October 19th, 2007
09:53 AM ET
11 years ago

Romney wins backing of prominent social conservative

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won the backing from a prominent social conservative Friday, the same day the Republican presidential candidate is set to address the Values Voters summit in Washington.

Dr. Don Wilton, the former president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, said of Romney in a statement, “While we may not agree on theology, Gov. Romney and I agree that this election is about our country heading in the right direction.

“Gov. Romney is the best candidate to stand for conservative values in Washington,” Wilton added.

The endorsement comes shortly after Bob Jones III, president of the socially conservative university in South Carolina that bears the same name, also announced he was supporting the Massachusetts Republican.

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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Lars, DC

    If a Mormon can win over a Baptist he must be doing something right! Go Romney 2008!

    October 19, 2007 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  2. Jeannie, Sacramento, CA

    What's up with these poor GOP "men of God," supposedly? They've got no one else on the ticket so they have to settle for a man who once fiercely advocated for abortion rights at one time then changed his tune when he decided to run for president. Must be hell when the most qualified GOP to be president just happens to believe in a woman's right to choose!

    October 19, 2007 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  3. Val Davydov, Agawam, MA

    Once again, CONGRATULATIONS!

    ROMNEY 08!

    October 19, 2007 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  4. jeremy Las Vegas, NV

    Thank God there's going to be at least one candidate to vote for this coming election. Romney will be the fiscal hero this country needs right now to save medicare/caid, health care, our national debt, our economic woes, and the impending social security disaster. I just wish there was a Democratic frontrunner like Al Gore so we could have a choice between two qualified candidates. It is scary to think Hillary could be RUNNING OUR COUNTRY in a year.

    October 19, 2007 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  5. Amber, Mtlk Terr, WA

    I think this shows a clear hypocrisy of the "Religious Right" in that they value power more then the Christian message. They are truly living in the Kingdom of this world when they say they believe one thing but their actions speak louder. Sad.

    October 19, 2007 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  6. Justin, Ada OK

    If Romney can rally Southern Baptists as a Mormon (LatterDay Saint), then he is clearly the conservative champion we've been looking for.

    If any republican can win the White House after 8 years of Bush, it is Mitt Romney.

    October 19, 2007 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  7. Keith, Ann Arbor MI

    Mitt, Mitt, Mitt,

    What's happened to you. You used to be so cool. You were the man that could make the country a better place. You were the ultimate moderate, turning your back on both parties. You opposed gay marriage, but supported civil unions, a comprimize that can appeal the religous conservatives by preserving the definition of marriage but give equal rights for gay couples. You cut taxes in Mass but were still compassionate with programs to help the poor. You instituted the only universal health care program in the country. You personally opposed abortion but realized that making it illegal for everyone is not the answer. You were set to be the man to fix this country's partisan mess.

    Now, you are a panderer and a suck up to the religious right. You used to be an man of consience, now you are a republican puppet. You claim to be the "true republican", to hold strong to the tenents of the republican party. I don't believe in party, I believe in principles. You sir, have given up on yours.

    October 19, 2007 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  8. Shawnie Cannon, Grants Pass OR

    Romney has done a wonderful job of killing the urban legend that Mormons aren't Christian. Keep it up!

    Romney is focused, dedicated, strong, professional and devoted to America.

    Go Romney Go!!!

    October 19, 2007 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  9. spraynardkruger

    Mitt Romney is the biggest liar there is. FLIP FLOP FLIP FLOP!!!

    October 19, 2007 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  10. Andy

    The only candidate who is Pro-Life and has the
    background to back it up.

    How is it that Fox News doesn't provide any media
    coverage on Duncan Hunter? When he is the only
    true conservative out of the; so called; republican group.

    October 19, 2007 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  11. JW

    How any christian can support Romney is a shock to me...he is the christian nightmare come true... you christians want something to whine about go ahead and elect a mormon and you will reep what you sow...

    October 19, 2007 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  12. laurinda,ny

    I think that all these candidates that are bringing religion into the picture are hurting themselves. Regular people don't care. Alot of us were made as kids to sit in church for a long time and listen to all that boring talk and I would never go to church again! Religion is a crutch and it turns me off.

    October 19, 2007 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  13. ne,pa.

    Romney has phony written all over him!

    He's changed his position on just about every issue and he's trying to buy his way into the White House with his personal fortune.

    He's a slick one! Watch out!

    October 19, 2007 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  14. sean Metamora, IL

    wow our very own taliban is backing him.

    October 19, 2007 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  15. ThirstyJon, Adelaide, SA, Australia - from the U.S.A.

    Romney is not my first choice, but if the other choice is Clinton I'll probably vote for Romney.


    October 19, 2007 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  16. Charles from Orem, Utah

    I think it's both shameful and shortsighted that anyone professing to belong to an enlightened Christian belief system would feel the need to support a candidate whose faith teaches that God endorses racism. The Book of Mormon very clearly teaches that God caused a "dark and loathsome" skin color to come over the "Lamanites" (whose descendants are modern Indians and Latinos) because of their "iniquity", so that the fair-skinned "Nephites" would not want to intermingle with them. Those thus "cursed" with a dark skin then receive a "promise" from the Book of Mormon, however, that their descendants who embrace Mormonism in the latter days and become righteous would one day again see their skin become "white and delightsome". Since their troubled beginnings Mormons have evolved into a respectable group that espouses clean living, strong family values, etc, but the background teachings that God condones racism are still there, and any Latter-day Saint who considers themself to be a committed believer MUST accept them. Could this be one of the reasons Romney doesn't encourage open discussion about the details of his faith? I don't expect anyone to take my word for this - go to any search engine and type in the words: Mormon, skin, white, Indian. Read what you find, and then decide whether a candidate's religion should matter whether he is electable to the office of President of the United States.

    October 20, 2007 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  17. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Theres nothing wrong with religion – but we need someone as president who will take a moderate position – no driving religion down the throats of people who don't agree....same token – you are free to practice your religion and believe what you want. Can you imagine if this person was also financially conservative too (wait...I just described Giuliani) – can't wait for his win in 08!

    October 20, 2007 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  18. Jeff from Iowa

    Another Republican chicken-hawk who will do whatever it takes to keep his own kids out of the war, while sending others' to fight and possibly die. "They're already serving their country by working on my campaign." How arrogant. How hypocritical. How Republican.

    October 20, 2007 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  19. Chuck Ladouceur Trenton Ontario Canada

    Any nut-bar who believes that his church is the TRUE AND ONY CHURCH and then goes on to try and convince us that the GARDEN OF EDEN was in the USA, is just right for those sick jerks in the Republican party.

    Ask a true Christians, and he will tell you that the Mormon Religion is really a CULT and not a true religion.
    The book of Mormons is a false doctrine as proven in the Bible.
    So if you still want this FAKE to lead your party of liars well, as they sayYOU MAKE YOUR BED, YOU LIE IN IT.

    October 20, 2007 09:29 am at 9:29 am |