Ever since Ronald Reagan, the Republican Party has moved steadily to the right. Yet in Tampa this week, for the seventh consecutive time, Republicans will nominate a mainstream presidential candidate after rejecting movement conservatives.
Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, trailing far behind Mitt Romney in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, met today with social conservative leaders to discuss overhauling his flagging bid.
Rick Santorum, buoyed by support over the weekend from national evangelical leaders, is urging Republican voters in the final week of campaigning before South Carolina’s primary to coalesce behind him as the alternative to former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.
Moments before Rick Santorum learned he’d won the Alabama and Mississippi primaries, an unnamed supporter emerged from the crowd at his victory rally and called on the audience to take a knee and pray for success.
When about 500 voters packed into a New Hampshire town hall last week to hear Ron Paul speak, they saved their biggest applause for something no other Republican presidential candidate is talking about.
Mitt Romney is remaking his campaign into a machine to take on President Barack Obama while keeping one eye on finishing off his Republican rivals, as chief challenger Rick Santorum grasps for a strategy to keep his nomination bid alive.
The Republican Party’s socially conservative base, conflicted for months over which presidential candidate to back, is increasingly coalescing behind Rick Santorum in a shift that some observers say may energize his bid and slow Mitt Romney’s momentum toward the nomination.