March 11, 2016


For Richard Viguerie
Bob Sturm
(703) 392-7676

For Ken Cuccinelli:
Mallory Rascher

Rebecca Hagelin




WASHINGTON, DC – Today, over sixty conservative leaders announced their support of Senator Ted Cruz for the Republican Presidential Nomination. The coalition, which formed within 24 hours, warns Republicans voting in the March 15 primaries that Donald Trump embodies the “Big Government cronyism” that conservatives like Ted Cruz are fighting. In an open letter, the leaders urge fellow conservatives to join them in support of Senator Cruz, the only presidential candidate with a record of standing up for limited government and conservative values.

“Ted Cruz is the only candidate who can credibly run for president as a full-spectrum conservative, build a winning conservative coalition AND who can be trusted to, without question, govern according to limited government constitutional conservative principles. That’s why I say to my fellow conservatives, ‘What are you waiting for? In Ted Cruz conservatives have a candidate that’s everything we want.’ We urge Republican primary voters to vote for Ted Cruz in the upcoming March 15 primaries and unite that winning conservative coalition NOW.”
     – Richard Viguerie, Chairman of

“Once again last night, Ted Cruz demonstrated on issue after issue conservative solutions to the challenges that confront America. Whether the issue is social security, economic opportunity or national security, Ted Cruz had a well-thought-out and conservative solution to each of these challenges. He showed a depth that was unmatched on the stage in the most recent debate and Ted needs and deserves the support of every movement conservative right now.”
     – Ken Cuccinelli, Former Virginia Attorney General

“Ted Cruz will move swiftly and effectively to restore the Constitution and America’s good name; and in so doing, will secure a ‘new birth of freedom’ for us and our children.”
     – Rebecca Hagelin, Board of Directors, FamilyTalk; Secretary, Council for National Policy



Donald Trump’s growing delegate count should focus the mind of every conservative on exactly what a Trump nomination would mean to each of the three legs of Ronald Reagan’s conservative coalition, and to our new 21st Century conservative coalition partners of the Tea Party and liberty movements. The conservative signers below have come together to sign this most important letter, and ask you to join us on this urgent mission.

On March 15, just a few days from now, the states of Florida, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio and the Territory of the Northern Mariana Islands will vote; their votes will allocate 367 delegates and could put Donald Trump – or principled limited government constitutional conservative Senator Ted Cruz – over half way to the 1,237 delegates required to win the Republican nomination for president.

The possibility of a Trump victory in the March 15 primaries should convince conservatives that unless we coalesce behind Ted Cruz, the conservative agenda will be stalled for at least another decade.

Cultural conservatives in particular should recognize that the nomination of Donald Trump would mean Republicans would field one of the most thoroughly secular candidates for President ever to represent either of America’s major political parties.

Trump is the poster boy for the kind of Big Business – Big Government cronyism that stacks the deck against new market entrants and uses pay-to-play politics to protect and give advantages to those who are prepared to buy influence with politicians – as Donald Trump has regularly bragged he does.

Likewise, Donald Trump’s views on national security and national defense should give pause to every conservative. While Trump’s testosterone-fueled rants to “knock the Hell out of ISIS” sound conservative to the establishment media, they bear little resemblance to Ronald Reagan’s “peace through strength” philosophy and policies.

Ted Cruz is everything we conservatives have been waiting for in a candidate for President. We urge you to pull out all the stops to inform your conservative friends, contacts in your network of associates, newsletters, press appearances, etc. about Donald Trump’s record and policies and to do everything possible to ensure that Senator Ted Cruz comes away with the most delegates from the March

15 Republican primaries and from this effort we build a solid and united conservative movement behind him going forward to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

We, the undersigned, with great respect for those with divergent views on the strengths of any one candidate, with an urgent sense of purpose for the future of our constitutional republic that may be permanently and irreparably harmed unless we act, and with thought and prayer for guidance from Almighty God, urge all conservatives to unite with us behind the only candidate for the Republican nomination who stands a chance of defeating Donald Trump — and that candidate is Ted Cruz.

Organizations for identification purposes only

Richard A. Viguerie, Chairman,
Rebecca Hagelin, Board of Directors, FamilyTalk; Secretary, Council for National Policy
Morton Blackwell, Chairman, Conservative Leadership PAC
Ken Cuccinelli, Former Virginia Attorney General
Jerry A. Johnson, Ph.D., President and CEO, National Religious Broadcasters
Rod D. Martin, Founder and CEO, The Martin Organization
Sherri R. Martin, The Martin Foundation
Hon. Sharron Angle, President, National Federation of Republican Assemblies
Nicholas Stehle, Campaign for the American Future
Frank Gaffney, President, the Center for Security Policy
Erick Erickson, Editor of The Resurgent
Sandy Rios, Director of Governmental Affairs for AFA
Barbara Ledeen, Jews for Cruz
Tim Macy, Chairman, Gun Owners of America
Brian S. Brown, President, National Organization for Marriage
Elaine Donnelly, President, Center for Military Readiness
Penny Nance, CEO and President, Concerned Women for America
Jenny Beth Martin, Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund, Chairman
Terry Schilling, Executive Director, American Principles Project
Dr. Rick Scarborough, President, Vision America Action
Kelly Shackelford, Esq, President/CEO, First Liberty Institute
Angelo Codevilla, Professor emeritus Boston University
Dr. William Scott Magill – Executive Director, Veterans in Defense of Liberty
Donna Hearne, Former Reagan appointee, 30 year plus talk show host, Executive Director, Educational Policy Conferences, author, The Long War and Common Core (Missouri)
Molly Smith, President, Cleveland Right to Life
Charles Murray, WH Brady Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
Jason Jones, Founder, Movie to Movement
Tricia Erickson, President, Angel Pictures & Publicity and Publisher of
William A. Estrada, Director of Federal Relations, Home School Legal Defense Association
Austin Ruse, President, Center for Family & Human Rights
Phil Burress, Chairman, Citizens for Community Values Action
Robert Cramer, Chairman of the Board, THE FAMiLY LEADER
Bob Vander Plaats, President and CEO, THE FAMiLY LEADER
Bob Reccord, former CNP Executive Director
Becky Gerritson, Founder & President Wetumpka TEA Party
J. Christian Adams, Attorney
Ginni Thomas, President, Liberty Consulting
Gayle Trotter, Attorney
Stella Morabito, senior contributor, The Federalist
Debra Burlingame, Co-founder of 9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong America
Tim LeFever, Chairman, Capitol Resource Institute
Janice Shaw Crouse, Ph.D., Chairman of Board, Institute on Religion and Democracy, Executive Committee of Board, The Howard Center
Russell J. Ramsland, Jr., Founder: Park Cities/Preston Hollow Leadership Forum, Dallas, Texas, Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives (CD-32) in 2016 GOP Primary
Pastor Paul Blair, President, Reclaiming America for Christ
Seth A. Morgan, Former Ohio State Representative
Steve Strang, CEO, Charisma Media
Ellen L. Barrosse, Chairman, RNC Conservative Steering Committee; Republican National Committeewoman, Delaware
Lori Viars, VP, Warren Co. Right To Life (Ohio)
Michael James Barton, Former Pentagon Official
Joe Calvert, Board of Governors, CNP
George Rasley, Editor,
Dean Clancy, Partner, Adams Auld LLC
Penna Dexter, Radio Host
Kirk Uhler, Placer County Supervisor, Dist. 4, Placer County, CA
Tommy Sears, Independent Consultant
G. Tracy Mehan III, Contributor, The American Spectator, Adjunct Professor, George Mason University School of Law
Phillip Eder, Minneapolis, MN
Margaret L. Petito, President, Friends of Rule of Law in Ecuador, Inc., Washington, D.C.
Chuck Cooper, Former Reagan Administration Assistant Attorney General
Michelle Easton, President, Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute
Fred Fleitz, Senior Vice President, Center for Security Policy