(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.