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By Mary Starrett
3, 2007

PLAN B Seen As Only Option As GOP Drowns Out True Conservative While Pushing Ultra Liberal Giuliani for President

Growing Numbers Join High Profile Conservatives Saying �That�s Not A Threat- That�s a Promise�- To Vote Third Party In November

Poll numbers strongly suggest voters are thinking outside the box and would consider voting for a third party candidate for president in �08. Joining prominent conservative, Christian leader Dr. James Dobson, who said his �conscience and � moral convictions" (AP/5/18,2007) would prevent him from voting for Rudy Giuliani should he win the Republican presidential nomination, more Americans are opting for �Plan B� � a vote for a third party presidential candidate.

In a recent Rasmussen survey 58% of Americans said it would be good for the United States to have a �truly competitive� third party.

Having been a lifelong Republican I, like thousands of other conservatives, finally had enough. I traded in my GOP membership card, gave them back their secret de-coder ring and elephant decals and went elsewhere. I chose America�s third largest party based on voter registrations (Ballot Access News) I joined the Constitution Party. First I checked out the Greens; environmentalism is ok but I�m a die-hard free market gal myself and well, I like property rights too much. Next I looked at the Libertarian Party; nope�call me crazy but I still think killing babies is just plain mean and furthermore their open-borders policy does nothing for me. Lots of other people must agree because now polls show we�re seeing the results of years of growing discontent with the Republican and Democratic �Big Box� parties. Voters like me are now weighing their options, especially on that one issue that has voters seething- immigration. According to top-rated public opinion firm Rasmussen Reports, respondents were asked how they would vote if "a third party candidate ran in 2008 and promised to build a barrier along the Mexican border and make enforcement of immigration law his top priority."

The survey shows, when it comes to immigration, both �Big Box� parties left Americans cold: 30% of those polled said they�d vote for a third party candidate before they�d vote for a Republican.

More specifically, the immigration- question poll showed 35% of conservatives said they�d pick a third party candidate.

It�s no wonder; after years of broken promises voters are looking elsewhere. These numbers shouldn�t surprise anyone- it�s been a long time coming- especially in light of how both parties are ignoring American�s wishes by pushing the current sham �immigration reform� legislation. It�s nothing more than economic and public safety suicide� amnesty, plain and simple.

The Rasmussen study was done by the same firm that earlier showed Americans would trust a used car salesman over a member of Congress.

Anger has supplanted apathy. Americans are furious over what has happened to their country at the hands of the power-elite now running the government. Polling numbers on the recent MSNBC GOP California debate and the early polls of FOX News� South Carolina debate show that despite the mainstream media�s reluctance to acknowledge him, authentically-conservative Congressman Ron Paul had right-thinking voters sitting up and taking notice. Since the GOP has all but banished the congressman, what other choice do voters have but to look to a third party candidate?

Polling before and after the California debate showed Paul�s approval increased 31% after viewers had a chance to hear him speak, compared to liberal �frontrunner� former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani who�s approval decreased 19% after the debate. Numbers like that show Americans want someone other than the typical party boys and they won�t get that with either of the �Big Two.�

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Third parties are no strangers to Americans. Almost a century and a half ago the Republican Party shoved the (formerly conservative) Whigs out when they broke weak and voters sought a more conservative option; we�re seeing the same thing happen now that the Republican Party has lost its way.

� 2007 Mary Starrett - All Rights Reserved

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Mary Starrett was the Constitution Party candidate for Oregon governor in November, 2006, a TV news anchor and talk show host for 25 years and a radio talk show host for 5 years.

Executive Director, Oregonians for Life, Board of Directors, Christian Family Adoptions.

She is currently the Communications Director for the Constitution Party. The Constitution Party is the fastest-growing minor political party ( and is made up of Americans who believe a return to constitutional government is imperative.

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