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Religious Right leaders endorse Rick Santorum

That much-heralded gathering of conservative evangelical leaders in Texas has DECIDED to back Rick Santorum as an alternative to front-runner Mitt Romney in the race for the Republican presidential nomination:

Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council, said the decision was reached after three rounds of balloting, with Santorum winning 85 votes in the final round, to Newt Gingrich’s 29. Texas Gov. Rick Perry had strong support at the beginning of the process, but was eliminated after the first round of balloting, Perkins said…

“Rick Santorum has consistently articulated the issues that are of concern to conservatives, both the economic and the social, and has woven those into a very solid platform,” Perkins said. “And he has a record of stability…He’s reliable.”

…Of frontrunner Mitt Romney, Perkins said there was “not a lot of time spent” discussing his candidacy.

“It was more a discussion of the positives of the conservative candidates and their vision for the future,” Perkins said. “It was not a bash Mitt Romney weekend…but it’s not news that there is not strong support among conservatives for Mitt Romney.”

Asked if the group discussed what it would do if Mitt Romney becomes the nominee, Perkins said that was “a conversation for another day.”

 If this means the Republican presidential circus is going to last longer than would otherwise be the case, I love it.

 

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  1. Is this the group that goes around mutilating squirrels?

  2. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lying-Rick-Santorum/209528502475043

    Rick Santorum: “But he also earmarks more than anybody else in the Congress, and then doesn’t vote for the spending that the earmarks are in.”

    As you know, earmarks were not disclosed until 2007 — conveniently for you, the same year you left congress. However, during your time in congress, you were known for your earmarks and support of federal programs which were popular in Pennsylvania. ( http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2012/01/05/rick-santorum-has-blemishes-on-conservative-record )

    In 2011, there were 39,530 earmarks, totaling $129.9 billion. With 535 congressmen, that’s an average of 74 earmarks, totaling $242.7 million per member of congress.

    Ron Paul had 41 of those earmarks, with a total of $157.1 million. In his own state ( http://endingspending.com/fixing-the-budget/earmarks/map-2011/ ):

    Silvestre Reyes (D TX-16) requested 48 earmarks, totaling $159.7 million
    Al Green (D TX-9) requested 73 earmarks, totaling $541.7 million
    Eddie Bernice (D TX-30) requested 69 earmarks, totaling $287.6 million
    Chet Edwards (D TX-17) requested 119 earmarks, totaling $212 million
    Ciro Rodriguez (D TX-23) requested 88 earmarks, totaling $412.9 million
    Henry Cuella (D TX-28) requested 94 earmarks, totaling $783.8 million
    Ruben Hinojosa (D TX-15) requested 46 earmarks, totaling $171.4 million
    Solomon Ortize (D TX-27) requested 98 earmarks, totaling $588.5 million
    Sheila Jackson-Lee (D TX-18) requested 69 earmarks, totaling $752.5 million
    Sen. John Cornyn (R TX) requested 54 earmarks, totaling $170.8 million
    Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R TX) requested 118 earmarks, totaling $744 million

    Clearly, Ron Paul doesn’t “earmark more than anybody else in the Congress.” That is a lie, Mr. Santorum.

    And by the way, he was nowhere near first place in 2010 either — even in his own state! ( http://endingspending.com/fixing-the-budget/earmarks/map/ )

    You, on the other hand, voted for H.R. 3058 — $398 billion for a bridge to nowhere. Can you guess who one of the 19 “nays” were? That’s right, Ron Paul.

    http://youtu.be/0qZG5eLMWd0

    Turns out, you even went to South Carolina and told everyone that Jim DeMint was wrong on earmarks! ( http://www.redstate.com/erick/2012/01/04/this-wont-play-well-in-south-carolina/ ) Don’t suppose you’ll be expecting that endorsement, eh?

    http://www.lyingsantorum.com

  3. You guys just don’t get it, do you?

    If Rick Santorum loses in South Carolina, and I think this is likely, then what further proof do you need that the GOP is not controlled by the religious right? Once that sinks into the electorate, a lot of independents are going to look at the GOP with fresh and favorable attention. Just what the Democrats need.

    This is going to be a blow-out. Romney could pick Pee-wee Herman as a running mate and they’d still win the 2012 election.

  4. Do they hate Obama enough to support a candidate with a different Jesus? If not then a third party will spring up for Rick the Righteous.

  5. Dan: If it’s going to be a “blow-out,” as you say, why are there no polls — none, zip, nada — indicating such an outcome? And why are there no respectable pundits, even the conservative ones, predicting such an outcome?

    I just wish I had an opportunity to bet you some coin of the realm on this matter.

  6. RedRover

    Who is Tony Perkins? What is he, that Santorum seeks to please him?

    Headed since 2003 by former Louisiana State Rep. Tony Perkins, the FRC [Family Research Council] has been a font of anti-gay propaganda throughout its history.

    [snip]

    Perkins has his own unusual history. In 1996, while managing the U.S. Senate campaign of Republican State Rep. Louis “Woody” Jenkins of Louisiana, Perkins paid $82,500 to use the mailing list of former Klan chieftain David Duke. The campaign was fined $3,000 (reduced from $82,500) after Perkins and Jenkins filed false disclosure forms in a bid to hide the link to Duke.

    Five years later, on May 17, 2001, Perkins gave a speech to the Louisiana chapter of the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC), a white supremacist group that has described black people as a “retrograde species of humanity.” Perkins claimed not to know the group’s ideology at the time, but it had been widely publicized in Louisiana and the nation.

    In 1999, after Republican Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott was embroiled in a national scandal over his ties to the group, GOP chairman Jim Nicholson urged Republicans to quit the CCC because of its “racist views.” That statement and the nationally publicized Lott controversy came two years before Perkins’ 2001 speech.

    SOURCE: 18 Anti-Gay Groups and Their Propaganda
    By Evelyn Schlatter,
    Southern Poverty Law Center Intelligence Report, Winter 2010, Issue Number: 140
    http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-report/browse-all-issues/2010/winter/the-hard-liners

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