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Among Republican candidates who have faced questions about their positions on abortion, gay marriage, and other social issues, perhaps the key tactic to shore up conservative support is to pledge to nominate strict constructionist judges to the federal courts.  Giuliani does it, McCain does it, and now Mitt Romney, who was publicly pro-choice until his change of mind on abortion just two years ago, has signed Gary Marx of the Judicial Confirmation Network and Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice.

Meanwhile, McCain has signed a major adviser, Steve Schmidt, who had top roles in the Bush campaigns and in the White House — among other things, he helped shepherd the nomination of John Roberts through the Senate.