CONSERVATIVE LEADERS ENDORSE RICK SANTORUM
January 23, 2012
The Rick Santorum for President
campaign is proud to announce that Rick Santorum has received the
endorsement of over 30 national conservative leaders from around the
country in support of his candidacy for President of the United States.
In a joint statement, conservative luminary Richard Viguerie said:
"Last week some 150 conservative leaders gathered at Nancy and Paul
Pressler's ranch to discuss the Republican presidential campaign - there
was an overwhelming 75 percent consensus to support Rick Santorum for
"The group of conservative leaders named in today's release 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 in
November, 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
"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."
The complete list of endorsers includes:
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, Conservative Leader
Rebecca Hagelin, President, Rebecca Hagelin Communications and
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, TX Court of App (ret)
Penny Pullen, Illinois State Representative 1977-1993, State President,
Eagle Forum of Illinois