Profile: Alan Keyes

January 3, 2008 5:47:14 PM PST
Political profile of candidate Alan KeyesALAN KEYES, Republican
Former State Department official.
Age 57

CAREER: Former Assistant Secretary of State; bio says he spent 11 years with the U.S. State Department, and served in the U.S. Foreign Service and on the staff of the National Security Council before becoming Ronald Reagan's Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations (1985-88). From 1983 to 1985, was ambassador to the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Also former president of Citizens Against Government Waste, founder of National Taxpayers' Action Day.

Also hosted his own syndicated radio show, America's Wake-Up Call, and a television commentary show, Alan Keyes is Making Sense, on MSNBC; and served as interim president of Alabama A&M University in 1991.

POLITICAL CAREER: Two-time Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Maryland in 1988 and 1992. Made unsuccessful presidential runs in 1996 and 2000. In 2004, he suffered a 43-percentage point loss to Democrat Barack Obama in the Illinois Senate race (Republcans had drafted Keyes after primary winner Jack Ryan dropped out amidst a scandal.)

EDUCATION: Bio says he has a Ph.D. in government from Harvard University.

FAMILY: Wife Jocelyn; three children.


  • Opposes abortion rights.

  • Does not believe in government-controlled health care.

  • Supports laws that encourage legal immigration.
  • Supports laws that discourage illegal immigration.

  • IRAQ:
  • Says U.S. should call on the UN to help Iraq achieve self-government.


  • Got 1 percent in Dec. 31st Des Moines Register Iowa Poll.