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The Right VP Keeps Populist – Conservative Coalition Together

A growing list of conservative leaders, including Media Research Center founder and president L. Brent Bozell III, investor and philanthropist Foster Friess, National Organization for Marriage President Brian S. Brown and Gun Owners of America’s executive director Larry Pratt, have joined CHQ Chairman Richard A. Viguerie in an open letter to Donald Trump urging him to choose a running mate who is a committed cultural and constitutional conservative.

Donald TrumpThe letter said in part, “as partners in the new populist – conservative coalition that will elect you President if it remains united, to choose a principled limited government constitutional conservative as your running mate” and identified several potential vice presidential candidates who would alienate conservatives, including New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Ohio Governor John Kasich, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and retired Lt. General Michael Flynn. 

“Mr. Viguerie has often spoken of the new populist – conservative coalition’s game changing potential,” noted CHQ Editor George Rasley. “The key is for Donald Trump to weld it together permanently at the Republican National Convention by choosing a running mate who is broadly acceptable to both conservatives and populists.” 

“Chris Christie doesn’t work because he is basically Jeb Bush without the good manners. Likewise, Paul Ryan, Corker and Kasich are all notable largely for their betrayals of grassroots conservatives and populists,” said Rasley. “So, rather than spending the rest of the campaign attacking Hillary Clinton, Trump would be forced to spend the rest of the campaign working to reassure what should be his base that he wouldn’t betray them as had his running mate.” 

Here is the text of the letter to Donald Trump and the list of conservative leaders who first responded to Mr. Viguerie’s invitation to join him on the letter: 

Dear Mr. Trump: 
 
With less than a week to go until the Republican National Convention opens, we believe your number one job is to unite conservatives and center-right Republicans behind your candidacy. 
 
This is the most important decision you will make between now and Election Day and if you don’t get it right it will crash your campaign and crush your chances of defeating Hillary Clinton. 
 
And getting it right means avoiding candidates for Vice President who will alienate conservatives and call into question your commitment to govern according to conservative principles. 
 
We therefore urge you to avoid considering candidates with anti-conservative records, such as New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Tennessee Senator Bob Corker, Ohio Governor John Kasich, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and others who have failed to defend our constitutional liberties and use the power the Constitution bestowed upon them to stop President Obama’s fundamental transformation of America. We also urge you to not consider pro-choice candidates such as Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn. 
 
Mr. Trump, in the past several election cycles millions of conservative voters have stayed home because the Republican candidate for President failed to campaign as a conservative. Conservatives are not a wing of the Republican Party that can be bought-off or mollified with interest group-type favors – we are the Republican Party. 
 
To close the deal with right-of- center voters, your choice of Vice President is the clearest and most important signal you can send to conservatives that you will govern as a conservative. 
 
We therefore urge you, as partners in the new populist – conservative coalition that will elect you President if it remains united, to choose a principled limited government constitutional conservative as your running mate. 
 
Respectfully, 
 
(Name of organization listed for identification purposes only) 
 

Richard A. Viguerie
Chairman, ConservativeHQ.com

 

Brent Bozell
Founder and President, Media Research Center

 

Foster Friess

 

Rick Scarborough
President, Vision Action America

 

Dick Bott
Founder, Bott Radio Network

 

Rich Bott
President, Bott Radio Network

 

Ginni Thomas
President, Liberty Consulting

 

Elaine Donnelly

 

Ambassador Henry F. Cooper

 

David Bozell
President, ForAmerica

 

Rebecca Hagelin
Council for National Policy

 

Larry Pratt
Exec. Director, Gun Owners of America

 

Janice Shaw Crouse
Ph.D., The Crouse Institute

 

Joseph Farah
CEO/Editor, WND.com, WND Books, WND Films

 

Ron Robinson

 

Deroy Murdock
Contributing Editor, National Review Online

 

Jeffery Gayner
Chairman, Americans for Sovereignty

 

Jason Jones
Movie to Movement

 

George Landrith
President, Frontiers of Freedom

 

Nadine Maenza

 

George Rasley
Editor, ConservativeHQ.com 

 

Ann Quest
Unity Quest

 

George Strake

 

Donna Hearne
Exec. Director, Constitutional Coalition

 

Phil Buress
President, Citizens for Community Values Action

 

Tim Macy
Chairman, Gun Owners of America

 

Joe R. Gregory
Gregory Management Co.

 

William Federer

 

Peggy Dau

 

James N. Clymer

 

Joyce Weyrich

 

William Becker
President/CEO/General Counsel, FreedomX

 

Chuck Muth

President, Citizen Outreach

 

Brian S. Brown
President, National Organization for Marriage

 

Dick McCormack

 

Kim C. Bengard
It Takes A Family Foundation

 

Ariel Deval

 

David Preston
Exec. Director, Oklahoma Wesleyan University Foundation

 

Ali Akbar
Black Conservative Fund

 

Herb London
President, London Center for Policy Research

 

Preston Noell III
President, Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.

 

Fred Stoeker

 

Karen England
Exec. Director, Capitol Resource Institute, CA

 

Richard Ford

Ivoterguide.com

 

Steven W. Mosher
President, Population Research Institute

 

John Slavic
CEO, Slavik401k

 

Mark Bloom
President/Owner, Ole Podner, LLC

 

Diana Denman

 

Ellen Grigsby
Director of Institutional Partnerships
Open Doors USA

 

David Applegate

 

Ken Eldred
CEO, Living Stones Foundation
 

Paul Einarsson
COO/Chairman, Geophysical Service Incorporated

 

Floyd Brown
Chairman, Center for Journalism

 

Joe Knott III

 

Tricia Erickson
President, Angel Pictures Publicity

 

Jeff Knox
Director, The Firearms Coalition

 

Mike Spence
President, Conservative Republicans of California

 

Tim Daughtry, Ph.D.
CEO, Concord Bridge Consulting

 

Ralph Hudgens
Georgia Insurance Commissioner

 

Cindi Slaughter

 

Richard Hayes
Attorney

 

Randy Brinson
Chairman, Christian Coalition of Alabama

 

Cathie Adams
Former Chairman, Republican Party of Texas

 

Joe Calvert
President, Rabon-Calvert Interests

 

John Trulio, Ph.D.

 

Malcolm Morris
Counsel on National Policy

 

Allen Herbert
Chairman, American-Chinese Fellowship

 

Betty Hanicke

 

Carla Sands

 

John Wheeler
Wheeler Communications

 

Jay Snyder
Synder Nationwide Real Estate

 

Dran Reese
President, The Salt & Light Counsel

 

Wade Kirby

 

Bob Muckenhirn

 

Jay Mount

 

Robert Conover

 

Randy Long
Long Business Advisors, LLC

 

Peter Metrahi

 

Nancy Schulze

 

Walt Longyear

 

Bill Becker

 

William H. Ball Jr

 

Doug Gamble

 

Bob Herndon

 

Lynne Herndon

 

Bill Shirley

 

Mary Ann Howard

 

Jeffrey Saler

 

Judy Swanson

 

Bobby Cooper

 

Junius Graham

 

Holly Rich

 

Jeff Mullis

 

Kay Trudell

 

Robert C. Giargiari

 

Daniel Pedrotti

 

Carol Navarra

 

Esther Pierce

 

Gary D. Terhune

 

Stephen Bostwick

 

John Wagner

 

David Silbernagel

 

J. Chang

 

Kelly O’Dell

 

Paul Artman

 

Daniel Smith

 

Troy Crowe

 

Wayne Salhany

 

Chuck Lillie

 

Richard Meyer

 

James Foster II

 

Sally Zehnal

 

William Price

 

Joan Sullivan

 

Ann Rimmer

 

Mary Lee Maloney

 

CB Robertson

 

Dan & Susan Keliher

 

Linda York

 

Sharon Krotts

 

Martha Johnson

 

Jimmy Wright

 

Michelle McAfee

 

Micheal Pyburn

 

Karen Young

 

Robin O’Connor

 

Robert Lewis

 

Richard Hennessy

 

Jesse Brannen

 

Tony Auciello

 

Joseph Dwyer

 

Robert McMillian

 

Gordon Waltemade

 

Bill Smith

 

Dave Wallace
Restore America’s Mission

 

Marc Devillers

 

Lucy Pehl

 

Art Kelly

 

Thomas Dietz

 

Nancy Bowman

 

Loren Kraus

 

John Reagan

 

Jerry Lehi

 

Lloyd Monk

 

Kathleen Burnett

 

Matthew Sorrell

 

Mark Sell

 

Dennis Stewart

 

Evelyn Ylagan

 

Jay Stanford

 

David Lannan

 

Diane Lowewen

 

George Conner

 

Joyce McFaddin

 

Susan T. Swain

 

Billy Utz

 

John Allen

 

Colleen Hall

 

Joy Young

 

John and Nancy Miles

 

Colleen Rotter

 

Terrence Conaway

 

Dale Young

 

Debbie Jessup

 

Doren Renfrow

 

Paul H. Evans

 

Maureen Brennan

 

Holly Ahern

 

William L. Comer

 

Alfred Luna

 

Karen Awbrey

 

Art Zavala

 

Lupe Zimmerman

 

Tim Kelly

 

Claude Otey

 

Aleta Ballou

 

Derk Simonson

 

David Chin

 

Chris Miller

 

Jennifer Wolfe

 

Kevin Guerrero

 

David Aanerud

 

Joseph M. Heinzen

 

Melissa McCool

 

Thomas Stein

 

Joel Chetlain

 

Darlene Klingenberg

 

Jerry and Marie Wolpers

 

Marsha Sayler

 

Phil Bolles

 

Done Eikermann

 

Bruce Hunter

 

TC Bundy

 

Robert Vogeler

 

Henry Jackson

 

John Kramer

 

Donna Swanson

 

Twyla Bacon

 

Carole White

 

Charles Ferguson

 

Ginger Shows, M.D.

 

Cheryl Little

 

Brian Lackey

 

Rusty Schalin

 

Richard Mason

 

Matthew Schaefer

 

Wallace Hoffman

 

Stephen Martz

 

Jeffrey Long

 

Mike Rogers

 

Charles Becker

 

Cliff Hanscom

 

Nino Borrelli

 

Denny Allen

 

A.F. Montealegre

 

Janis Robinson

 

Kathleen Patten
CEO, American Target Advertising 

 

Allen Hebert
Chairman, American-Chinese Fellowship

 

Mark J. Fitzgibbons

 
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JEFF SESSIONS FOR VP

I've been writing the Trump Campaign and urging Jeff Sessions for VP. He is a True Patriot, never backs down, has a stellar record in the Senate and appeals to everyone. I agree that a Non-Conservative would be a disaster. Many think it will be Mike Pence or Newt Gingrich, but I like Sessions and Ben Carson.

Acceptable VEEPS

This is just one guy's opinion, and it sort of gives away the farm, but I'm more interested in defeating Hillary Clinton, so I'll accept any reasonable veep pick by Trump.

That said, I'm a social conservative, AND I would prefer the most socially conservative pick that will also WIN.

In order, I think that to be:

1. Marsha Blackburn
2. Newt Gingrich
3. Mary Fallin
4. Marco Rubio
5. Rick Santorum
6. Mike Pence
7. Mike Huckabee

VP Picks

I agree with your idea of Rick Santorum, Mike Pence ot Mike Huckabee, but right now I'd love to see Jeff Sessions or Ben Carson as VP.