1999. Former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, at the endorsement event, is
a key player on Alexander's campaign team.
1999. In Washington, DC the day after formally announcing his candidacy
in Nashville, Lamar Alexander receives the endorsements of Senators Fred
Thompson (at lectern) and Bill Frist (at the right), both of Tennessee.
Photo courtesy of Alexander
|March 9, 1999--Nashville,
TN. In the Old Supreme Court Chamber at the Tennessee State Capitol,
Lamar Alexander launches his campaign for the presidency. "A new American
Century will require a moral foundation laid by a President who respects
both the office and the people who put him there; a president who knows
what it took to make this nation great and what it will take to keep it
that way," Alexander said. He said his campaign would focus on three
basic ideas. "They are," he said, "to fix public education; to improve
family incomes by lowering taxes and securing Social Security; and to strengthen
our national defense." More
||Jan. 23, 1999.
Lamar Alexander addresses members of the Republican National Committee
at the RNC Winter Meeting. In a speech he delivered two days earlier at
CPAC, Alexander had described both the "practical idealism" of Vice President
Gore and the "compassionate conservatism" of Gov. George W. Bush as "weasel
words." The jibe at "compassionate conservatism" struck some RNC
members as a violation of Ronald Reagan's 11th Commandment ("Thou shalt
not speak ill of a fellow Republican."), and before this audience Alexander
limited his remarks to Gore's "practical idealism." However, when
asked about his approach, Alexander stood his ground, declaring himself
an idealist and a conservative. "I don't need to attach an adjective to
these words," he said. Alexander urged RNC members "to keep the door
open to the various candidacies." The Republican nomination "can't
be inherited, [and] shouldn't be bought...[it] needs to be earned," he
said. "There is no Bob Dole, there is no George Bush, there is no
Ronald Reagan, there is no one whose turn it is," Alexander declared.
1998. Lamar Alexander does a brief interview after participating in CEO
America/National Center for Policy Analysis' National School Choice Conference.
from the Iowa GOP's First in the Nation Gala and Convention
12-13, 1998, Cedar Rapids.
the media availability prior to the Gala, Alexander proposed tripling the
dependent child exemption for pre-school children from $2,650 to about
$8,000. "Our government and our culture have been waging a war on parents
for the last 30 years," he declared. Alexander said his proposal "would
give parents at least more of a choice about whether to stay home with
young children." He called for "a new tax code based on our values," including
lowering taxes, ending the marriage penalty, keeping the mortgage deduction,
and doubling the charitable deduction.
plaid passes to Iowa GOP activists arriving at the Campaign for a New American
Century's "Taste of Tennessee" event.
||Taste of Tennessee
was one of the biggest events at the Gala. A crowd of 5-600 people
chowed down on fried okra and other Tennessee food as an Elvis mannequin
||Lamar Alexander addressed
the crowd at the Taste of Tennessee.
||Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad,
honorary chair of CNAC, joined Alexander at the Taste of Tennessee.
Although Sen. Chuck Grassley has not aligned himself with any of the potential
presidential candidates, he stopped in to say hello to Alexander and his
||The morning after the Gala,
Alexander and his wife Honey signed copies of Lamar Alexander's Little
Plaid Book. Activists also picked up red "Send a Message: Vote Republican"