The Mitt Romney campaign held a conference call this morning with social conservative Republicans in Florida, touting the former Massachusetts governor's integrity and values and contrasting him to Newt Gingrich. Leading the call were Pastor David Janney of Orlando Baptist Church, the largest church in Orlando, former U.S. Rep. Dave Weldon of Indialantic, and Jay Sekulow, the chief counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice and a prominent advocate for religious freedom.
Pastor Janney said he's watched Romney being vetted and noted his marriage of 42 years, five children and 16 grandchildren: "When I look at his life I'm not concerned about being embarrassed or distracted by his personal issues."
Weldon said he was one of the members of congress who tried to oust Gingrich as U.S. House Speaker. "With Newt it was kind of like every day we didn't know what he was gonna say, we didn't know what he was going to be doing, he was just a little bit unpredictable," Weldon said. "It worries me the idea of him being in the oval office."
The next president's lasting legacy may be appointing two Supreme Court justices, Sekulow said, and he has full faith in Romney appointing appropriate justices.
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I'm very concerned with Speaker Gingrich's erratic nature, his direct attack on Paul Ryan for right wing social engineering when he was talking about redoing Medicare and Medicaid to make it successful for generations, the cap and trade approach he took with Nancy Pelosi, and I am not comfortable with the whole Freddie Mac situation....His advice was either not taken because they didn't take him seriously or it was lousy advice. The fact of the matter is Floridians are losing their homes while former Speaker Gingrich was being compensated by Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.
State Rep. Dennis Baxley, former leader of the Christian Coalition of Florida, also spoke on the call, saying Romney "shares our Christian values and will protect our religious freedom."
when your choosing a leader it's about integrity. The hardest thing to maintain in any leader is those essential qualities of humility and purity. ... I'm very concerned about Newt Gingrich on that front." Baxley called Gingrich "very arrogant on his moral failure - calling the press despicable for covering him instead of humbly seeking the forgiveness of his former wife and others for his own despicable behavior."