Social conservatives don't rush to Romney after Santorum news
April 10th, 2012
08:15 PM ET
2 years ago

Social conservatives don't rush to Romney after Santorum news

(CNN) – Some leading social conservative groups are praising Rick Santorum following his suspension of his Republican presidential campaign. But their reaction Tuesday didn't mention Mitt Romney, the all-but-certain GOP nominee with Santorum out of the race.

That could spell trouble for Romney as he tries now tries to consolidate the Republican base by reaching out to the social conservative voters who backed Santorum and other candidates during the long and divisive battle for the nomination.

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  1. Marie MD

    Nobody wants the flip flopper. It's so sad (not really) that even his own people can't stand him.

    April 10, 2012 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  2. Pete

    A lot of you radical republicans still aren't comfortable pulling the switch on that maniacal Mormon Romney.His big corporate stance,his arrogence show how unaware he is to the punishment he's about to recieve this campaign cycle.The incumbents campaign will match dollar for dollar to Romneys corporate war chest,but Pres.Obamas organizational skills will prevail in the end.People will either stay home or vote for Pres.Obama than vote against their personal beliefs and for Romney the Mormon hypocrite.Campaign experience will show that the incumbents organization has already set the stage for this Novembers showdown,well ahead of any republicans predictions.So while Romney is campaigning against his republican foes,Pres.Obamas is raking in his record stash with every day of his political nationwide tour...

    April 10, 2012 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  3. julien vergara

    Good. Now romney could concentrate with with obama. We need to change our country to the right direction to improve the econmy and be one of the richest country in the world. God bless america.

    April 10, 2012 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Why should they? Romney doesn't really represent them or any conservative. I'd be surprised if Romney get much of the conservative vote gladly. Some may run their own candidate while others are going to vote for Romney while holding their noses because he isn't Obama.

    April 10, 2012 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  5. sonnie3

    Its a sad day for the fiscal conservatives who put 70 plus in congress in 2010. We have been rough shod by the RINOS in Washington, and the old guard needs to go in 2012 that is up for election. They don't pass the smell test.

    April 10, 2012 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  6. Sage Sophos the second!

    Social conservatives what gonna do when mitts comes for you?

    April 11, 2012 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  7. SUBS 4 VOTES

    Bush has aligned himself with Willard, therefore conservatives must distance themselves from Willard. They can't dodge this bullet. They all support the BUSH TAX CUTS for the 1% and thy're all waging a war on women. Joe Biden has it right! This is not your granddad's Republican Party.

    April 11, 2012 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  8. ThinkAgain

    Of course not; evangelicals and many Christians in general, consider Mormons to belong to a cult. That's why Grover Norquist at CPAC earlier this year told attendees to just hold their noses and vote for Mittens. Here's what he said:

    "All we have to do is replace Obama. ... We are not auditioning for fearless leader. We don't need a president to tell us in what direction to go. We know what direction to go. We want the Ryan budget. ... We just need a president to sign this stuff. We don't need someone to think it up or design it. The leadership now for the modern conservative movement for the next 20 years will be coming out of the House and the Senate."

    BTW, here are Norquist's "qualifications" for President:

    "Pick a Republican with enough working digits to handle a pen to become president of the United States. This is a change for Republicans: the House and Senate doing the work with the president signing bills. His job is to be captain of the team, to sign the legislation that has already been prepared."

    Simply put, Norquist and the ruling GOP elite (funded by the likes of the Koch brothers) want Mittens because, like GW Bush, he'll do as he's told by the REAL power behind the presidency.

    So the choice is simple: Do you want a leader who thinks for himself or another GW Bush puppet doing the bidding of unelected officials representing corporate interests, regardless of the cost to our country and her people?

    Don't let this happen to our country. Vote Obama/Biden in November

    April 11, 2012 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  9. J.V.Hodgson

    The assumption that potentila Santorum voters in the future at various state primaries and caucus will all or even mainly go to Romney is wishful thinking. Younger voters will still go with R Paul and the more religious and evangelical types may go to Gingrich.Romneys Mormonism like it or not has not gone away with some voters.
    I think we'll see abig change in Gingrich stance over the coming days.
    For both Paul and Gingrich its been clear to me mthat it was about influence at the convention all the time, as long as thy can remain money viable they'll stick in there and create some further disunity although they wont have any more TV debates.
    Boy did the media screw up that kind of political programming forever in future. It will be individual interviews only.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    April 11, 2012 03:10 am at 3:10 am |
  10. Just Say No to Flipper

    The schism will soon be apparent, as the religious conservatives focus on lower level candidates not named Rmoney. Rmoney will be flying alone with only the millions from Rove's SuperPACS to create an illusion of popularity and competence.

    April 11, 2012 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  11. Wake up people

    I don't know why, but I disagree with most of you. What has been the republicans agenda since the day after election day 2008? To make President Obama a one term POTUS and to stop any and everything he tries to accomplish. Have they not been true to their word? Have they not blocked EVERYTHING he has tried to do? The conservatives may not trust or like Mittens, but he has one thing going for him that President Obama does not, white skin. That's all that matters to most repubs and some phony dems. And I call them phony because I hear people say I'm a Hillary dem. No you're full of ish because if you were a real dem, you would have supported either candidate. I guarantee if Hillary were in the White House, there might be some obstruction, but nothing like we have witnessed for the past 3 years.

    OBAMA 2012!

    April 11, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |