Jack Ryan 2004 Senate Campaign


On February 7, 2004, Jack Kemp came to Chicago to endorse Jack Ryan for U.S. Senate. Team Jack is thankful to Secretary Kemp for his support!

Jack Kemp, Jack Ryan and Suzanne Davis, 43rd Ward Committeeman, fire up the large crowd at the 43rd Ward GOP Headquarters. “Jack has the energy and charisma needed to be a strong party builder and solid GOP leader. The 43rd Ward was impressed by Jack’s biography and history of service, and we will do all we can to help him win in March and carry his momentum through to November,” said Suzanne Davis, 43rd Ward Committeeman.



I believe that marriage can only be defined as that union between one man and one woman. I am opposed to same-sex marriages, civil unions, and registries.
I believe that we are all equal before God and should be before the law. Homosexuals deserve the same constitutional protections, safeguards, and human dignity as every American, but they should not be entitled to special rights based on their sexual behavior.

The breakdown of the family over the past 35 years is one of the root causes of some of our society’s most intractable social problems-criminal activity, illegitimacy, and the cyclical nature of poverty.

As an elected leader, my interest will be in promoting laws and educating people about the fundamental importance of the traditional family unit as the nucleus of our society.

In the wake of the recent Massachusetts State Supreme Court ruling that has spawned similar lawsuits in other states, it seems likely that defending traditional marriage and codifying that defense will be required at the federal level. As such, as a United States Senator, I would support legislation such as Senator Bill Frist’s Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), provided the language remains clear in the defining of traditional marriage and protecting the traditional family unit.



 Although the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled in November 2002 that the Federal Wire Act prohibits electronic transmission of information for sports betting across telecommunications lines, such as the internet, but affirmed a lower court ruling that the Wire Act "'in plain language' does not prohibit Internet gambling on a game of chance," I believe we need additional legislation to make it difficult for online usa casinos. Since some states have specific laws prohibiting online gambling and many do not, I believe we need some sort of The Internet Gambling Prohibition Act, such as the bill that passed the House in 1999 but failed in the Senate. Perhaps we can pass legislation that will restrict transactions involve gambling businesses such as credit card companies and banks when they knowingly accept payments from another person in a bet or wager on the internet.





/1/2004 4:02:00 PM
4/1/2004 4:02:00 PM
CHICAGO, IL - Jack Ryan released the following statement today in response to the recently-released transcripts of the interrogation of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, Al Qaeda’s operations chief, specifying Chicago as one of the “symbols of economic might” targeted for attack following the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

“The release of this information reminds us that the war on terrorism is not over, and if Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and the rest of Al Qaeda had its way, Chicago’s Sears Tower would have been part of a second wave of attacks following the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. Fortunately, this second wave was thwarted by the decisive and immediate response taken by the United States following September 11th.”

“As time passes we must not forget the pain and suffering inflicted on this country that day in September 2001. If we are to keep Illinois and the rest of the United States safe from harm, we must continue to stay vigilant and supportive of efforts to erode the capability of those terrorists who wish to destroy our way of life.”



4/1/2004 3:51:00 PM
CHICAGO, IL - U.S. Senate candidate Jack Ryan today applauded a plan released by the Pentagon to realign our military forces overseas that will decrease the United States’ presence in Europe and Asia to refocus on the War on Terror.

“I am pleased to see the Bush Administration and the U.S. Department of Defense reevaluating our military forces abroad and concentrating on the war we are fighting today, the War on Terror,” Jack said.

“Throughout the primary campaign, and now in the general election, I have highlighted our massive military presence in Europe as an outdated effort that needs to be reevaluated. We are no longer fighting the Cold War, and we need to update our deployments to support the current War on Terror.”
The realignment plan drafted by the Pentagon, which is nearing approval, would amount to a dramatic change in how U.S. forces are stationed worldwide. Some of the troops now overseas would be brought home, while vital equipment would be dispersed more widely to the frontlines of current conflicts.
“I encourage the Administration to move this progressive plan forward. We must work everyday to ensure the safety of our citizens and our country. This realignment will allow us to be better prepared, better equipped, and better staffed in today’s War on Terror,” Jack concluded.


4/1/2004 3:45:00 PM
CHICAGO, IL - U.S. Senate candidate Jack Ryan today released the following statement of support for the Chicago Medical Society in their efforts to stem the flight of Illinois physicians from the state who cannot afford skyrocketing liability premiums.

“The loss of quality doctors from the state of Illinois has placed our state in a healthcare crisis. This crisis falls largely on the poorest of the poor as doctors are first forced to leave our lower income communities. It is also a woman’s healthcare issue as OBGYNS are leaving this state and taking away access to specified healthcare for women,” Jack said. “It is time for our federal government to take action and safeguard access to healthcare for all citizens.”

“This is not a partisan issue - Democrats, Independents, and Republicans must all work together with the medical community to solve this crisis. As the next U.S. Senator from Illinois, I am committed to introducing legislation with a $250,000 cap on non-economic damages to create a stable civil justice system,” Jack said.

“Last year, the House of Representatives passed legislation to stem this growing crisis but the legislation stalled in the Senate. I would work to gain consensus and pass this important piece of legislation and get it to the President for signature.”

The Chicago Medical Society is hosting the Midwest Clinical Conference 2004 here in Chicago, a three-day forum targeting Tort Reform and Access to Care.


4/1/2004 3:44:00 PM
“In light of the killing of Hamas leader Ahmed Yassin earlier this week, I would like to reiterate my support for Israel’s right to continue to defend itself from terrorists. Organizations such as Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and the Al Aqsa Martyr’s Brigade, have led the terrorist war against Israel and must be dismantled. Israel has a clear right to use force against those who organize and sponsor terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians and who continue to call for the destruction of the Jewish State.”
“I also applaud President Bush for his statement this week defending Israel’s right to defend itself from terror and the Administration’s decision to block an effort by the Palestinians and Algeria to win adoption of a UN Security Council resolution or statement condemning Israel regarding the death of Yassin.”
“In addition, the sponsors of this effort refused to refer in any way to terrorism conducted by Hamas, and, as Israel’s Ambassador to the UN correctly pointed out, it is profoundly wrong that the UN Security Council has routinely remained silent in the face of Hamas terrorist attacks while at the same time convening to condemn the removal of Yassin - an admitted terrorist and enemy of peace.”


3/17/2004 11:00:00 AM
Ryan’s victory proves national Democrats can’t take Illinois Senate race for granted

Washington, D.C. - Senator George Allen (R-VA), Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), issued the following statement regarding Jack Ryan’s victory in last night’s Republican primary in Illinois:

“I’m extremely pleased that Jack Ryan has emerged out of a deeply talented and well qualified Republican field to be our standard bearer in Illinois. Now that our intra-squad scrimmage is over, we can come together as a unified team with Jack as our quarterback.

“Jack Ryan’s common-sense Jeffersonian conservative principles reflect the values of Illinois families. His experiences serving as a teacher at Hales Franciscan High School in Chicago give him a unique perspective and will make him a leader on education issues in the United States Senate. Jack will also be a leader on many of the vital issues facing Illinois and our nation, including winning the war on terrorism, creating jobs, and ensuring that our families and small businesses continue to grow and prosper by reducing the tax burden.

“Jack’s impressive win in a crowded field of strong Republicans is a good kick-off to the general election. It is a testament to his energy and ability to connect with families throughout the state of Illinois - the Land of Lincoln. I look forward to working with Jack to make the most of this opportunity as we charge towards victory in November.”


3/1/2004 9:00:00 PM
Leading National Senior Citizens Group Lends their Support

CHICAGO, IL - Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Jack Ryan today announced the endorsement of the 60 Plus Association, a national leading advocate for the rights of senior citizens.

“I am honored to have the support of the 60 Plus Association, one of the fastest growing senior outreach groups in the nation,” Jack said. “The 60 Plus Association’s group of committed advocates are guided by the vision of upholding the rights of seniors which is an issue of significant importance in my campaign.”

60 Plus is a conservative, national lobbying group dedicated to the permanent abolishment of the Estate Tax and saving the Social Security system for generations to come.

This past week, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan urged Congress to cut social security benefits as a means of controlling the budget deficit.

“As Illinois’ next U.S. Senator, I will vote to uphold the commitment made to our seniors,” Jack said. “The federal government should under no circumstance cut social security benefits.”

For more information, please contact Communications Director Kelli Phiel at (312) 258-8600.



2/26/2004 8:56:00 PM
CHICAGO, IL - U.S. Senate Candidate Jack Ryan today announced the endorsement of Champaign Mayor Gerald Schweighart for his campaign to succeed retiring U.S. Senator Peter Fitzgerald.

“I firmly believe that Jack is the best candidate to retain this U.S. Senate seat in November. Jack’s life story demonstrates an obvious commitment to helping others and the themes of his campaign further that commitment,” Mayor Schweighart said. “I am confident that the state of Illinois will benefit under his leadership.”

The most recent independent polls confirm Jack is substantially leading the pack for the Republican nomination in the race to succeed Fitzgerald. According to a poll commissioned by WBBM in Chicago that was released just last night, Jack was receiving 46 percent of the vote, with his closest competition sagging to 14 percent.

“The momentum of this campaign is high and it is truly an honor to receive an endorsement from such a well-respected elected official as Mayor Schweighart,” Jack said. “Endorsements from Mayor Schweighart, Champaign County Clerk Mark Shelden and the numerous endorsements that continue to come in are a reflection of the support that the campaign is receiving across the state.”


2/25/2004 8:49:00 PM

Jack Closes on 50 Percent in SurveyUSA Poll

CHICAGO, IL - U.S. Senate candidate Jack Ryan tonight announced his campaign’s surge to 46 percent in the most recent SurveyUSA poll, with his closest competition sagging to 14 percent.

“With just over two weeks remaining in this primary election, our campaign is sprinting to the finish line and our support continues to grow statewide,” Jack said. “Thanks to our volunteer army of 2,000 strong, we’re working hard to get out the vote come March 16th.”

“Unfortunately, our increased lead means that the negative attacks from our opponents can’t be too far behind,” Jack continued. “We pledge to stay focused and run a campaign based on my vision for a better Illinois by aggressively pursuing the war on terrorism, cutting taxes across the board for everyone, and solving the failing public schools crisis - an issue I consider the biggest social justice issue of our generation.”

Please find the SurveyUSA poll numbers listed below. For more information, please contact Communications Director Kelli Phiel.

U.S. Senate, IL GOP Primary

Ryan 46%
Oberweis 14%
McKenna 13%
Rauschenberger 10%
Borling 3%
Other 9%
Undecided 5%
Data Collected 2/22/04 - 2/24/04
Geography State of Illinois
Sample Population 356 Certain Voters
Margin of Error 5.3%
Client WBBM-TV Chicago


2/25/2004 2:04:00 PM
Businessman-Turned-Teacher Leads Closest GOP Rival 41%-17%

CHICAGO, IL - Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jack Ryan was once again confirmed the clear frontrunner in the race to replace retiring U.S. Senator Peter Fitzgerald in a poll released today by the Daily Southtown, a sister paper of the Chicago Sun-Times. The poll shows Jack at 41%, with his nearest competitor, Jim Oberweis, at 17%.

Andy McKenna finished 30 points behind Jack, pulling in 11% of the vote.

The poll, conducted by Rasmussen Reports of Ocean Grove, New Jersey, on February 19th, interviewed “512 likely Republican primary voters,” and has a margin of error of +/- 5%.

All remaining candidates were in single digits, with 22% “not sure.”

“The momentum of this campaign continues to grow as we get closer to the March 16th primary election,” Jack said. “Our campaign has attracted over 2,000 volunteers statewide, we raised more money than any other Republican candidate last quarter, and we continue to lead polls across the state with double-digit margins.”

“Clearly, our message of reaching out to non-traditional Republican voters and bringing new people to the Party is having an impact,” Jack continued. “Illinois voters want a U.S. Senator who will go to Washington with an agenda of cutting taxes, eliminating wasteful government spending, and solving the failing public schools crisis.”

Before the Daily Southtown poll, the most recent independent poll, commissioned by WBBM-TV in Chicago from 2/8-2/10, showed Jack leading his nearest competitor 35%-21%.

For more information, contact Communications Director Kelli Phiel at (312) 446-8968.


2/20/2004 1:06:00 PM
GOP Frontrunner Unveils TV, Radio Commercials Highlighting Commitment to Curbing Government Spending

CHICAGO, IL - Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jack Ryan today unveiled his newest television and radio campaign commercials during a press conference at the Allegro Hotel in Chicago, taking aim at wasteful spending by the federal government.

“Real discretionary spending increases in fiscal years 2002, 2003 and 2004, are three of the 10 biggest annual increases in the last 40 years,” Jack Ryan noted. “This is unacceptable for Illinois taxpayers. As the next U.S. Senator from Illinois, I will be committed to curbing the tide of increased discretionary spending in Washington, D.C.”

At the press conference, Jack announced his support for the following three measures as a first step in decreasing discretionary spending by the federal government:

--Call for legislation approving the creation of a commission (similar to the BRAC commission) that will put corporate welfare on the chopping block by forcing an up-or-down package vote in the U.S. Senate;

--Reinstate Line-Item Veto Power for the President to eliminate pork barrel appropriations projects; and

--Support initiatives such as the Balanced Budget Amendment to force fiscal discipline in Washington.

“Spending in Washington has spun out of control in recent years,” Jack concluded. “It’s time to reevaluate our spending priorities for this country and eliminate wasteful spending once and for all.”

Jack’s new commercials began running today in the Chicago, Rockford, Peoria-Bloomington, and Champaign-Springfield-Decatur media markets, and will continue for an indefinite period of time.