Some Evangelicals Won’t Back McCain/Romney?
That’s the word from The Washington Times…
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.
“McCain and Romney would be like oil and water,” said evangelical novelist Tim LaHaye, who supported Mr. Huckabee. “We aren’t against Mormonism, but Romney is not a thoroughgoing evangelical and his flip-flopping on issues is understandable in a liberal state like Massachusetts, but our people won’t understand that.”
Now, I say “some” in the title because while it’s true that a large majority wouldn’t abandon McCain, I’d hazard a guess that he could lose enough of them (the article says between 7 to 10%) to make a defeat nearly certain. And McCain needs that base now more than ever to keep things close.
In any event, don’t count on McCain taking a gamble on Romney, even if he could help quiet some of the economic questions swirling around the Arizona senator. It’s just not Romney’s year.