ATLANTA – Today, Draft Haley for Vice President, an Atlanta based committee connected with conservative voters nationwide, announced that it has filed a statement of organization with the Federal Election Commission.
The committee is seeking to convince the presumptive Republican nominee to select Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour as his vice presidential running mate by delivering a petition signed by 50,000 GOP supporters to the nominee and Governor Barbour by March 1, 2008.
Affiliated with www.DraftHaley.com, the group is mobilizing supporters nationwide and is working aggressively to raise money in order to finance the campaign.
Joshua W. Jones, a senior at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga., and chairman of Draft Haley for Vice President, is optimistic about the committee’s efforts.
“Gov. Barbour helped make Republicans the majority in 1994 and is the man who can help the GOP win the White House in 2008,” Jones said. “He has shown an exceptional ability to lead. In spite of the nation’s largest national disaster, he has pulled Mississippi out of a $720 million budget deficit, decreased Medicaid rolls to less than 600,000 and created more than 38,000 jobs—all without raising taxes.”
Barbour, perhaps best known for his role following Hurricane Katrina, served as chairman of the Republican National Committee in 1993 and led the GOP to capture both houses of the Untied States Congress in 1994—the first time Republicans had taken control of the House of Representatives in 40 years. In November, Barbour won reelection in Mississippi’s gubernatorial election with more than 93 percent of the vote in the primary and more than 58 percent of the vote in the general election.
“The people of Mississippi made their voices heard at the ballot box, and now we want to make our voices heard by drafting Haley Barbour as America’s next vice president,” said Jones.
To access the committee’s Web site, or to sign the petition, visit www.DraftHaley.com.
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ATLANTA – With Senator John McCain (R-Az.) as the predicted GOP front-runner, people are beginning to speculate on his running mate. Pundits and voters agree that if McCain secures the nomination, he will need a strong conservative in the Deep South.
Draft Haley Barbour for Vice President, an Atlanta-based committee, believes Governor Haley Barbour (R-Miss.) is that southern conservative and they are seeking to gather 50,000 signatures to convince the republican nominee of the same thing.
As part of their grassroots campaign, the committee will begin airing television ads on Sunday in Phoenix, Az. and Jackson, Miss.—the home cities of Senator John McCain and Governor Haley Barbour, respectively.
“Senator McCain’s chances at victory in November will be enhanced by picking a running mate that will unite the Republican ticket,” said Joshua W. Jones, Chairman of the Draft Haley for Vice President committee. “Governor Barbour’s vision and his ability to lead give conservatives a voice on the ticket.”
The ad, which is also available on the committee’s Web site at http://www.drafthaley.com, begins with a composite of GOP icons Presidents Lincoln, Roosevelt and Reagan, asking the question, “Remember when Republicans stood for something? Extolled conservative values and meant it? When Republicans fought for a government that spent less but did things better? Haley Barbour does.” The ad then focuses on Governor Barbour’s role in making Republicans the majority in Congress in 1994 when he was the Republican National Committee Chairman, and his success as governor in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Since Super Tuesday, http://www.drafthaley.com has received more than 60,000 hits. The committee believes the growing momentum surrounding their campaign can be credited to Governor Barbour’s proven economic leadership.
“On Super Tuesday, exit polls revealed that voters in both parties believe the economy is the most important issue facing our country,” said Jones. “In a time of economic concern, voters are looking for someone they can depend on to ensure economic prosperity, someone like Governor Barbour.”
Since assuming office, Governor Barbour has been credited with puling Mississippi out of a $720 million budget deficit, decreasing Medicaid rolls to less than 600,000 and creating more than 38,000 jobs—all without raising taxes.
“The response has been excellent and we believe this television ad will give help spread our message in key states. We are starting in Arizona and Mississippi, but, we are encouraging people to visit the Web site and to contribute so we can air the ads next week in Ohio and Texas, immediately before those two states hold their primaries,” said Jones.
To sign the petition or to learn more about the Draft Haley movement, visit http://www.DraftHaley.com