Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, endorsed Senator Ted Cruz for President on FOX’s Megyn Kelly show Tuesday night.
But it was Donald Trump who gained the endorsement of another prominent evangelical leader, Jerry Falwell Jr., president of the Liberty University, earlier on Tuesday.
Perkins’ endorsement is a clear move to offset the momentum Trump is gaining in the lead up to the Iowa Caucuses on Monday.
Trump, the current Republican frontrunner, has been leading with the values voters constituency.
But Trump, Perkins explained to TIME, was capitalizing primarily on fear. “You can’t operate in faith and fear, you have to choose one or the other".
And Perkins specified that the next President’s potential appointment of two or even three Supreme Court Justices was foremost on his mind as he made his endorsement. “This is about his standing on conservative principles, Perkins said.
What do the many conservative Catholic Republican voters on CAF who seem to share some of the conservative views of evangelicals and any evangelical voters or anyone else make of the different endorsements by Falwell and Perkins? And how do you think the endorsements could play with the conservative evangelical voters who traditionally make up a large part of the Iowa Republican caucus?