Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, is among the evangelicals who will meet to talk about GOP alternatives to Mitt Romney.
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More than 150 leaders in the conservative evangelical Christian community are getting together Friday and Saturday at a private ranch west of Houston in a last-ditch effort to derail Mitt Romney's march to the Republican nomination.
The meeting, which will feature state and regional leaders as well as prominent pastors and national-profile evangelical stars, is not intended as a Romney-bashing event, says Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council and a big voice among conservative evangelicals.
Richard Land, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention, testifies before Congress on July 14, 2010. He thinks religious conservatives should try to rally behind a candidate other than Mitt Romney.
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Rick Santorum was fresh off his surprise showing in the Iowa caucuses and fielding questions on a radio program, when a caller challenged the Republican presidential candidate on his overt religiosity.
"He said, 'We don't need a Jesus candidate. We need an economic candidate,' " Santorum recalled later, at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire. "And my answer to that was, 'We always need a Jesus candidate, right?' "
Screen shot from an anti-Romney video that accuses the GOP front-runner of corporate greed during his CEO days.
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Winning Our Future, the superPAC supporting Newt Gingrich, released the entire 28-minute video "When Mitt Romney Came To Town," which portrays the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination as a one-time corporate raider who caused the layoffs of scores of workers. (A trailer has been available for a few days.)
If this were Hollywood, we would call this a wide release since it is likely to be playing on computer and home television screens by the many tens of thousands.