As I write you, there are only two hours left until showtime.
Two hours until I take the stage with nine other GOP opponents in this battle for the Republican nomination for President.
These debates can catapult a strong candidate to the top of the polls. But a poor response to a slanted "gotcha" question by the media can end a campaign virtually overnight.
Robert, I know I'm going to be walking into a lion's den. But I'm prepared to give an uncompromising, unapologetic defense of the ideals of liberty that I know you and I share.
If you're with me, please sign your Republican Debate Mandate and agree to your most generous contribution of $20.16 or more at once.
I know it's easy to get caught up in the minutiae of day-to-day campaigning and never-ending political fights. But let's not forget about the big picture...
*** That ObamaCare is making American healthcare worse for millions of Americans;
*** That our government believes it should have the authority to spy on innocent American citizens at will;
*** That members of Congress somehow can manage to continue sending our tax dollars to an organization that routinely aborts unborn children, dismembers them, and sells off their body parts for profit;
*** That we're over $18 TRILLION in debt and out-of-control spending continues like never before;
It seems everything you and I treasure today is under attack, and the belief in individual liberty that has made this nation the greatest and freest country in human history, seems to be dying before our eyes.
Robert, the ugly truth of the matter is, it's members of BOTH parties who have brought our nation to the brink.
I was happy with my life back home in Kentucky as a physician. I loved the time I was able to spend with my wife Kelley and our kids.
But I ran for the U.S. Senate because I believed good people must do something. We all must do something if we are to save our liberties for ourselves and the next generation.
As I prepare to take the stage tonight in the first debate of the 2016 Republican Presidential nominating contest, it's still that big picture I'm most concerned with.
It's why I've decided to run for President.
With time running out, I must ask you one more time to please stand with me.
Please sign your Republican Debate Mandate and return it to me along with your most generous contribution of $20.16 or more today.
It would mean the world to me.