Family Foundation Gala

Why We Like U.S. Senator Ted Cruz

Many politicians claim to be "independent" and stick to principle. They may have a streak of independence that allows them to  work with one side of the aisle or the other, in the spirit of bipartisanship, just to "get something done," even when that something is counterproductive. It's an another thing entirely for a legislator to be bipartisan in his criticism of his colleagues because he cannot countenance not only the destructive policy of the opposition, but his side's acquiescence to it. That was the case earlier this year on the Senate floor, when U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), The Family Foundation's 2013 Gala keynote speaker, not only tried to derail Majority Leader Harry Reid's authoritarian power play on increasing the U.S. debt limit, but even took to task fellow Republican John McCain and his caucus' leadership for their ostensible and token opposition to it. He showed no fear of the majority nor of his party, which could very well disrupt his career.

That's courage. That's principle. That's why we like Senator Ted Cruz. We know you'll like him, too, and will want to see him in person at the Gala on Saturday, October 5, at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. For more information, click here. When principle and truth come first, one truly is free, and that gives one more strength than a thousand special interests lavishly telling you what you want to hear (about yourself). I hope you'll take some time to hear Senator Cruz for yourself on the video below as he took on everyone from Barack Obama to Harry Reid to John McCain.

You can't have independence without courage. U.S. Senator Ted Cruz has both.

BREAKING NEWS: TFF Gala Speaker Herman Cain Expands Lead Over GOP Field And Leads Obama In New Zogby Poll!

A new IBOPE-Zogby poll (see now shows Herman Cain, the keynote speaker at tomorrow night's Family Foundation Annual Gala, has expanded his lead in the Republican presidential nomination campaign, and now leads President Barack Obama 46-44 percent.

The poll question about the GOP nomination, asked only of Republican primary voters, yielded these results:

Herman Cain 38%

Mitt Romney 18%

Rick Perry 12%

Ron Paul 12%

Newt Gingrich 4%

Jon Huntsman, Jr. 4%

Michele Bachmann 3%

Rick Santorum 1%

The match-up question vs. President Obama was asked of all likely voters. The poll also showed the president's job approval rating at 41 percent and his "deserved to be re-elected" number at a paltry 38 percent.

But that wasn't the only news Herman Cain made today. He lit up the crowd at the Values Voter Summit earlier this afternoon in Washington and a tracking of Twitter comments adds anecdotal evidence to the traction and excitement he is generating among voters:

"Everyone is literally on the edge of their seats while listening to Cain. Too cool."

“Cain is bringing down the house!”

“Electric crowd for Herman Cain!”

“Wow! Herman Cain has excited the Values Voters Summit crowd the most today.”

“I'd pop 50 lbs of popcorn to watch Herman Cain debate Barack Obama!”

“Herman Cain is killing it!!!”

That is only some of the immediate reaction. (View the Values Voter Summit live or archived online by clicking here!) But you can see for yourself what the excitement is all about. Tickets are still available for tomorrow night's event. Come join more than 1,000 like-minded conservatives in good fun, fellowship and food, while meeting committed conservatives from all over Virginia. You really don't want to miss Herman Cain tomorrow night.

Click here to register now to order.

Here are more Gala details

The Family Foundation Gala featuring keynote speaker Herman Cain*

Greater Richmond Convention Center, Grand Ballroom, corner of 5th and East Broad Streets

Tomorrow night! Private sponsors reception at 4:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:00 p.m.

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Register by phone or questions at (804) 343-0010


* DISCLAIMER: Mr. Cain’s appearance is in his personal capacity, not as a candidate, and does not imply any endorsement by The Family Foundation Action or The Family Foundation.

Paid for by The Family Foundation Action.

Our Gala Speaker On October 8th Is . . .

Herman Cain!

Pastor, radio host, business mastermind, CEO, non-politician, and a champion for pro-life, pro-family policies, Herman Cain is a rising star within the conservative movement and a favorite amongst the Tea Party. While likely best known for his role as former chairman and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, Mr. Cain also is remembered as the one who articulately challenged former President Bill Clinton on the negative effects of HillaryCare on small businesses during a widely publicized nationally televised town hall forum in 1994.

Not one to mince words, Mr. Cain recently spoke at The Heritage Foundation (see and blasted Planned Parenthood. Referring to Planned Parenthood's founding purpose of killing black babies, Mr. Cain said, "It's not Planned Parenthood. No, it's planned genocide. You can quote me on that." (See Talking Points Memo.) He supports fully defunding Planned Parenthood.

A real life rags-to-riches story, he is the son of a chauffeur and a cleaner who has not always had life easy. However, he has accomplished much in his 66 years: a Masters degree from Purdue University, service in the U.S. Navy, associate pastor at a Baptist church, beating stage IV cancer, several executive positions at major corporations, president of the National Restaurant Association, chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and senior advisor for the 1996 Dole-Kemp presidential campaign to name only a few of his significant accomplishments. A Georgia native, he is married to his wife, Gloria, and his a father and grandfather.

You won't want to miss hearing Herman Cain address the annual Family Foundation Galaon Saturday evening, October 8, in Richmond (see today's Richmond Times-Dispatch). As with the last two years when former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and Congressman Mike Pence inspired crowds of 1,000, Herman Cain's personal story will encourage, motivate and energize you for the future. Join other like-minded folks at this one-of-a-kind event that has become a "must attend" for conservative Virginians and a "who’s who" for politicians and elected officials.

The Gala will again be held at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. Details, including information on sponsorship packages, tickets and program advertisements, will be forthcoming in the coming weeks. But in the meantime, we hope you'll reserve this date on your calendar.

Additional information also will be provided via e-mail and online at our Gala page (click here). To receive the information by mail, please call us at (804) 343-0010 or e-mail

Eric Metaxas, Bob Marshall, Chris Freund: Speaking Engagements You Won't Want To Miss

There are some events taking place next weekend around the commonwealth featuring exceptional speakers on a variety of topics. I encourage you to take advantage of one or more of these great opportunities. On Saturday, November 20 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., former Family Foundation Gala keynote speaker Eric Metaxas will be in Richmond at the Richmond Center for Christian Study to discuss his new book, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet and Spy (see Wall Street Journal review). Metaxas was on of our most popular gala speakers, mixing humor, a profound intellect and theological principle in his address. He is also the author of Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery. His presentation is at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 1101 Forest Avenue. For more information, click here.

Also on Saturday, Family Foundation Vice President for Policy and Communications Chris Freund will participate in a panel discussion on conservative principles at the annual Republican Party of Virginia Advance in Tyson's Corner. For more information click here.

On Sunday, November 21, from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. in the Virginia Commonwealth University Student Commons Theater, 907 Floyd Avenue,  Delegate Robert G. Marshall (R-13, Manassas), a patron of the 2006 Marriage Amendment to the Virginia Constitution that defines marriage as between one man and one woman, will defend the amendment against Sarah Warbelow, state legislative director at the Human Rights Campaign. The event, sponsored by the First Freedom Center, is free and open to the public. Parking is available at the parking deck at 801 West Main Street, across the street from the Commons.