April 11th, 2012
09:25 AM ET
2 years ago

Romney should learn from Santorum, Perkins says

(CNN) – Tony Perkins, who said Tuesday evangelical conservatives would shift focus away from the race for the White House, said the likely GOP nominee Mitt Romney could learn from the campaign of Rick Santorum.

Speaking on CNN, the president of the Family Research Council and former backer of Santorum's White House bid said Romney's chances of picking up support from the religious right would be bolstered by embracing Santorum's message.

"This was not about Rick Santorum," Perkins said on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien."

"Rick would say he's probably was not the best messenger to articulate the message that he had," Perkins continued. "But that emphasizes the power of the message that he had. It energized and enthused people. I think, first off, if Mitt Romney wants to capture some of that support that Rick Santorum gained with very little money based solely upon his message then Mitt Romney needs to pick up that message."


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  1. GonzoinHouston

    Translation: "Pander to us, pay attention to us, obey us, or we'll sit this one out" This is a clear threat, and Mitt cannot ignore it.

    April 11, 2012 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  2. SUBS 4 VOTES

    Willard is a poor messenger because his message is never consistent. The only message i get from Willard is that he has enough money to by the nomination. Filthy 1%er.

    April 11, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  3. mctampa

    uh oh, he better stay extreme right or they will punish him! to bad Mitt, you made this bed now enjoy "lying" in it LOL!

    April 11, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    But personhood candidate Mittens said he was severely conservative. What more do teavangelicals want? Wait, maybe they know Mittens lies like a dead skunk on a Florida highway in August, and don't trust him.

    April 11, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  5. tykl

    @ SUBS 4 VOTES: you seem to be taking the lead from the Divider in Chief (AKA Obama). What does "Filthy 1%er" mean? Do you mean that 99% of the people are honest and kind? Do you mean that 99% of people don't lie, cheat, steal, fire employees, embezzle from companies, flat out don't pay taxes or lie about income to get lower/no taxes? Does "filthy 1%er' mean that those who are in the 1% (who make over ~$333,000 a year) are liars, deceivers, people who love to fire others and that they don't contribute to society (e.g. Bill Gates or any other huge number of names that are pasted on the side of buildings they donated for the public good where I am sure you love to go to listen to an orchestra or theater group heavily subsidized by rich patrons – museums, concert halls, hospitals, disability hospitals, libraries, free health clinics, etc, etc)?

    The biggest problem with this 1%/99% slogan is I don't think you believe it nor Obama. It is just Chicago-style politics of smoke and mirrors. Why don't we just talk in facts and numbers instead of inflamed rhetoric laden with implied connotations (i.e. why don't you try writing your post again with a little more thought and rigor).

    April 11, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  6. Emmy Skaddittle

    Wow once again, these ultra right wingers miss how the system works. Once you get the nomination its all about the white house and trying to convince the middle that you really are not as conservative as you said you were in the primaries. The base will vote for you, who else are they going to vote for Obama?

    April 11, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  7. Randy, San Francisco

    GOP/Tea Party conservative family values evagelicals need to stop Romney from flip flopping towards the middle of political spectrum. So much the better for the re-election of President Obama in November.

    April 11, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    from the article:

    Speaking on CNN, the president of the Family Research Council and former backer of Santorum's White House bid said Romney's chances of picking up support from the religious right would be bolstered by embracing Santorum's message.
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    That's really good advice if you want to change America from a democracy into a theocracy. Unfortunately, Mitt Romney wants to go the plutocracy route. Mitt Romney is a strong advocate of imperial capitalism.

    April 11, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  9. Zenfire

    Toney Perkins – a Christian hypocrit!

    April 11, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  10. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    religion and politics still don't and never do mix

    April 11, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  11. Jess C

    @tykl: You missed the point. Mittens represents a pandering professional politician who says whatever will get him votes. He changes to please the crowd and nothing more. He's flipped so many times on issues how can anyone trust what he actually supports? Now he's going to pander to the religious right. Gee, big surprise here! I respect the wealthy who don't whine about paying their fair share of taxes, like Buffett. The tax rate on these people is less than it's been in many decades.

    April 11, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens is representative of republican style politics: suppress the vote, attack women, attack seniors, attack veterans, attack the poor, attack workers, attack the middle class, attack minorities. All this is to take care of their base:big oil, big banks, big insurance, the wealthy, Wall Street, and job destroyers. That is even worse than Wisconsin style politics.

    April 11, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  13. wang

    Why would Mitt adopt a Christian Taliban stance? Face it, that's essentially what Santorum's message really was. And for the record, I'm Catholic.

    And to the poster calling Mitt a filthy 1%er-Get a life, clearly you're just a jealous loser whose envy exceeds your IQ.

    April 11, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  14. Nobodies Pon

    To the crowd that think Mitt is some type of leader where is his great leadership skills when Rush called that law student a slut. Leaders step up and fight against injustice and stand up against those who assualt the defendless. Romney cant even stand up to Rush. Romney is a political weakling.

    April 11, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  15. Sniffit

    "That's really good advice if you want to change America from a democracy into a theocracy. Unfortunately, Mitt Romney wants to go the plutocracy route. Mitt Romney is a strong advocate of imperial capitalism."

    Technically, theocracy and plutocracy aren't mutually exclusive. Given that our current tax system is designed to redistribute the wealth upwards to a chosen few, who can then spend it to buy the decision-making of our government, it's not hard to imagine a situation in which you simply change the word "tax" to "tithe" and just let the Krischun Nashun nutjobs like the Ayatollah Gary have their way with our laws. Poof...theocratic plutocracy. This Perkins goof would probably get all hot under the collar if you started talking like that to him though, so be careful.

    April 11, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  16. Physically Conservative & Socially Liberal

    The one thing Willard has learned from Santorum, is how to make insane statements on the world stage, so you should be happy Tony. Perkins

    April 11, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  17. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    What can Romney learn from Santorum? How to not win delegates (or potential Electoral College votes)? How to alienate 75% of the US population in two sentences? How to make Newt Gingrich look and sound reasonable? Please, Tony, tell us! What can a man with a successful private and political career learn from a guy who was thrown out of office by an 18 point margin in favor of a guy with no statewide recognition?

    April 11, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  18. Sniffit

    "Mittens is representative of republican style politics: suppress the vote, attack women, attack seniors, attack veterans, attack the poor, attack workers, attack the middle class, attack minorities."

    You forgot "project all your own faults onto the opposing candidate in a glorious display of 'I know you are, but what am I" playground politics." The Changeling even has Bay Buchanan running around yammering that Obama is the one who is "really conducting a war on women." It's absurdist, insipid, puerile and disingenuous, I know...but the conservatives and intellectually defenseless lap it up like spilled cream.

    April 11, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  19. B

    Romney basically has never had a consistent message about anything and says Anything to placate the current audience.

    That is why people say they do not know what he stands for except making lots of money.

    April 11, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  20. Jake in Omaha

    Romney needs to remember seniors,women, and the christians vote, You will have a snow balls chance in hell of becoming President of the United States. I know that I would never vote for a democrat but I also will not vote for someone that is not a Christian. I also would not vote for someone that wants to kill off Social Security and Medicare I work long and hard for these benefits. Romney wake up. Women are voters also. You and your handlers screwed the pooch on womans issues.

    I AM STAYING HOME ON ELECTION DAY. YOU WILL NEVER GET MY VOTE.

    April 11, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  21. Alger Dave

    Before anyone throws too many stones at Santorum's message, it's time to face the facts. He won more votes so far than any other GOP candidate. His message is consistent with evangelical and catholic faith statements. If you disagree with him, you're probably 'off the reservation' with your church's beliefs. Romney will not and probably can no longer adopt the Santorum message, given that he's etch-a-sketching his way into the general election for all intents and purposes. He's going to assume that evangelicals and catholics will blindly follow his every meandering stances and vote for him in November. Social conservatives – please DON"T VOTE FOR ROMNEY in the fall – send a message that's very important to the GOP. We cannot and will not be taken for granted.

    April 11, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  22. GI Joe

    Sounds good to me. Mittens out spreading the hate of the average teavangical across the nation. The hate for anyone that doesn't toe the line just like they do (fake).

    April 11, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |