Social Conservatives Hold Covert Meeting To Stop Romney


Written by Alex Seitz-Wald, ThinkProgress

It’s no secret that social conservatives are not thrilled about the prospect of Mitt Romney winning the Republican presidential nomination, but what is a secret is the meeting key leaders of the movement in Iowa held this week to prevent that prospect from becoming a reality. Representatives for leading social conservative groups met covertly in Iowa Monday with the hope of choosing an alternative candidate that social conservatives could unite behind, CNN reports:

The meeting, the group’s first, took place in a private office building in Des Moines on Monday. In attendance were representatives from the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition, The Family Leader, the group Iowa Right to Life, and a representative for the Iowa chapter of Concerned Women for America. Some pastors from prominent Iowa churches also attended the meeting. [...]

Sources say there were about 20 to 25 people present at the meeting and that another meeting is planned for Monday of next week.

The problems for Romney here are obvious. Romney used to be staunchly pro-choice, saying, for example, when he ran for governor of Massachusetts, “I sustain and support [Roe v. Wade], and the right of a woman to make that choice.” And while Romney now vows to restrict a woman’s right to choose if elected, the specifics of his anti-choice positions are unclear, as he has refused to take a position on key issues. He’s also been relatively progressive on gay rights, saying just this week, “I favor gay rights.” And Romney’s Mormon faith could pose problems as well, as a recent Pew survey noted that a majority of white evangelical protestants do not view the religion as Christian.

In their search for an alternative, attendees at the Iowa meeting disqualified Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) because of his libertarian leanings on social issues, and also dismissed Herman Cain because of a “lack of consistency on issues of sanctity of life and marriage” and “some concern he’s maybe not quite experienced enough in civics.”

This post was originally published by ThinkProgress.


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Dan Brook6 years ago

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Eddie Obler
Eddie O6 years ago

Usually, when there are traitors within a group, they don’t readily show their hand. The Republican party isn’t even smart enough to do that. They have very openly and blatantly stated that their main objective, above all else, is to destroy Obama and make sure he’s only a one time President.

This truly is treasonous as they have fought to hold back the growth of this country just so they can destroy Obama. They’ve even caused our credit rating to be lowered by playing their childish, selfish, stupid, little game.

And, some of these radical Republicans, Tea Partiers, have even put signs out encouraging companies not to hire anyone until Obama is out of office. How pathetic is this stance, and how horribly crazy that there are still people who support them, even though they’d rather destroy our country than to have Obama re-elected!

It’s like someone building something, and having some of the workers planning to destroy it, while they’re getting paid and are supposed to be working towards the same goal. Those workers would be kicked out the door a.s.a.p., and yet some in our country still support these Republican thugs and just don’t care how much harm they do to our country, just so they hurt Obama. Well, while hurting Obama, and not wanting to work for the good of our country, they just don’t get it that they are terribly hurting everyone in our country as well

How pathetic they are, and how immensely sad it is that

Frances C.
Frances C6 years ago

Obama/Biden 2012!

Frances C.
Frances C6 years ago

Oh, I am so shocked. I did not know that Mitt Romney was a homosexual or had four wives. You could have knocked me over with a tea bag. I did know he is a Mormon and the righties don't like Mormons, but then again they are prejudiced and intolerant of so many people and things. I do know that they only want tax cuts for the very wealthy. That poor children can become janitors in their own schools. That's child abuse.

Gingrich is so mean he was outed by his own party from the speakers job. He has been on all sides of every issue over the years, can't even remember what he said, but luckily we have tape.
Romney also has been on all sides of every issue. Cain has now joined Bachmann, Palin, Trump in the loony bin. Huntsman is the only intelligent one in that bunch, he actually believes in science so that disqualifies him with the uninformed .

Nancy L.
Nancy L6 years ago

Religious convictions shouldn't have anything to do with politics.

Brian F.
Brian F6 years ago

The republicans are all criminal liars who are puppets for corporate America. The fact that Romney is a flip flopping liar, surprises no one, because all the mendacious candidates will say anything to get elected. It's a shame that America, has a corrupt republican party that wants to cut taxes for their rich friends, and cares about only the wealthy, and wants to keep us in endless unpaid for wars, assault women's rights, destroy social security, medicare, our EPA, and our enviroment.

Sheri Schongold
Sheri Schongold6 years ago

I say old chaps, didn't we leave England to get away from these people? Leave the system alone. Yes the system is broken in many ways, but this is what the people want and choose. I was under the impression that We The People Of The United States of America were the ones who chose who was to run for what. Even if they are not what we want, we can tar & feather them and run them out of town or we can vote them out of office or not vote them in.

Bruce Van Tassell

Oh my god the government will be run from Salt Lake!

Marilyn L.
Marilyn L6 years ago

"I hope Mitt gets the call. He's at least centrist and will pull them that away" Your kidding right? The man is on camera saying he believes one thing and then on camera saying he believes another regarding the same issue. He has flip flop so much he must be dizzy. A vote for Mitt is clearly and 'undecided' vote. And a Centrist, not in this life time; and as a Centrist I take that as an insult.

What a crowd of losers the Republicans have running. It's a joke. Only a die-hard Republican with no sense whatsoever would vote for any of them.