Is Rick Santorum “The Man” for Conservatives to Support?

by Nathan A. Cherry, 01/24/2012

Rick SantorumMartinsburg, WV – The race to be the GOP presidential nominee is heating up. News broke last week that by all appearances Rick Santorum had indeed won the Iowa caucus and was building momentum heading into South Carolina. And while Gingrich gained some steam ahead of the SC debate it seems most the air was let out of his balloon by the “bombshell” interview of his ex-wife. Ron Paul seems to be fading into the background very fast, Rick Perry and Michelle Bachmann both wisely bowed out, and Romney is still being hit hard on his abortion flip flop, Romneycare, and his tax returns.

With all that’s taken place in the last month I want to make sure you are caught up on some key endorsements and where the field currently stands.

Just over a week ago I took part in a media conference call as Family Research Council president Tony Perkins shared the results of a meeting of nearly 170 conservative leaders. The purpose of this meeting was to come to an agreement on one candidate for these influential leaders to support. During the call Perkins told us ‘The group believes, after hearing the platforms of each candidate, that Santorum best represents the values and beliefs of the group.”

How did the group arrive at this decision? Each candidate’s representative was given the opportunity to speak after which three key positions were evaluated. Perkins shared the three key issues the group was most heavily concerned with:

  1. Repeal of Obamacare
  2. Reducing the national debt and reigning in government spending
  3. Supporting the pro-life platform

Since the meeting last week, a number of articles have surfaced over the outcome of the “organic” voting that showed Rick Santorum as the favored candidate. This Fox News article says the group hope’s their support for Santorum will make a difference in South Carolina and beyond. A Lifenews.com article says the group was united in their passionate desire to see Obama defeated in November. All the articles released after this meeting are bound by the same thread that conservatives are seeking an alternative to Romney (and Gingrich), someone that can soundly defeat Obama in November.

All of this seems to be good news for Santorum as he headed into the South Carolina debate and primary (at the time of this writing it is unclear who won in South Carolina). Santorum has risen on his solid, conservative record and his reputation for consistency (well, as consistent as a politician can be). Social conservatives are finding it easy to support Santorum as an alternative to Romney whose abortion position is troubling and Gingrich, whose moral issues and more moderate policy positions are not palatable.

Another boost to the Santorum campaign came in the form of endorsements from some key figures. First, Abby Johnson, the former Planned Parenthood clinic director turned pro-life advocate came out in support for Santorum. Johnson shared her endorsement saying;

“I am proud to give my personal endorsement to Senator Rick Santorum, a true champion of the unborn…Senator Rick Santorum has the courage to lead by morals and absolute truths, which I find refreshing. He is a man of integrity and faith and I am proud to publicly offer my endorsement.”

If that wasn’t enough of a boost, Santorum also received the support of respected pro-family leader James Dobson. Dobson praised Santorum for his support of the family and traditional marriage. He said;

“Of all the Republican candidates who are vying for the presidency, former Sen. Santorum is the one who has spoken passionately in every debate about this concern…While there are other GOP candidates who are worthy of our support, Sen. Santorum is the man of the hour. His knowledge of international politics, especially Israel and the turmoil in the Middle East, is highly relevant to the dangerous world in which we live. This is why I am endorsing former Senator Rick Santorum for president of the United States…”

Santorum has also received the endorsement of pro-life blogger Jill Stanek as well as pro-life activist and former presidential candidate Gary Bauer.

This is not a bad group of people to have in your corner. These are the people that can help a candidate win because they have their finger on the pulse of Americans and a grassroots network that can spread the word. And there’s no doubt others will begin to voice their support for Santorum as he builds momentum.

So, is Santorum destined to be the next GOP nominee and possible POTUS? I don’t know, but I would not object.

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

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