is making his second run for the presidency, stressing his credentials as
a businessman, tax reform crusader and Washington outsider. Among Republican
candidates, Forbes probably is the one person who can, if he chooses, match
front-runner George W. Bush dollar for dollar in the primary battles to come
next spring. Four years ago, Forbes enlivened the race for the GOP presidential
nomination, at least temporarily, with his successes in Delaware and Arizona,
and his flat-tax ideas sparked spirited debate. This time, Forbes has continued
to portray himself as an outsider, not infected by Washington's ways, and
pushed front-runner Bush to debate the issues. In 1996, some GOP cultural
conservatives questioned Forbes' ideological purity, and he has tried to
broaden his appeal to primary voters by moving to the right and talking
about more than just taxes and spending. Forbes also has made some
progress in appearing less programmed on the campaign trail. But he
has never held elective office and doesn't have Bush's easy-going
manner on the hustings.
||Announced candidacy March 16, 1999 via Internet in Manchester, New Hampshire
|Age on Inauguration Day 2001
||July 18, 1947 in Morristown, New Jersey
||B.A. in history, Princeton University (1970)
||Married to Sabina Forbes,
Five daughters -- twins Roberta and Sabina (25), Catherine (22), Moira (20), and Elizabeth (11).
||Candidate for Republican
presidential nomination 1995-1996; Adviser to New Jersey gubernatorial candidate
Christine Todd Whitman, 1993
Forbes has worked in all aspects of the family's publishing business since 1970, with stints
in editorial, advertising and administration. Since 1990, he has served as the editor in
chief, president and chief executive.
President and Chief
Executive Officer, Forbes, Inc. (1990-present); Editor-in-Chief,
Forbes Magazine (1990-present); Chair, Forbes newspapers and American
Heritage Magazine (1990-present); Deputy editor in chief, Forbes Magazine
(1982-1990); President and Chief Operating Officer, Forbes, Inc. (1980-90)
||New Jersey National Guard, (1970-76); No combat duty.
||Forbes 2000, Inc.
209 Madison Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Web site: N/A
||Forbes was critical of what he called drift
and disarray in the Clinton Administration's
policy in Kosovo. He says the Kosovo tragedy could have been prevented if the U.S. had told Slobodan
Milosevic years ago that it was prepared to arm Kosovar Albanians and mount an air campaign.
||Forbes says he would defend Taiwan from
Communist Chinese military aggression and would denounce
publicly, vigorously and consistently China's human rights abuses.
||Forbes has vowed to protect the existing Social Security system, with no
tax increases or benefit cuts in the next 10 to 15 years. But he also would
phase in new Personal Retirement Accounts, in which younger workers could
invest their payroll taxes.
||Forbes is best known as an advocate of a flat tax.
He favors junking the federal income
tax code, in favor of a far simpler tax system based on a 17 percent tax rate, after personal
exemptions. Forbes has called the U.S. tax system a playground for special interest lawyers,
lobbyists and lifetime politicians.
||Forbes is opposed to abortion, and says he favors
legislation to ban so-called partial-birth abortions,
late-term abortions, fetal tissue research and federal funding of abortion. He also favors parental
notification and consent laws. Life begins at conception, and ends at natural death, he says. He also says
he would pick a running mate who shares his views and appoint only judges who share his views.
|Crime & Guns
||Forbes says there should be no parole for
violent felons and he favors the death
penalty. He says all law-abiding Americans have a constitutional right to keep and
bear arms, and he supports the national instant check system to prevent felons from
purchasing guns. He favors automatic jail time for any criminal who attempts to buy a
gun, or for anyone possessing a gun in commission of a crime.
||Forbes says the U.S. is moving into a new era of prosperity and it's vital to give all
Americans more freedom and control over their own lives. When he kicked off this campaign
in New Hampshire, Forbes said, I am the only one who is not beholden to the Washington culture,
special-interest lawyers, lobbyists and lifetime politicians. It's time to get the government
back in the hands of the American people and once again have a government we can be proud of, not ashamed of.
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