Conservative group takes Cain, Paul off their list

The group that hosted Saturday’s “Thanksgiving Family Forum” featuring six GOP presidential candidates has released its narrowed-down list of candidates it might endorse.  See details below. The Family Leaders’ board of directors met Monday, hence the reference to “tonight” in one of the quotes, although this news release came into my email box today.


Pleasant Hill, IA – The FAMiLY LEADER Board of Directors is very reflective of the Iowa caucus goer and are still praying for clarity on whether or not to endorse a candidate and, if they endorse, who to endorse.   

Bob Vander Plaats, President and CEO, remarked, “We had a very healthy discussion tonight regarding our leadership role in the 2012 presidential caucuses.  In many ways, what the board did tonight is typical of the Iowa caucus process.  They fully understand the importance of this election and the weight of their leadership.  They want to make a wise decision.”

Each individual of the seven member voting Board of Directors expressed many positives of Representative Ron Paul and businessman Herman Cain.  The stumbling block for the board regarding Representative Paul dealt primarily with “States’ Rights” as it pertains to the sanctity of human life and God’s design for marriage.  Regarding Mr. Cain, the board cited a narrative of questions versus clarity on the key issues of life, marriage, foreign policy, and presidential readiness.  The board did not give consideration to Governor Romney.

Last Saturday evening’s Thanksgiving Family Forum was designed to bring clarity and closure to the decision-making process for The FAMiLY LEADER and for many Iowa conservatives.  Although the forum was monumentally successful on every level, each candidate’s superb performance has made this process most difficult.  The board concluded this is a good dilemma due to having many principled conservatives in the race.

“As difficult as this first step proved to be in narrowing the field to four, the next step of final selection and recommendation to our supporters will be tougher.   Congresswoman Bachmann, Speaker Gingrich, Governor Perry, and Senator Santorum all have many presidential traits that will serve our great country well.” commented Vander Plaats.

The board has committed to be prayerful, diligent, and expeditious in reaching their final conclusion.  No timeline was placed on a decision

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