Values Voters Summit convenes in D.C.10/19/07 Mitch E. Perry
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A forum with social conservatives began this morning in Washington.
The â€œValues Voters Summitâ€ as itâ€™s being called called, is bringing together the social conservatives power elite and the presidential candidates this weekend.
Receiving wild support from the thousands in attendance this morning was longshot presidential candidate Tom Tancredo, infamous for his tough stands on undocumented immigrants.
At one point, John McCain was considered the frontrunner for the 2008 presidential election. Months ago, after his fundraising amounts were embarrassingly low, some reporters began counting him out as a contender. Of late though, heâ€™s been arguing about the records of Rudy Guiliani, and especially Mitt Romney, about who is the true conservative. McCain continued that theme today.
Former Tennessee senator and film and television actor Fred Thompson today showed little charisma, at least through the televised CSPAN cameras. Frequently he spent time clearing his throat.
A recent Washington Post-ABC News survey showed Rudy Giuliani tied with Thompson for the lead among white evangelical Protestants. Among that group, a majority said Giuliani's views on most issues are "about right."
But other Christian Conservaties say there is no way they can support the pro-choice, pro gay rights former New York City mayor. A recent conference of Evangelicals led for a call by some to support a third party candidate if Guiliani wins the nomination.
Rudy Guiliani addresses the crowd tomorrow.