Skip to comments.Romney faces ‘enthusiasm gap,’ must embrace strong pro-life/family message: conservative leaders
Posted on 04/12/2012 6:12:01 PM PDT by Morgana
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 12, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) Despite the fact that Rick Santorum has dropped out of the presidential race and his next leading rival, Newt Gingrich, has called Mitt Romney far and away the most likely nominee, the former Massachusetts governor still faces a serious problem, conservative leaders warn.
There is a huge enthusiasm gap among grass roots conservatives that must be addressed by the Romney campaign, former presidential candidate Gary Bauer, now president of American Values, told LifeSiteNews.com. Mitt Romney
A deficit with the partys conservative base, especially its pro-life and pro-family base, will prove costly in November, he warned. These people provide the passion and hard work that are key to GOP election success. It is almost impossible to win without them, Bauer said. Just ask John McCain.
If he is interested in uniting the party around his candidacy, Romney must not take social conservatives for granted, Bauer said. Every time an anonymous Romney advisor or GOP insider says these voters will fall in line because they cant stand Obama, it is like finger nails on a chalkboard, Bauer told LifeSiteNews. Assuming right-leaning voters will simply show up at the polls out of fear of Obama much less become active in his campaign would be a huge mistake.
If Mitt Romney wants to capture some of that support that Rick Santorum gained with very little money based solely upon his message, then Mitt Romney needs to pick up that message, Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, told LifeSiteNews.com.
Dr. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Conventions Ethics and, wrote an op-ed in the New York Times stating it is critically important that [Romney] name a trusted social conservative as his running mate. I would encourage him to break with tradition and pick a running mate well before the convention and have them begin campaigning as a team as early as possible, he wrote.
Dr. Land also advised Romney to articulate a strict constructionist, original intent judicial philosophy.
Bauer agreed. Governor Romney has three opportunities to reunite his partys conservative wing, he told LifeSiteNews: VP selection, party platform and acceptance speech to send the right message. He also has to signal early that he wont be shy on fighting Obama on cultural/values issues.
He noted Hilary Rosens attack that Ann Romney had never worked a day in her life provided a perfect starting point.
To the degree that one candidate or another aligns with the core moral issues in addition to fiscal conservatism, theyre going to find support, Perkins said. If they dont, theyre not going to get the unbridled enthusiastic support that Rick Santorum enjoys.
Romney is campaigning for national office as a Republican, and has been since 2005, with rare exceptions he has consistently presented himself as (suddenly) pro-life during this campaign, it isn't very convincing when compared to his commitment and passion to abortion for the first 59 years of his life, his entire life, before he started this presidential run.
You are quite correct Romney switched positions. That would be a welcome thing. If you trusted him. Putting that aside, it’s very hard to see how the pro life candidate is worse than Obama who is stridently pro abortion. In any event, Romney is not carrying on any “war on the unborn” at this time.
Unfortunately, he has gone back and forth repeatedly, revealing that he never became pro-life, (do you want to explain how he converted in the first place, or his many pro-abortion reversals and missteps since?)
I am refusing to let this man take over the conservative movement, and destroy it, destroy the resistance to the left, something that Obama cannot do.
Here is Mitten’s problem. He says he’s changed, yet he goes around talking up his single biggest offense against the unborn — Romneycare and $50.00 abortions, as if it were the greatest thing since sliced bread. If we are supposed to believe him, where is his remorse for the hundreds of babies killed for $50.00 or less? And why does he still believe that chopping up babies for experiments is a good thing?
He’s not a governor any more so he’s not currently carrying on a war against the unborn. But I certainly don’t see him doing anything to help except donating money as a bribe to pro-life organizations then callously lying in saying that those organizations have awarded him for his tremendous work saving babies, and has nothing to do with his donations/bribes.
Mitt Romney is a liar. Anyone who believes him is gullible and/or naive. Anyone shilling for him as much as you have for as long as you have, is a Romney pimp.
So, tell us, since leaving Massachusetts exactly what has Romney done to advance Right to Life, gaining control on federal spending, improving the quality of the judiciary, etc.
First I meant to replace the word insane and I apologize that I didn’t.
Romney has been consistently calling for conservative judges, reversal of Roe v Wade, etc. So certainly he is not advancing a pro abortion agenda. It certainly helps to have a former pro abortion guy out there saying he changed his mind.
We see that with Catholic politicians who came up to the "Although I personally oppose, bs bs bs kill babies at will' stuff.
These people have got to get a grip on themselves. They have values or they don't.
Romney won’t change. He has neither the interest nor the desire. He fully anticipates that we will “fall in line”.
Oh I figure there are a few romneybots around.
I just posted this because I can clearly see the party is trying to “clean him up” before the election. Most in the GOP know darn well we want someone who is prolife and profamily. They know also that Mittens does not fit that mold and they are trying to “please us” or at least this is how it comes across to me. Too late in my book, they should have tried to “clean him up” before now!
As some FReeper already said, he should have been “acting conservative” at least ten years ago!
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