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Right-wing Christians target 16 Democrats

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September 20, 2009

Conservative Christians, a key base for the Republican Party, said on Saturday they were targeting 16 Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, in the 2010 congressional elections.

Four other Democratic senators and 11 U.S. representatives were on the list, which was released at a summit in Washington of conservative “values voters” who are rallying against President Barack Obama’s agenda.

The mid-term elections will be the first national test for Obama, who has seen his approval ratings fall in recent months as he and his ruling Democratic Party attempted to push through a sweeping overhaul of the healthcare sector.

“We think we have a shot at taking back some seats,” said Connie Mackey, president of FRC Action, the legislative or political arm of the Family Research Council, a conservative Christian lobby group which organized the summit.

Activists within the “Religious Right,” an informal network of evangelical Protestants, Catholics and Mormons, hope to sway voters next year through voter education, advertising, campaign contributions and endorsements of candidates.

The release of the hit list — it also included Senator Christopher Dodd of Connecticut — was one of the opening shots in a Republican effort to pare some of the huge gains made by Democrats in the 2006 and 2008 elections.

Speakers at the two-day summit attacked the Obama agenda, particularly healthcare reform, regarded as his top domestic priority.

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, a Mormon who lost the Republican presidential nomination in 2008 and is seen as a leading contender for the party’s nomination in 2012, stuck to a common theme:

“The right answer for healthcare is not more government, it’s less government,” he said to an estimated 2,000 activists from around the country who attended the summit.

Much of the conservative opposition to Obama’s healthcare drive — it spurred angry protests at town hall meetings last month — has been driven by conservative Christians who claim that it will all lead to federal funding for abortion.

Obama and his supporters have denied the charge.

Conservative Christian voters are deeply opposed to abortion and often cast their votes based on this issue alone.

A poll of registered delegates found that over 40 percent of those who responded ranked abortion as the most important issue when deciding which candidate to support in an election. There were 13 issues listed in the poll.

Protection of religious liberty was a distant second at 18 percent.

Former Arkansas Governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee won a straw poll that asked delegates to choose the Republican they would most like to see take on Obama in 2012. Huckabee took 28.5 percent versus 12.4 percent for the runner-up, Romney.

9 Responses to Right-wing Christians target 16 Democrats

  1. RichardKanePA

    September 20, 2009 at 6:55 am

    I thought the criticism of Obama’s health care efforts was the claim that the health care proposal allowed paying for two visits to a doctor for end of life counseling. I hadn’t heard anything about abortion. I would like to see a link that I might have missed.

    The issue of care is really complicated, I would like to enclose this link of two women who were charged with neglect, because their mother didn’t want to go to the hospital when she had cancer,
    http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2009/08/2-sisters-guilty-of-negelcting-mother.html

    End of life counseling could help get home hospice care for people dreading hospitals.

    In the above link the mother didn’t like strangers handling her either. So I guess the sisters could have been given instructions by a nurse watching them care for their mother.

    Anyway I’m sure there are incidents where counseling led to home care for people dreading being in a hospital, if someone could help me find them.

    RichardKanePA

  2. Sandra Price

    September 20, 2009 at 6:56 am

    With many new numbers coming out of the Universities in America, the next generation is gaining Secular support. This movement is growing due to the exposure of the hypocrites found in the religious right. Ethics and morality do not belong to the Christians but they don’t know it yet.

    Never has the desire for the separation of church and state been stronger. I remember when the Republican Party had a strong agenda and did not need the backing of the Evangelicals. They lost their agenda of a down-sized government and tossed out individual freedoms. All they have left are the power of the Fundamentalists. I cannot and will not support this agenda.

  3. bogofree

    September 20, 2009 at 10:34 am

    Another reason why I’m an atheist.

  4. Carl Nemo

    September 21, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    Hey, this is great news. Anything that keeps heat to the feet of duplicitous crimpols is valued entertainment. Harry Reid needs to go along with Nancy Pelosi and other “demoncrats” that have promised much, but delivered nothing to date. Rethugs do the same too.

    The Halls of Congress along with their supporters have become a “Tower of Babel” situation. Soon the U.S. will be simply a footnote of history; ie., a failed, less than 250 year old experiment in freedom and justice for all…! : |

    Carl Nemo **==

  5. sherry

    September 20, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    The epitaph should read:

    Dear America: We regret to inform you of the loss of your country because you were stupid.

  6. Carl Nemo

    September 20, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    and lazy…! : |

    Carl Nemo **==

  7. MightyMo

    September 21, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    If these religious organizations continue to take such an active roll in American politics, I suggest that their tax exemption should be reconsidered. I also think that they are severly misguided in their priorities.

    I can understand their dislike for abortion. However, when it comes to public healthcare what carries more weight. Ensuring that 40 million or more living men, women, and children who do not currently have healthcare are provided healthcare, or the possibility of preventing approximately 250 thousand abortions?

    This of course ignores the fact that like most current government healthcare plans across the country, Obama’s healthcare plan would not fund abortions.

  8. Sandra Price

    September 21, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Mo. As long as abortions are legal and available, there should be no need for the government to finance them. Of course if it saves the mother’s life or is a result of a rape, then the funding should be considered. We must not narrow the fight for or against any procedure.

  9. Hoosier_CowBoy

    September 21, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    The biggest mystery of the GOP-Bible Beater liason is exactly what has the GOP done for Right Wing Evangelicals?

    The abortion issue is a dead horse. Abortion will be legal in the U.S.

    Gay marriage?

    Come to think about it, GOP economic policies have given a lot of Right Wing Evangelicals a lot of spare time, because many of the jobs they perform are gone.

    Evangelicals do not live in the real world. Our freedoms in the US allow you to be as blind and stupid as you desire, but no one said there wouldn’t be a price to pay.

    The GOP targeting 16 Democrats? Kind of like Custer telling the 7th Cavalry “No Prisoners” before Little Big Horn.