Republican isn't enough, says Family Research head
October 7th, 2011
12:24 PM ET
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Republican isn't enough, says Family Research head

(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.

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soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Ex-GOP Con

    Stephen Colbert said it best and I challenge everyone to throw this quote at Perkins and his cult:

    "If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn’t help the poor, either we have to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we’ve got to acknowledg­e that He commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition and then admit that we just don’t want to do it.”

    October 7, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  2. teena

    "As you do to the least of these, you do unto me" so says Jesus. So ,maybe these religious fanatics could actually start reading the Bible and practicing what the true WORD says!

    October 7, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  3. roro

    This man and his followers are extremely dangerous to this country. They want to push their theology down our throats, and turn this democracy into a theocracy. That is EXACTLY what our founding fathers fought against. God help us!

    October 7, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  4. Paul

    More anti-gay republican rhetoric. Is this really surprising to anyone?

    October 7, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    That's religion talking.........and that belongs in the church, and not in the government.

    October 7, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    The "person" quoted in the article sounds like they are speaking from inside of a padded room.

    How can any "person" who claims to be a true fundamentalist christian, even involve themselves in politics. The Bible I know teaches you that politics is basically evil. Maybe, we should start taking another look at their tax-exempt status if they want to be political.

    October 7, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  7. thomas

    Gods Army !

    October 7, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  8. Punctus

    The "Family Research Council"? So what, they do research on families? Sounds a little 1984 to me. Oh yeah, they really don't do any research. They just spout conservative dogma. Name is a little weird, though.

    October 7, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

    Nothing has ever been enough for these new Pharisees. Where were they wen Enron and others destroyed thousands of people's savings? Where were they when the market tanked in 2008? Oh, that's right, they were too damn busy condemning the Democratic ticket as a sign the Apocolypse was coming. Tony Perkins is nothing more than a creature of Washington, and, like the rest of the TP types that keep their social agenda under wraps, interested only in controlling our lives based on THEIR versions of morality. Hypocrites all.

    October 7, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  10. GI Joe

    They're already working really hard to surpress the vote, remove women's rights to make their own decisions, and cut out healthcare for women, children, the elderly, and poor.

    What OTHeR horrible things have dems put in place? Next they will revert back to unequal pay for women. Which world do YOU want to live in? Answer that November 2012. No rights, or more rights?

    October 7, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  11. Punctus

    I really LOVE the irony of these conservatives aligning themselves with the bible. As if their anti-poor, anti-tolerance rants have anything to do with the teachings of Jesus. Like the bumper sticker says: "Annoy a conservative, live like Jesus". Amen.

    October 7, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  12. Ricky

    "Moral and social destruction...?" The President doesn't do this; individual citizens do. What kind of bs is this guy spouting?

    October 7, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  13. wgf

    Moral destruction ? Sorry, not seeing it.

    October 7, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  14. Teabug

    Tony Toni Tone has done it again. It sounds like he needs to brush up on his Bible studies, I mean based upon all of Jesus's deeds, it seems like JC would be a progressive Dem. Amen.

    October 7, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  15. DannyCali

    No no no no.........., what's about our jobs and house?????? It not Democratic cause this problem it is Republican make uas no house and no jobs so, no more RePub in Senate and House anymore. Obama 4 more years.

    October 7, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  16. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Now remember, most of these Christian Conservatives only read Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Samuel (1 and 2) and Jeremiah. They stop short of reading the Gospels and Epistles that make up the "Christian" section of the Bible and the remainder of the Old Testament because it doesn't fit into their world view.

    October 7, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
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