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.
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 .
The NO MITT advertisements are underwritten by William J. Murray’s social conservative Government Is Not God – PAC.
The ad encourages people to sign a petition at www.nomittvp.com: