Robertson Backs Rudy; Brownback, McCain

Mitt's the loser as religious right lines up
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 7, 2007 10:20 AM CST
Republican presidential hopefuls Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, and Sen. Sam Brownback R-Kan. share a laugh on stage before a Republican presidential debate Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2007, on the University...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Two Christian leaders took sides in the GOP primary today: Pat Robertson chose Rudy Giuliani and Sam Brownback went for John McCain. The far-right electorate has been generally despondent about its primary choices, and the endorsements are seen as major coups for socially liberal Giuliani and down-but-not-out McCain, Politico reports.

Mitt Romney was the big loser on the day, though he did receive the endorsement of Heritage Foundation founder Paul Weyrich yesterday. Expect each Republican, desperate to prove his chops to the religious right, to use his new nod as a shield against accusations of centrism.