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President Obama's support for same sex marriage will backfire and help Mitt Romney.
That's according to some key conservatives saying that the governor Romney is already capitalizing.
On this controversy that's from the weekend.
The power of these values this culture.
Is evidenced by a recent Brookings Institution study that senator Rick Santorum brought to my attention.
What you believe what you value how you live matters.
-- as fundamental as these principles are.
They may become topics of democratic debate from time to time.
So it is today with the enduring institution of marriage.
Marriage is a relationship.
Between one man and one woman.
-- over the weekend Tony Perkins president of the family research council with me now sir good morning to you welcome back to.
-- Americas opens and they eat -- making the case that this will backfire against the president.
And benefit governor Romney.
In what way.
Well I think you look at the Gallup poll shows that the the intensity over this issue 26% of the voters say they they disapprove and will be less likely to vote for the president over this 13% said -- be more likely.
The Gallup itself says this is -- net loser for the president.
Anecdotally since the president made that decision on Wednesday.
I've been their receiving phone calls from across the nation from.
Both a white and black pastors that what is of particular interest is the African American pastors.
Those -- from traditional black churches.
Who are saying this is just too far for us we cannot maintain credibility we cannot be true to who we are in go along with the president on this.
And I think as you played that clip from my from liberty in my home modern and that Mitt Romney made very clear where he stands on this issue and I think he'd he had an opportunity on Saturday and he -- that opportunity -- that -- about five days ago in your website you say that to President Obama just handed the key.
To social conservative support.
Two Mitt Romney yet you have not publicly endorsed Mitt Romney yet.
-- -- Well -- the first well for so vital that we don't endorse presidential candidates I didn't endorse Rick Santorum in the primary I was favorable toward him because he lined up with our issues.
But when I when I speak to that issue of this it -- hands the the key -- really in one way I described as the peace.
Of the puzzle that's been missing over the intensity issue for Mitt Romney -- because what the pastors have been saying when they when they talked to me with that look.
I'm not sitting on the sidelines I can't sit on the sidelines when this president.
Is dismantling the very cornerstone of our society.
So I think that it it's it's Mitt Romney's tick -- to have and to keep and to move forward with I think Saturday was a good start and he's got to continue.
I just as he mentioned Rick Santorum in the way Rick Santorum wove those two messages of economy and -- and we together.
Mitt Romney has to do the same thing going forward it's not a done deal yet you mentioned -- -- you mention Rick Santorum three times there and the Mitt Romney did as well that's speech.
But why is his name -- a little bit of well look bill look at the primary and we were told that this election's all about the economy it's about jobs and yes those issues are at at the forefront of concern.
But Rick Santorum went from 1% in the polls in Iowa to being a serious challenger Mitt Romney for the nomination in what was it over it was over the social issues even immediate knowledge.
While this elections being driven by social issues.
The president on -- day.
But assures us that it will be driven on social issues because marriage is going to be very much in the mix.
May be as much as it was back in 2000 it's interesting we we we will see in in in time obviously in six months now that'll play out more quickly now.
You it said that some students of liberty has reservations about Mitt Romney as a commencement speaker.
What were this reservations.
Well it and it.
Again Mitt Romney addressed and is -- what we have theological differences but we have shared values.
It twenty years ago when I graduated Pat Buchanan was a speaker talking about the culture wars.
He he was -- pat Buchanan's Catholic.
You know there's long been issues between baptists and Catholics.
But you know we've we've crossed that hurdle.
I think when you look at the shared values.
That the LDS church has with the evangelicals it is common ground I will not gloss over the theological differences that they had that we have.
But when you look at marriage California wouldn't of happened without the LDS church we have shared values.
That's what he -- on and I have to commend the students for being respectful even though they had different differences of opinion with Mitt Romney.
I doubt that what happened on many campuses across the country.
Tony Perkins thank you for your time.
Baton Rouge -- I have today I --
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