Friday, October 19, 2007

Another Evangelical Endorsement for Romney

In the News

Evangelical leader endorses Romney

On the eve of his speech to a key evangelical Christian group, Mitt Romney today announced another endorsement from a high-profile evangelical leader.

The support from Don Wilton, the immediate past president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, follows the endorsement earlier in the week from Bob Jones III, the chancellor of Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C.

Like Jones, Wilton said while he doesn't agree with Romney's Mormon faith, he shares values on important issues such as gay marriage and abortion.

"His values are my values – protecting the sanctity of human life, defending marriage and strengthening the family," Wilton, who is now senior pastor at the 6,900-member First Baptist Church of Spartanburg, S.C., said in a statement provided by the Romney campaign. "We need someone in Washington who will stand up for traditional families and Governor Romney is that person. While we may not agree on theology, Governor Romney and I agree that this election is about our country heading in the right direction. Governor Romney is the best candidate to stand for conservative values in Washington."

South Carolina, where Republicans hold their first-in-the-South primary on Jan. 19, is crucial for Romney proving he can do well in the South.

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