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