Republican isn't enough, says Family Research head
October 7th, 2011
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Republican isn't enough, says Family Research head

(CNN) - The leader of the right-leaning Family Research Council said Friday that simply electing a Republican to the White House in 2012 wouldn't be enough to counter Pres. Barack Obama's four years as president.

"This election is too important to elect a Republican," Tony Perkins said at the Values Voter Summit in Washington. "We need to elect a conservative that will undo the economic and moral and social destruction this administration has unleashed on America. We don't need politicians that promise to slow down decline. We need leaders that are bold and courageous that will undo destructive policies."

The Values Voter Summit is a three-day event, beginning Friday, that will feature most of the 2012 Republican contenders. The event is sponsored partly by Perkins' organization, the Family Research Council, as well as the conservative think tank The Heritage Foundation and Liberty University, a Christian institution founded by Jerry Falwell.

Perkins said he agreed with Obama's statement, made last week at a dinner for the gay-rights group Human Rights Campaign, that the 2012 election was a "fundamental debate about who we are as a nation."

"That's the first time I've agreed with this president," Perkins said. "This is a contest of values. Whose values will lead us into the future or into the history books that record the nations that 'were.'"

Perkins went on to slam the Obama administration's economic and social policies, including the decision to overturn "Don't Ask Don't Tell" and the implementation of the president's health care law.

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soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    Aaaaaaand, the "Krischun Nashun" rightwing extremist religio-fascists are just going to keep gettting angrier and angrier and angrier and angrier and angrier that this country never was and never will be a theocracy.

    October 7, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  2. Victoria

    hmmm.. he said "We need to elect a conservative that will undo the economic and moral and social destruction this administration has unleashed on America" Its the conservative repubs that got us to this point in the 1st place. We need them out!! He syas "We need leaders that are bold and courageous that will undo destructive policies." Is that not what our president is trying to do? Overturning DADT was a GREAT day in civil rights history! So who do we as a people want as a leader. Someone who cares about people and our civil rights or someone who wants to bring us back in time? Cares only about corporations and depleting our civil rights? Easy question.. Obama 2012

    October 7, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  3. Scott

    Funny, but most of the current "economic and moral and social destruction" was spearheaded by Republicans and Conservatives over the last 3 decades with the systematic deregulation of the financial industry, the systematic division of wealth, and the constant encouragement of intolerance and bigotry in the country. Democrats have played their parts, but Conservatives, especially social conservatives, have led the charge. Amazing how a 11 years of economic decline, expanding government and ever increasing debt is all the fault of the guy who was in charge the last 3 years of that period of time.

    October 7, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  4. Scary

    The problem here is that the "Christian" right believes that all Americans should live by their rules and morals. I for one find that idea scary as all get out! I don't have a problem with anyone having beliefs and living with those beliefs. Just don't force the other 80% to succumb to your beliefs.

    October 7, 2011 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  5. Oh the Ghastly Obstinate Party

    ..."economic and moral and social destruction" ?? Even George W. didn't manage that much destruction in his first 3 yrs. How in the world could Obama achieve all that 'destruction" when the Ghastly Obstinate Party blocked everything and anything he tried to do for his "socialist" goals, eh? He must be a dark Superman (no pun intended) to have achieved all that, despite the hateful opposition. Way to go, Mr. President.

    October 7, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  6. the $$$ G $$$ O $$$ P $$$$

    $$$$$, that's the only real value that the GOP persues, for themselves and their rich handlers. Certainly not for the majority of Americans. Sorry to disappoint you, if you're a poor republican. Blame yourself, says Herman Cain.

    October 7, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  7. counter opinion

    I've never thought that taking care of poor and sick as being immoral, maybe I was reading the wrong Bible?

    October 7, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  8. Don

    Is Mormon enough? Get used to it Tony.

    October 7, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  9. Mark in Seattle

    But isn't Tony being raptured in 2 weeks? Why sould he care?

    October 7, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  10. Centrist

    Sniffit: I like the cut of your jib. Many far-right conservatives seem to miss at least one glaring flaw in their ideology: change happens. There's really no way to effectively direct it toward some uniformly imaginary "good-old-days" past. There are far too many variables involved. Trying to oversimplify a problem may be the single surest way to never solve it. Just say no to black-and-white, binary thinking...

    October 7, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  11. John

    What American People need Is not to vote the Republican In Control of anything ,so It won't get back to be has bad has It was be for President Obama took office. Reminder when He Took office America has all ready In real bad and we were losing Millions of jobs every years. the Stock market was crashing and the bank was In bad Shape. We don't need a Republican President to get America In another war we can't pay for. What really need to be done Is get America out of Afghanistan and Iraq and bring are troops home and Quit spending all this money over there. They don't even want America there In the first place. And we need to Quit giving money to Pakistan or any other country. And start worry more about America than they do other Country.

    October 7, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  12. logic in LA

    What we need is to find a President that will overturn the religious status of these quasi- faith based organizations. Make them for profits, treat them like the Lobbyists they are and move on.
    People like this man and his gang are dangerous to the fiber of the US.

    October 7, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  13. JR White Bear Lake MN.

    Why do these Christians got to hate so much. He said its not enough to vote for a republican.... its got to be a true conservative. Sounds like that means Mitt won't be getting Tony's endorsement any time soon.

    October 7, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  14. Left Coast

    Sorry Tony, but this is the 21st century. You and the Republican Party may want to return to the 10th or 12th, but most Americans don't. Young people in this country want to live in a forward, progressive country, not one that would criminalize everything except your version of your religion.

    October 7, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  15. John

    This what happens when right wing religious extremists like Tony Perkins get involved. They are trying to push their own version and interpretation of morality down the throats of the American people. Unfortunately the GOP is in lock step with this crowd. It does not bode well for the country.....

    October 7, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  16. Laverne

    He does not want conservative in their right mind, he wants tea party conservative not in their right mind. To think that the majority of American people will accept going back 50 years makes Tony Perkins as crazy as the ideas he is trying to push off to the rest of us. Thanks, but no thanks sir!

    October 7, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  17. David

    Which Bible has this fool been reading???

    October 7, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  18. joy

    Bullhockey, Family Research head. You are nothing more than a sham. As a former life long Republican from a southern red state – the Republican party AND conservatives do absolutely nothing to further Christian values. This guy is spouting a huge load of carp.

    October 7, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  19. CHUCK

    I am so sick of talking heads spouting the same GOP talking points. Who is this guy anyway? Mr Perkins, did you have a canidate in mind? Rommey, Palin, Cain, Perry, Paul... ? Who do you think can do the job? What are some of the ideas you consider destructive? You are just another right wing talking head who is only concerned about his own well-being and the well-being of your religious right wing followers. Why should we be concerned with anothing you have to say?

    October 7, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  20. JoeT

    Modern day Pharisees, wanting to convert our republic into a theocracy.

    October 7, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  21. Martha in CF

    Come on......the republicans are the ones who got us into this mess we are in. The republicans don't care about the American people, except for their rich buddies........I feel bad for our young people who are feeling hopeless at any kind of future to work for........

    Obama/Biden 2012
    Democratic House and Senate

    October 7, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  22. a health economist

    Centrist: "There's really no way to effectively direct it toward some uniformly imaginary "good-old-days" past"


    Not to mention that the 'good-old-days' that they refer to (i.e. when I was a kid) tax rates were about double they are now at a minimum. For close to 2 decades the highest marginal tax rate was in the 90%'s. But somehow now when you raise them to 38% we become communists.

    October 7, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  23. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Any republican candidate for president this year, could not even be in charge of a one car parade, let alone lead us out of the Bush/republican near depression.

    October 7, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  24. MNTaxpayer

    Amen. That's fine. Run a third party candidate to siphon off more republican votes. Makes Obama's chances even better than they already were. Works for me.

    October 7, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  25. Ex-GOP Con

    Save Marriage! Ban Divorce; Criminalize Adultery!

    October 7, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
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