Wednesday, September 7, 2011
  Lead up to the NBC News/Politico Debate at Reagan Library


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News Release
Aug. 25, 2011
Texas Gov. Rick Perry Announces Participation in
Reagan Centennial GOP Candidates Debate
Debate to Take Place Sept. 7 at Reagan Library in Calif.
AUSTIN – Texas Gov. Rick Perry has announced his participation in the Reagan Centennial GOP Candidates Debate on Sept. 7, 2011, at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, Calif. The debate, hosted by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, will also be co-hosted by NBC News and POLITICO.
“Our current economic climate reminds many Americans of the disastrous economic policies of the late 1970s, and of the need to elect a leader who will get America working again – just as President Reagan did in the 1980s,” Gov. Perry said. “While some want to merely emulate his good-humored leadership style, I believe we must also take a page from the Reagan economic playbook and adopt pro-growth policies that unleash entrepreneurship and create new jobs, and I will share my ideas on how to accomplish that during this important debate.”
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Ronald Reagan's legacy of inspired freedom and his timeless principles of individual liberty, economic opportunity, global democracy, and national pride. It sustains the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, the Reagan Center for Public Affairs, the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Presidential Learning Center and The Air Force One Pavilion. Located in Simi Valley, California the Library houses 63 million pages of Gubernatorial, Presidential and personal papers and over 60,000 gifts and artifacts chronicling the lives of Ronald and Nancy Reagan. It now also serves as the final resting place of America’s 40th President.
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PRESS RELEASE from Buddy Roemer for President

Thursday, August 25, 2011
Contact: Carlos Sierra

Presidential Candidate Buddy Roemer Criticizes Unfair Debate Participation Rules

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Republican businessman and former Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer today criticized the arbitrary decision by Politico and NBC News to refuse to allow him to participate in the upcoming presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

“American voters deserve the right to hear from all of the candidates, not just those who meet certain arbitrary standards.  I am disappointed that the organizers of this debate seem to have made the participation rules after deciding who they wanted in – and who they did not.”                 

Governor Roemer has repeatedly highlighted the corrupting influence that large special interest and PAC campaign donations have on the political process.  He has refused to accept any PAC money and limits individual campaign contributions to a maximum of $100 per person.            

“The corporate-owned media should not be picking the winners and losers already.” 


PRESS RELEASE from Gary Johnson 2012


August, 31, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT -- "If the Reagan library doesn't have room for Gary Johnson at next week's debate, maybe they need a bigger stage", says Johnson campaign senior advisor Ron Nielson. According to the most recent CNN/ORC national poll, Gary Johnson is ahead or tied with three of the invited participants in next week's debate sponsored by NBC, Politico and the Reagan Foundation. However, Johnson has not been invited to participate?

Nielson said, "If Governor Johnson's exclusion is because there isn't enough room or not enough microphones, just let us know and we will be happy to bring our own. Even if the national elite media doesn't want to hear his ideas for balancing the budget now, cutting defense spending, or keeping the government out of so-called social issues, just tell us.  But, do not try to justify his exclusion by saying he should have registered at 4% in a poll several months ago instead of 3%.  That excuse just doesn't fly, especially when the result is to muzzle a successful two-term governor who is doing just as well in recent polls as others who are invited."

"Our supporters, numerous commentators, even Neil Cavuto on Fox Business, are all questioning Governor Johnson's exclusion, and for good reason.  In fact, one commentator is even referring to a 'Gary Johnson Rule', meaning criteria that seems designed to keep Gary Johnson off the Presidential debate stage."

PRESS RELEASE from Fred Karger for President
August 29, 2011

Contact: Rina Shah

Karger Sends Letter of Request to Join Reagan Library Debate

LOS ANGELES, CA – Californian and former President Reagan political consultant Fred Karger, sent a letter last week formally requesting inclusion in the September 7, 2011 Presidential Debate to be held at the Reagan Library.  Citing his long involvement with President Reagan, Karger reached out to debate lead sponsor, Fred Ryan of Politico, who also serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Reagan Library.  The letter was also sent to debate co-sponsor and NBC owner, Comcast CEO, Brian L. Roberts, several other co-sponsors, as well as Mrs. Nancy Reagan and Brian Williams of NBC News who will moderate the debate.

This request to participate comes on the heels of Karger being allowed to speak at the California Republican Party (CRP) Convention which will be held in Los Angeles 10 days later.  The CRP had originally not invited Karger to speak, but after a front page story in the San Francisco Chronicle by reporter Carla Marinucci, the CRP changed it’s mind and is now hosting a reception for him on Saturday, September 17, 2011. CLICK HERE FOR STORY
“We’re hoping that because I have the closest ties to former President Reagan of any candidate running for President, the organizers would want me on that stage in Simi Valley to share President Reagan’s vision for America,” said Karger.  “I have been campaigning all over this country for the past 19 months spreading his values, his message of optimism and his ability to get along with Democrats and Republicans alike.”

Letter is below:

August 25, 2011

Mr. Frederick J. Ryan, Jr.
Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
40 Presidential Drive

Simi Valley, CA 93065

Dear Fred:

America needs a president like Ronald Reagan now more than ever.  President Reagan was a true leader who was able to put partisan differences aside in order to do what was best for the country.

Through Stu Spencer and Bill Roberts, I had the honor of working actively on the 1980 and 1984 Reagan – Bush campaigns with Stu and Bill.   I worked with Bob Gray and Charles Wick on the First Inaugural Committee.  I moved back to Washington and we ran the Governor’s Participation office.  

As a partner of Bill’s at the Dolphin Group, we worked with Lyn Nofziger and Curtis Mack at President Reagan’s PAC, Citizens for the Republic, from 1981 to 1988.  We implemented much of the outside political work to support the President’s legislative agenda.

President Reagan was more than my boss; he was my mentor.   President Reagan taught me about optimism, toughness, and getting along.  He taught me about the diversity of this country and the Republican Party, how to get along and how to bring us together.  The nation loved his decisive leadership.  

I have built my Presidential Campaign to emulate that Reagan spirit.  In my speeches in Iowa, New Hampshire, Florida, South Carolina, my home state of California and throughout the country, I share with Americans that true Reagan spirit; his optimism and his ability to get along.

Let America see a true Reagan Republican on the televised debate from the Reagan Presidential Library on September 7th.  I hope that you and the other sponsors will let me on that stage.  I promise to invoke President Reagan’s memory and spirit at every turn, like no other Republican candidate for President can.

My candidacy is historic and I have many important plans and ideas to turn this country around just like President Reagan did more than 30 years ago.

I look forward to hearing from you, and hope to see you in Simi Valley in two weeks.

Best regards,

Fred Karger  

cc:   Mrs. Nancy Reagan
       Mr. Brian L. Roberts, Chairman/CEO of Comcast
       Mr. Jeffery Immelt, Chairman/CEO of General Electric
       Mr. Steve Capus, President of NBC News
       Mr. Phil Griffin, President of MSNBC
       Mr. John F. Harris, Editor-in-Chief of Politico
       Mr. Brian Williams
       Debate Sponsors

This sideshow preceded the debate by a week...
August 31, 2011
TEXT of letter from President Obama to Speaker Boehner and Leader Reid

Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. Leader:)

Our Nation faces unprecedented economic challenges, and millions of hardworking Americans continue to look for jobs. As I have traveled across our country this summer and spoken with our fellow Americans, I have heard a consistent message: Washington needs to put aside politics and start making decisions based on what is best for our country and not what is best for each of our parties in order to grow the economy and create jobs. We must answer this call.

Therefore, I respectfully request the opportunity to address a Joint Session of Congress on September 7, 2011, at 8:00 p.m. It is my intention to lay out a series of bipartisan proposals that the Congress can take immediately to continue to rebuild the American economy by strengthening small businesses, helping Americans get back to work, and putting more money in the paychecks of the Middle Class and working Americans, while still reducing our deficit and getting our fiscal house in order. It is our responsibility to find bipartisan solutions to help grow our economy, and if we are willing to put country before party, I am confident we can do just that.

Thank you for your consideration.



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TEXT of letter from Speaker Boehner to President Obama

Dear Mr. President:

Thank you for your letter requesting time to address a Joint Session of Congress next week.  I agree that creating a better environment for job creation must be our most urgent priority.  For months, the House had been implementing an agenda designed to reduce economic uncertainty, remove unnecessary government barriers to private-sector job creation, and help small businesses, and we welcome the opportunity to hear your latest proposals.

As your spokesperson today said, there are considerations about the Congressional calendar that must be made prior to scheduling such an extraordinatry event.  As you know, the House of Representatives and Senate are each required to adopt a Concurrent Resolution to allow for a Joint Session of Congress to receive the President.  And as the Majority Leader announced more than a month ago, the House will not be in session until Wednesday, September 7, with votes at 6:30 that evening.  With the significant amount of time -- typically more than three hours -- that is required to allow for a security sweep of the House Chamber before receiving a President, it is my recommendation that your address be held on the following evening, when we can ensure there will be no parliamentary or logistical impediments that might detract from your remarks.  As such, on behalf of the bipartisan leadership and membership of both the House and Senate, I respectfully invite you to address a Joint Session of Congress on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011 in the House Chamber, at a time that works best for your schedule.

We look forward to hearing your ideas and working together to solve America's jobs crisis.


John Boehner

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PRESS RELEASE from Republican National Committee

RNC Chairman Priebus Statement on President Obama’s Politically Motivated “Jobs” Speech
WASHINGTON – Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus released the following statement regarding the president’s politically motivated ‘jobs’ speech next Wednesday:
“President Obama’s decision to address Congress at the same time as a long-scheduled Republican Presidential debate cements his reputation as Campaigner-in-Chief.  While the White House claims it’s simply a ‘coincidence,’ the American people can see right through that excuse.  The President has had months to get to work on the economy, but instead he chose to take a taxpayer-funded campaign trip and a cushy Martha’s Vineyard vacation.  If the President were serious about putting ‘country before politics,’ as he said in his request to speak to Congress, he wouldn’t be caught in such a thinly-veiled political ploy.  This is yet another reminder that the President is out of touch and out of ideas.  The only job he seems to care about is his own.”

PRESS RELEASE from Richard Viguerie,

Richard Viguerie: Are Republicans the Party of Stupid?

MANASSAS, Va., Sept. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Richard A. Viguerie, Chairman of, issued the following statement regarding the Republican presidential debate at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California:

"Are Republicans the Party of stupid?  When it comes to presidential debates, they sure look that way.

"The Politico--NBC News event at the Reagan Library marks the first in a month-long marathon of baby seal hunts in which liberal reporters and commentators club Republican candidates for president in a ritual Democrats would never tolerate during their nomination process.

"The evening's questions to Republicans will come from liberal sources such as John F. Harris of Politico, the same publication that accused Rick Perry of being too stupid to be president; NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, whose reporting on presidential politics has become the Michele Bachmann gaffe patrol; and Spanish-language TV Telemundo's Jose Diaz-Balart, whose network has committed to focusing on immigration in every newscast.

"Imagine a debate among the Democratic candidates for President in which Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, and Laura Ingraham asked the questions.  It will never happen because the Democrats don't feel the need to pander to the conservative media the way Republicans are willing to pander to the establishment press.

"Indeed, there are a host of examples where the Obama White House has tried or threatened to freeze out FOX reporters and others who ask tough questions.  And lest we forget, in 2007, caving into the demands of, the Democratic candidates for President all pulled out of a debate sponsored by FOX News because of what MoveOn claimed was FOX's Republican bias.

"To many Tea Party and conservative activists, the winner of the debate will not be the candidate who best answers the questions, but the candidate who best challenges the conventional wisdom of the liberals asking the questions. 

"If Republicans want to get their message out, they are going to have to show some spine and get tough with the establishment media."

NOTE TO EDITORS:  Richard A. Viguerie pioneered political direct mail and has been called "one of the creators of the modern conservative movement" (The Nation) and one of the "conservatives of the century"(Washington Times).  He is the author of Conservatives Betrayed: How George W. Bush and Other Big Government Republicans Hijacked the Conservative Cause.

PRESS RELEASE from Ron Paul Presidential Campaign Committee
September 7, 2011

New Ron Paul Campaign Ad to Run Nationwide During GOP Debate

‘Trust’ ad will show on national television to debate audience

LAKE JACKSON, Texas - The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign announced a day after the release of its latest advertisement, “Trust”, that the spot will be running twice nationally during tonight’s Republican presidential debate. The ad draws a sharp contrast, pointing out Paul’s longtime conservative credentials and early support of Ronald Reagan, while pointing out Rick Perry’s former chairmanship of Al Gore’s presidential campaign. 

“With the airing of this ad nationally during the debate we want to point out that Congressman Paul has an unparalleled record of championing true conservative principles, and his message of limited Constitutional government, sound money and balanced budgets have won the day,” said Ron Paul 2012 Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton. “Other candidates are parroting Dr. Paul's principles in their rhetoric, but their records prove they cannot be trusted to live up to their words.”

The ad also notes the similarities between the candidacies of Paul and Reagan, with both being attacked by the political establishment as “too extreme” and questioning their electability. Reagan, like Paul, was dismissed by the establishment elites. Congressman Paul was one of only four Congressmen to endorse Ronald Reagan against incumbent Gerald Ford and lead the Texas delegation for Reagan to the 1976 Republican National Convention.

Link to the ad here:

Authorized and paid for by Ron Paul 2012 PCC.