September 15th, 2009
03:54 PM ET
13 years ago

Movement 'coming from the soil of America,' conservative says

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Tony Perkins said Tuesday that recent conservative outrage directed at the Obama administration isn't necessarily going to be a 'windfall' for the GOP."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Three days after conservatives converged on the nation's capital to express their concerns about a number of the Obama administration's policies, a leading social conservative has a warning for the Republican Party.

"The public is not saying they're for Republicans," Family Research Council president Tony Perkins said Tuesday at a gathering of conservative bloggers and online activists, "they're saying they're against big government and this is not necessarily going to be a windfall for Republicans."

As bipartisan negotiations over a health care bill in the Senate Finance Committee appear to be reaching a conclusion, Perkins said it would be a "disaster" for congressional Republicans to give their support to "anything that has any element of the public [health insurance] option."

And Perkins rejected the notion that the growing outpouring of concerns expressed by conservatives – during the recent August congressional recess and during last Saturday's event in Washington – had been contrived by groups like his.
"I don't think it's something that can be directed or controlled. This is not the work of organizations. I think organizations can fan it and channel it but they can't build it and direct it. I think this is coming genuinely - this is not astroturf. This is coming from the soil of America."

The Value Voters Summit, an annual Washington gathering of social conservatives put on by the lobbying arm of Perkins' group, is set for September 18-20. Carrie Prejean, a former beauty pageant winner who became embroiled in controversy after she supported traditional marriage, is set to join a number of other prominent conservatives at the event.

"She was just unmercifully attacked," Perkins said of the former beauty queen in a separate interview with CNN. Perkins added that his group is going to "stand up" for anyone in Prejean's position "and we're going to give them a platform."

Perkins also told CNN that "there's a natural overlap" between social conservatives, fiscal conservatives, and foreign policy conservatives. "Americans don't draw the lines . . . like we do in Washington." Perkins estimated that 9 out of every 10 social conservatives are also fiscal conservatives.

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soundoff (68 Responses)
  1. ike

    And that's where it will the dirt!!

    September 15, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  2. Eugene

    And that soil coming from which outhouse of yours, sir?

    September 15, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  3. Barbara Independent in NY

    The tea party movement is not coming from the soil of America. The tea party movement is just plain soiled!

    September 15, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  4. Dave Long

    Look for some logic. Claiming to be anti-big gov't, Repubs are OK with massive defense budget. Anti-health care reform position suggests support of that which kills people. Why then oppose abortion?

    September 15, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  5. Crazy Harry

    Soil has more intelligence that the group of nut jobs that are opposing health care reform. Actually I think soil should be feel embarrassed to be be put in the same group as these wackos.

    September 15, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  6. Sam Sixpack

    Eventually, everyone will figure out they are about to be required by law to give all they can "afford" to insurance execs in exchange for health insurance with deductibles so high they won't be able to afford actual health care.

    The real question is: will Obama & Company be able to ram this thing through Congress before enough people find out?

    If he does, your family will all gather around grandma while Obama's proposed "Independent Medicare Advisory Council" pulls the plug on her.

    You can fool some of the people all of the time, all of the people some of the time, but all you need to do is fool enough of the people enough of the time.

    What a scam.

    September 15, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  7. Video Guy

    Mr Perkins you should ask your self and your friends what would Jesus do. If what I understand of the bible and weekly sermons at may church, you guys have it wrong.

    September 15, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  8. Mark,B'ham,Al.

    The democrats are in with the leftist elitest who want a world government and think the USA is the evil in the world like Obama's friend George Soros, Bill Ayers, and Van Jones. They are more dangerous than any crackpot on the right. Oh, for all of you against Defense spending, Constitutionally, Defense and a Common Strong Monetary System are want is required by the Constitution, every thing you are for are entitlements.

    September 15, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  9. My 2 Cents

    don't you think it a bit strange that all these republicans senators that have come out and railed against government run health care actually have government health care? If it's good enough for them why isn't it good enough for the people they are supposed to be there representing? Plain and simple; this is about being in the pocket of health insurance companies and keeping the status quo. Time to take back our country from the executive profiteers whose only motives are to figure out how to get and keep more of our money. You can call it marxism, socialism, or "whateverism" you want to call it, but it is the right thing for America. Health care for the world's richest nation should not be about profits, PERIOD!!.

    September 15, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  10. Rick in OP

    This is the beginning of the rejection of the left wing, socialist regime that came to power in January 2009. We are now seeing the true nature of the Obama Administration in the form of Van Jones, the unfolding ACORN scandals, Cass Sunstein and others. Mainstream America will not tolerate these radicals.

    September 15, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  11. jj

    From the manure they came, to the manure they will return. I'm glad most of these racist, ignorant fools won't be around in twenty years.

    September 15, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |

    Excuse me while I scrape that reactionary dirt off of my boots.

    September 15, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  13. Four and The Door

    This administration and congress have gone so far overboard with their outrageous spending binge and the speed at which they are trying to increase the size of the federal government, you would have to believe part of their strategy is to see how much they can get away with.

    Then again, this would be the first time I ever accused this administration of having a strategy. That would involve thinking ahead and they obviously haven't done any of that. They are just enjoying the moment. Let others worry about how to actually pay for it all.

    September 15, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  14. ib

    The far left had better wake up and soon if they want to continue to run things. The conservatives; moderate demo's and independents are joining together in this movement. There will be another BIG CHANGE in 2010 or sooner if they don't.

    September 15, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  15. Bones

    Exactly.... the soil of america. A bunch of dirt bags.

    September 15, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  16. Jon in CA

    2010 – Americans will speak, REJECTING Obama/liberal agenda.

    September 15, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  17. B

    It is not coming from the soil sir, it is coming from the corporate health care moguls that don’t want anyone messing with their Gold-mine!

    The Public Option will make them Shutter !

    September 15, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  18. Christian Values

    From the soil, as in weeds, manure and beneath all other living beings.

    We always knew there were a few retards out there, atleast we can identify them more easily now, they are the ones tea bagging each other.

    September 15, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
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