03/09/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Conservative Evangelical Leader Tony Perkins Sours On GOP

Doing some reporting on how the religious right is greeting the election of Michael Steele--who's been portrayed as squishy on some social issues--as Republican Party chairman, I called Family Research Council president Tony Perkins, perhaps the most influential Christian conservative activist in Washington.

I was surprised by how critical he has become of the Republican Party and that he extended qualified compliments to the Obama administration. I'm used to hearing such talk from moderate evangelicals like Rev. Joel Hunter, the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference's Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, or former National Association of Evangelicals lobbyist Richard Cizik, but not from a proud right winger like Perkins.

Here's our interview:

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