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Conservative Leaders Endorse Rick Santorum for President

Contact: Bob Sturm, 703-396-6974; Ryan Rogge, 703-396-6971; After 6 PM Eastern & on weekends, Bob Sturm, 703-307-8176; Ryan Rogge, 703-674-6948

MANASSAS, Va., Jan. 20, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- ConservativeHQ.com Chairman Richard Viguerie announced the first group of conservative leaders to join him in endorsing former Senator Rick Santorum for President:

    "Last week some 150 conservative leaders gathered at Nancy and Paul Pressler's ranch in Texas to discuss the Republican presidential campaign. There was an overwhelming 75 percent consensus to support Rick Santorum for President.

    "The group of conservative leaders named today includes Dr. James Dobson, Gary Bauer, Joseph Farah, Foster Friess, Elaine Donnelly, and many others representing all four segments of the new conservative coalition who are coalescing behind Rick Santorum's candidacy.

    "I'm pleased that, so quickly after Rick Perry suspended his campaign, I was able to announce the first bloc of conservative leaders who have come forward to endorse Rick Santorum.

    "This list of endorsers demonstrates that Rick Santorum is the best candidate to bring together social conservatives, national defense conservatives, economic conservatives, and the newly energized constitutional conservatives of the Tea Party.

    "Rick Santorum is the only reliable conservative left in the race. He has a long involvement in the conservative movement, and he has demonstrated his commitment to hiring conservatives on his Senate staff and in his campaign. On the issues of vital importance to conservatives, such as the right to life, the pro-family agenda, national security, and fighting the growth of government, he has walked with us even when the path was hard.

    "If conservatives want a conservative, not just another establishment Republican, nominated in Tampa and elected in November, it is time for us to start concentrating on consolidating that winning four-part coalition behind one candidate. The candidate who best appeals to all four segments of the winning 2010 coalition, with the fewest negatives, is Rick Santorum.

    "This is an encouraging sign that movement conservatives are finding their natural home in the Santorum campaign and are in fact coalescing behind Rick's candidacy."

The text of the endorsement and the list of endorsers released today follows:
 
    "Conservatives are the largest ideological bloc in the American electorate. In this election cycle, a number of candidates with legitimate claims to conservative support have considered or sought the Republican nomination for President, but this has left the conservative vote divided, empowering those who do not share our views and values. To defeat Barack Obama, now is the time for conservatives to rally behind the most electable conservative candidate, and we believe that candidate is former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum.

    "In recognition of Rick Santorum's character, judgment, and especially his commitment to institute an administration that will govern according to conservative principles, we the undersigned endorse former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum for President of the United States and pledge to advance his candidacy."

    Signatories:
    (Listing of organizations is for identification purposes only.)

    Cathie Adams
    President, Texas Eagle Forum

    Gary Bauer
    President, American Values

    Brian Burch
    President, CatholicVote.org Candidate Fund

    Tim Busch
    Businessman, philanthropist, and attorney

    Ken Campbell
    California Conservative Leader

    Peggy Dau
    Special Liaison Representative, Voice of the Martyrs

    Penna Dexter
    Radio Host and Commentator

    James Dobson
    Family Talk

    Elaine Donnelly
    Center for Military Readiness

    Tim Echols
    Georgia Public Service Commission

    Kirk Elliott
    Philanthropia, founder and chairman

    William J. Estrada
    Director, Generation Joshua

    Joseph Farah
    Editor and Chief Executive Officer, WND.com and WND Books

    Robert Fischer
    President, Fischer Furniture, Inc

    Richard Ford
    President, Heritage Alliance

    Foster Friess
    Friess Associates

    Maggie Gallagher
    Institute for Marriage and Public Policy

    Michael Geer
    Family Policy Leader, Harrisburg, PA

    Ellen Grigsby
    Director of Institutional Partnerships, Open Doors USA

    Rebecca Hagelin
    President, Rebecca Hagelin Communications and Marketing, LLC

    Patrick and Toya Hall
    Vice President, Guadalupe Radio Network

    Jason Jones
    Producer of the film "Bella"

    Tim LeFever
    Chairman of the Board, Capitol Resource Institute

    Brad Mattes
    Executive Director, Life Issues Institute

    William J. Murray
    Chairman, Religious Freedom Coalition

    Richard Neill
    Texas Conservative Leader

    Preston Noell III
    President, Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.

    Pam Olsen
    President, Florida Prayer Network

    Paul and Nancy Pressler
    Justice, Texas Court of Appeals (ret)

    Penny Pullen
    Illinois State Representative 1977-1993
    State President, Eagle Forum of Illinois

    Jill Stanek
    Pro-life activist and blogger

    John Stemberger
    Florida Family Action

    Stacy Taylor
    Texas Conservative Leader

    Richard A. Viguerie
    Chairman, ConservativeHQ.com
 
NOTE TO EDITORS: Richard A. Viguerie pioneered political direct mail and has been called "one of the creators of the modern conservative movement" (The Nation) and one of the "conservatives of the century" (Washington Times). He is the author of Conservatives Betrayed: How George W. Bush and Other Big Government Republicans Hijacked the Conservative Cause.