Conservative Christian leaders who have in past months embraced the conservative message of former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum are now calling for him to consider exiting the GOP race for the White House so that voters can access the qualifications of the Democrat and Republican nominees.

One of those who sees the reality of Santorum’s chances slipping away is Dr. Richard Land who heads the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.

“I have not spoken to Rick about this issue, but as his friend, I would advise him to consider getting out of the race at this point,” Land told The Christian Post. “Rick is a still a young man and has a bright future in 2016 and beyond.”

“He has run a solid campaign the last six months and resurrected himself once again as a major political figure in our nation,” continued Land. “This is the most important election in our nation since 1860 and we need time to vet and access the statements and beliefs of the two men who will be representing our country’s two major parties.”

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