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Evangelicals Throw Support to Santorum


After a two-day meeting at a ranch outside of Houston a group of 150 Christian leaders, business leaders and conservative activists have coalesced behind former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

Friday night surrogates from every GOP campaign (except that of Jon Huntsman) attended the meeting and made the case for their candidate. Saturday leaders took part in a "passionate time" of discussions about what they're looking for in a conservative leader. After three rounds of balloting, Santorum emerged as the candidate leaders feel they can support.

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, said conservatives are looking for a candidate who will repeal the nation's health care law, fight for pro family values, and address the national debt.

"Not a lot of time was spent talking about Mitt Romney," Perkins said.

He added, "it's not news" that there's not a lot of support among conservatives for Romney. Perkins said Romney's Mormon religion was not discussed among those participating in the meeting.

So what does this mean? Expect conservative groups to start individually motivating their constituents to work for Santorum. Also look for more money and resources to start pouring into Santorum's campaign.

No question about it, this is excellent news for Santorum's camp and a major blow to the Gingrich and Perry camps.

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Comments on this post

# RE: Evangelicals Throw Support to Santorum

Santorum's got about has much a chancne of getting the republican nomination, let alone presidency as Huntsman or Paul. Too exteme and way too many skeletons in his closet.
Left by quirky on Jan 14, 2012 1:30 PM

# RE: Evangelicals Throw Support to Santorum

So as Santorum is sinking in the polls in South Carolina you decide to endorse him? Why not endorse Perry before Iowa when it would have done him more good. All you are doing is keeping Santorum in the race slightly longer and hurting the chance that conservatives will coalesce behind a candidate to stop Romney. IOW, all you are doing is helping Romney.

Of course your endorsement is important but I wish you would put a little more thought into it. There are three conservatives in the race with good records on family issues: Perry, Santorum, and Gingrich. We need to pick one. Unfortunately, Gingrich has the best chance to win at this point based on momentum, money, and organization. I was for Perry but he has floundered and I have two goals in the race for president. Nominate a conservative and beat Obama. Your late endorsement of Santorum has endangered the first.

Thanks for nothing.
Left by Bill C on Jan 14, 2012 2:00 PM

# RE: Evangelicals Throw Support to Santorum

Do these leaders not pay any attention to the current dynamics of the primary? At this point, a vote for Santorum is a vote for Romney - who is by far the least pro-life candidate.
Left by Cheetah on Jan 14, 2012 2:19 PM

# RE: Evangelicals Throw Support to Santorum

Throwing their support behind Santorum? Typically, conservatives taking an action that will not serve them well.
Left by Daverley on Jan 14, 2012 3:37 PM

# RE: Evangelicals Throw Support to Santorum

Funny thing is that the polls show that conservatives support Romney the most. http://www.gallup.com/poll/151961/Majority-Conservatives-Romney-Acceptable.aspx
Left by conservative mom on Jan 14, 2012 4:05 PM

# RE: Evangelicals Throw Support to Santorum

I'm surprised these leaders, would pick Santorum over Perry. Santorum might be conservative on the social issues, but not on the fical. Perry is conservative on the social issues as well as the fical.

I like Santorum, but I wonder if he can persuade his own state to support him?



Left by Annie on Jan 14, 2012 4:29 PM

# RE: Evangelicals Throw Support to Santorum

Does anyone actualy know what Santorum stands for??
Who is this guy that so many blindly throw their support behind hime like sheep following other sheep.
Just asking.
Left by LukeB on Jan 14, 2012 8:30 PM

# RE: Evangelicals Throw Support to Santorum

How sad that Christian leaders would support someone just because they say they are Christian, against abortion, when their record is questionable. I don't find being pro war as a Christian value. Is Jesus pro war? Why don't we support someone who walks the walk. Do we have to be so gullible and lazy, accepting what people say and the main stream media tell us instead of doing our own research? Ron Paul is being demonized because he is a threat to the establishment. A threat to big government, endless wars, the Fed, a one world government. All other candidates are not.
Left by lindal on Jan 14, 2012 8:54 PM

# RE: Evangelicals Throw Support to Santorum

I'm surprised at their lack of wisdom.
Left by Annie on Jan 14, 2012 9:25 PM

# RE: Evangelicals Throw Support to Santorum

"No question about it, this is excellent news for Santorum's camp and a major blow to the Gingrich and Perry camps."
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this is a major blow to freedom and liberty if this neo-con Satorum gets in. Also funded by Wall Street,has some democrate endorsments and is a Globalist. Those should raise red flags if your awake to whats really going on in Americs and this fixed GOP "race".
Left by LukeB on Jan 14, 2012 9:39 PM

# RE: Evangelicals Throw Support to Santorum

Rick Santorum portrays himself as a candidate shaped by his faith. It's encouraging to see him receive the endorsement of this group of Evangelical leaders.
Left by RonM on Jan 15, 2012 12:59 AM

# RE: Evangelicals Throw Support to Santorum

"No question about it, this is excellent news for Santorum's camp and a major blow to the Gingrich and Perry camps."

Sounds like a conservative Caucus, perhaps made up of both Protestant and Catholic leaders. But that is not mentioned in this article.

How major of a blow is yet to be seen.

Now we wait for the reaction of the overall Christian community, and then the ballot box.

Joh 16:13 However, when He, the Spirit of Truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth. For He shall not speak of Himself, but whatever He hears, He shall speak. And He will announce to you things to come.
Left by wrhalver on Jan 15, 2012 10:11 AM

# RE: Evangelicals Throw Support to Santorum

If we all stick behind him I believe Santorum can win.
Left by KellieC on Jan 15, 2012 11:21 AM

# RE: Evangelicals Throw Support to Santorum

I think this is a mistake. Obama needs to be defeated by the best available candidate. If Romney is nominated, who you gonna votes for?
Left by the other ray on Jan 15, 2012 12:54 PM

# RE: Evangelicals Throw Support to Santorum

Too bad they didn't throw their support behind McCain, we wouldn't be in this mess right now.
Left by quietfort on Jan 15, 2012 3:34 PM

# RE: Evangelicals Throw Support to Santorum

Why the voters can't see who has the best stand on ALL the issues, is troubling. And that is Perry, I've been behind him from the start and still am.
Left by Annie on Jan 15, 2012 5:13 PM

# RE: Evangelicals Throw Support to Santorum

Yes 150 Evangelicals showed up. But of that total only 85 supported Santorum. The article does not make that clear. Others did support other candidates and about 40 that were there left without voting for anyone. At this point there is no consensus. We need a President first. Thank You!
Left by wcdon on Jan 16, 2012 1:08 PM

# RE: Evangelicals Throw Support to Santorum

Yes, please start individually motivating constituents to support Santorum, especially financially, we need this thing to drag out as long as possible, signed, your friends, the Democrats.
Left by quirky on Jan 16, 2012 9:47 PM

# RE: Evangelicals Throw Support to Santorum

Please conservative groups hurry up and start individually "motivating" your constituents to work for Santorum.(wonder who they were for before,Cain,Bachman)? And lets get those resources pouring! Fracture this race ,make it all about religion. I'm all for it!!
Left by quirky on Jan 18, 2012 9:48 PM

# RE: Evangelicals Throw Support to Santorum

Shall we presume this news wont have any effect on frontrunners Romney and Paul? And its alright to not print my posts, I understand. After all, there was a time not that long ago, when either of you could vote in America. How soon we forget...
Left by quirky on Jan 19, 2012 1:21 AM