The Republican presidential candidates want you to look past the stiff suits and debate rhetoric and see that they’re good guys — husbands, fathers, Christians.

That’s why Newt Gingrich points to his religious conversion when asked about cheating on his wife. It’s why Mitt Romney highlights his 43-year marriage, and Rick Santorum is photographed with his seven smiling children.

Even long-shot candidate Ron Paul has released a “statement of faith” saying that Jesus is his savior.

Being seen as the family values candidate can go a long way toward winning the party’s nomination, but Republican voters remain undecided about who fits that bill before the Florida primary on Tuesday.

In recent political history, “family values” have been defined as opposing abortion and same-sex marriage and believing that Judeo-Christian principles should be reflected in the public square.

Continue reading →