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Bill Simon on Principles & Values

2004 former Republican Challenger CA Governor


Exits race to avoid splitting GOP vote

Bill Simon, Republican son of the US Treasury secretary under Presidents Nixon and Ford, William E. Simon, dropped out of California's gubernatorial recall race yesterday. The move appeared to have improved the position of Arnold Schwarzenegger, the actor and current frontrunner.

"I strongly believe that the desire of Californians must come before the aspirations of any single candidate," Simon said in a statement. Polls have found that Schwarzenegger was leading the Republicans, but was still running neck-and-neck with the leading Democrat among the replacement candidates, Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante.

Source: Boston Globe, p. A16, column 5 Aug 24, 2003

Exits California recall race to avoid splitting GOP vote

Bill Simon, son of the US Treasury secretary under Presidents Nixon and Ford, William E. Simon, dropped out of California's gubernatorial recall race yesterday. "I strongly believe that the desire of Californians must come before the aspirations of any single candidate," Simon said in a statement. Polls have found that Arnold Schwarzenegger was leading the Republicans, but was still running neck-and-neck with the leading Democrat among the replacement candidates, Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante.
Source: Boston Globe, p. A16, column 5 Aug 24, 2003

Successful businessman, charity contributor, family man

Q: What is your single proudest achievement that qualifies you to be Governor?

A: I think three things qualify me to be governor: I am a successful businessman, a former federal prosecutor who worked under Rudy Giuliani, and a charity leader. Over the years, I have donated both my time and money to charitable causes including many Latino efforts. I am very proud of my record. But what I am most proud of is my family, my wife and my four children.

Source: Eastern Groups Publications, CA Gov. Q&A, with Raul Vasquez Nov 2, 2002

Rated C by the Club for Growth, pro-growth but not targeted.

Simon scores C by the Club for Growth, a conservative PAC

The GOP controls the Senate by just one vote. Even with today’s margin, the GOP doesn’t have effective control of the agenda as the Democrats use the filibuster to kill pro-growth reform or crucial judicial appointments. The next Senate could confirm two U.S. Supreme Court justices.

If the Republicans do manage to pick up a few extra seats in the Senate, there could also be an ideological shift toward pro-growth issues. Right now, the balance of power is in the hands of the RINO Republicans like Olympia Snowe and Arlen Specter. With a seat pick-up for the GOP, plus the addition of GOP superstars, Olympia and Arlen would no longer be deciding votes. We could move away from watered-down Republicanism toward a genuine pro-growth agenda.

Members of the Club are economic conservatives, like-minded political contributors who are frustrated with the ideological drift of both parties today. Club members have a shared goal of contributing to and electing more Reaganites to Congress who are willing to stand for the issues like: cutting taxes, controlling federal spending, personal accounts for Social Security, ending the death tax, eliminating the capital gains tax, fundamental tax reform, providing true school choice and minimizing government's role in our daily lives.

The stakes are mighty high in the Senate elections. That’s why we’re providing you now with our outlook for every competitive Senate race and a list of our top tier choices. The “A” List Candidates make this list because their races are competitive and they are the very best on economic issues. The “B” List Candidates are all in hotly contested races too, but they are not as rock solid on economic growth issues.

Source: CFG website 04n-CFG on Sep 21, 2004

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AL Bob Riley
AR Mike Huckabee
AZ Janet Napolitano
CA Arnold Schwarzenegger
CO Bill Owens
CT Jodi Rell
DE Ruth Ann Minner
FL Jeb Bush
GA Sonny Perdue
HI Linda Lingle
IA Tom Vilsack
ID Dirk Kempthorne
IL Rod Blagojevich
IN Mitch Daniels
KS Kathleen Sebelius
KY Ernie Fletcher
LA Kathleen Blanco
MA Mitt Romney
MD Bob Ehrlich
ME John Baldacci
MI Jennifer Granholm
MN Tim Pawlenty
MO Matt Blunt
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NC Mike Easley
ND John Hoeven
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NM Bill Richardson
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SD Mike Rounds
TN Phil Bredesen
TX Rick Perry
UT Jon Huntsman
VA Tim Kaine
VT Jim Douglas
WA Christine Gregoire
WI Jim Doyle
WV Joe Manchin III
WY Dave Freudenthal
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