Bauer in Action

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April 8, 1999. "Well, here we are again." With Chinese premier Zhu Rongji visiting Washington and China's membership in the World Trade Organization at issue, Bauer held a press conference to again argue that human rights and America's national security should be moved to the top of the agenda. Wei Jingsheng joined Bauer by satellite hook-up from Geneva. Bauer said the administration's policy toward China is "becoming almost scandalous." He described it as "totally driven by economics." "That is not a foreign policy, that is a trade policy," he said. In response to a reporter's question challenging his participation in the event, Wei, speaking through an interpreter, described Bauer as an "old friend" who has "a lot of foresight." 
March 18, 1999. Bauer held a press conference on "China and the Republican Party: The Need to Relink National Security and Human Rights to Trade with China." He said if he were president he would "rewrite the agenda" with China, putting national security and human rights at the top of the list rather than trade deals. Specifically, Bauer said America should deny most favored nation trading status for China and reject China's entry into the World Trade Organization. Talking to reporters after the press conference, Bauer said that a day earlier his exploratory committee had received $75,000 in contributions and that he expected a formal announcement would occur in the second or third week of April.
Feb. 3, 1999. Bauer hands over reins of his political action committee, the Campaign for Working Families, to radio talk show host Michael Reagan, son of former President Reagan. 
Jan. 31, 1999. After announcing on NBC's "Meet the Press" that he is establishing a presidential exploratory committee, Bauer answers questions from the scrum of reporters waiting outside the studios. Stating that it looked like there would be a Bush Republican and a Dole Republican running for president, Bauer declared himself the Reagan Republican in the race. 
July 19, 1998. Bauer and Human Rights Campaign executive director Elizabeth Birch wait to talk with reporters after an appearance on CBS's "Face the Nation." Bauer's Family Research Council and a coalition of other groups had earlier in the week run full page newspaper ads stating that "hope for change is possible for those still struggling with homosexuality." The ads had a large photo from a recent gathering of Exodus, an ex-gay ministry, and provided a phone number for readers to contact ex-gay ministries in their area. The Human Rights Campaign Foundation and other groups responded with ads of their own. One showed a family; the caption read, "We're living proof that families with lesbian and gay kids can be whole, happy and worthy of all that this great country promises." 
June 12, 1998--Cedar Rapids. At the Iowa GOP's First in the Nation Gala, Bauer talks with possible supporters in his hospitality suite. "If I get in it it would be to get in it to win and because I think I've got a better message that resonates than the other guys do. The money is a big factor and the early signs on that are good. The second, the most important thing of course, is whether my family is supportive and we're doing a lot of talking and praying about that. And I think as each day goes by they're becoming more comfortable with it. And between now and November, I'm going to do everything I can to help the Republicans to retain control of the Congress. But then I'll make an announcement in November or December." 
Jan. 20, 1998. Bauer speaks to reporters after a Human Events-sponsored press conference in opposition to President Clinton's nomination of Dr. David Satcher as surgeon general. 
Jan. 9, 1998. Bauer, at a Campaign for Working Families press conference, shows the revised ads CWF ran in support of Tom Bordonaro in the Jan. 13 special election in California's 22nd congressional district. The ads described the partial birth abortion procedure and contrasted positions of Bordonaro and Brooks Firestone on the issue. Stations in the district refused to run the original CWF ads claining the language was overly graphic and strident. 
Oct. 29, 1997. Joining a diverse group in Lafayette Park, Bauer speaks out against the red carpet treatment President Clinton accorded Chinese president Jiang Zemin.
Aug.20, 1997. Bauer at a Family Research Council press conference on needle exchange programs. FRC released the results of a telephone survey of 1,000 registered voters. 60 percent of those contacted said they would advise Congress to "stop free needle programs and focus on abstinence and drug rehabilitation instead."
Family Research Council headquarters in downtown Washington.