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FRIDAY ENDORSEMENTS: Steve Forbes, Rick Santorum, Todd Tiahrt, Communication Workers

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Steve Forbes, the magazine entrepreneur and Republican presidential primary candidate in 1996 and 2000, endorsed Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman for the 23rd Congressional District seat.

“Only one candidate in this race adheres to and promotes the true Republican values of smaller government, pro-growth tax policies and respect for traditional values. That candidate is Doug Hoffman," the editor-in-chief of Forbes magazine said. "Under the Democrat Congress and White House, we've seen runaway spending, more bail-outs and attempts to pass government run healthcare and union power grabs like Card Check. We've seen federal tax dollars used to promote abortion on demand and we've seen more of our freedoms put in jeopardy.

“I'm afraid that the other candidates in this race are far too similar in their records and stated support for much of the Democrats' agenda in Washington.

“Like Doug Hoffman, I'm a lifelong Republican. But principles matter. The Republican nominee does not stand for the principles of our party, and I urge Republicans to give their support and their vote to the one candidate who does – Doug Hoffman.

“Doug Hoffman is the only candidate in this race with real, common sense Republican beliefs. And he can win this race if Republicans unite behind the man who advocates their principles.”

Mr. Hoffman was also endorsed Friday by Rick Santorum, a Pennsylvania Republican who served in the U.S. Senate from 1995 to 2007.

“Never in a general election have I endorsed the candidate who ran against the party's nominee, but in this race, Doug Hoffman is the real Republican and more in line with the Republican Party of the district," Mr. Santorum said on Bill Bennett's “Mornings in America” nationally syndicated radio show. "Unfortunately, the endorsed Republican has flip flopped with regularity on high profile issues and is well outside the mainstream of even the moderate wing of our party. But what impacted my decision the most was on the question of who could best hold that seat at this critical time where every vote in the House will make a difference on issues like healthcare, global warming and EFCA. There is no question – that is Doug Hoffman.”

U.S. Rep. Todd Thiart, R-Kansas, also endorsed Mr. Hoffman.

“The Republican Party will never again be a majority party until we regain the confidence of the American people. I believe there is room for disagreement within the party and we should not have litmus tests. However, the Republican nominee appears to have disavowed most conservative principles that are important to a vast majority of Republican voters.”

“Doug Hoffman will be a consistent vote for conservative principles in the U.S. House of Representatives. I have no doubt he will vote for anyone other than Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House, which is the most important vote of each Congress. I do not have that same confidence in his opponent, who has a very similar record to Ms. Pelosi.”

“The Republican Party is either going to return to the party of fiscal responsibility and consistent conservative principles as it was under Ronald Reagan or it will continue down the path of ‘sporadic moderation."

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The Communications Workers of America endorsed Bill Owens, the Democratic and Working Families Party candidate. The union has more than 1,000 members in the district.

“Bill Owens helped to create over two thousand jobs in Upstate New York," the Communications Workers of America said in a statement. He will bring an independent voice to Washington that will benefit working people everywhere. He has the skills, background and record of creating good jobs - exactly what we need in these difficult economic times.”

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