- The Washington Times - Friday, February 4, 2000

Gary Bauer is expected Friday to quit the Republican presidential nomination contest.
Officials at Bauer headquarters in Arlington, Va., would not confirm wire service reports that Mr. Bauer would announce his withdrawal at a 10 a.m. press conference today at the J.W. Marriott hotel downtown.
"That did not come from the campaign," Bauer spokesman Tim Goeglein said of reports attributed to anonymous sources. "Gary is going to make his own announcement … and I cannot confirm or deny what that announcement will be."
A former Reagan administration aide and longtime head of the Family Research Council, Mr. Bauer has made moral issues a keystone of his White House bid.
"America was built by people in church on Sunday, at work on Monday, in the voting booth on Tuesday," he said in an interview earlier this year with The Washington Times. "And almost all of the most important matters facing us are ultimately moral questions."
Mr. Bauer, an opponent of abortion and homosexual rights, had hoped to gain support from Christian conservatives who have long supported the GOP, but had to compete with former ambassador Alan Keyes and publisher Steve Forbes for those voters.
Though he raised $7 million for his campaign, Mr. Bauer got only 9 percent of the vote in a six-man Republican field in the Jan. 24 Iowa caucuses, then managed just 1 percent in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary. Afterward, Mr. Bauer said New Hampshire voters "have not endorsed me but without hesitation I endorse them as being great citizens."
Asked about the impact of the dismal New Hampshire showing on Mr. Bauer's campaign, Mr. Goeglein answered: "Gary is a fighter, not a complainer, and the result speaks for itself."
The Republican presidential field has narrowed sharply, with such candidates as former Vice President Dan Quayle, former Tennessee Gov. Lamar Alexander, Ohio Rep. John R. Kasich, New Hampshire Sen. Robert C. Smith and former Reagan administration Cabinet official Elizabeth Dole dropping out before the first vote was cast.
Former Reagan aide Pat Buchanan bolted the GOP to seek the Reform Party nomination. Utah Sen. Orrin G. Hatch dropped out last week after getting 1 percent of the Iowa vote.
Mr. Bauer, 53, a Kentucky native whose father was a janitor, rose to become undersecretary of education and domestic policy adviser to President Reagan. He turned the Family Research Council into an important conservative voice on social policy in Washington.
In Dover, Del., Texas Gov. George W. Bush said Thursday that Mr. Bauer's dropping out would help consolidate his conservative base in South Carolina.

David Boyer contributed to this report.

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