By Michael Luo
Mitt Romney is counting on his outspokenness on culture war issues to
win him crucial support among Christian conservatives who are wary of
his Mormon faith.
He is up with a new radio ad in Iowa
trumpeting his role in fighting gay unions in Massachusetts and his
support for a federal marriage amendment banning them. The state is
now ground zero for the battle over same-sex marriage after a judge
overturned the state's ban on the practice.
Mr. Romney's campaign strategists are always on the lookout for key
differentiators with other candidates, and they clearly believe this
one is a winning one for him. Christian conservative leaders
appreciate that Mr. Romney has demonstrated a willingness to be a
culture warrior, sounding off more on the issues than even former
Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, a Baptist minister, who does not have
to work to prove his evangelical credentials.