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Colby-Sawyer College To Host John Cox, Republican Candidate for U.S. President

NEW LONDON, N.H., Jan. 19, 2007 – Colby-Sawyer College will host John Cox, a Republican candidate for U.S. president in 2008. Cox, who describes himself as the only true conservative in the presidential race, will speak about his plans and participate in a question-and-answer period on campus.

Cox will appear on Wednesday, Jan. 24, at 11: 30 a.m. in Wheeler Hall at the Ware Campus Center. Admission is free and the public is welcome to attend.

Cox, 51, is a long-time Republican Party activist who served as president of the Cook County Republican Party and was on the state steering committee for former Housing Secretary Jack Kemp's presidential run in 1988.

“I am seeking the presidency because I want to restrain spending, stand up for Republican values, project a policy of peace through strength, and inspire Americans to embrace Big Ideas,” Cox says.

Cox has active campaign organizations in 17 states and more than 100 counties nationwide. He is a CPA, real estate broker, attorney and investment advisor who has founded and run five companies. A resident of Chicago, he and his wife Sarah have four daughters.

Cox says he firmly supports the President Bush's policies in the war on terrorism. He believes in the Reagan principle of “peace through strength” and says the U.S. needs to “use diplomacy and involve the world as much as we can. But in the end, we may have to take the reins and make our point clear.”

Cox supports what he describes as the “Bush doctrine of democracy” and states that the U.S. should use trade expansion and economic opportunity to bring the world along with us to peace. “Our military has to be the best equipped and best trained. At the same time, we ought to develop a defensive space shield to help blunt potential nuclear attacks on us,” he says.

Cox is strongly “pro-life” and says he isn't afraid to lead on this important moral issue. He believes “all children deserve protection, from conception to natural death.” He is opposed to gay marriage and civil unions and supports the Federal Marriage Amendment.

In the next decade, Cox maintains that the U.S. should replace its “complex and inefficient income tax system” with a much fairer one based on consumption. He has called for an immediate and permanent end to the “death tax” which has forced so many families to sell off farms and businesses that have taken generations to build.

On the issue of immigration reform, Cox believes the U.S must regain control of its borders and institute an immigration policy that doesn't reward illegal behavior. “A nation without an effective immigration policy cannot and will not be militarily or economically secure,” he says. Yet he says he values legal immigration and believes the nation needs more working Americans to compete with China and India. “We are nation of immigrants and should welcome anyone who wants to come to this country legally and become an American,” he states.

Cox was born in Chicago in 1955. He attended the University of Illinois at Chicago, graduating with honors and a degree in accounting and political science. After graduating with high honors in 1980, he worked as an associate at a law firm before starting his own practice. He opened a law and accounting firm in 1981. An investment advisory firm, real estate management company and a venture capital firm soon followed.

Cox ran for the GOP nomination in the 10th Congressional District in Illinois in 2000, the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate in 2002. He has served on a local school board, a zoning board and on the boards of charities such as the American Cancer Society, Boys' Hope/Girls' Hope and United Charities.

Cox created a chapter of Rebuilding Together, a nationwide charitable organization that is dedicated to renovating homes for low-income, elderly, disabled and families with children. Seeing the need for the program in his community, he recruited a board and formed the Christmas in April - North Suburban Chicago Chapter.

He is the author of three publications, "Campaign for Prosperity and Renewal", "A Blueprint for the Renewal” and “Rebirth of the Illinois Republican Party," and he has just completed his new book on changing American politics by bringing back statesmanship: Politics, Inc.

To learn more about Presidential Candidate John Cox, visit

Colby-Sawyer, founded in 1837, is a comprehensive liberal arts college located in the scenic Lake Sunapee Region of central New Hampshire. Students from 25 states and seven foreign countries learn in small classes through a select array of programs that integrate the liberal arts and sciences with pre-professional experience.