Evangelicals Come Out Against McCain/Romney Ticket

You may have heard that rumor that Republican presidential hopeful John McCain’s considering Mitt Romney as his running.

While many people think the duo would do well together, with Mormon Mitt balancing McCain’s alleged liberal leanings, thus wooing worried social conservatives, evangelical voters aren’t having it.

And now they’re telling McCain to look elsewhere…

From the Washington Times:

Prominent evangelical leaders are warning Sen. John McCain against picking former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney as his running mate, saying their troops will abandon the Republican ticket on Election Day if that happens.

They say Mr. Romney lacks trust on issues such as outlawing abortion and opposing same-sex marriage and because he is a Mormon. Opposition is particularly powerful among those who supported former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in the Republican presidential primaries earlier this year.

Mr. Huckabee, an ordained Southern Baptist minister, was the favorite of evangelical voters in the Republican presidential nomination contest earlier this year and won more delegates per dollar spent than any other candidate in either party.

Other well-placed Christian conservatives say that although many evangelical leaders could accept and work for a McCain-Romney ticket, Mr. Huckabee’s supporters tend to be “rabid” in their views against Mr. Romney because of his faith: They do not regard Mormonism as a Christian denomination.

An online poll of Evangelical voters found that tacking Romney onto the ticket could cost McCain between seven and ten electoral points, which would likely mean a big Barack Obama win.

Many of the “trust issues” cited above spring from Romney’s 2002 gubernatorial campaign in Massachusetts, when he said he would support gay rights. He later fought the state over the legalization of gay marriage. Romney attempted to right his Right wrongs by making “traditional families” a cornerstone of his failed presidential campaign. It didn’t work, obviously.