Mike Huckabee-Organization, Tennessee
revised March 29, 2008

National Campaign Manager John "Chip" Saltsman
(announced February 1, 2007; effective immediately)  Senior political advisor for former Sen. Bill Frist's VOLPAC.  Two-time Bush Pioneer.  Works in IT consulting and real estate.  Worked for Frist when he headed the NRSC.  Chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party in the 2000 cycle.  Worked in the administration of Gov. Don Sundquist (R-TN).  Graduate of Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN, 1990.

Jan. 28, 2008

Tennessee Right to Life Endorses Mike Huckabee
Excitement Among Grassroots, Unparalleled Record of Pro-Life Leadership Chief Factors in Decision

Tennessee Right to Life announces today the group's endorsement of Governor Mike Huckabee for the February 5 Presidential primary. The strength of Governor Huckabee's public record on matters concerning the protection of human life and strong support among the organization's grassroots members were key to making the decision.

"The beauty of a grassroots organization is that your members set the priorities," said Brian Harris, president of the state's oldest and largest pro-life organization. "For pro-life Tennesseans, the election of a sincere, proven pro-life president is paramount," said Harris. "Our members recognize Mike Huckabee as ‘one of us' and that enthusiasm is driven by his demonstrated record of leadership and sacrifice toward the shared cause of protecting life," said Harris.

In particular, Governor Huckabee's pro-life leadership as Lt. Governor and Governor in Arkansas resulted in the following protective polices:

• Passage of the Arkansas Unborn Child Amendment
• Ban of Partial Birth Abortion
• Parental Notification for minor daughters seeking abortion
• Informed Consent for Women considering abortion
• Unborn Child Pain Awareness provision
• Unborn Victims of Violence Act

Governor Huckabee also supports ethical stem cell research but opposes destructive embryonic stem cell research. He was the second governor in the country to sign into law a ban on Human Cloning.

"What I accomplished as Governor proves that there is a lot more that a pro-life President can do than wait for a Supreme Court vacancy, and I will do everything I can to promote a pro-life agenda and pass pro-life legislation," said Huckabee. "If I am saddled with a Democrat Congress, I'll veto any pro-abortion legislation they pass. I will staff all relevant positions with pro-life appointees. I will use the Bully Pulpit to change hearts and minds, to move this country from a culture of death to a culture of life.

Tennessee Right to Life urges concerned pro-life Tennesseans of every political background to actively support the election of a demonstrated pro-life leader who will make pro-life protections a priority. For more information, contact Tennessee Right to Life toll free 1-877 choose life or www.tnrtl.org.
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