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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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