Forbes Endorses Perry; Sununu Backs Romney

Two big 2012 endorsements announced
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 24, 2011 12:10 PM CDT
Forbes Endorses Perry; Sununu Backs Romney
Steve Forbes speaks during a press conference ahead of Forbes Global CEO Conference 2011 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in this Sept. 12, 2011 file photo.   (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin, FILE)

(Newser) – Steve Forbes predictably loves Rick Perry’s flat tax plan, so the businessman and two-time presidential candidate is officially backing Perry for president, The Hill reports. “With firm leadership which Rick Perry will provide—which is why I'm endorsing him for president—I think this will be a winning issue,” says Forbes of the flat tax idea, which he championed during his campaigns in 1996 and 2000. Forbes also recently signed on as an adviser to Perry’s campaign. Click for more on the proposal.

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Former New Hampshire Gov. John H. Sununu, meanwhile, is getting behind Mitt Romney. “I'm viewed as a good, solid conservative Republican and I'm supporting a good, solid conservative Republican,” Sununu tells the Union Leader. Sununu was deciding between Romney and Perry, until Romney’s foreign policy speech this month “showed me that he understands that the principal role of the president of the United States is the security of the country and trying to stabilize the world,” Sununu said. (Read more Mitt Romney stories.)

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