The national Constitution Party will hold its presidential nominating convention on April 23-26 in Kansas City, Missouri. Six candidates are on the ballot. Among them are 1996 and 2008 Republican Party candidate Alan Keyes.
The other five presidential candidates for the Constitution Party presidential nominating convention are former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, Pastor Chuck Baldwin, former New Hampshire Republican Senator Bob Smith, author Jerome Corsi and Dr. Don Grundmann.
In this article, I will focus on Alan Keyes. His first major professional accomplishment occurred when he was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1983 as an ambassador to the United Nations. He held that title until 1985 when he was then appointed Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations. He held that position until 1987.
Keyes was instrumental in crafting the language for the 1984 Mexico City Policy during the 1984 World Population Conference in Mexico City, Mexico. President Reagan selected him as its deputy chairman. The Mexico City Policy prohibited funding international organizations that promoted and supported abortion.
He was unsuccessful in fighting against an Arab UN resolution that wanted investigations of Israeli settlements. It passed 83-2 with 15 abstentions and only the U.S. and Israel voting against the measure.
Keyes' home state is Maryland and he lost to Democrat Paul Sarbanes in the senatorial race for that state. He received 38 percent of the vote as the Republican candidate. He again ran in 1992 against Democrat Barbara Mikulski receiving 29 percent of the vote.
Keyes ran for the 1996 Republican presidential nomination in 1996 hoping to bring the issues of moral values and abortion in particular to the national forefront of American political discussion. ''Keyes was particularly critical of Clinton during his campaign, saying, ''This guy lies, but he lies with passion.''
Keyes will be remembered as the Republican candidate opposing Barack Obama in 2004 for the U.S. Senate seat. He was drafted by the Republican Party of Illinois after nominee Jack Ryan withdrew because of a sex scandal and former Chicago Bears football coach Mike Ditka decided not to run. He opposed Obama mainly due to his votes in the Illinois State Legislature on abortion. He also refused to congratulate Obama after the 2004 election results. He defended his decision by stating: ''I'm supposed to make a call that represents the congratulations toward the triumph of that which I believe ultimately stands for...a culture evil enough to destroy the very soul and heart of my country? I cannot do this. And I will not make a false gesture.''
Keyes is an announced Republican presidential candidate for 2008 but has received minuscule backing in the polls and scant media attention. Therefore, he is seeking the Constitution Party's presidential candidacy.