Conservative Leaders Endorse Rick Santorum for President
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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."
(Listing of organizations is for identification purposes only.)
President, Texas Eagle Forum
President, American Values
President, CatholicVote.org Candidate Fund
Businessman, philanthropist, and attorney
California Conservative Leader
Special Liaison Representative, Voice of the Martyrs
Radio Host and Commentator
Center for Military Readiness
Georgia Public Service Commission
Philanthropia, founder and chairman
William J. Estrada
Director, Generation Joshua
Editor and Chief Executive Officer, WND.com and WND Books
President, Fischer Furniture, Inc
President, Heritage Alliance
Institute for Marriage and Public Policy
Family Policy Leader, Harrisburg, PA
Director of Institutional Partnerships, Open Doors USA
President, Rebecca Hagelin Communications and Marketing, LLC
Patrick and Toya Hall
Vice President, Guadalupe Radio Network
Producer of the film "Bella"
Chairman of the Board, Capitol Resource Institute
Executive Director, Life Issues Institute
William J. Murray
Chairman, Religious Freedom Coalition
Texas Conservative Leader
Preston Noell III
President, Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.
President, Florida Prayer Network
Paul and Nancy Pressler
Justice, Texas Court of Appeals (ret)
Illinois State Representative 1977-1993
State President, Eagle Forum of Illinois
Pro-life activist and blogger
Florida Family Action
Texas Conservative Leader
Richard A. Viguerie
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.