Moral Issues and The Presidential Campaign 2008

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Romney Loses Big on Super Tuesday

Feb. 6, 2008 - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was seriously overpowered by John McCain 1n Super Tuesday primary elections. He was also surprised by Mike Huckabee's showing, especially in West Virginia. Nevertheless, he promised his suporters that he would fight all the way to the Republican nominating convention this summer.
Source: NewsMax

Huckabee Rises

Feb. 6, 2008 - Doug Wead, a presidential historian and author of the New York Times bestseller All the Presidents’ Children, was a religious advisor to two presidents. He shows that Huckabee did well in spite of an orchestrated effort by major talk show hosts and Fox News to discourage Republicans from voting for him so that Romney could do better on Super Tuesday. He writes that Evangelicals consider the media campaign against Huckabee as a personal rejection of them, their culture and their faith. They may now fight harder than ever for his cause.
Source: NewsMax
Arizona Senator Surges; Huckabee Strong in the South - N.Y. Times

Dobson won't vote if McCain wins GOP

Feb. 5, 2008 - Dr. James Dobson says he could not vote for Hillary Clinton or Barak Obama. And, if the Republicans pick John McCain as their nominee, he will probably not vote at all, for the first time in his life!
"I am convinced Sen. McCain is not a conservative and, in fact, has gone out of his way to stick his thumb in the eyes of those who are."
Source: WorldNetDaily

Keyes: Romney responsible for same-sex marriage fiasco

Feb. 4, 2008 - Republican presidential candidate Alan Keyes has not been very visible during this campaign season, but he continues to be an outspoken voice for morality.

On his campaign website this week, Keyes blasted former Gov. Mitt Romney for being "single-handedly responsible for instituting same-sex marriage in Massachusetts" for the way he responded to a state court ruling in 2003.

The Massachussetts Supreme Judicial Court gave the state's legislature 180 days to clarify whether or not same-sex marriages should be considered legal. The legislature took no action, but according to Keyes, Romney took it upon himself to establish and enforce guidelines that were sympathetic to same-sex marriage.

"Mitt Romney pushed through same-sex marriage all by himself, in the absence of any authority or requirement to do so, having a complete misunderstanding of his role as governor and of the significance of the court's opinion," said Keyes.
Source: WorldNetDaily
Experts: Credit Romney for homosexual marriage - WorldNetDaily's article from July 14, 2007, exposing Romney's actions in this situation

Newt Gingrich: Creative Conservatism

Feb. 4, 2008 - This is an interview of Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich by KKLA talk radio host, Frank Pastore. The questions revolve around Newt's latest book, Real Change. Gingrich believes that the great coalition that Regan built in the ‘70s and ‘80s is falling apart, but can be rebuilt to reflect the realilties of this generation.
Source: Crosswalk

Huckabee: Enough With God Questions

Feb. 4, 2008 - Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee, who has been very open about his evangelical faith, complains that he is constantly asked if he would be capable of making decisions in the Oval Office that might be at odds with his religion.
"There's not this glaring conflict," he said. "Faith helps me to understand what is right."
Source: NewsMax

Poll: Most Americans want a biblical leader as president

Feb. 2, 2008 - 78% of the 1,008 adults who participated in a poll conducted Jan. 25-27 want a president who mirrors biblical ideals of leadership. They would vote for a presidential candidate who expresses admiration for positive Biblical leaders, and who would use the Bible for guidance in both public and personal matters.
Also, most Americans voters want a candidate who has a servant-leader attitude. Respondents are more likely to support a candidate who sees the office as a privilege to serve others, with a responsibility to God.
Source: Church Executive

Sources affirm McCain dissed Alito
Contend senator said Supreme Court justice 'too conservative'

Feb. 1, 2008 - While John McCain can't remember it, columnist Robert Novak says that he made negative comments about Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito after his decision to become a presidential candidate last April. Novak cites an occassion when McCain had a private chat with "conservative Republican lawyers." He said that one of the lawyers said, "Wouldn't it be great if you get a chance to name somebody like Roberts and Alito?"
"Well, certainly Roberts." Jaws were described as dropping. My sources cannot remember exactly what McCain said next, but their recollection is that he described Alito as too conservative.

Democratic Faith

Feb. 1, 2008 - Patrick J. Deneen's, Democratic Faith is good reading for philosophical thinkers during this election season. It explores the connection between faith and democracy. He implies that we need a better faith... that clarifies vision, forges better ties, forces a different reading of our past, and takes us down, down, into the depths of who we, as Americans, as Westerners, and as human beings are.
Source: Christianity Today
Atheists Assail Bill Recognizing America's Religious History - Crosswalk

Kennedy endorses Obama - touts generational change

Jan. 29, 2008 - After embarrasing the Clintons and endorsing Barak Obama for president, Ted Kennedy appears with Obama on the Today Show, calling for change.
Kennedy was flanked by his son, U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., and niece, Caroline, daughter of the late former president. They also backed Obama in his first Senate bid.
Source: MSNBC
Kennedys Describe Obama as an Heir to the JFK Legacy - ABC
Kennedy Move Huge for Obama - Dick Morris

Obama: Palestinian refugees can't return

Jan. 29, 2008 - Claiming to have a "strong and deep commitment and connection to the Jewish community," Barak Obama spoke out on the Mid-East peace issue of the right of refugees to return to Israel.
Palestinian refugees belong in their own state and do not have a "literal" right of return to Israel, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Monday.
Source: Jerusalem Post

Governor Huckabee Responds

Jan. 19, 2008 - Frank Pastore wrote an open letter Mike Huckabee Titled: “Dear Huck: You’ve Won Our Hearts, Now Win Our Minds Too.” The article gives Pastore’s Original Questions with the Response from the Huckabee campaign.
Source: Crosswalk
Mike Huckabee Campaign Site
The Frank Pastore Show - KKLA

Faith Issues in the Presidential Campaign

Jan. 10, 2008 - As the Primaries heat up, and matters of faith appear very important to voters, there is increasing scrutiny of the candidates' positions on moral issues.
The Megachurch Primaries How the leading Democratic candidates are trying to win evangelical votes. - Christianity Today
Black pro-life leader rips Obama - On our Abortion page
Huck takes heat for having CFR adviser - WorldNetDaily

Obama's church: More about Africa than God?

Jan. 9, 2008 - Two decades ago Barack Obama was baptized as a Christian at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. It has a strong focus on Africa and Black culture.

The "About Us" section of the church's website states:

We are a congregation which is Unashamedly Black and Unapologetically Christian. ... Our roots in the Black religious experience and tradition are deep, lasting and permanent. We are an African people, and remain "true to our native land," the mother continent, the cradle of civilization.
Source: WorldNetDaily
Confirmed: Barack Obama Practiced Islam - Daniel Pipes, from - Pipes, an expert in Islamic matters, demonstrates that when he was young, Obama was an irregularly practicing Muslim. The issue is not a denial that he is a Christian, but that he might be considered an apostate by Muslims, and targeted for execution.
As Obama Talks Religion, Questions Surround His Controversial Pastor - Fox
Obama's Minister Honored Farrakhan - Ronald Kessler - NewsMax
Rebuttal: Obama: I Am Not a Muslim - Jan. 22, 2008
Obama: "I believe in the redemptive death and resurrection of Jesus Christ." - Christianity Today - Jan. 23, 2008

Populist Message, Evangelical Appeal Help Mike Huckabee Win First Contest for GOP Nomination

Jan. 3, 2008 - In spite of a small campaign budget, Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee was the clear winner of the Republican vote in the Iowa caucuses. His popularity came from his appeal to Evangelical Christians, and from his authenticity and populist message.
“Tonight, we proved that American politics is still in the hands of ordinary folks like you and across this country who believed that it wasn’t about who raised the most money, but who raised the hopes, dreams and aspirations for our children and their future."
Huckabee garnered 34 percent of the Republican vote, while Romney received 25 percent.
Source: Fox
Huckabee: 'A new day in American politics' - USA Today
Huckabee taps 'true believers' in Iowa - USA Today
Obama and Huckabee Take Iowa, Head to New Hampshire - ABC

Huckabee Angers Some Catholics

Dec. 24, 2007 - Yesterday Mike Huckabee delivered a Christmas message at Cornerstone Church in San Antonio. Some Catholics were unhappy because Cornerstone's pastor is John Hagee, whom they consider a virulent anti-Catholic. Huckabee's campaign said his visit there should not be misinterpreted as an anti-Catholic step on his part. His national campaign chairman is a Catholic.
Huckabee stands by 'Christ' comment - Yahoo

Christian Angst Over a Romney Presidency

Dec. 21, 2007 - Frank Pastore from KKLA Radio says that Christians are called biggots for questioning the Mormon beliefs of Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney. But if Mormon theology is really similar to orthodox Christianity they should be revealing the facts instead of hidding them.

Mike Huckabee in New Ad: Merry Christmas and I Approve This Message

Dec. 18,, 2007 - Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee boldly wished viewers a "Merry Christmas," and encouraged viewers to remember the real reason for Christmas. The ad debuts today in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, and being picked up and shown to the whole nation via news channels.
"At this time of year, sometimes it's nice to pull aside from all of that and remember that what really matters is the celebration of the birth of Christ,"
Source: Fox
Watch the Ad and read viewer comments

Obama Goes to Church, Talks About His Faith Amid Internet Muslim Rumors

Dec. 17, 2007 - Barack Obama attended First Congregational United Church of Christ, in Mason City, Iowa. He told the congregation that he had joined Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago two decades ago while working as a community organizer.
He is known to invoke religious references in his speeches and has said he has a "personal relationship" with Jesus Christ. He often has said that religion has a place in public life and that faith and politics are not exclusively the domain of conservatives.
Rumors that he is a Muslim are not true.
Source: Fox

Poll: Jewish vote goes to Clinton

Dec. 13, 2007 - In a national poll of Jewish voters, 70% of Jewish Democrats would vote for candidate Hillary Clinton. Among Republicans, 75% would vote for Rudy Giuliani..
Source: YNet News

Romney: No religious test for president

Dec. 6,, 2007 - To answer skepticism about his Mormon beliefs, Presidential candidate Mitt Romney said that as president he would "serve no one religion, no one group, no one cause." But he said that the nation's founders did not wish for candidates to publicly explain and justify their religious beliefs.
At the same time, he decried those who would remove from public life "any acknowledgment of God," and he said that "during the holiday season, nativity scenes and menorahs should be welcome in our public places."
Text of Governor Romney's Speech -

Huckabee: I Beat the Clinton Machine Twice

Dec. 3, 2007 - Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee says that Bill and Hillary Clinton campaigned for every political candidate he has ever faced. Since he won those campaigns he may be the best qualified person to run against Hillary for the Presidency. Meanwhile, his popularity is climbing steadily.
According to a Des Moines Register poll out this past weekend, Huckabee has the solid support of 29 percent of Iowans who say they definitely or probably will attend the Republican Party’s caucuses on Jan. 3. Romney placed second with 24 percent.
He is also rated second in the upcoming primaries in Texas and Florida.
Source: NewsMax

Giuliani: Jonah of Bible not really swallowed
GOP candidates at debate asked if they believe all of Good Book

Nov. 28, 2007 - At a CNN/You Tube debate for Republican presidential candidates, Joseph Dearing from Dallas, Texas asked,
"How you answer this question will tell us everything we need to know about you," ... As he held a Holy Bible up to the camera, he asked, "Do you believe every word of this Book?"
Rudy Guiliani, a Catholic, said he did not take the Bible in the literal sense of Jonah being in the belly of the whale.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a Mormon, said "the Bible is the Word of God, absolutely."

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Baptist minister, answered, "It's the Word of revelation to us from God Himself."

Source: WorldNetDaily

Huckabee Gets Pro-Life Nod

Nov. 15, 2007 - Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has received the endorsement of Thomas Glessner, founder and president of the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates.

Meanwhile a recent poll shows Huckabee's chances of winning the Iowa Caucuses is growing.

In a CBS/New York Times poll (conducted Nov. 2 -11), Huckabee had 21 percent support compared to Romney's 27 percent among likely Iowa caucus-goers.
Source: NewsMax
Huckabee Favored By Evangelicals in Iowa - Fox
Word of mouth boosts 'Huck' in Iowa polls - Washington Times

Pat Robertson Endorses Giuliani

Nov. 7, 2007 - In a surprise announcement, Pat Robertson endorsed ex-New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani's candidacy for President. He evidently believes that the threat of terrorism is so important that it should outweigh voters’ concerns about his stand on abortion.
Source: N.Y. Times
Pat Robertson Endorsement Sparks Backlash - NewsMax

Huckabee Shows Amazing Strength

Oct. 25, 2007 - Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is rising in popularity and now has “the potential to surprise” in the New Hampshire primary.
Political guru Dick Morris tells Newsmax that Huckabee “represents a new phenomenon in politics, a genuinely spiritual and creative person who wants to find new ways to inject a spiritual perspective into policy.”
Source: NewsMax
Huckabee stirs up third-party fear - Washington Times
Huckabee Surges, Edwards Fades - TIME

1 presidential candidate gets secret weapon – Chuck Norris

Oct. .22, 2007 - Popular actor and columnist for WorldNetDaily gives his unreserved endorsement for president to Mike Huckabee.
I believe the only one who has all of the characteristics to lead America forward into the future is ex-Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
Source: WorldNetDaily
My Choice For President - Chuck Norris

GOP presidential candidates go on the attack

Oct. 22, 2007 - At a presidential candidate's debate last night, Republican candidates attacked one another over the question of which one is the most conservative. Most of them voiced their disapproval of Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton. Arizona Senator John McCain said his debate with Clinton would be respectful. But he did point out her recent support of a bill to help build a museum to commemorate the Woodstock concert.
"I am sure it was a cultural and pharmaceutical event," McCain said, adding that he was not there. "I was tied up at the time."
Responding to the fact that he was then a prisoner of war, the audience gave him a standing ovation. Even his opponents showed their appreciation by applause.

Huckabee says moral issues 'define' America

Oct. 18, 2007 - Read this WorldNetDaily question-and-answer session with former Alabama Governor Mike Huckabee. He wants to reverse the trend of immorality, and especially addresses the issues of abortion and marriage. He is also concerned about the growing threat of Islamofascism.
Source: WorldNetDaily
Huckabee is the right wing’s last survivor - Dick Morris - The Hill

As Obama Talks Religion, Questions Surround His Controversial Pastor

Oct. 8, 2007 - Presidential candidate Barack Obama has been an active member for two decades of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. But some say that the church's pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr., is controversial.
Some of Wright’s sermons, which often address themes of white supremacy and black repression, have come under scrutiny by those who interpret them as racially divisive. Such preaching, they believe, polarizes Americans rather than unites them.
Source: Fox

Top White House aide Rove resigns

Aug. 13, 2007 - Top White House advisor Carl Rove, who has been assisting the President since he ran for Governor of Texas in 1993, has decided that the end of August is the right time for him to step down.
"Obviously, it's a big loss to us," White House deputy press secretary Dana Perino told the Associated Press news agency. "He's a great colleague, a good friend, and a brilliant mind. He will be greatly missed."
Source: BBC

Romney wins Iowa Republican straw poll

Aug. 12, 2007 - Mitt Romney, who served as governor of Massachussetts from 2002 to 2006, gained the victory in Saturday's informal Iowa "straw poll" of Republican presidential candidates. Romney has a reputation for competence - the ability to get things done. He is a Mormon and advocates the pro-life position. He avoided criticising George Bush, his Harvard classmate of the 1960's, but called for changein the federal government.
"If there has ever been a time that we needed to see change in Washington, it is now," Mr Romney told supporters after topping the field of 11 candidates with 31.9 per cent of the vote
Source: MSNBC
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