A new site has been swirling around all day, it’s called No Mitt for VP, and is actively advocating against the possibility of Mitt Romney as McCain’s vice president.
The site contains this petition for supporters to sign:
Republican Presidential Nominee, Senator John McCain:
We call upon you to reject any consideration of former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney as a Vice Presidential running mate.
We further urge you to only consider for Vice President an individual with a strong and consistent record of support for both the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death, and the amendment of the U.S. Constitution to establish marriage as only between one man and one woman.
A release on it from Christian Newswire:
WASHINGTON, April 4 /Christian Newswire/ — More than 20 leading social conservatives signed an open letter to Senator John McCain expressing their displeasure over the prospect of an “M&M” ticket being pushed by Karl Rove, Sean Hannity and others in the economic wing of the Republican Party.
Among the signers are those, such as Paul Weyrich of the Free Congress Foundation, who once supported Mitt Romney and now publicly regret it.
“If Governor Romney is on your ticket, many social conservative voters will consider their values repudiated by the Republican Party and will either stay away from the polls this November or only vote down ticket. For the sake of your election, the health of your party, and the future of America you must not allow the obvious electoral consequences of that to occur,” concludes the text of the ad addressed to Senator McCain.
The warning from grass roots conservatives is clear; with Mitt Romney on the ticket there could very well be enough social conservatives staying at home to allow a Barack Obama victory in the fall.
The full page advertisement will begin running in cities in which Senator McCain is campaigning, beginning Saturday April 5, 2008 in Prescott, Arizona. Readers are given an opportunity to express their opinions of Mitt Romney as the vice presidential choice of Senator McCain at www.NoMittVP.com.
Some questions, well not really questions, but it has come to light that many of the backers involved in this site and petition against Romney are all Huckabee supporters. Apparently they want McCain to consider Huckabee over a Romney VP slot.
Perhaps we are seeing the new divide emerge on the GOP side should McCain pick someone other than an acceptable social conservative. However, I’m wondering if McCain will ever be able to genuinely placate conservatives, regardless of who he picks as VP.