Monday, September 20, 2010

Tea Party Christians Await GOP 'Platform'

[Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), the pro-life/pro-family face of the Tea Party in the Senate] told CNN’s “State of the Union” that if the GOP takes control in November and doesn’t live up to the conservative principles it has espoused, then “the Republican Party’s dead.”

“Men and women, we must demand, here and now, that the leaders of the Republican Party stand for life, traditional marriage and religious liberty without apology,” [said Congressman Mike Pence (R-IN)].

UPDATE 10/6/10: Sen. DeMint Under Fire Again for Saying Gays and Unmarried Pregnant Women Shouldn't Be Teachers

UPDATE 10/4/10: Congressman Mike Pence preaches social issues in Iowa

UPDATE 10/4/10: The Republican 'Pledge to America' isn't enough to reassure many grass-roots advocates

-- From "Social conservatives confident views will be in new GOP contract" By Molly K. Hooper, The Hill 9/19/10

According to key anti-abortion lawmaker Rep. Joseph Pitts (R-Pa.), GOP leadership gave their reassurances that lighting-rod issues related to abortion would be addressed in the final, yet-to-be-seen “governing agenda.”

Former National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman (NRCC) Rep. Tom Cole (Okla.), who has been deeply involved in the planning of the new “governing agenda,” told The Hill that leaders were still “wrestling” out the matter of social issues.

"[Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).] and [project Vice-Chairman] Peter Roskam (Ill.) have done a brilliant job of this, they’ve done really well and there was a lot of discussion about this [among deputy whips on Thursday] but the reality is I think people, broadly, are very satisfied. I think they are down to the final tweaking,” Cole said in an interview with The Hill.

For the most part, job creation, spending restraint and national security topped the list of relatively non-controversial action items that Republicans would have included in their wishlist of to-do items should they regain control of Congress in the fall.

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From "Sen. Jim DeMint and 'tea party': architects of a GOP makeover?" Amanda Paulson, Staff writer, Christian Science Monitor 9/20/10

DeMint has raised $3.3 million – via his Senate Conservatives Fund – for tea party candidates, including Mr. Miller, Ms. O’Donnell, Sharron Angle in Nevada, Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania, Rand Paul in Kentucky, Ken Buck in Colorado, and Marco Rubio in Florida.

But DeMint, who joined fellow social conservatives at the Values Voter Summit last week, is unapologetic.

“Some of my establishment friends are not really happy with me,” he told a cheering audience at the [Values Voter Summit] conference. "Folks, instead of diminishing our party, there's been one upset after another all over the country. ... This is no longer voting for the 'least worst' on the ballot.”

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