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January 11, 2011 Shirley & Banister Public Affairs



Choice of “Truce Candidate” Mitch Daniels Another Slap at Conservatives
Washington, DC— The American Principles Project today blasted the Conservative
Political Action Conference (CPAC) for giving a major platform to potential 2012 presidential
candidate Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, who recently called on Republicans to make a “truce”
on social issues, abandoning a key tenet of the conservative movement.

“Unfortunately, while Gov. Daniels is slated to speak at CPAC’s ‘Reagan Dinner,’ he has
failed to understand how Ronald Reagan fused the three critical legs of the conservative
movement into one coherent governing philosophy,” said Andy Blom, executive director of
the American Principles Project. “Discarding one makes the whole obsolete.”

In November, the group organized a coalition of conservative organizations protesting

CPAC’s inclusion of GOProud because it is “fundamentally incompatible with a movement
that has long embraced the ideals of family and faith,” the group wrote in a letter to CPAC
Chairman David Keene and his fellow board members.

“Governor Daniels’ selection is an affront to the millions of conservatives who believe that
social issues such as abortion and traditional marriage are non-negotiable.”

Since APP launched the coalition, concern has grown and other groups have pulled out of
the conference, including many past sponsors.

“The Beltway wisdom among Republican insiders boils down to a simple mantra: Social
issues are a thing of the past. But this theory falls apart outside of the Washington bubble.
The Republican sweep in the House was dominated by pro-life, pro-family candidates, and
polling shows large majorities want to see action on these issues,” said Mr. Blom.

The American Principles Project is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to preserving and

propagating the fundamental principles on which our country was founded - universal principles,
embracing the notion that we are all, "created equal, endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable
rights, and among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." Through our efforts, we hope
to return our nation to an understanding that governance via these timeless principles will only
strengthen us as a country.

For further information, please contact Dan Wilson with Shirley & Banister Public Affairs at
(703) 739-5920 or (800) 536-5920.