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Cardenas: Gay Stance May Inspire Conservatives

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More social conservatives could rally behind Mitt Romney, now that President Obama says he supports same-sex marriage.(AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

Al Cardenas, an influential conservative leader and chairman of the American Conservative Union, predicted Sunday that President Obama’s embrace of same-sex marriage will give social conservatives the one thing they were lacking in their support of Republican Mitt Romney: passion.

Speaking on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, Cardenas said they are now ready to rally behind Romney because of his opposition to gay marriage rights.

 

Social conservatives, he said, were always going to be there for Romney. “The question was to what degree of passion,” he said, noting that most conservatives always viewed marriage as a moral or religious question. “But we never viewed it through a political lens before... This puts it in a political context. And this is like the religious arguments of the ‘80s. You’re going to have a revival of social conservatives like you haven’t seen in 20 years in this race.”

Cardenas said this may not be what Republican leaders want, suggesting they would prefer to talk about jobs and the economy. But, he said, “I believe social conservatives are going to consider this a need to rally support on.”

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