Paul  Weyrich

Watching the Fox News Network set up to cover the Democratic National Convention in Denver, with some 400 Fox employees, brought to memory the three times I attended a Democratic Convention. The first time was in 1976. Democratic State Representative Woody Jenkins, of Louisiana, had assembled hundreds of pro-life delegates. He asked for my help and that of my staff to work with these delegates to try to convince the Democratic Party to take a pro-life position. This was the convention which nominated Georgia Governor James Earl Carter, Jr., later known worldwide as Jimmy Carter, as their Presidential nominee. The Party ended up endorsing the Hyde Amendment - i.e., no federal funding for abortion. It was a remarkable experience. Working with Democrats was rather different. I had been at Republican conventions in 1960, 1968, 1972 and went on to attend the Reagan-Ford Convention in Kansas City in 1976. That convention put the Republicans on record as moving toward a pro-life stand. It was the last time both parties leaned toward a pro-life position. By 1980 the Democrats had become captive to the pro-abortionists while the Republicans came out with a 100% pro-life platform.

Then in 1992, Rush Limbaugh, Bill Bennett and I broadcast by satellite from the Democratic Convention in New York. We had a minimal crew, only half a dozen. Even though we had not been broadcasting regularly, we were inundated with telephone calls from all over America. The success of that broadcast was a determining factor in launching National Empowerment Television, or NET, a year and a half later.

Paul Weyrich

Paul M. Weyrich is the late Chairman and CEO of the Free Congress Research and Education Foundation.
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