Opposition to same-sex marriage is a winning political issue for Republicans even as polls show increased acceptance of gay unions, said Ralph Reed, the founder and chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition.
Republicans elected Kevin McCarthy of California as U.S. House majority leader, promoting a member of Speaker John Boehner’s leadership team seen as a friend to business and Wall Street, and chose Representative Steve Scalise of Louisiana to succeed McCarthy as majority whip.
Ralph Reed, who helped build the Christian Coalition, said House Republicans should fight to retain charitable tax deductions and child tax credits as they negotiate with President Barack Obama on avoiding automatic spending cuts and tax increases set to start in January.
President Barack Obama declared his support for same-sex marriage, ending questions about where he stood on an issue that remains divisive in the U.S. and moving it to the forefront of the presidential election campaign.
Tuning in to the Republican debate last weekend in Iowa, the first since Newt Gingrich became the front-runner, was like watching a 3-year-old at a birthday party. I kept wondering whether Gingrich would hold it together through the slicing of the cake or collapse in a heap before another sugar infusion sent him reeling.
When Mitt Romney takes the stage before 30,000 evangelical Christians at Liberty University tomorrow, he’ll have a chance to quell concerns about him among a group whose backing is key to his presidential campaign.