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Rick Perry was once lauded as the conservative contender for the GOP nomination.
Today at the ranch of Paul and Nancy Pressler just west of Houston, more than 100 conservative Christian leaders are convening. Number one on the agenda: deciding whether to back a candidate to take on Mitt Romney.
Many social conservatives in the GOP don't see Romney as sharing the conviction of their values. They question his commitment to fighting same-sex marriage and abortion. Major players at the meeting include the president of Focus on the Family, James Dobson; the American Family Association's Donald Wildmon and the Family Research Council's Tony Perkins. While they agree on a policy platform, whether they can unite behind either Rick Santorum, Rick Perry or Newt Gingrich is less assured.
How much power does this group of so-called movement Republicans hold? What about the timing of this meeting? Is it too late or too early to throw support behind an anti-Romney? Will Romney supporters at the meeting try to find common ground? Or is Romney helped by this group's opposition because it lends him a moderate mantle?
David Mark, Senior Editor, POLITICO
Arnold Steinberg, veteran Republican political strategist and analyst