Top House Conservative: Romney ‘Most Liberal Republican Nominee in History’

By Pete Winn | November 7, 2012 | 2:20pm EST

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), head of the Republican Study Committee. (AP photo)

( - Rep. Jim Jordan (R.-Ohio), the chairman of the House Republican Study Committee (which is the caucus of the conservatives in the House), said on Wednesday that the Republican presidential campaign was handicapped because Mitt Romney was the most liberal Republican nominee in history.

“I do think the hurricane made a difference, the momentum was going our way, and I do think that impacted, but I also think you’ve got to look at the candidates,” said Jordan.

“Mitt Romney is a good man, with a good family. But let’s be honest: Republicans nominated the most liberal Republican nominee in history,” he said.

In a post-election webcast conducted by the Family Research Council, Jordan laid the blame for the defeat of his party’s nominee directly at the feet of the nominee himself, by failing to inspire social conservatives.

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“Here was a guy who actually passed a health-care program in Massachusetts similar to what President Obama passed, which the voters obviously don’t like,” Jordan said.

“Here was a guy who waffled on the life position over his career, and here’s a guy who some people had doubts about whether he was really strong on and committed to opposing tax increases and limiting spending.

“So in hindsight, you look at that, and it’s like: Here is a guy who is the most liberal Republican nominee in history. And that has an impact on motivating people to come out and vote. So I think it hurt us in the long run.”

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