WASHINGTON, July 8, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Former presidential candidate and president of American Values Gary Bauer announced that Dr. Charmaine Yoest, formerly president and CEO of Americans United for Life, was joining American Values as a senior fellow focusing on the issues impacting women and the family in this crucial election year.
"For more than 25 years, I've seen Charmaine articulate what a conservative agenda for women looks like, fighting for family, faith and freedom and in defense of women's hopes and dreams for the future," said Bauer. "Charmaine will bring a new voice to American Values, discussing what can be accomplished when government acts to empower women, rather than dictating to them the choices it requires them to make."
Dr. Yoest began her political career in the Reagan White House, where Bauer served as Domestic Policy Advisor. She also served as Senior Advisor with the Mike Huckabee 2008 presidential campaign, and was a vice president at Family Research Council, once headed by Bauer. She joins American Values this month, in advance of the GOP and Democratic Party conventions, where both Bauer and Yoest will be available for interviews and on-camera analysis.
"I am pleased and honored to be working again with Gary, one of the pre-eminent conservative voices. In these tumultuous times for our country, Gary is an essential voice for working families. I'm proud to join him at American Values, fighting to advance an agenda of true empowerment," said Yoest. "The war on women in our country today is led by people like Hillary Clinton, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Lena Dunham as they advocate public policies that undermine women's personal, professional and economic interests. With the future of the Supreme Court on the line, this election will determine the shape and direction of our country for a generation to come. This is such a pivotal moment in our nation's history and I look forward to joining Gary in working for public policies that provide opportunity for both men and women to realize their hopes and dreams."
Bauer, the president of American Values, made the importance of the Supreme Court the centerpiece of his run for the presidency in 2000, challenging the other candidates – including George W. Bush – to nominate Justices like Scalia. Bauer also headed Citizens to Confirm Clarence Thomas during that contentious nomination fight. Dr. Yoest testified in the confirmation hearings of both Justice Elena Kagan and Justice Sonia Sotomayor, discussing the life and death issues at stake for both women and their unborn children.
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Well-known national conservative leader Gary L. Bauer served in the Reagan Administration, as under secretary of education and as President Reagan's chief domestic policy advisor. A former presidential candidate, he ran in the 2000 Republican presidential primaries, performing well among Values Voters. The Guardian called Bauer "one of the leading campaigners in the U.S. on pro-life and pro-traditional family issues." He is president of American Values, chairman of the Campaign for Working Families, a co-founder along with Bill Kristol of the Emergency Committee for Israel as well as heading the Christians United for Israel Action Fund. A published author, regular columnist and sought after speaker, Bauer communicates the heart of conservative principles and public policy solutions on issues pertaining to building strong families, to protecting the most vulnerable -- born and unborn, and to defending America through a strong national defense and strategic national policy that affirms America's friends and allies at home and abroad. According to Bauer, "When it comes to social issues, Republicans don't just need to be more empathetic. They also need to be more emphatic in explaining to voters what they believe, and why."
Now a Senior Fellow with American Values, Dr. Yoest is an author, writer and political commentator with expertise in public policy. Most recently, she served as President and CEO of Americans United for Life, the premier legal team of the pro-life movement and the nation's oldest, national pro-life organization. She began her career in the West Wing of the White House working for President Ronald Reagan in Presidential Personnel, served as a Senior Advisor to the 2008 Huckabee for President Campaign, part of the team that won the Iowa primary, and was Senior Fellow and Vice President of Communications at the Family Research Council, one of the largest pro-family public policy organizations in the country. Widely published and a well-known TV commentator, Dr. Yoest has been featured in many media articles. The New York Times observed, "Her personal appeal gives her an outsize visibility." The Christian Science Monitor describes her as "a pragmatic force." Dr. Yoest is currently working on her second book related to modern feminism, Women Alone, a follow up to the book she co-authored and published by HarperCollins, Mother in the Middle.
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