Mel Martinez who also serves as the Republican National Committee general chairman said, "I am completely blown away by the two men we heard tonight,"
"There has just not been a real, clear-cut social conservative" in the field, said Bill Bunkley, a Hillsborough County lobbyist and religious conservative activist. "These two, out of that field, have been vocal and have a solid track record of social conservative philosophy."[Bunkley is host of Drive Time with Bill Bunkley heard exclusively on Tampa Bay Christian Talk radio. He is Legislative/Governmental Affairs Consultant to the Florida Baptist Convention.]
Terry Kemple, head of the Community Issues Council in Hillsborough County, a group that is against Gay Marriage, said the three top candidates - Rudy Giuliani, John McCain and Mitt Romney - "all have at best a mixed history" on social issues.