Ronald Regan is attributed with establishing the 11th commandment: “Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.” Dr. Keyes did an excellent job at violating that commandment tonight at the Conservative Leadership Conference. Dr. Keyes began his discussion this evening by linking the importance of the pro-life movement to the livelihood of the Republican Party and the Constitution itself.

Having established the above point, Keyes went on to “speak ill” of Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney, and Fred Thompson. Rudy’s support for abortion and gay rights will drag down the Republican party. Mitt Romney will “hide the truth for the sake of his ambition.” And Fred Thompson? Keyes mentioned the numerous principaled fights and battles he has labored for throughout the years. “Guess who I never saw?” he questioned.

Political Derby floated the buzz about a Keyes run for president back in March of this year. Dr. Keyes spoke with me after his speech about why the decision took so long. He said the reasons were “mostly personal.” His family took a “battering” after his last failed bid for the senate seat in Illinois. It simply took a while for his family to process and prepare for this upcoming battle.