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Press Release - John McCain Wins Catholic Support Nationwide

March 10, 2008

ARLINGTON, VA -- Today over 100 prominent Catholics nationwide have come together to support John McCain for president. The National Catholics for McCain Committee, led by U.S. Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS) and Former Governor Frank Keating (R-OK), is growing rapidly. The group is represented by elected officials, businessmen and women, grassroots organizers, students, and Catholic leaders from over two dozen states.

"John McCain has a common sense vision for America based on faith, freedom, and families," said Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS), National Co-Chair of the National Catholics for McCain Committee. "Committed to the protection of innocent human life, he is a leader Catholics will be proud to support. John McCain knows from experience what it means when a society tramples on the truth of the value of the human person. He is committed to defending the dignity and value of every person, regardless of their status."

John McCain expressed his deep appreciation and stated, "I want to thank Catholic voters today, who have played a vital role in electing me as the Republican nominee for the presidency. I am humbled by the support of such a diverse group of Catholic leaders who are dedicated to the defense of traditional marriage, advocate for the protection of innocent human life, and share my vision for a stronger, safer and more prosperous America. I stand firmly with those Catholics who believe that human rights are natural rights for all people, in all places, and in all stages of life."

The National Catholics for McCain Committee is actively recruiting Catholics at the national, regional, state, local, and parish levels to help share John McCain's vision and pro-Catholic message.

Catholics For McCain Co-Chairs:

U.S. Senator Sam Brownback, Kansas

Former Governor Frank Keating, Oklahoma

Catholics For McCain National Leadership Committee:

Republican House Leader John Boehner, Ohio

Former U.S. Senator Mike DeWine, Ohio

Representative Lincoln Diaz-Balart, Florida

Representative Mario Diaz-Balart, Florida

Former U.S. Secretary of State Alexander Haig, Washington, DC

Representative Ray LaHood, Illinois

Representative Dan Lungren, California

U.S. Senator Mel Martinez, Florida

Representative Jean Schmidt, Ohio

Representative Pat Tiberi, Ohio

Catholics For McCain National Steering Committee:

David Adams, Florida, Retired Senior Foreign Service Officer

Laurence Alvarado, Florida, Managing Director, Bearing Point & Contributor, InsideCatholic.com

Hon. William Barr, Virginia, Former U.S. Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice

David Barron, South Carolina, Former Advisor & Surrogate, Reagan for President

Andresen Blom, Hawaii, Former Executive Director, Hawaii Right to Life

Gerry Bradley, Indiana, Law Professor, University of Notre Dame School of Law

Helen Anne Bunn, California, Owner & Operator, Health Care Facilities

Frank Cannon, Virginia, Treasurer, Susan B. Anthony List & Former Campaign Manager, Bauer for President

Mary Cannon, Virginia, Speechwriter & Former Deputy Communications Director, Kemp for President

Ryan Carney, Virginia, Former Chairman, CUA Republicans & Former Finance Director, Brownback for President

Alan Carson, Georgia, President, Obor Digital

Joseph Cella, Virginia, Founder, National Catholic Prayer Breakfast

Theo Chalgren, Minnesota, Visual Media Producer

Denis Coleman, Florida, Former Chairman, Covenant House & Former General Counsel, Bermuda

Jim Corbett, South Carolina, Former State Director, Brownback for President

Lisa Correnti, Maryland, Grassroots Activist & Homemaker

Timothy Costa, Rhode Island, Policy Advisor

Martin Dannenfelser, Virginia, Former Vice President, Family Research Council

Shawn Denton, Florida, Catholic Outreach Coordinator in Broward County, McCain for President

Terry Denton, Florida, Catholic Outreach Coordinator in Broward County, McCain for President

Bob Destro, Washington, DC, Law Professor, Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law

Stephen Louis A. Dillard, Georgia, Attorney & Former Legal Policy Advisor, Huckabee for President

Bernard Dobranski, Michigan, Dean, Ave Maria School of Law

Aggie Dowd, New Hampshire, Political Activist

John Dowd, New Hampshire, Former State Chairman, New Hampshire Republican Party & Coordinator, Catholics for Bush

Martin Duggan, Missouri, Television Host & Catholic Activist

John Eddy, Arkansas, Former National Victory Director, Republican National Committee

Tracy Eddy, Arkansas, Former Senior Staffer, the White House

Umberto Fedeli, Ohio, President & CEO, Fedeli Group

Ariel Fernandez, Florida, Catholic Outreach Coordinator in Miami-Dade County, McCain for President

James Fitzpatrick, Pennsylvania, Former State Regional Coalition Chair, Catholics for Bush

Dorothy Fleming, Minnesota, Deputy Chair, Republican Party of Minnesota

Robert P. George, New Jersey, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton University

Martin Gillespie, New Jersey, Former Director of Catholic Outreach, Republican National Committee

Rob Gleason, Pennsylvania, Chairman, Republican Party of Pennsylvania

Frank Hanna, Georgia, CEO, Hanna Capital, LLC

Hon. Melissa Hart, Pennsylvania, Former Representative, US House & Candidate for Congress

Deal W. Hudson, Washington, DC, President, Morley Publishing Group

John J. Jakubczyk, Arizona, Former President, Arizona Right to Life

John M. Klink, California, Former Diplomat, Vatican

Christian Kotscher, Georgia, National Principal, IBM

Alfred A. Lagan, Massachusetts, Founder & Chairman, Congress Asset Management Company

Alyssa Lombardi, Virginia, Teacher & Pro-Life Activist

Connie Marshner, Virginia, Writer, Editor & Grassroots Leader

Kitty Martinez, Florida, Former Educator

Hon. Bob McDonnell, Virginia, Attorney General, Virginia

Edward McFadden, Virginia, Former Senior Advisor, Fred Thompson for President

Margaret Melady, Virginia, Former President, American University in Rome

Amb. Thomas Melady, Virginia, Former US Ambassador, Vatican

Tom Monaghan, Florida, Catholic Philanthropist & Founder, Domino's Pizza & Ave Maria University

Hon. Maureen Mooney, New Hampshire, State Representative (R-Merrimack) & Former State Director, Catholics for Bush

Mario Murgado, Florida, President & CEO, Miami Automotive Retail, Inc. Brickell Motors

Dennis Myers, Florida, Broward County Republican Executive Committee

Chris Nolan, Maryland, President, Landbridge Equity, LLC

Catherine Nugent, Missouri, President, Willis Pendleton Inc.

Joe O'Farrell, Georgia, Catholic Activist & Fundraiser

Patrick O'Meara, Michigan, Founder, O'Meara Ferguson Kearns, Inc.

Hon. Brian Palmer, Michigan, State Representative (R-Romeo)

Dana Phillips, Iowa, Former Co-Chairman, Catholics for Brownback

William F. Plunkett, Jr., New York, Attorney

Alexandra Preate, New York, Principal, Capital HQ

George Prezioso, New York, Vice President, AWMA

John Pudner, Georgia, President, Concentric Direct

Robert Reilly, Virginia, Former Director, Voice of America

Maureen Roselli, New Jersey, Founding CEO & Former President, Catholic Alliance

Austin Ruse, Virginia, President, Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute

Cathy Ruse, Virginia, Former Chief Pro-Life Spokesman, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

Lauren Shea, Florida, Political Activist

Timothy D. Shea, Florida, Real Estate Executive

Shawn Smeallie, Virginia, Partner, American Continental Group

Jack St. Martin, Colorado, Former Campaign Manager, Beauprez for Governor

John Stanton, Pennsylvania, Former Executive Director, Southeast Pennsylvania Pro-Life Union

Frank Stella, Michigan, Chairman & CEO, F.D. Stella Products Company

Hon. George W. Strake, Jr., Texas, Former Secretary of State, Texas & Former Chairman, Republican Party of Texas

Warren Sweeney, New Jersey, Former Executive Director, National Right to Life Committee

Christina Valentine, Virginia, Former President, Franciscan University of Steubenville College Republicans

Rick Valentine, Virginia, Former Deputy Assistant U.S. Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice

Susan Valentine, Virginia, Vice President, Virginia Society for Human Life

Tim Von Dohlen, Texas, 2004 Delegate & Former Representative, Texas State House

Pat Von Dohlen, Texas, Pro-Life Activist

Robert Wasinger, Virginia, Former Campaign Manager, Brownback for President

John Willke, Ohio, President, Life Issues Institute, Inc.

Chuck Yob, Michigan, Republican National Committeeman, Michigan

Eugene J. Zurlo, South Carolina, Chairman, Zurlo Investment Trust & Former President, Catholic Radio Association

Catholic Students For McCain Leadership Committee:

Billy Valentine, Virginia, Chairman, Catholic Students for McCain, Franciscan University of Steubenville

Lauren Benning, Florida, Catholic Outreach Coordinator in Lee County, McCain for President, Duke University

Raymond M. Gennawey, III, California, Former Chairman, CUA Republicans, Catholic University of America

Danielle Huntley, Massachusetts, Former President, Students for Life of America, Boston College School of Law

Kilty Maher, Iowa, Ave Maria University

Matthew Rooney, New Jersey, Former Chairman, CUA Republicans, Rutgers Law School

Terry Schilling, Illinois, Student Body President, Franciscan University of Steubenville

Thomas Ternan, Texas, Franklin & Marshall College

Katie Wilcox, Michigan, Ave Maria Law School

Colm Willis, Oregon, Boston College

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