On Friday, Sept. 14, Alan Keyes filed a Statement of Candidacy (Form 2) with the Federal Election Commission–thus officially announcing as a Republican candidate for President of the United States.
Keyes told Janet Parshall, host of a nationally syndicated radio show, that he’s “unmoved” by the lack of moral courage shown by the other candidates, among whom he sees no standout who articulates the “key kernel of truth that must, with courage, be presented to our people.”
He added, “The one thing I’ve always been called to do is to raise the standard . . . of our allegiance to God and His authority that has been the foundation stone of our nation’s life”–and he decried the lack of “forthright, clear, and clarion declaration” from the other candidates concerning this issue.
As a result, Keyes said, “We’re putting together an effort that’s not going to be like anything before, because it’s going to be entirely based on citizen action. We’re going to be challenging people to take a pledge for America’s revival,” and elevate them from spectators in the political arena to participants.
He has a campaign site which is looking quite official. His entrance may make some news if it happens but it will not be a splash similar to Fred Thompson or a possible New Gingrich.
Keyes said he plans to join the Values Voter Presidential Debate Sept. 17 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
At least it will be interesting since neither Romney, Thompson, Giuliani, or McCain have agreed to appear at that debate as of now.
File this whole thing under “campaigns doomed to failure” right next to Dennis Kucinich and Sam Brownback.
Update from Angry: I received the email on that one too. I had a feeling it would only be a matter of time before he made an announcement, although I just don’t see him getting the necessary votes to detract in the gains from Obama or Hillary.