Candidate #3:Donald Trump Republican Presidential Hopefuls(Part 1)(Charlie Rich, Famous Arkansan)

Donald Trump at CPAC Conference 2011

David Gibson in his article “Donald Trump, Family Values Conservative–Believe it or not,” PoliticsDaily.com, wrote about a month ago:

Donald Trump stole the show on the first day of the Conservative Political Action Conference — stealing the spotlight is his specialty, after all — and he did it by making all sorts of brash and questionable declarations — also a trademark.

But it was Trump’s declaration to the CPAC crowd that he is now “pro-life” that has some social conservatives scratching their heads.

 So “family values guy” isn’t a label one would naturally associate with Trump, unless one is impressed by the fact that he has five children by three wives.

Moreover, in his 2000 book, “The America We Deserve” Trump wrote that he supports “a woman’s right to choose,” but added, “I am uncomfortable with the procedures.”

That discomfort seemed to grow as Trump inched closer to throwing his hat into the 2012 ring, as he seems increasingly tempted to do.

Then, on the eve of the CPAC cattle call for GOP candidates, Trump told talk-radio host Laura Ingraham flat out: “I am pro-life.” And he repeated that declaration on Thursday.

So is that enough to win the soul of social conservatives? Pro-lifers didn’t seem to be sold quite yet.

“Well, this is good news, I suppose. Right? After all, we do welcome converts,” Joshua Mercer wrote at CatholicVote.org, the blog of a conservative political lobby.

But, he added, “pro-life Catholics need to exercise extreme caution regarding Donald Trump. It’s possible his ‘conversion’ is just like Mitt Romney’s — made because he realizes he cannot win the Republican presidential nomination with the label ‘pro-choice.’ “

(Mercer identified Trump as a Catholic, but he is apparently a member of the Dutch Reformed Church.)

Writing at the anti-abortion site LifeNews.com, Andrew Bair’s interest was piqued by Trump’s newfound potential, but he was also cautious. “As the 2012 race intensifies, pro-life advocates must call upon Donald Trump to further explain his stand on important pro-life issues like Supreme Court nominations and repeal of the pro-abortion Obama healthcare law.”

Trump’s turnabout could also be seen as a confirmation of the influence that social conservatives still retain in the Republican Party, as no potential candidate can afford to be seen as mushy on the abortion issue if they expect to have any chance for the nomination._____________________________________

I am reminded of what my former pastor Adrian Rogers of Bellevue Baptist Church and former president of the Southern Baptist Convention said to George Bush in 1992. “We (conservative pro-lifers) do not have the numbers to elect you, but if you leave us then we have the numbers to defeat you” (I am going by memory, may not be exact quote).

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Here is another famous Arkansan below:

I used to see Charlie Rich in Cordova, Tennessee all the time when I was growing up. In fact, I played on my high school golf team with a guy named Lynn Burke who cut Mr Rich’s yard on   a regular basis and Lynn told me that Mr. Rich was very generous.

Behind closed doors

Charlie Rich

Inducted in 1996

 (1932-1995) – Born in the Colt community between Wynne and Forrest City, Arkansas, Rich got his start at Sun Records in Memphis and penned many songs for other artists before recording his first hit “Behind Closed Doors” in 1973. Other hits like “The Most Beautiful Girl” followed and Rich was named the CMA Entertainer of the Year in 1974. In 1978, he appeared in the Clint Eastwood film “Every Which Way But Loose.” His nickname was “the Silver Fox.” www.mahalo.com/Charlie_Rich

The most beautiful girl in the world

 

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