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"We have a
lot of Republicans in Washington that are not acting like Republicans.
There are a lot of candidates, but not a lot of them are going to bring
back the principles of Ronald Reagan. We haven't had someone who is
speaking for Republicans. Reagan committed to that. He was not a career
candidate. He did not get into politics until he was 55 years old. It
should be about ideas and principles. It should be about changing the
country for the better." -
SLOGAN: "We can do it together!"
NAME: John Herman Cox
OF BIRTH: July 15, 1955
Stephanie, Shannon, and Julianne
FOOD TO COOK/EAT: Ice Cream
Talk Show Host
FITNESS ACTIVITY: Basketball and soccer
FACT: John's wife, Sarah, is partially responsible for his
presidential run. Upon seeing his frustration with the corrupt and
shamelessly immoral Republican leadership and the incompetent
president, she encouraged him to do something about it. The next
morning she found him still awake reading a Reagan book. He announced
to her at that time, "Honey, I'm going to run for
president." She responded with "Oh. My. God."
is a U.S. businessman, political candidate, and former host of
"Progressive Conservative," a talk show on WJJG 1530 AM in
Chicago. Cox has served on the
boards of charities such as the American Cancer Society, Boy's Hope/Girls
Hope, and United Charities, and currently sits on the board of the USO and
FireWorks for Kids Foundation.
Born on the near north
side of Chicago, Cox is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago
where he majored in accounting and political science, and of
ITT/Chicago-Kent College of Law. He married Sarah Hall and credits her as
inspiring him to run for president. They
have four daughters, Sarah,
Stephanie, Shannon and Julianne. Cox
has taught religious education classes at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in
Glenview, and has served on a local school board and zoning board.
Cox created a chapter
of Rebuilding Together, a nationwide charitable organization that is
dedicated to renovating homes for low-income, elderly, disabled, and
families with children. Seeing the need for the program in his community,
Cox recruited a board and formed the Christmas in April - North Suburban
1981, Cox founded a law firm specializing in corporate law and tax planning
named John H. Cox and Associates Ltd.; in 1985, he founded Cox Financial
Group Ltd. which specializes in investment counseling, income tax planning,
retirement planning and asset protection; and in 1995, he founded Equity
Property Management, a real estate management firm specializing in apartment
In 2000, Cox ran for
Congress in Illinois' 10th District to replace retiring Congressman John
Porter, but lost the Republican Primary race to former Porter aide Mark
Kirk. In 2002, Cox ran for U.S.
Senate in Illinois on a conservative platform, aligning himself with
"Reagan Republicans." Again, he lost the Republican primary with
23%, losing this time to Jim Durkin. Cox later served as president of the
Cook County Republican Party. In
2004, Cox ran unsuccessfully for Cook County Recorder of Deeds against
incumbent Democrat Eugene Moore. Cox said he decided to run for the office
in order to eliminate the position; he saw the office as an unnecessary
duplication of services and had become a "model of waste and
On March 9, 2006, John
Cox announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for U.S. President
in 2008, becoming the first Republican to formally enter the 2008
presidential race. Cox has visited
all 99 counties in Iowa, and according to a schedule posted on his website,
he continues to make almost monthly visits there. The schedule also
indicates that he has made twelve campaign trips to the First-in-the-Nation
Primary state of New Hampshire since March, 2006, most recently in February,
2007, and has visited the early primary state of South Carolina at least
five times since the announcement of his campaign.
consistently shown Cox with 1% or less of the popular vote. Because of this,
Cox was not invited to participate in the 2007 first Republican Presidential
debate held May 3, 2007 in the Reagan National Library, nor to the May 15
debate held by South Carolina Republican Party. He asked a federal court to
stop the May 15, 2007 South Carolina debate unless he could take part,
asserting in a lawsuit that the South Carolina GOP and Fox News Channel
"rigged" their selection process to exclude him, however, on
Friday, May 11, 2007, the judge refused to halt the debate. He did attend
the debate venue, and conducted several interviews before being, as a
campaign press release put it, "kicked off of the Reagan Library
grounds, and had his press pass confiscated."
As of December 22,
2006, the campaign had committee chairmen in 33 states, including the early
caucus and primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. A press
release put out by the campaign on October 26, 2006 touted the organization
of 104 counties across the nation by volunteers.
On the serious issue
of Iraq, Cox says the creation of employment opportunities for Iraqis in the
oil reserves sector would create a means to an end of violence. Cox
also proposes developing a coalition of Muslim forces to take the front line
of security away from the United States in Iraq.
War in Iraq:
I believe we need to quickly build
up Iraq's economy by returning oil production to full capacity so they
can become self-sufficient, then we will be able to pull out our
troops victorious. A prosperous people do not turn to terrorism. We
must win the war in Iraq and elsewhere so we are fighting terror over
there, not over here.
I want to eliminate the IRS. Our
tax system is counterproductive, too complicated and time consuming.
Taxing income is inherently wrong, and stunts economic growth. That is
why I support the Fair Tax, which has been introduced in the Congress
as HR25 and S25. As president, I will seek to eliminate the
"death tax," and will veto all tax increase proposals.
Illegal Immigration Crisis:
While legal immigration is good for
America, illegal immigration hurts our economy and strains our public
services. Amnesty is not the answer, nor are "guest
workers." We need Citizens who want to become part of our nation,
learn English and contribute to the economy. I will crack down on
businesses that hire - and exploit - illegal labor. We must protect
our borders and enforce our laws.
our Second Amendment Rights:
I am a Lifetime member of the NRA
and fully support gun ownership and our Second Amendment right to bear
arms. "Gun control" doesn't work, and uses precious
resources rather than going after criminals. Concealed Carry laws have
helped prevent crime in the states that have adopted them.
Iran, North Korea and al-Qaeda are
growing threats; we must adopt Ronald Reagan's "Peace Through
Strength" philosophy and communicate a policy of democracy and
economic opportunity throughout the world. As president, I would
strengthen our intelligence services, and I support a nuclear shield
that could make nuclear weapons obsolete. I would balance protecting
our civil liberties with the need to protect our national interests.
As president, I will stand for the
rights of the unborn. I am proudly pro-life without exception, from
conception to natural death. If there is a question about protecting
life versus protecting someone's personal choices, we should ALWAYS
resolve it in life's favor. We should embrace the broadest possible
definition of life, and err on the side of protecting it. Government
has a role in defining life as a fundamental right.
As president, I will veto every
Federal budget that is not balanced. Period. Government spending is
out of control. Special interests make it very difficult for career
politicians who depend on them for re-election to cut spending. I will
eliminate the Commerce and Education Departments, I will seek
Line-Item Veto and Balanced Budget Amendments from Congress, and urge
zero-based budgeting and sun setting to force a constant re-evaluation
of government programs
Our values have a huge impact on
our quality of life and are a bedrock of our society. Our values
should be reflected by elected legislators, not by unelected and
impossible-to-remove judges. Government should be "family
friendly" in all that it does.
I believe that religious freedom is
a fundamental human right. America should be steadfast in supporting
the rights of individuals to express their religious beliefs in every
corner of the world. I am a baptized, born-again evangelical Catholic
who believes we need to embrace people of all religious beliefs. The
religious freedom guaranteed by the Constitution does not mean freedom
from religion, or that religion must be banished from public
for the Traditional Family and for Marriage:
The traditional American family has
suffered several defeats in the past decade at the hands of state
courts, who force legislatures to impose so-called "gay
marriage" or "civil unions" onto the people. As
president, I will stand for the traditional American family and will
support swift passage of the Federal Marriage Amendment to protect
against this trend.
Security and Government Transfer Spending:
Social Security has to be
preserved, but is unsustainable in its current form. Private
retirement accounts are the best hope we have to reform the system and
make it financially available to future generations. Myths, lies, and
demagoguery are the hallmarks of the political debate and must be
replaced by sound reasoning and facts. Medicare and Medicaid are even
bigger financial time bombs. I support managed care, vouchers and
health savings accounts.
and Tort Reform:
Regulation is necessary but should
be governed by the free market. Regulators need to understand that
they serve the private economy, not the other way around. All agencies
should be graded on quality and efficiency. Regulations must make
sense and not pick winners and losers in the economy. Rational legal
reforms like loser pays are essential to keep our economy competitive.
We need more statesmen to enter
politics, not more career politicians. The 1974 limits on spending
have only cemented protected incumbents, who win with large networks
of contributors. Immediate disclosure - sunlight - is the best
disinfectant for a diseased campaign finance system. We must also have
term limits for Congress, and repeal McCain-Feingold, which stifles
free speech and has empowered liberal groups but has had no positive
Competition in health care will
bring down costs and improve efficiency. We should inject patient and
doctor choice into the system to create more accountability and cost
control. As president, I will use America's influence to force an end
to foreign governments' subsidizing drug costs at Americans' expense.
Ending the tax deduction for employee health insurance would provide
more opportunity for patient choice and consumer power.
and The Environment:
Diversity is the key to our energy
future. We are too dependent on expensive fossil fuels. I support
alternative fuels and domestic drilling. Free market incentives and
sensible regulation can address the problem of pollution. I oppose the
Kyoto Treaty, which would devastate the U.S. economy. Fiscal
responsibility and respect for property rights is key to environmental
protection. Polluters should bear economic penalties.
The government school monopoly is
the problem. Competition is the answer, not more money, which has
doubled after inflation in the past 20 years without much improvement
in test scores. Turn parents into consumers with vouchers, which are
Constitutional and do not lose money for public schools because the
child is no longer there to create expenses. Education is a local and
state issue. No Child Left Behind should be repealed.
A strong domestic agricultural
industry is essential to our survival as a nation. A level playing
field and forcing open new foreign markets for farmers that are
currently closed are better than subsidies, which should be phased
out. Big corporate farms have edged out the family farmers, and get
most of the subsidies, but the family farm should remain the backbone
of our economy.
but Fair Trade:
I support free but fair trade
policies. As the world's largest economy, we must exercise our
tremendous economic power to force our trading partners to open their
markets to our goods and services. American business needs a level
playing field with vast improvements necessary in our tax and
regulatory systems. When Americans have that fair playing field, we
can and will compete with anyone in the world.
JOHN COX QUOTES
"I am glad we
have George W. Bush as President instead of Al Gore. Having said that, like
many conservatives, I am very disappointed in what the President and the
Republican Congressional leadership did with the power we gave them. No
Child Left Behind, Medicare Part D, Sarbanes - Oxley, the immigration
sellout, the failure of tax and social security reform, the spending,
McCain-Feingold, and on and on - not to mention rampant corruption. It
didn't have to be like this: and we need to demand something different.
That's why I am running for President."
"I fully realize
that my candidacy is considered by many to be a long-shot, but given our
current field of candidates, that shouldn't be a limitation, it should be an
attraction. The American people are openly disdainful of their political
leadership. They have put their trust in the career politicians and
celebrities, but have been disappointed time and again. They feel let down
and deceived by politicians they have worked and voted for, but while they
still remain greatly disappointed, they are looking desperately for a leader
to bring real results for our nation's families."
"I am one of
those who are disappointed in our leadership, which is why I have accepted
this challenge. Many Americans share those same concerns. They are looking
for leadership; consistent, honest leadership that will bring common sense,
solid values and empathy for the common man to the Presidency."
"Despite a lack
of national media coverage of my campaign, I have been able to build
campaign organizations in 30 states and have extensive grassroots contacts
in the early primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, where
I have garnered significant support in straw polls."
"I am a
conservative because I believe that conservative solutions solve problems,
just as Reagan believed. You want security? Build the strongest, most
powerful military so no one ever would think of challenging you. Want a
functioning economy? Enforce the rule of law and create tax and regulatory
schemes that allow for the free flow of capital. Want the best health care
and education at a reasonable price? Increase supply, reduce demand and
ensure fair competition - that is the free market writ large and has from
time immemorial proven to be the best way to assure the availability of the
utmost in quality at an affordable price."
"It is beyond
obvious that social conservatives are very concerned about prospects in the
2008 Presidential election. While there are several candidates that have
decent pro life and pro family records, equally clear is that many of these
candidates are lacking in fiscal matters, have made seriously deficient
statements in the past in regard to enforcing our immigration laws or have
been members of a U.S. Congress that disappointed many conservatives in
regard to the growth of government or addressing our serious
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