..but don't let that stop you from believing him.
You need someone like me in Washington," he said, according to Allen and two other abortion-rights activists,
Leaders of the group have interviewed Huckabee, Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas, US Representative Duncan Hunter of California, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who hasn't entered the race but may later this year. It's not clear which other candidates have been or will be interviewed. The group has not yet questioned Romney, Senator John McCain of Arizona, or former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, according to those campaigns.
There's a political shift in the power of who harpoons the candidate.
"It is our desire that all of us, in a united effort, could marshal our resources to the same end," said one member of the group, who spoke on condition of anonymity, because members agree do not to disclose the discussions publicly.
A fool and his money are soon parted...
Two candidates who could emerge as conservative favorites are Huckabee and Brownback, though neither has a perfect record on every issue important to the right. Some observers, however, question whether either can raise the money it takes to mount a serious campaign, and those close to the Arlington Group say its leaders, if they back a candidate at all, want to back a viable one. The first sense of the candidates' viability will come in the next couple weeks, when the 2008 campaigns release their first- quarter fund- raising figures.
Perkins said it was "reasonable to say you want a candidate that shows they can put together an organization and go the distance and win the race."
But another member of the Arlington Group said he hopes conservatives belonging to the group settle on a candidate who reflects their values, because fund-raising power would follow.
"If we do our job," the member said, "money is going to be a secondary factor."