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Phyllis Schlafly Asks The Right Question: Rep. Jason Chaffetz Gives The Wrong Answer

First Lady of the Conservative Movement Phyllis Schlafly, founder and Chairman of Eagle Forum, issued an incisive statement that focused Republican House Members on the crucial question they must answer ahead of this week's meeting to select the Republican nominee for House Speaker. 


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"After watching last week's vote to fund the government, one thing was made clear: a vote for Kevin McCarthy is a vote for more of the same," Schlafly said. "Instead of taking a bold stand when the nation was watching, McCarthy instead voted to fund every one of the President's priorities, including the Iran nuclear deal, amnesty, and Planned Parenthood.  

"The next Speaker must unite Republicans behind conservative principles and then fight for those principles every day. Are Jason Chaffetz or Daniel Webster [the two other announced candidates for Speaker] up to the task?" 

Mrs. Schlafly has, as she has been for more than 50 years, focusing conservatives on the core reason behind the Republican Party’s failure to govern according to conservative principles – the election of leaders who won’t fight for those principles. 

As Phyllis Schlafly noted, as Speaker Boehner’s #2 we know Kevin McCarthy won’t fight for our conservative principles, but what about Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah and Rep. Daniel Webster of Florida? 

We invite you to review this exchange from last Sunday’s Fox News Sunday between host Chris Wallace and Rep. Chaffetz:

WALLACE:  All right.  Let's do a lightning round.  Quick questions, quick answers on some of the specific issues that you would if you become speaker.   

President Obama announced on Friday that he will not sign another short-term spending bill when the continuing resolution runs out in December.  Would you be willing to risk a shutdown to defund Planned Parenthood?   

CHAFFETZ:  Well, look, we're going to have that discussion internally.  We're -- my job is to help put a bill on the president's desk.  The president's solution is to just borrow more money from China?  That's not a solution.  I want to solve this problem.   

So, unless we're actually solving the problem, I have a hard time putting anything over there onto the president's desk that doesn't also solve the problem.  I want to solve the problem.   

WALLACE:  Respectfully, because you're maybe the next speaker, would you -- how far are you willing to take the fight to defund Planned Parenthood?   

CHAFFETZ:  I have -- the job as speaker is to unite our party in the House and we're going to hold the line, from the whole political spectrum.  That's what I want to do.  And then we're going to go fight and we're going to make that case to the American people.   

WALLACE:  What about budget caps under sequestration?  Are you willing to lift the caps so you would have more spending both on defense and some domestic spending?   

CHAFFETZ:  I want to cut -- personally, I want to cut spending.  Personally, I just don't believe we can continue to add to the deficit.  So, actually, personally, I like the budget cap.   

I do believe we need more money for the military, we need more money for the V.A.  We ought to take care of the people who take care of us.  And I do want to fight cancer that is killing 1,500 people a day.   

But that's -- again, it's not my personal agenda.  We're going to move forward.  As the speaker, you got to take the will of our body, appreciate and respect the process and then go fight for that.   

Was there a straight answer anywhere in the word salad Rep. Chaffetz dumped on Chris Wallace’s desk? 

If there was we couldn’t find it. 

We contrast Rep. Chaffetz ‘s complete inability to answer a straight question with a straight answer grounded in conservative conviction with Rep. Daniel Webster’s interview with Breitbart’s Matthew Boyle. 

Webster laid out for Breitbart News how, as Speaker of the Florida House, he did exactly what he is aiming to do in the U.S. House. 

“I changed that system in Florida when I was the Speaker of the House—I was the Minority Leader, I saw for 16 years the way a power system works,” Webster said. 

“We’d wait until the last day or two and then we’d put forward the only option there is and then everybody has to stomach it—and you’ve got to run these created exponential train wrecks. And they’re done purposefully to create the outcome you want it to be. A principle system says, ‘no, you know what we ought to do? We ought to do the most important issues first rather than wait until the end so there is more time to vet the issues.’ And in the end what happens? You have a much better policy with less unintended consequences because there’s more eyes, more opportunities, more discussion, more amendments, more debate—all of those things lead to a more principled approach to every issue. That’s it. That’s what I’d like to do. That’s totally different from where we are right now.” 

Webster, the former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives before his election to the U.S. House, ran against Rep. John Boehner at the beginning of this Congress. He was nearly successful in forcing the race to a second ballot, which would have in all likelihood cost Boehner his speakership. But Boehner survived to begin this Congress, and as Boehner has failed throughout the year he has lost more and more support among Republicans to the point where he has resigned to avoid a vote to oust him and Webster is the publicly endorsed candidate of leading principled limited government constitutional conservatives, such as Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas and Thomas Massie of Kentucky.  

While Daniel Webster has committed himself to creating a system that avoids “exponential train wrecks” Kevin McCarthy and Jason Chaffetz have yet to explain how electing either of them Speaker will be anything other than a continuation of the Boehner-style of business as usual spending, cave-in and failure that has left Congress with the lowest public approval rating in history.  

As CHQ Chairman Richard A. Viguerie wrote last week, “The resignation of John Boehner is a good start, but until a whole new generation of conservative leaders takes the reins on Capitol Hill, stands for conservative principles, and fights to defend the prerogatives of the House on issues like defunding Planned Parenthood, stopping executive amnesty, securing the border and bringing the endless spending, deficit and debt to a close the Republican Party will remain a house divided and I predict the wandering will not end.”  

The House switchboard is 1-866-220-0044 we urge you to call your Republican Representative and demand that he or she vote for a thorough house cleaning in the House Republican leadership team.

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