55 Facts About Alan Keyes


Alan Keyes ran for President of the United States as a Republican in 1996,2000, and 2008.


Alan Keyes was the Republican nominee for the US Senate in Maryland against Paul Sarbanes in 1988 and Barbara Mikulski in 1992, as well as in Illinois against Barack Obama in 2004.


Keyes hosted a radio call-in show, The Alan Keyes Show: America's Wake-Up Call, from 1994 until 1998 on WCBM.


In 2002, he briefly hosted a television commentary show on the MSNBC cable network, Alan Keyes Is Making Sense.


Alan Keyes is a long time columnist for World Net Daily.


Alan Keyes lived in Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Virginia and overseas in Italy.


Alan Keyes studied political philosophy with American philosopher and essayist Allan Bloom and has said that Bloom was the professor who influenced him most in his undergraduate studies.


Alan Keyes has stated that he received death threats for opposing Vietnam war protesters who seized a campus building.


Alan Keyes has stated that a passage of Bloom's book, The Closing of the American Mind, refers to this incident, speaking of an African-American student "whose life had been threatened by a black faculty member when the student refused to participate in a demonstration" at Cornell.


Shortly after this incident occurred, Alan Keyes left Cornell and spent a year in Paris under a Cornell study-abroad program connected with Bloom.


Alan Keyes continued his studies at Harvard University, where he resided in Winthrop House.


Alan Keyes was criticized by opponents of the war in Vietnam, but he says he was supporting his father and his brothers, who were fighting in the war.


In that capacity, Alan Keyes negotiated the language of the Mexico City Policy to withhold federal funds from international organizations that support abortion.


Additionally, Alan Keyes fought against an Arab-backed UN resolution calling for investigation of Israeli settlements.


Reagan again appointed Alan Keyes to represent the US at the 1985 Women's Conference in Nairobi.


In 1988, Alan Keyes was drafted by the Maryland Republican Party to run for the United States Senate, and received 38 percent of the vote against victorious incumbent Democrat Paul Sarbanes.


Alan Keyes sought the Republican presidential nomination in 1996, and asked other candidates about abortion in those debates in which he participated.


Alan Keyes's entry into the Republican race after Buchanan had secured victories in New Hampshire and Louisiana led many to believe that Alan Keyes was a stalking horse for neoconservative elements in the Republican Party, since Buchanan had been a well-known ardent foe of abortion and had suffered political fallout for bringing abortion and "cultural war" to the center of the public policy debate.


Later during the primaries, Alan Keyes was briefly detained by Atlanta police when he tried to force his way into a debate to which he had been invited, and then uninvited.


Alan Keyes again campaigned for the Republican nomination in the 2000 primaries on an anti-abortion, family values, tax reform plank.


Alan Keyes stayed in the race after the early rounds and debated the two remaining candidates, John McCain and George W Bush, in a number of nationally televised debates.


Alan Keyes's best showing in the presidential primaries was in Utah, where he received 20 percent of the vote.


Alan Keyes was noted for jumping into a mosh pit during a Rage Against the Machine song during the Iowa caucus as part of a segment on Michael Moore's TV series The Awful Truth.


Alan Keyes said that Obama's position on moral issues regarding life and the family had crossed that line.


On September 14,2007, Alan Keyes officially announced his candidacy in an interview with radio show host Janet Parshall.


On September 17,2007, Alan Keyes participated in the Values Voter Debate streamed live on Sky Angel, the Values Voter website, and radio.


Alan Keyes's campaign called the exclusion "arbitrary, unfair, and presumptuous," arguing that CNN was playing the role of "gatekeeper" for the presidential election.


On December 12,2007, Alan Keyes participated in the Des Moines Registers Republican presidential debate, televised nationwide by PBS and the cable news networks.


Alan Keyes interrupted the debate moderator at one point, saying that she had not called on him in several rounds and that he had to make an issue of it.


Alan Keyes went on the offensive against his opponents during the debate, criticizing Rudy Giuliani's pro-abortion rights position, as well as Mitt Romney's recent change in position on the same subject.


Alan Keyes advocated ending the income tax, establishing state-sanctioned prayer in public schools, and abolishing abortion.


Alan Keyes stated that many of the caucus locations he visited did not list him as a choice.


Stone explained that the media would not acknowledge Alan Keyes's candidacy, making it difficult to run an effective campaign.


Alan Keyes stated he would not have gone to war in Iraq, but said that the war was justified and defended President George W Bush's decision in one of his 2004 debates.


Alan Keyes has stated that troops should stay in Iraq, but said that he would have turned over operations to the United Nations.


However, Alan Keyes has stated that even while he was an ambassador there he was not a supporter of the United Nations.


Alan Keyes first stated that he was considering leaving the Republican Party during a January 2008 appearance on The Weekly Filibuster radio show.


Alan Keyes did not withdraw his candidacy after John McCain won the necessary 1,191 delegates to the Republican National Convention, even though he was no longer campaigning for the Republican nomination.


Alan Keyes lost his bid for the party's nomination coming in second to 2004 CP vice presidential candidate Chuck Baldwin at the party's national convention in Kansas City, Missouri, on April 26,2008.


Later, Alan Keyes told a group of his supporters that he was "prayerfully considering" making a continued bid for the presidency as an independent candidate, and asserted his refusal to endorse Baldwin's candidacy.


Alan Keyes has worked as a media commentator and talk show personality.


In 1994, he began hosting a syndicated radio show called The Alan Keyes Show: America's Wake-Up Call for Radio America from Arlington, Virginia.


In 2002, he hosted a live television commentary show, Alan Keyes Is Making Sense, on the MSNBC cable news channel.


In early 2005, Alan Keyes sought to intervene in the Terri Schiavo case, arguing that Schiavo's life was protected by the Florida constitution, and that Governor Jeb Bush had final authority to determine the outcome of the case under state provisions.


Alan Keyes subsequently wrote an essay directed openly at Governor Bush titled "Judicial review and executive responsibility", days after Schiavo's feeding tube had been removed.


Alan Keyes appeared in the 2006 mockumentary film Borat as an unwitting interviewee of Borat Sagdiyev.


Alan Keyes said Romney's actions, which he suggested were due to a complete misunderstanding of his role as governor and of the limitations of the judicial branch of government, were not necessitated by a ruling of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in November 2003 that directed the state legislature to institute same-sex marriage.


Alan Keyes was charged with trespassing and released on $250 bond.


Alan Keyes has actively promoted the use of Miracle Mineral Supplement in both the United States and Uganda.


One of the products featured by Alan Keyes, made by a company called Genesis II, had its sales blocked in April 2020 by a federal court order.


Alan Keyes is married to Jocelyn Marcel Alan Keyes, who is of Indian descent and is from Calcutta.


Alan Keyes is a traditional Catholic and a third-degree Knight of Columbus.


Alan Keyes was a close friend of Brazilian conspiracy theorist and journalist Olavo de Carvalho.


At the time, Marcel-Alan Keyes told The Washington Post that her father had thrown her out of his apartment, stopped speaking to her, and stopped paying for her education.


Alan Keyes claimed that Obama's birth certificate had been forged and he was not qualified to be president.