See the original on CBN News at this link:
Read this crucial interview on National Review Online, in which Paul Weyrich Talks About Why He Endorsed Romney – And Not the Others.
On this endorsement, Townhall.com says “It’s Official: Romney is the Social Conservative Alternative.
Romney Scores Major Endorsement
November 5, 2007
This is a big one folks. In a Brody File exclusive, we’ve found out that Paul Weyrich, the former co-founder of The Moral Majority has endorsed Mitt Romney for President. The Brody File has the press release. Read below:
Today, Paul Weyrich, Chairman and CEO of the Free Congress Research and Education Foundation, announced his support for Governor Mitt Romney and his campaign to be our country’s next President. Paul Weyrich is one of the premier leaders in the conservative movement, having founded the Heritage Foundation and the American Legislative Exchange Council.
“As he travels across the country, Governor Romney has outlined a blueprint to build a stronger America rooted in our common conservative principles. With a clear conservative vision to move America forward, he will strengthen our economy, our military and our families. More importantly, he already has an exceptional record of putting conservative values to work. Because of his experience, vision and values, I am proud to support Governor Romney,” said Paul Weyrich.
With today’s announcement, Governor Romney said, “Paul Weyrich has put his stamp on the conservative movement in this country. It is an honor to have his support and counsel. Through our efforts, we can work to ensure that Washington always stands on the side of building stronger American families.”
Where do I begin? Let me start by saying that Paul Weyrich is a huge name in the social conservative movement. If you know anything about the conservative movement in this country in the last 30 years or so, you know how big a deal this is.Read more about him here. His claim to fame is that he was one of the co-founders of the Moral Majority. But besides that, his influence is felt in conservative circles from his founding of the conservative think tank “The Heritage Foundation” to the “Free Congress Foundation” to his social grassroots outreach today.
Now, as for some who may say he’s a big name from the past but not the present, hold on a moment. First of all, his group still holds weekday business luncheons in DC where top name Republicans from the Hill stop by to make their pitch to grassroots conservatives who sit around that table. They know Weyrich and his grassroots network of friends have influence. Don’t think for a minute that they don’t. Just because he may have slowed down some physically through the years doesn’t mean his name is obsolete. Far from it.Plus, by getting a social conservative guy like Weyrich on board, it gives the Romney campaign a big leap forward to be able to say that Romney is serious about moving a pro-family, traditional value agenda as President. It’s not about the amount of influence Weyrich has today. It’s about how his name is synonymous with traditional values conservatism. That’s the payoff more than anything else. What a way to start off the week. That three legged stool Mitt Romney keeps talking about just got sturdier. We will follow up with more on this throughout the week.