Leading Conservatives Endorse Forbes for President

By Jim Burns | July 7, 2008 | 8:25 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) - A group of leading conservatives Monday announced their endorsement of publisher Steve Forbes for the Republican presidential nomination next year.

Speaking for the group, which calls itself "Conservatives for Forbes," Lyn Nofziger, a former top aide to President Ronald Reagan, said, "We do not say that George W. Bush is not a good man. We do say that he is not a conservative in the tradition of Barry Goldwater, Ronald Reagan, and Steve Forbes."

"In fact, we are troubled by Gov. Bush's recent attacks on conservatives and conservative policies. Now Gov. Bush is being embraced by a liberal front group that is pro-abortion. You are known by the company you keep," said Nofziger, but he did not name the "liberal front group."

Nofziger said, "The Republican Party wins when our candidates run on Reaganesque conservative principles, not when they shy away from them. The lesson we learned from the '92 and '96 elections is that an establishment candidate with no sense of direction or idea where he wants to take the country will not win."

Nofziger said, "The group standing before you has spent a lifetime in conservative politics, and they know a real conservative when they see it. Steve Forbes is the real deal."

In addition to Nofziger, the Conservatives for Forbes group includes former Reagan official John Herrington; and conservative activists Brent Bozell (Chairman of Media Research Center, the parent of CNSNews.com), Richard Viguerie, Bruce Herschensohn, Morton Blackwell, Armstrong Williams, Paul Weyrich, Don Devine, and Keith Fournier.

Steve Forbes was not present at today's news conference in Washington.