Alan Keyes, the Republican and conservative who challenged Barack Obama for Illinois's Senate seat in 2004, called Mitt Romney a "crypto-socialist" in an op-ed for the conservative site WorldNetDaily.
In the essay, Keyes recounts a Facebook debate in which a commenter suggested that for conservatives, a vote for Romney in November was a vote for the lesser of two evils. But Keyes pushed back by arguing that Romney may be worse than Obama from a conservative standpoint, because the former Massachusetts governor "has already gotten away with implementing policies (legislation with government-funded abortions, individual mandates, coercion of conscience, imposition of gay marriage, etc.) that are being strongly and successfully resisted coming from Obama."
Keyes went on to blast the national two-party system, which he called a "sham."
It might be surprise to hear Keyes compare Romney unfavorably to the president. Keyes, who is staunchly anti-abortion, was recruited in 2004 to challenge Obama for Illinois's Senate seat after his initial Republican, Jack Ryan, had to bow out of the race following a sex scandal. During the campaign, Keyes claimed that Jesus Christ would not vote for Obama "because Barack Obama has voted to behave in a way that it is inconceivable for Christ to have behaved." Keyes was drubbed in the polls, losing by 43 points.
The night of the loss, Keyes refused to concede.In 2010, Keyes filed a lawsuit in California claiming Barack Obama was not a natural born-citizen of the United States and thus ineligible to be president. (That case was thrown out.)
Keyes was appointed to a United Nations post by Ronald Reagan, but his regular bids for elected office — three times for the Senate and three times for the Presidency — have all been unsuccessful.