(Sioux City, IA) Magazine publisher Steve Forbes plans to intensify his presidential campaign, hoping to emerge as the challenger to George W. Bush, the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination.
“We’re going to step up our efforts to get our message out,” Forbes said in a telephone interview with Radio Iowa. “We’ll be going on the air before Thanksgiving, both over television and radio. We’ve been on radio and done television, periodically. We’ll be doing more of that.”
Forbes indicated he plans to attack Bush on several specific fronts, including the abortion issue. Forbes said if elected, he would appoint “pro-life” justices to the U.S. Supreme Court who would overturn Roe versus Wade, the decision that legalized abortion.
By comparison, Bush has said he opposes abortion, but wouldn’t impose such a “litmus test” on Supreme Court nominees.
“People want to know how you hope to move the issue forward, not to just make vague promises,” Forbes said, in reference to Bush.
Forbes will stress the issue in television and radio advertising to “make it clear” that Forbes believes “in the sanctity of life.”
Forbes made campaign stops in Council Bluffs and Sioux City on Tuesday.