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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Aaron Hankins Suspends Campaign For Congress

I am proud and saddened at the same time to share this email with you. I'm proud that Aaron and Travis are more about doing things the right way than about just trying to win. I am saddened because I know that Aaron would have and will some day make a tremendous impact in elected office.

Aaron and Travis, who are pictured below with John Lind, President/CEO of the Presidential Prayer Team, were at our house for dinner a few days ago. They are wonderful Christians who know and respect what the meaning of being a "Reagan Republican" really is. --- Cyber Pastor

Dear Friend,

I want to thank you for your help and support in my campaign for Congress of Indiana's 9th Congressional District. My special thanks go to you who have worked to spread the message of freedom and advance our Hoosier values of limited government, strong national defense and traditional moral values.

After much prayer and consideration I have decided to suspend my 2008 campaign. I came to a point in my campaign where I had a decision to make: either focus on winning an election for a short term gain or leading and building a movement for the long term.

There simply was not enough time to do it the right way in 2008. The right way is door to door campaigning and citizen based governance. The wrong way is non stop fundraisers with special interests who always have strings attached.

Americans are tired of politics and tired of career politicians. Our nation is longing for citizen legislators and statesmen who will put first serving the people and doing what is right for the future of America over their own personal gain.

Nothing proved this more than the thousands of Hoosier voters I talked with personally throughout Southern Indiana who voiced their concerns regarding our nation's broken government. It has been the joy of my life to discuss with and listen to the issues and stories of my neighbors.

These personal stories all painted the same picture: Americans want to raise their family in a safe community, they want to see our moral values strengthened by allowing parents and local communities to have control over our children's education, they want to end corruption and careerism in our nation's capital, and above all, they want a government that is fiscally disciplined with our hard earned tax dollars while being accountable and responsive to the people.

There is more to leadership than merely winning elections at all cost. Leadership is about serving the people, changing hearts and minds and inspiring others to make a difference. True change is not going to take place inside our nation's capital, but rather it will take place in the Heartland when we the people take a stand together for what is right for America.

As you know, time flies and another election is right around the corner. Therefore, Travis and I will continue to provide Conservative Leadership and we need your help with future endeavors through your support and prayers. We will keep you updated on our future plans and what we will be doing to ensure that our conservative principles of limited government, strong national defense and traditional moral values win in Southern Indiana.

There is much work that must be done and I am confident that together we will be able to renew the American Dream.

This is not "Goodbye," rather this is "See you tomorrow…"
Bright and early!
Aaron Hankins

"The office seeks the man, the man doesn't seek the office."- Ronald Reagan
"The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field."- Matthew 9:37-38