away and trampled by the government at will.

My race is a part of the ongoing battle in which the authority of God over man and government will prevail – the views of Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln over the views of Barack Obama and John Kerry and Hillary Clinton.

I am asking you to weigh in on the side of Life and Liberty and Justice in the way that our founders envisioned it by helping me in my campaign.

If you have already given to my campaign, I thank you with all my heart. If you can help us again with a gift of any size, our fight needs every dollar it can get.

If you have not yet given but have intended to, we need to hear from you as soon as possible. The earlier we have your help, the sooner we can use those resources to pursue victory in November:

While I am thankful that I have received so much media coverage, I know that in order to win, I must reach every potential voter in Illinois via TV and radio. This is where your help is crucial!

It will cost an average of over $500 to buy a television spot. It will cost over $75 per spot for radio ads in the high-population areas. So if you can give $500, you can help me reach tens of thousands of TV viewers with your gift.

If you can give $150, you will help me buy two radio spots, which will reach thousands of voters.

Whatever you give, it will help us propel forward to the possibility of victory. As I told you before, I cannot promise that I will win, although I deeply believe that victory is possible. I can only promise that I will fight with all my heart to obtain victory. But this I know – in order for me to win, I must have you fighting side by side with me. I need your support!

For the Party, my election will show that the core and the base of this party embrace true conservative convictions.

And for Principle, my victory will bring our standards into the U.S. Senate with a fresh wave of enthusiasm. You know I am a fighter, and once I am in the U.S. Senate, I will fight without flinching for that which we hold dear.

Rest assured – the cause of unborn children and the defense of marriage as the Almighty created it will be central to my tenure as senator.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Keeping Faith,

Alan Keyes

P.S. There's a little over TWO MONTHS until the November election. We are building the momentum and credibility we need to win.

But we need resources to get our message out. And in this particular campaign, message is everything – in a race that pits an extreme, even radical liberal against my life's work of defending our Founders' vision for America.

We can get our message out, and expose my opponent's agenda, by buying radio and TV advertisements. So if you've been wondering what you can do to help the campaign, consider an immediate donation – as large as you can make! The Keyes campaign needs every available contribution to reach the voters in Illinois. Individuals can give up to $2,000 per person, and married couples can give $4,000 per couple.

Don't hesitate. Do it now, if you possibly can!

Also, ask your friends and everyone on your e-mail list (or Web site) to do the same. Thank you!


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