January 16, 2012
WASHINGTON, JAN. 16, 2012 --The Heritage Foundation and Family Research Council, two leading public policy organizations, are hitting the road together on a bus tour designed to tell Americans about practical, conservative solutions to the most critical issues confronting the nation.
Heritage will emphasize restoring fiscal responsibility through its “Saving the American Dream” plan and FRC will stress critical values issues during their joint voter education and registration campaign, expected to continue until the Nov. 6 presidential election.
With a banner proclaiming “Your Money, Your Values, Your Vote,” the custom-jacketed Values Bus will roll into Charleston, S.C., for its first event at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, outside TD Arena at the College of Charleston.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is scheduled to welcome the Values Bus to her state and make remarks. Other speakers will include Heritage President Ed Feulner and FRC President Tony Perkins.
“We’ll be saving the American Dream one bus stop at a time,” Feulner said. “Right now, our nation is on the wrong path. If nothing is done, our children and grandchildren will experience not liberty and prosperity, but more crushing debt, higher taxes and job-killing regulations.”
This first stop on the “Your Money, Your Values, Your Vote 2012” tour coincides with a meeting of the Southern Republican Leadership Conference and the presidential candidates debate that night sponsored by the SRLC and CNN at North Charleston Coliseum in advance of the South Carolina primary the following Saturday.
Early stops elsewhere by the Values Bus include Jan. 20 in West Palm Beach and Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Jan. 23 and Feb. 9 in Washington, D.C.; Jan. 26 in St. Louis, Mo.; and Feb. 16 in Nashville, Tenn.
The 15-foot-tall, 45-foot-long Values Bus, an MCI J4500 coach, is owned and operated by Champion Coach of Greenville, S.C. The bus sports high-speed wireless Internet, flat-screen TVs and a satellite feed to maximize interactivity at stops along the way.
Perkins said today: “This tour will speak to the views held by millions of American voters who want to see the next president address the values issues which include restoring fiscal sanity, protecting marriage, safeguarding religious liberty and protecting the rights of the unborn.”
Feulner said Heritage hopes to acquaint millions of Americans with “Saving the American Dream,” the prominent think tank’s detailed plan to fix the debt, cut spending and restore prosperity.
He added: “Heritage and FRC make perfect partners in bringing time-honored common sense on indivisible economic and social issues to busy, everyday Americans who want to leave a stronger nation, not a weaker one, to their children and grandchildren.”
At minimum, the Values Bus stops will help local residents get more informed and register to vote. Some stops will feature prominent local public officials and business and religious leaders. Others will be full-blown events headlined by state and national figures such as Haley.
In coming months, the nationwide itinerary is expected to include Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.