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Richard Viguerie: Conservatives Reject Establishment GOP Pressure for Romney

Contact: Bob Sturm, 703-396-6974; after 6 PM Eastern & on weekends, 703-307-8176

MANASSAS, Va., March 27, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- Rick Santorum's big win in Louisiana, where he crushed Mitt Romney almost 2 to 1, was powered by grassroots conservatives, not big name Republican Party endorsements, said Richard A. Viguerie, Chairman of ConservativeHQ.com.

"In Louisiana, grassroots movement conservative voters rejected the pressure from establishment Republican insiders and big name Washington operators who want to end the contest for the Republican presidential nomination before the Tampa GOP Convention," said Viguerie.

"Principled conservatives at the national, state, and local levels, as well as Tea Party activists, are ignoring the calls by GOP politicians to forget your principles and support the moderate Romney," he said.

"In the wake of Rick Santorum's Louisiana win, principled conservatives are prepared to fight all the way to the floor of the Republican National Convention in Tampa to nominate a Republican presidential candidate who reflects their views and values."

"Like the activists who rode the Tea Party wave to victory in 2010, these values voters are inspired to support Rick Santorum, not by establishment GOP elected officials and party insiders, but by conservative movement leaders and activists such as Gary Bauer, Dr. James Dobson, Richard Scarborough, Michelle Malkin, Star Parker, and Penny Young Nance."

"Rick Santorum is no stranger to the conservative movement -- he is one of us. He walks with us, eats with us, and prays with us. He has celebrated our victories and mourned our losses for many years, not just when he wants our votes."

"Conservative support for Rick is reaching critical mass. The majority of national, state, and local conservative movement leaders, as well as grassroots conservative activists, are coming off the sidelines and uniting behind Rick Santorum and are prepared to support him all the way to Tampa," said 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.