See Karger's Memorandum:
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"If a debate were held today, it would probably feature Fred Karger, a gay-rights activist and GOP consultant who threw his hat in the ring last week, as well as perhaps mogul Donald Trump, former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain and a couple others still in the exploratory phase. The Rent Is 2 Damn High Party might also make an appearance."
TO: Mrs. Karen Floyd, Chair, South Carolina Republican Party
Mr. Joel Sawyer, Executive Director, South Carolina Republican Party
Mr. Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and CEO, News Corporation
Mr. Roger Ailes, President, Fox News Channel
DATE: April 5, 2011
RE: South Carolina Debate
I am delighted to participate in the May 5, 2011 South Carolina Republican Party and Fox News Channel Debate in Greenville, South Carolina.
I echo Rick Santorum’s sentiment that now is the time that we must fully commit to the primary process so that Republicans nationwide can choose the candidate whose message will best beat President Obama in 2012.
I have spent a lifetime in Republican politics, and during the past thirteen months have travelled all over this great nation. I have made well over 25 trips from my home in California to early primary and caucus states. I am very much looking forward to a return trip to the Palmetto State, my first as a declared Presidential candidate, later this month.
On March 23, 2011, I became the first serious Republican candidate to file for President with Federal Election Commission (U S News & World Report: CLICK HERE). I was the first to announce his intention to consider running in April 2010, and the first to establish an Exploratory Committee back in July 2010. Recently, I became the first and only Republican candidate to pass the FEC’s fundraising threshold to become an official candidate for President of the United States.
My win in last week’s New Hampshire Straw Poll (Forbes Magazine: CLICK HERE) demonstrates that my vision for America strikes a chord with voters. I beat Mitt Romney by 2% points right in his own backyard.
Your debate will allow us to show the nation a wide variety of alternatives to President Obama. Mitt Romney said it best, “The more people we have on the stage in those debates, talking about different ideas and different approaches, the better.”
Last month I met with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, Vice Chair Sharon Day and Chief-of-Staff Jeff Larson. They welcomed me to the RNC, and pledged to include my staff in all RNC meetings and briefings for declared and likely Presidential candidates. We are all committed to working aggressively to find the best Republican candidate to defeat President Obama.
I fully support South Carolina’s strong tradition of being the First-in-the-South Primary in the 2012 Republican Primary season.