Conservative Movement Leaders Pleased With Bush-Cheney Ticket

By Jim Burns | July 7, 2008 | 8:26 PM EDT

Philadelphia (CNSNews,com) - Leaders of several conservative organizations Thursday said they were pleased with the Republican presidential ticket of George W Bush and Richard Cheney. Bush will receive the formal Republican Party nomination and give his acceptance speech before the convention Thursday night.

Speaking at a convention news conference on Thursday, Morton Blackwell, a Virginia Republican National Committeeman and head of the Leadership Institute, said, "This convention, thus far, I think, has been a terrific success. We are all basking in the remarkable speech that (Vice Presidential nominee) Dick Cheney gave last night. At last, he's thrown some red meat out and that was fine choice filet mignon red meat last night."

David Keene, Chairman of the American Conservative Union (ACU), said the reason that conservative movement leaders decided to call the news conference was because of questions that conservative leaders were receiving, like, "Where are conservatives and why aren't they grousing?"

"It's strange," Keene said, "but we don't always grouse about everything. (Republican convention) delegates are more united because they believe that they not only have a conservative party, but they have a conservative candidate for President, who delighted them by selecting a conservative running mate."

"That's why you don't see many conservatives grousing because they are at the party celebrating. They're celebrating because they've got the ticket that they want. They've got candidates that they want. They've got a platform that they can cheer, and they're ready to leave Philadelphia and make certain that this ticket wins in November," Keene said.

Jim Martin, head of the 60 Plus Association, a group that lobbies for senior citizen issues, is pleased not only with the Bush-Cheney ticket but with the platform that was adopted by the Republican Party.

"This platform is as senior friendly as it can get, and George Bush's program for seniors is clearly senior friendly," Martin said.

Martin called on Democrats to stop using scare tactics on such issues as Social Security and Medicare when their convention opens on August 14th in Los Angeles.

Grover Norquist, head of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), said the Republican Party is united because "George Bush stands at the center of where the American people are, at the center of where the conservative movement is, and that's why you have a united Republican party."

Tom Mead, head of the Coalition To Protect Americans Now, a defense issues group, is pleased that Governor Bush supports a "strong missile defense." Mead also said Cheney supports a strong missile defense as well.

"The American people could not have found a stronger candidate on defense issues than Governor Bush. He's made it clear that he will deploy a strong and comprehensive missile defense as soon as possible. And Governor Bush will not let Russia have a veto over whether America is protected from a North Korean or a Chinese missile," Mead said.

"The selection of Dick Cheney as the Vice Presidential candidate," Mead continued, "is a clear sign of Governor Bush's commitment to protecting America's families as a cornerstone of his administration. His (Cheney's) selection signals that a Bush administration will guarantee America's security by pursuing peace through strength.

"Make no mistake about it. If Al Gore is President, if Dick Gephardt is Speaker of the House, or if Tom Daschle is majority leader of the Senate, America will be left unprotected against this growing and dangerous missile threat," Mead said.

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