Los Angeles (CNN) - Prominent social conservative Tony Perkins called on political activists Thursday evening to withhold contributions to Republican campaign committees, as the GOP is embroiled in a debate over social issues.
Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, made the request in an email to supporters of his organization, as members of the Republican National Committee met in California to discuss campaign strategy and political messaging.
Tampa, Florida (CNN) – While much of the Republican universe spent Monday condemning Missouri Senate hopeful Todd Akin for his comments about "legitimate rape" and abortion, one of the nation's most prominent conservative organizations rallied to his defense.
Two top officials from the Family Research Council said the Missouri congressman is the target of a Democratic smear campaign and chided those Republicans who have condemned Akin.
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama’s support of same-sex marriage will hurt him in states he captured in 2008, the president of American Values, Gary Bauer, predicted Sunday.
“I think the president this past week took six or seven states he carried in 2008 and put them in play with this ill-conceived position,” Bauer said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
(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.
Washington (CNN) – The Family Research Council's Tony Perkins, a leading social conservative, tells CNN that conservative activists are so unenthusiastic about Mitt Romney, many are likely to turn their grass roots efforts away from the presidential race and towards Congress – specifically, putting the Senate in Republican hands.
"It's difficult for us to back a candidate our constituents don't believe in and aren't excited about," Perkins said in a telephone interview, speaking about Romney.
(CNN) - The president of the Family Research Council characterized Rep. Ron Paul's weekend win in the Values Voter Summit straw poll as "an outlier."
Tony Perkins, who heads the social conservative group, said the Republican presidential candidate influenced the results by busing supporters to the event, proving his 37% support is not reflective of social conservative backing nationally.
(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."
Washington (CNN) - A social conservative leader weighed in on the current crop of GOP presidential candidates Tuesday, saying Mitt Romney has lost momentum on issues that matter most to values voters.
"He is not speaking as strongly to the social issues as he did four years ago," said Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, at the National Press Club in Washington.
@tperkins: Gov. Mitch Daniels bowed out of the presidential race over the weekend. Proving that the "truce" really does set you free–to stay home.
Tony Perkins is the president of the Family Research Council, a conservative Christian organization. His tweet is a reference to Daniel's repeated calls for Republicans to focus on fiscal and economic issues 2012 election. Daniel's proposed "truce" among Republicans on social issues earned him ridicule from the religious and socially conservative factions of the GOP.
Washington (CNN) - A leading social conservative is sharply criticizing Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, for refusing to skip a fundraiser for a GOP gay and lesbian organization, suggesting that decisions such as this are why there has been backlash by the conservative base against the Republican establishment.
Cornyn declined a request by Family Research Council President Tony Perkins not to attend the Log Cabin Republican event scheduled to take place next week in the nation's capital. Perkins said in a Sept. 13 letter that he found it "deeply troubling" the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee would associate himself with the organization.
Perkins admonished Cornyn in a note Thursday evening that will be included in his organization's daily update to be sent to the FRC email list.
"Let me again state my appreciation for Sen. Cornyn's strong stand on conservative issues, however, this is precisely why the Republican Party is in the minority and it is why eight of the senatorial candidates that the Republican establishment have selected in this cycle have been defeated in primaries by conservative candidates." Perkins wrote in the note that was provided to CNN. "What conservatives want to see is the election of those who will uphold the constitution and dial back expansive, expensive government. You don't do that by helping groups like the LCR raise money to elect candidates who oppose most of what is in the Republican Party Platform."