Concord Monitor: November 7, 2011

Nov 7, 2011

Karger: I’m not going anywhere ; Republican aims to bring party to center [Concord Monitor (NH)]

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Fred Karger says he relates more to Occupy Wall Street than to the Tea Party. He supports same-sex marriage and abortion rights. He voted in the last two presidential elections for Ralph Nader.

All in all, he isn’t much like most Republicans running for president.

“I’m not one of these Republicans who say, ‘Oh, you’re too conservative, you should leave the party.’ I believe everyone should stay in the Republican Party. But I think it needs to reflect this moderate view more than it does,” he told the Monitor’s editorial board last week.

Karger, 61, a longtime political consultant and California resident who has never held elected office, is billing himself as the first openly gay candidate for president as he seeks next year’s Republican nomination. With little money and a half-dozen full- and part-time staffers, he says he’ll be happy if he can make it into a single televised debate.

In any case, he said, he’s not going away. He’s on the ballot for New Hampshire’s Jan. 10 primary. He said he has resources to make it to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., if necessary. And the self-described Rockefeller Republican says he wants to move his party back toward the moderate middle.

“I will be in a debate. I have pledged that from Day 1. . . . That is my measure of success,” he said.

If he were elected president, Karger said he’d reach out to everyone and be willing to compromise to achieve his goals.

“If you can get a personal relationship going, nine times out of 10 you can get things done,” he said. “We all have a lot in common.”

On the federal budget, Karger said he’d want to see spending cut to reduce the deficit, but he wouldn’t reject raising taxes.

“Everything needs to be on the table,” Karger said. “We have a Congress now that . . . are complete cowards. All they will do is raise spending, increase spending, and cut taxes because that goes over well at home. And we’ve been doing that for too long, and we have to bite the bullet here.”

Karger said he’s working on a tax plan, and would try to help the unemployed get back to work by creating an online clearinghouse for jobs, assist with moving expenses and training and create tax incentives for businesses to hire.

He also said he wants to explore microloan programs – “that’s very grassroots,” he said – financed in part with repatriated corporate profits brought back to the United States during a tax holiday.

Karger said the 2009 federal stimulus spending championed by President Obama and Troubled Asset Relief Program pushed by then- president Bush in 2008 were necessary. But he said Obama then focused on health care reform at the expense of the economy.

On health care, Karger said he would look to the states to enact plans, with the federal government using financial incentives to promote standards like covering patients with pre-existing conditions and allowing young adults to stay on their parents’ insurance.

And on foreign policy, Karger said “too much was left to chance” as the Arab Spring protests gathered steam early this year, but he supports the U.S.-coalition intervention in the Libyan civil war. He also said he supports pulling troops out of Afghanistan and Iraq.

Karger disagrees with many Republicans on many issues.

“It’s difficult, I’ll say that. And it would be easy for me to just part company and go off to independent or Democrat,” Karger said. “But I believe in the basic foundation of the Republican Party.”

(Ben Leubsdorf can be reached at 369-3307 or bleubsdorf@cmonitor.com.)

Update: November 2, 2011

November 2, 2011

Contact: Rina Shah

rina@fredkarger.com

304-237-6489

Okay, Florida, you had your chance to move your

Primary back to March 2012

Kicks off Month-Long Florida Orange Juice Boycott!

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – California businessman and former Reagan aide Fred Karger continues his campaign to get Florida to stop hurting the selection of the next President of the United States.  Karger will keep his campaign promise by calling for a national boycott of Florida Orange Juice effective November 1, 2011 and for the next 30 days or until Florida officials come to their senses.

New Commercial and Web Site to Launch Boycott

The November Boycott kicks off with a slick new commercial called “Anita Who?” made by our incredible filmmaker Kristina Lapinski:

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“Every four years we pick the nominees for President of the two major political parties in this country,” said Karger.  “Now for whatever reason the state of Florida moved its Primary from March 2012 to January 31, 2012, forcing the four traditionally early states to move their primaries up as well.  New Hampshire, Iowa, South Carolina and Nevada all lose half their delegates because of Florida.  The voters lose, too.  Voters need more time to get to know all eleven serious GOP candidates for President.  We hope that by putting economic pressure on Florida’s 2nd largest industry – Orange Juice – state leaders will do the right thing.”

“It appears that frontrunner Mitt Romney is the only one who benefits by Florida’s move.  He hopes to wrap this up by January 31st and this is way too important a decision to short-circuit the process just to help Romney,” concluded Karger.

Send Florida politicians a message, “Quit mucking up the election and move the Florida Primary back to March!”


 

Op Ed in New Hampshire Union Leader

 

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Another View: If Florida doesn’t move its primary back, it’s boycott time
By FRED KARGER
Published Oct 25, 2011 at 3:00 am (Updated Oct 24, 2011)

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Florida is jeopardizing the most important decision we make as Americans every four years; the election of the President of the United States. By violating Republican National Committee rules and choosing Jan. 31, 2012 for its presidential primary, Florida has caused tremendous disruption in the presidential selection process, and has gained nothing by moving its primary date forward.

Florida will remain the fifth contest, and has created havoc and uncertainty in New Hampshire, Iowa, Nevada and South Carolina by forcing these four states to go earlier than planned. The “Sunshine State” would only serve to rob voters of one of the most important tools they need to make an informed decision: time.  (MORE…)


 

Letter sent to the Governor two weeks ago

We warned Governor Rick Scott, State House Speaker Dean Cannon and Secretary of State Kurt Browning and other Florida political leaders on October 19, 2011 that we would launch our boycott.


Sign our petition
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Please join the fight.  Go to change.org and sign our petition:  CLICK HERE

Visit our new web site, check out and sign the petition and post both links all over town or at least on facebook and tweet them.

Working together America wins.

Thank you!!!

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