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January 16th, 2012
 

Social Conservatives Coalesce Behind Santorum

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C – The national media can’t seem to write enough stories about the inability of conservatives to unite behind one candidate to challenge Romney.  The entire idea is preposterous from the start.  Everyone from Jon Huntsman to Ron Paul considers themselves to be a conservative.  What we have been waiting to see is whether or not social conservatives will coalesce around a single candidate.

After a large group of the nation’s most prominent evangelical leaders decided to back Rick Santorum’s candidacy, it’s becoming clear that he is now the choice of social conservatives in the field.  If the big endorsement didn’t make it clear, Santorum showed off his ability to wow a socially conservative crowd at a prayer breakfast in Myrtle Beach on Sunday morning.

After Rick Perry’s speech to the crowd of 300 or so received polite applause, Santorum was welcomed to the state with a standing ovation.  It didn’t hurt that Ralph Reed had just said that Santorum was “the most effective, conservative, pro-family legislator of this generation.”  Santorum was also praised from the stage by Eric Metaxas, the author of two acclaimed New York Times bestselling biographies.

Metaxas also talked about how the mainstream media has tried to vilify Santorum for his beliefs.  He then reminded the crowd of how often Abraham Lincoln talked about faith and morality when he was running for office.  Metaxas then said that if Lincoln were in this race, he would “make Santorum sound like Jon Huntsman on these issues.”

Santorum made his case to the audience by saying, “We have an opportunity for South Carolina to stand behind a candidate that has consistently, courageously, and forcefully led the fight for the values that the people who are sitting in this room support – the same values that most of the people in South Carolina say they care about.”

Santorum then scanned the audience and said, “The question is whether the people of South Carolina will vote their conscience.”  He also said that a lot of people tell politicians not to compromise when they get to Washington.  Santorum then asked the crowd not to compromise when they go to the polls on Saturday.

Photo by Dan Davidson – Prezography.com

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Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of TheIowaRepublican.com, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and TheIowaRepublican.com as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, TheIowaRepublcian.com. Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.




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