In a political move obviously intended to win support from — and undermine Mitt Romney with — Nevada Mormons, the Ron Paul campaign today released testimonials for his candidacy from Nevada members of the Church of Latter-Day Saints.
Here is the press release in its entirety:
Welcomes ‘LDS for Ron Paul’
Nationwide Coalition Members
Saints hail from Clark and Washoe counties
HENDERSON, Nevada – The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign announced today new members of its “LDS for Ron Paul” nationwide coalition. The Latter-Day Saints Church members and member families joining the coalition hail from Clark and Washoe counties, both Nevada.
“It’s such a rare thing to find a politician that respects, and supports, our values. How lucky we are to have a presidential candidate, Ron Paul, with a congressional record of supporting our faith’s understanding of the proper role of government,” said David Loyd Isbell of Las Vegas.
Mr. Isbell is a former Political Director of the Clark County Republican Party.
“We support Ron Paul because he is the only candidate we trust to defend our liberties. He is a true believer in the U.S. Constitution and limited sovereign government. We support Ron Paul because he knows that you cannot pick and choose freedom,” wrote Adam and Jorja Leavitt of North Las Vegas.
“Ron is a man of conviction and principle. He is a man who has followed the Constitution, even if he stands alone. I am happy to stand and support Ron Paul, as he not only talks about freedom, his actions and life have shown he truly believes in the principles of liberty and freedom. His principled life is something we all should emulate,” said Jeff Gleason of Henderson.
“My primary consideration in electing any individual to public office rests on their belief in and adherence to the constitutional principles the founding fathers established 236 years ago. During the last 35 years Ron Paul has proven that he believes in the inalienable rights of the men and women of our country. His voting record proves that he’s a man of integrity and that he’ll stand for those rights – even when his fellow ‘conservatives’ are voting to the contrary. I want my children to live in a free country. I want them to be prosperous and help others because they choose to help others, not because they’re forced to do so. Ron Paul has my vote because he is the only candidate that truly believes in my right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” Dustin Olenslager of Las Vegas.
“The direction given in the Doctrine and Covenants, and the fervent pleas and warnings of President Benson and other prophets, have made it clear – there’s no question – we are to support the candidate who defends the Constitution. The other candidates are what would be called in the business world, ‘company men’ who support those laws and institutions that have sidestepped the Constitution, minimized our God-given rights, and legalized criminal acts such as the looting of our treasury. Brother Romney voted for the bailouts and supports the corrupt Federal Reserve,” said Chloie Leavitt of Overton.
“As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, we support Ron Paul because he completely and unequivocally supports, follows, and votes in favor of the Constitution. Thus, he follows the admonitions found in the Doctrine and Covenants regarding the sacredness of this Divinely-inspired document. Ron Paul is consistent in his voting record in favor of the Right to Life and has never changed his position regarding this fundamental principle,” said Terry and Raina Stump of Overton.
“The consistency which Ron Paul has shown through his voting record while in Congress is a concrete, documented proof revealing his character, which is true and genuine and has not been swayed by any outside political, religious, or financial agenda. Ron Paul, like many great leaders of the past, emulates Judeo-Christian values, blending these beliefs with the principles of freedom and thus raising the level of public and private virtue. It is not the religion that makes a man great, but the way in which the man carries forth his religion with truth and justice in his private and public life that makes him great,” added the Stump couple.
“As a husband and a father, my personal relationship to Christ and His Gospel has led me to care deeply for civic duty. The standard that Constitutional government is a divine gift to be protected has become a crystal clear motivating force for my full support of Ron Paul for President. As I have spent long hours examining key political issues espoused in my faith, I discovered that adhering to the guiding principles I have been taught since my youth is far more important than getting caught up in fanfare or personality. Ron Paul and no other will restore the freedoms for our families that our Creator gave us,” said Jesse Law of Las Vegas.
“I support Ron Paul because he is the only candidate advocating for the principle of Agency – a principle that we as LDS hold near and dear to our hearts. He has also shown tremendous integrity for 12 congressional terms in understanding and following the tenets of the Constitution – another principle we LDS are taught to revere. Lastly, as if channeling President Ezra Taft Benson, Ron Paul has promoted and taught that the proper role of government is to protect our liberties, not rule by force and fear,” said Heidi Woodbury Kiene of Reno.
As a first basic step, those wanting to join the active “LDS for Ron Paul” nationwide coalition should visit the official page by clicking here. Those residing in Nevada should email Meghann Walker, the Nevada Voter Outreach Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.