Running for Presidency
In 1986, the 199th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution of the United States, Robertson announced he would be a presidential candidate if he received three million petition signatures pledging support for his candidacy. Hardly, anyone in the United States believed that Robertson could become a serious candidate for the presidency. The press did not treat him as a serious candidate in the beginning, but he increasingly became difficult to ignore. He successfully raised nearly 30 million dollars in contributions and federal matching funds, second only to the Vice President George Bush, and received slightly over a million votes in the Republican Party primaries and caucuses, some nine percent of the total.32 Robertsonís campaign was very successful in caucuses than primaries, second victories in Hawaii, Alaska, Nevada, and Washington.33 He also made respectable showings in Iowa, Michigan, and Minnesota, primary by enlisting new participants into Republican politics.34
At A Right To Life Meeting
Robertson Announcing His Run for the Presidency
June 13, 1986 October 1, 1987
Robertsonís campaign was far more sophisticated than any organized movements of the New Christian Right. Robertson did not want to be a block leader. His intentions of his campaign were reshaping institutions of the United States, particularly its schools and laws by directly committing into politics. The main backbone of Robertsonís support is made up of conservative Christians in Pentecostals, charismatics, fundamentalists, Southern Baptists, independent Baptists, Roman Catholics, and conservative evangelicals within liberal Protestant denominations. If he could pull all of these diverse groups together, he would win the Republican nomination and the presidency. It was not likely to happen.
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