Attention social conservatives, time to join Mitt Romney

Governor Mitt Romney won the Iowa caucus, something few pundits predicted in the many months of pontificating leading up to … Continued

Governor Mitt Romney won the Iowa caucus, something few pundits predicted in the many months of pontificating leading up to what is the official kickoff of the Republican presidential race. Until just before Christmas, when polls began shifting in Romney’s favor following Newt Gingrich’s – who finished 4th – rise and fall, most people thought Romney would have an OK showing and then try to win big in New Hampshire.

View Photo Gallery: Scenes of religious faith meeting politics in the 2012 campaign.

For the first time in the Republican race, we’re on the edge of the first Mitt-surge. Throughout the campaign, he’s the only candidate steady in the polls with the organization and financing to run a nationwide campaign for the nomination. Tonight, while anything can happen in politics, Mitt Romney is one step closer to making this a short campaign. Yes, former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum almost pulled off an upset; he doesn’t have a long-term victory strategy.

This is a new kind of primary for Republicans, done are the days of winner-take-all primaries. A candidate who finishes in the top tier in every state keeps adding delegates. Romney benefits most from this new primary system, the same Democrats use, but with his victory in Iowa, this campaign may not be as long as President Obama hoped.

Social conservatives, it’s time to stand with Mitt Romney. Instead of a long, and likely brutal primary campaign, uniting behind a candidate early will give the Republican candidate a long time to take the fight directly to President Obama.

As someone who worked for Mitt Romney in 2008, including a decent chunk of time in Iowa, let me tell you a little bit about the Governor Romney I know.

First, Romney is a candidate with unquestionable morals– a man dedicated to his wife, children, grandchildren, and country. Second, Romney is a man of faith who understands the importance of America’s Judeo-Christian heritage and respect of religious freedom. Third, Romney is strongly pro-life — yes, he’s a convert but I’m pretty sure converting folks like Romney to the cause has been a longtime goal of the life movement.

Fourth, if people like my dad – who has spent most of his career before the Supreme Court – are comfortable, even enthusiastic, with a President Romney appointing federal judges and Supreme Court justices, I don’t think you – as a social conservative – have any cause for concern. Fifth, Romney has been unwavering in his pledge to — if necessary depending on the Supreme Court — gut ObamaCare from day one of his presidency. Sixth, when it comes to foreign policy, the governor will be a strong supporter of Israel, fully appreciates and is ready to handle the threat of a nuclear Iran, and knows that we have to address China directly when it comes to the economy.

Finally, Romney is a great leader, the kind of boss you want to work for, a man you can trust to get America’s economy back on track.

Look at how he conducts himself personally, look at his record and his promises, but know that Mitt Romney also welcomes social conservatives to hold him to those promises and be accountable.


Jordan Sekulow and Matthew Clark Jordan Sekulow is executive director of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ). Matthew Clark is an attorney at the ACLJ. Follow them on Twitter: @JordanSekulow and @_MatthewClark.
  • ironmule

    And BTW, if Mitt Romney truly does have a servant’s heart, why did he bail out on his home state of Michigan? Detroit is a warzone of burned out buildings and burned out people. The entire state of Michigan is failing after 70 uninterrupted years of corrupt government run by the Democrat Political Party and their Thug Labor Unions. Why hasn’t Mitt Romney stepped up like a true Michigander and done the right thing by his home state?

  • persiflage

    Actually no, any time republicans get within sniffing distance of Michigan government (and they frequently have control of the state congress) the state goes further in the toilet – and the last good republican governor was Milliken, who happened to follow Romney senior.

    Since then and up to the present day, republicans have been total disasters as state governors.

    The failed auto industry is really behind Michigan’s bankrupcy, and the unions were the only thing the workingman had to level the playing field in a world run by corporate moguls. The unions and their UAW members have in recent years agreed to many benefits concessions in order to stay employed.

    As of now, about 15% of the total work force in the USA is unionized – and benefits are disappearing at lightening speed for the working class and middle class alike.

    I suspect you’re no millionaire yourself…………….

    The moguls don’t really the support of republican talking heads to remain in control – they’ve got Washington for that.

  • persiflage

    ‘Unless Romney goes all “wishy-wash” on abortion he does not stand a chance against Obama:’

    Well of course Romney is between a rock and a hard place here – because the majority of Americans believe that pro-choice is still the way to go, legally speaking. But then, Romney is wishy washy by nature, so one can never tell.

    As for Obama, I suspect he will be a whole lot LESS wishy washy during his lame duck second term.

  • castyourvote2012

    The caucuses are in, and the polls say…Some are wrong, a few are
    right. I am so tired of hearing about nothing but polls as they, in my
    opinion, don’t seem to reflect what the average American truly feels. If
    only there was one that could truly capture our interest. I found the
    2012 EBAY United States Presidential Poll – can we really make a
    difference? I say cast your vote for your candidate now in what appears
    to be an intriguing nonscientific, nonpartisan poll on EBAY.

  • zefiliem

    Cain drops in polls, numbers go to other man, both (shall I say three) of them experienced the same
    thing in the nineties . No more please, we can do it.An ex adulterer in the oval office and a first lady who had an affair with a married man. These type of persons will be making history that will be read by our children and granchildren a century later .Is this the kind of role model that we want our children see? Hypocracy is the buzz word here.
    Protect our children. They are not political ( pandering, expediency, etc), and they need a God fearing leader in the white house as their role model.

  • Catken1

    :Second, Romney is a man of faith who understands the importance of America’s Judeo-Christian heritage and respect of religious freedom.”

    If you define religious freedom, as you do, as the freedom for (your sort of) Christians to tell everyone else what to do, and the freedom for the rest of us to sit down and submit meekly to your privileged authority, on the grounds that it’s YOUR country and the rest of us are just interlopers.

    Religious freedom does not include the right to use the secular law to impose your religious beliefs forcibly on others. You can be for forcing Christian dogma onto gay people’s marriages and women’s internal organs, or you can be pro-religious freedom, not both.

    “Third, Romney is strongly pro-life — yes, he’s a convert but I’m pretty sure converting folks like Romney to the cause has been a longtime goal of the life movement.”

    The lie movement, you mean. You’re not pro-life. Someone who was really pro-life would value and treat all human life as human, and would not declare some human beings’ bodies and internal organs the property of others.

    And of course, gutting Obamacare, and thus ensuring that some people remain without access to lifesaving preventive and basic health care, is hardly “pro-life”.

    Oh, but your right to your money is SACRED. (The money you made because you were supported by a stable infrastructure in a secure country, but God forbid you be asked to contribute so that the next generation can have such an infrastructure and such a country.)

    Someone who co-opts your money to save a life is taking what is YOURS. Someone who demands a woman give over her internal organs and physical systems to save a life? Oh, they’re just asking her to do her duty. How dare a woman claim ownership of her own body parts? Doesn’t she know she’s property?

    After all, you’ll never be in the woman’s shoes. You can sit up, safe and secure in your smug self-righteous high horse, and preach to her about the importance of the life in her womb, so much m

  • FlaCracker

    Many, many are tired of condescending trolls. Get serious.

    Roe vs Wade was not a constitutional amendment back by the majority of states. I went into effect by the stroke of a pen. Repeal it and let the citizens decide it. If unadulterated abortion rights are federalized by our people, then we have to live with it. Only then can we the people be responsible for our decisions.

    Obamacare should be repealed in accordance with law. You don’t just think something away because that is what one wants to do. That’s what our current president does, and that is why he must be voted out before he and his minions to do any more damage to the soul of our nation and to the free market system. If things are not done according to law, you get George Wallace, who was a democrat.

    Romney is not running for king or potentate. He just happens to be the one, at this time and history, that would be able to effectively BEGIN to unwind what the left have ever-so-slowly crept and planted into the fabric of our national soul.

    We should all get behind someone who may actually know how to identify and dissect complex problems for an effective result. One who does not have to be blown around by emotional winds and trends. Someone with core principles who understands unalienable rights bestowed by something greater than oneself.

    Good call, Jordan Sekulow.

  • cricket44

    Please, they’ve never had to live without choice and the campaign of lies and misinformation put forth by the anti-choice groups is everywhere.

    Luckily, there are young folks who are also able to parse out when they are being fed garbage for information and young women who value themselves as more than stock to be forced to breed if they don’t wish it.

  • Catken1

    “It’s about time people are starting to value human life ”

    Except for adult human women, who cease to matter as human lives the moment they conceive a child. Right?
    Be honest. You don’t want both women and fetuses treated as equal human lives – in that case, the human person whose body is being used to sustain another’s life would have sole discretion, as is always the case in such matters, as to whether such use might continue. You want the fetus treated as an exceptional person with rights no other human has over another’s body, and you want the woman treated as a subhuman incubating machine, as punishment for being Bad and having sex without intent to become a Mommy (or having a pregnancy go horribly wrong and not wanting to risk her life – and her existing children’s mother – to continue it).

    “And on the list of priorities of just the few I mentioned human babies should come first. ”

    If that is your choice, that is fine. Use your own body to support human babies. Give yourself over as their property all you please. But you have no rights over other women’s bodies and internal organs.

    When environmentalists demand that unwilling people give over their bodies and internal organs for the support of whales, seals, and trees, your point will be meaningful.

  • Catken1

    “Roe vs Wade was not a constitutional amendment back by the majority of states. I went into effect by the stroke of a pen. Repeal it and let the citizens decide it.”

    OK, if we also let the citizens of each state decide whether or not you shall have sovereign rights over your own body and internal organs, too, or whether the government can force you to use them to support another person that government deems more valuable and important than yourself.
    How about it? Are you willing to subject yourself to the possibility of being forced to offer up your body as someone else’s property, perhaps as a penalty for careless behavior (i.e. not remaining a lifelong celibate)?

  • persiflage

    Relying on states to do th right thing is suicide for ordinary citizens.
    States are so rife with political and religious manipulation that the next thing you know, we’ve got prayer back in public schools, abortions are punishable as murder, corporations are exempt from taxes, and everyone is required to pray three times a day.
    Segregation is legal, and the roads still arent’ fixed.

    Federal government is the only thing that insures everyone’s equal
    rights and levels the playing field for ALL citizens. States rights advocacy beyond today’s current level of sovereignty requires a total revisionist view of the world that died more than 150 years ago – think Civil War…….that’s where the states rights issue was resolved once and for all.

    Roe v Wade is such a highly charged issue and so infested with religious overtones at the state level, it would probably be illegal in much of the country if given over to state level mandates.

    The South in particular is still doing it’s level best to obstruct a woman’s right to choose as we speak, and has been largely successful in MIssissippi.

  • Catken1

    I want my child to have a Constitution-respecting leader, and one who cherishes religious freedom. That includes, by the way, the freedom NOT to follow Christian dogma in their personal and family lives.

    My child’s role model will not be someone who defines marriage by the genitals involved rather than the human people. My child’s role model will not be one who attacks other people’s lifelong, loving marriages as “threats” because they don’t have the right dangly bits, or don’t obey Christian taboos. My child’s role model will be one who voluntarily risks his own life, and/or offers up his own body, to save others’ lives, not one who demands from others unwilling sacrifices he will never be asked to make himself. My child’s role model will not be someone who makes lots of money by raiding companies, bleeding them dry, and sending their jobs to other countries, exploiting poor people abroad so as not to have to pay living wages and ensure safe, healthy job conditions for Americans.

    And moreover, my child’s role model will not be someone who thinks it is appropriate to use government force to require others to comply with the tenets of his religion, or to promote his religion at the expense of others. My child’s role model should moreover put reason, observation, and experiment ahead of blind faith.

  • haveaheart

    “Throughout the campaign, he’s the only candidate steady in the polls with the organization and financing to run a nationwide campaign for the nomination.”

    Yes, he’s steadily hugged 25% . . . for the past 5 years, despite spending millions in Iowa to improve his numbers.

    He’s steady, alright, but 25% doesn’t win in a general election.

  • haveaheart

    “Finally, Romney is a great leader, the kind of boss you want to work for, a man you can trust to get America’s economy back on track.”

    How ya figure, Jordie?

    If he’s such a great leader and businessman, why hasn’t he been able to break through the 25% ceiling? He’s been throwing millions of dollars at Iowa for 5 years, and he got literally a handful more votes this time than last time.

    From a strictly business perspective, that’s not a success.

  • persiflage

    What? Romney threatens to ‘gut Obamacare’ when his own healthcare plan in Massachusetts as a former governor was the actual model used for national healthcare reform. There he goes on his nutso states rights tangent – the rightwingers just love that stuff. You’d think it was 1860 all over again – and the good guys won that one.

    Romney may actually be the biggest hypocrite and consumate liar among all of the GOP candidates – without a doubt he is by far the richest. His weak-kneed waffling and dissembling in order to win POTUS as any cost is pitiful. The man has no character.

    He may get the nomination but he definitely will not win the Whitehouse with 25% of the vote – and it’s entirely possible that Ron Paul will make a third party run.

    Game, set, and match. The Ralph Nader effect in spades………….

  • antijingoist

    Mitt Romney does have questionable morals: he believes that stealing from people is okay. He believes that using violence to force Christians to violate their conscience is okay. That’s just the tip.

  • ccnl1

    Unless Romney goes all “wishy-wash” on abortion choice he does not stand a chance against Obama:

    To wit:

    Why the Christian Right no longer matters in presidential elections:

    Once again, all the conservative votes in the country “ain’t” going to help a “pro-life” presidential candidate, i.e Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, Jon Huntsman, Michele Bachmann, Newton Leroy Gingrich, Ron Paul or Rick Santorum, in 2012 as the “Immoral Majority” rules the country and will be doing so for awhile. The “Immoral Majority” you ask?

    The fastest growing USA voting bloc: In 2008, the 70+ million “Roe vs. Wade mothers and fathers” of aborted womb-babies” whose ranks grow by two million per year i.e. 78+ million “IM” voters in 2012.

    2008 Presidential popular vote results:

    69,456,897 for pro-abortion/choice BO, 59,934,814 for “pro-life” JM.

    And all because many women fail to take the Pill once a day or men fail to use a condom even though in most cases these men have them in their pockets. (maybe they should be called the “Stupid Majority”?)

    (The failures of the widely used birth “control” methods i.e. the Pill and male condom have led to the large rate of abortions ( one million/yr) and STDs (19 million/yr) in the USA. Men and women must either recognize their responsibilities by using the Pill or condoms properly and/or use other safer birth control methods in order to reduce the epidemics of abortion and STDs.)

  • persiflage

    ‘Once again, all the conservative votes in the country “ain’t” going to help a “pro-life” presidential candidate, i.e Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, Jon Huntsman, Michele Bachmann, Newton Leroy Gingrich, Ron Paul or Rick Santorum, in 2012……………….’

    And so may it ever be. Reproduction is proprietary – should have been written into the Constitution as an inalienable right …… maybe it’s not too late for an ammendment?

  • ezrasalias-socialize

    Sekulow knows that all of the other candidates do not have a hope against Obama, that is why he is touting the moderate. He (Sekulow) knows that right wing Christians have to enter the back door of the white house.

  • jimfilyaw

    doesn’t the fact that mitt is a proven inveterate bald faced liar be a consideration?

  • catatonicjones

    Sekulow and his fellow dominionists know they don’t have any influence over anybody but the republicans, and only some republicans at that.
    They also know that Santorum or Perry or whichever religious fanatic they would prefer be president doesn’t have a chance against Obama.

    So here’s the line, socialist conservatives – do what you’re told. Sekulow and his evil group think they might have a chance to blackmail Romney into doing what they want, the fact is they know this is their only hope.

    Sekulow, if you’re for someone, I’m against him. And I’m not the only independent voter who feels that way, you and your kind are the most evil people in our country, and if it takes voting for that Obama fool to keep you from destroying our country I’ll vote for him.

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