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“There is one presidential candidate who understands and can swiftly address the threats facing our nation — and that candidate is Rick Santorum,” thriller writer Brad Thor said in a statement this week. “Rick Santorum has stood strong against radical dictators in Syria and Iran,” he continued, “the gravest threat to our national security. Rick knows that the world would be forever changed by Iran getting a nuclear weapon, and he has sworn to keep this from happening. I am excited to add my endorsement to the growing list of prominent supporters who understand that Rick Santorum is the right man, at the right time to lead our nation.” Further, he tells me: “I will take Rick Santorum’s social conservatism over Barack Obama’s lack thereof any day of the week — and twice on Sunday.” Thor discusses the endorsement, his political interests, and his books with NRO.


KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ: You endorsed Rick Santorum this week and focused your endorsement on national security. Is this an underappreciated aspect to him?

BRAD THOR: Absolutely. Rick has an exceptional understanding of foreign affairs, national security, and how all the interlocking pieces come together. America has the most important role in the world to play, and Rick’s grasp of what’s at stake and what we need to do really impresses me.


LOPEZ: You seem to be quite the political junkie. When did that begin?

THOR: I have always been interested in politics, but I was never very public with my views. That changed in 2008. I began being more political on the discussion forum of my website. On the night of the presidential election, I remember trying to keep readers’ hopes up by posting pictures of Mel Gibson in Braveheart and that famous picture of President Reagan on horseback where he’s pointing at the camera. I really expected that voters would come to their senses. It didn’t happen.

A few months later, Rick Santelli made famous the rant-heard-round-the-world, the Tea Party was born, and shortly thereafter I attended my first rally. I realized that the stewardship of my Republic entailed more than just how I voted. It was more than simply identifying the problems we faced. It entailed elevating the understanding of the only thing that will fix what ails America. That one thing is conservatism.


LOPEZ: How long have you been following Santorum’s career? What stands out to you?

THOR: I have been following Rick’s career for about three years. What stands out to me is how incredibly smart he is, how well versed he is on the Founders, and how deeply he believes in our Founding documents. I joke that it’s like that scene in Jerry McGuire, except Rick had me at “We hold these truths to be self-evident.”


LOPEZ: Is his social conservatism an asset in a general election?#more#

THOR: If he clearly communicates how his values can result in the bettering of our nation, you bet. George Washington said, “The foundations of our national policy will be laid in the pure and immutable principles of private morality.” And where is that morality supposed to come from? As John Adams said, “The foundation of national morality must be laid in private families.”

It looks like Rick jibes pretty well with two of our most illustrious Founders. They knew what was necessary for our nation to succeed and so does he. I will take Rick Santorum’s social conservatism over Barack Obama’s lack thereof any day of the week — and twice on Sunday.


LOPEZ: How do you hope your endorsement helps?

THOR: I think there are a lot of good people in our nation who are overwhelmed, overworked, and underappreciated. I think they want to do the right thing, but maybe don’t have the time or energy to really look into the candidates the way they know they should. They look at polling or what the establishment GOP tells them they should do and they do it.

I want to be William Wallace for them. I want to inspire them to think and act for themselves. I want them to realize that this is the most important election of our lifetime, but it is about more than just beating Obama. It is about what happens the day Obama leaves the Oval Office and our new Republican president gets to work.

I want them to understand that this election isn’t just about the next four years, it’s about the very survival of our Republic. Do you want someone who slows America’s bleeding, or stops it? Do you want someone who will slow the boat down or, as my pal Glenn Beck says, who turns it around? Do you want it to be morning in America again or simply a lighter shade of night?

You have the power to make these decisions.


LOPEZ: What book are you writing now?

THOR: My new thriller is called Black List and is based on the concept of total surveillance, the fact that privacy has completely disappeared, and how a very clever enemy figures out how to use that against us. It will be published July 2012.


LOPEZ: What’s your favorite of your books?

THOR: Hands down it’s my most recent, Full Black. It is my best-selling book of all time and even though it’s a thriller, I keep hearing from people about how it should be required reading in schools and the White House, especially Chapter 32.


LOPEZ: What’s a “killer thriller”? Is that an off-putting designation?

THOR: It means best of the best and I think it’s a great a term. You hear “Killer Thriller” and you know you’re getting a fantastic read. I was honored to have my novel, Blowback recognized as one of the “100 Best Killer Thrillers of All Time.”


LOPEZ: Does Rick Santorum remind you of any of your characters? Perhaps a future book?

THOR: Rick reminds me a lot of the president I had through my first eight books (two full presidential terms), Jack Rutledge. He was a man of principle who put the safety and wellbeing of the United States and her people above all else. I was envisioning the best of what America could bring to the White House when I wrote that character and no one fits the bill better than Rick.


LOPEZ
: Could you write a novel like this primary so far?

THOR: I could, but nobody would believe it.


LOPEZ: If I am not mistaken, you went to an all-boys Sacred Heart Catholic elementary school in Chicago called Hardey Prep. Does that make a long-term impact? On your writing? On your civic life? As you view issues of character?

THOR: Yes it does. So much of who I am as a man, a husband, a father, a member of my community, and a citizen comes from what I learned at Hardey Prep. If I forget everything I learned there, I will never forget the one phrase we were challenged with daily, “If not you, then who?”

This is the phrase I would challenge all of America with. Our nation is fighting for its very survival. Now is the time for all good men and women to come to the aid of their Republic. If not you, then who?



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