Washington (CNSNews.com) – Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said the 2012 election will be about values, and this is the one point on which he agrees with President Obama.
“The president has made clear in recent speeches that this election is about values – whose values are going to shape the future. I agree with him,” Perkins told CNSNews.com during the Values Voters Summit Friday. “That’s one thing I do agree with him on.”
Perkins addressed the Obama administration’s policies that increased spending, lifted the ban on homosexuals in the military, and pushing taxpayer-funded abortions.
“This election is about values. Whose values are going to drive our economic policy? The president made $14.7 trillion in debt,” Perkins said.
“Whose values are going to drive our national security? Whether or not we’re going to use our military for social experimentation or whether we use them to defend America. Or our social and moral policies: Whether we embrace human life or whether we use taxpayer funding to end human life,” he added.
During a fundraising event on Sept. 26 in West Hollywood, Calif., Obama said the 2012 campaign is about competing values.
“So this is about who we are as a nation. This is about our values,” Obama said. “This is about our priorities. And that’s what this debate is about right now. That’s what’s at stake right now.
“This notion that the only way that we can restore prosperity is if we strip away all these regulations, and have dirtier air, and eliminate consumer safety laws, and let the banks do whatever they want, and somehow that's going to create jobs. We tried that, do you remember? We tried that for 10 years. It didn't work,” he said.
On Oct. 4, Obama used the term again when promoting his jobs legislation in Mesquite, Texas.
“I believe – and I think you believe it’s time we build an economy that creates good, solid, middle-class jobs in this country,” Obama said. “It’s time to build an economy that values the – that – that honors the value of the hard work and responsibility.
“It’s time for us to build an economy that lasts, that's not just based on speculation and financial shenanigans, but rather is based on us making stuff and selling things to other people around the world instead of just importing from all around the world. That's the America I believe in. That's the America you believe in,” he added.
On Oct. 6, during a White House news conference, Obama talked further about values.
“You know, what I think is that the American people understand that not everybody's been following the rules, that Wall Street is an example of that; that folks who are working hard every single day, getting up, going to the job, loyal to their companies, that that used to be the essence of the American dream,” Obama said.
“That's how you got ahead: the old-fashioned way. And these days, a lot of folks who are doing the right thing aren't rewarded, and a lot of folks who aren't doing the right thing are rewarded,” he added.
“And that's going to express itself politically in 2012 and beyond until people feel like once again we're getting back to some old-fashioned American values in which, you know, if you're a banker, then you are making your money by making prudent loans to businesses and individuals to build plants and equipment and to hire workers that are creating goods and products that are building the economy and benefiting everybody.”
Perkins said in an interview with CNSNews.com that marriage will be a significant issue in 2012 because it will be on the ballot in North Carolina and Minnesota, and likely in Iowa.
“Marriage has been a significant factor. Every Republican has staked out a clear position in support of marriage,” Perkins said. “You look on the ballot of this election cycle: North Carolina will have marriage on the ballot. Minnesota will have marriage on the ballot. So clearly, it’s still an issue to the American people.”
He also said the economic and social issues cannot be separated.
“Clearly the economy is a driving issue,” Perkins said. “We’ll never strengthen the economy or shrink the size of government until we strengthen the family. So we’ve got to focus on strengthening that core economic unit known as the family. That’s how we’re going to solve the economic problem.”