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Hillary a Hit at Saddleback

posted by dgilgoff

Who woulda thunk it? The woman whose presidential run has driven some Christian Right activists into the arms of Rudy Giuliani appeared yesterday at Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church–and received a standing ovation. The occasion was Saddleback’s annual Global Summit on […]

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New Ad Hits Romney on Abortion

posted by dgilgoff

A new TV ad that begins airing in Iowa and New Hampshire this weekend showcases Mitt Romneys’ past pro-choice views, further complicated his attempts to shore up conservative Christian support. Republican rivals Fred Thompson and Mike Huckabee have also stepped […]

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Romney, Mormons, and the Bible

posted by dgilgoff

Were you, like God-o-Meter, wondering why Mitt Romney appeared to be tripped up by a question about whether every word in the Bible is true during Wednesday night’s Republican presidential debate? The New York Times Caucus Blog sheds some light […]

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Romney Team Delays “Mormon Speech”

posted by dgilgoff

As outside pressure mounts on Mitt Romney to deliver a “Mormon speech” in the style of John F. Kennedy’s 1960 address on his Catholicism, the Romney campaign has reached an internal decision to delay such a speech at least until […]

Jerry Falwell Jr. Endorses Huckabee

posted by dgilgoff

Mike Huckabee continues to rack up Christian Right endorsements. The latest comes from Jerry Falwell, Jr.. MNSBC’s First Read has the details, including this: Falwell was not expecting to endorse Huckabee today, but when put on the spot, he did. […]

Clinton Announces Black Pastor Endorsements

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter is surprised that this story hasn’t gotten more pick-up: A group of 60 pastors, almost all of them African American, shared a stage with Hillary Clinton in Spartanburg, South Carolina yesterday, apparently offering their endorsements (video of the event […]

Huckabee Continues “Pastor-in-Chief” Bid at Debate

posted by dgilgoff

Asked a “What Would Jesus Do” question about the death penalty at last night’s presidential debate, Mike Huckabee explained that overseeing executions was his toughest job as Arkansas governor, then delivered one of the most memorable lines of the evening: […]

Orrin Hatch Urges Romney’s Mormon Speech

posted by dgilgoff

Add Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, a Romney supporter and fellow Mormon, to the list of those urging the former Massachusetts governor to deliver a “Mormon speech.” The AP has these quotes from Hatch, given in an interview after the Senator’s […]

Romney Talks “Judeo-Christian Tradition”

posted by dgilgoff

In an interview with the Washington Times, Mitt Romney says his faith is part of America’s Judeo-Christian tradition: “I think as people come to know my faith they’ll recognize that the values of my faith are — they very much […]

Edwards Talks to Christian Broadcasting Network

posted by dgilgoff

John Edwards is the latest White House aspirant to appear on the Christian Broadcasting Network, prompting God-o-Meter to wonder if CBN has supplanted Air America as a popular venue for Democrats. Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and Christian ministers supporting Hillary […]

Romney’s Mormonism Benefiting Huck

posted by dgilgoff

A moment of truth may be approaching for Mitt Romney and Mormonism. Till now, he’s chosen to deflect questions about specific Mormon beliefs and how his faith would influence his presidency, lash out at clear attacks against his faith, and […]

Romney: No Muslims in Cabinet

posted by dgilgoff

Mitt Romney, the presidential candidate most disadvantaged by his personal religious faith, said earlier this month that “based on the numbers of American Muslims [as a percentage] in our population, I cannot see that a cabinet position would be justified.” […]

Huckabee Ad Spurs Double-Takes

posted by dgilgoff

Can you blame God-o-Meter for being a wee bit nervous about awarding its first “10” rating yesterday, for Mike Huckabee’s new Believe TV ad in Iowa? Sure, the ad opened with the words “Christian Leader” and has Huckabee explaining that […]

Huckabee’s New Ad: ‘Believe’

posted by dgilgoff

As he disarms the mainstream media with his folksy charm, it can be easy to forget that Mike Huckabee is campaigning as a Christian Right candidate, sans fire and brimstone. His new ad in Iowa is a pretty good reminder, […]

Clinton Advertises her Church Attendance

posted by dgilgoff

The Clinton Campaign has just emailed its religious supporters a copy of this Associated Press story on the Senator’s appearance yesterday in an Iowa Methodist church: Hillary Rodham Clinton started a long day of campaigning by attending church, where she […]

Huckabee’s Preacher Years

posted by dgilgoff

Does anybody–besides conservative scrooges like Bob Novak–have a negative word about Mike Huckabee? Today’s Concord Monitor explores Huckabee’s years as an Arkansas preacher and finds glowing reviews all around, from his popularity on church TV, to his ability to revive […]

Novak: Huckabee a ‘False Conservative’

posted by dgilgoff

Beating up on Mike Huckabee for his tax and spending ways, conservative columnist Robert Novak says what God-o-Meter has been thinking for some time: Huckabee is emblematic of a new evangelical politics that doesn’t square with the Republican orthodoxy as […]

Romney: Giuliani and Hillary Share Values

posted by dgilgoff

With just weeks to go before the ’08 primary season is officially under way, Mitt Romney is ratcheting up his Rudy-bashing on family values. This morning’s Washington Post has the story, but you can go straight to the source by […]

Giuliani’s Catholic Upbringing

posted by dgilgoff

Does it strike anyone other than God-o-Meter as ironic that the Republican candidate most at odds with religious conservatives has a strict moral sensibility shaped by a serious Catholic upbringing? This week’s Newsweek profile of Rudy Giuliani makes a few […]

Evangelical Leader Hits Rudy on Judges

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter has said it before. But it may have more political punch coming from Family Research Council president Tony Perkins, one of the most influential religious conservatives in Washington. In an op-ed in today’s Politico, Perkins notes that there’s a […]

Huckabee Consolidates Iowa Evangelical Support

posted by dgilgoff

A new Washington Post/ABC poll shows Huckabee running almost even with Mitt Romney in Iowa. God-o-Meter noticed a big part of his surge is due to a part in a sharp uptick of support among evangelical Christians: Huckabee’s gains were […]

Romney Struggles Over Abortion Switcheroo

posted by dgilgoff

In Part 2 of National Review’s interview with Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor defends his abortion turnabout, from adamantly pro-choice to adamantly pro-life. Interviewer Byron York argues that Romney’s habit of glossing over the particulars of his transformation continues […]

Romney Again: No Mormon Speech (For Now)

posted by dgilgoff

In his recent sit-down with National Review’s Byron York, Mitt Romney says it again: for now, he has no plans to deliver a so-called Mormon speech. God-o-Meter thinks we in the media who want the speech so badly might try […]

More Catholic Trouble for Rudy?

posted by dgilgoff

Newsweek reports that a small, orthodox subset of the Catholic vote is mobilizing against Rudy Giuliani. Not much new there, but God-o-Meter thought the vows of various Catholic bishops’ vows to deny Giuliani the Eucharist were noteworthy, particularly after last […]

Huckabee Supports Scrutinized Televangelist

posted by dgilgoff

Mike Huckabee is standing by one of the six televangelists whose finances are being investigated by Sen. Charles Grassley, the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee. The object of Huckabee’s affection is Kenneth Copeland, chief of Kenneth Copeland Ministries […]

Romney’s Unveils Another “Pro-Family” Ad

posted by dgilgoff

Is anyone besides God-o-Meter struck by how many of Mitt Romney’s appeals to religious conservatives seem custom-made to win over the still-undecided James Dobson of Focus on the Family? In a new TV that begins airing today in Iowa and […]

Romney Responds to Anti-Mormon Calls

posted by dgilgoff

In an interview with CNBC, Mitt Romney spoke out about recent reports of anti-Mormon push polls being conducted in Iowa and New Hampshire. Watch the video here. Romney repeatedly called the attacks un-American: This is the week of Thanksgiving. This […]

Romney Subject to Anti-Mormon Push Polls

posted by dgilgoff

Mitt Romney is responding forcefully to reports of anti-Mormon push polls being conducted via telephone in New Hampshire and Iowa. The Romney campaign says the New Hampshire attorney general will conduct an “expedited investigation” into the calls. Here’s the statement […]

Paul Weyrich Editorializes for Romney

posted by dgilgoff

Moral Majority cofounder Paul Weyrich, who endorsed Mitt Romney last week, lays out his case in this morning’s Washington Times. Weyrich tackles the Mormon question right up top, noting that “Nearly every critical message against my endorsement used the governor’s […]

Meet Fred Thompson’s New Grassroots Director

posted by dgilgoff

When Fred Thompson signed Shannon Royce as his director of grassroots last week, he gained one of the conservative Christian world’s best-connected activists. Royce has served as the chief lobbyist for the Southern Baptist Convention and for the last few […]

More Pro-Lifers Attack Fred

posted by dgilgoff

Today’s Washington Times editorial page raises more of a stink over Fred Thompson’s recent endorsement from the National Right to Life Committee, given the former senator’s mixed record on abortion. Some highlights: In 1991, Mr. Thompson served as the White […]

Clinton to Join Rick Warren

posted by dgilgoff

Hillary Clinton just announced that she’s the first presidential candidate to accept Saddleback Church Pastor/Purpose-Driven Life author Rick Warren’s invitation to join his annual Global Summit on AIDS and the Church later this month. A couple key excerpts from Warren’s […]

Chuck Norris Preaches Huckabee

posted by dgilgoff

In a fundraising pitch emailed by Mike Huckabee’s campaign to supporters last night, karate chopping Bible thumper Chuck Norris makes a faith-based plea for support: Mike doesn’t abandon his values for what’s expedient. Like our Founding Fathers, he’s not afraid […]

Romney Ponders JFK Redux

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter was pretty surprised by Mitt Romney’s recent admission that he’s inclined to give a “Mormon speech” but that his political advisors have waved him off. Shouldn’t someone campaigning to be the nation’s chief executive be calling the shots in […]

Thompson’s Pro-Life Plug Under Fire

posted by dgilgoff

Everyone knows that the Christian Right is split many ways over who to support 2008; now there are signs that those tensions may be escalating into a rhetorical civil war. The Washington Times reports this morning that Moral Majority co-founder […]

Thompson Touts Pro-Life Plug

posted by dgilgoff

The Thompson campaign has been reading God-o-Meter again. Or maybe it’s plain as day that the Tennessee Senator needs to turn this morning’s endorsement from the National Right to Life Committee into a turn-the-corner moment for his slow motion presidential […]

Thompson’s Pro-Life Endorsement is Official

posted by dgilgoff

It’s official. Even after he voiced opposition to a Right to Life Amendment, was revealed to have lobbied for an abortion rights group, and earned the ire of influential Christian Right players, Fred Thompson was endorsed by the National Right […]

Right to Life Group to Back Thompson

posted by Jeff Sheler

Fred Thompson apparently is about to get the boost he was hoping for in his troubled courtship of social conservatives. Citing anonymous Republican sources, the AP is reporting today that the National Right to Life Committee—the nation’s most prominent anti-abortion […]

Romney: No ‘Mormon Speech’—For now

posted by Jeff Sheler

Personally he’d like to, but for now he won’t. That’s what Mitt Romney is telling supporters about whether he will give a speech explaining his Mormon faith. Pundits and others have been advising the former Massachusetts governor for days that […]

Biden Chides Republican Religiosity

posted by Jeff Sheler

Joe Biden apparently is not bothered at all by his lack of endorsements by religious leaders. As reported by the Des Moines Register, the Delaware Democrat opened his remarks at an annual Jefferson-Jackson dinner in Des Moines over the weekend […]

Dobson-for-Huckabee Report Denied

posted by Jeff Sheler

Aides to Christian radio personality James Dobson are denying a report that the influential Focus on the Family founder is planning to endorse Mike Huckabee. “Dr. Dobson isn’t close to an endorsement of anyone in the 2008 race,” Focus on […]

Can Fred Get an Amen?

posted by Jeff Sheler

God-o-Meter suspects that the mood is a tad glum over in the Thompson camp this week. In the recent flurry of Christian right endorsements of top-tier GOP candidates, the former Tennessee senator has conspicuously come up empty handed. For a […]

Huckabee Picks Up an Endorsement

posted by Jeff Sheler

Another day another big-name endorsement from the Christian right. This time it’s Mike Huckabee winning plaudits from Don Wildmon, head of the American Family Association. Wildmon, a seasoned culture warrior and radio broadcaster from Tupelo, Mississippi, announced he is backing […]

CBN Highlights Obama’s Prayer Life

posted by Jeff Sheler

They certainly aren’t marching in lockstep over there at the Christian Broadcasting Network. While CBN founder Pat Robertson was busy yesterday trying to make Rudy Giuliani more acceptable to evangelical voters, CBN’s political reporter David Brody was sitting down with […]

McCain Wins Brownback Nod

posted by Jeff Sheler

It’s official. Conservative Kansas senator and former presidential candidate Sam Brownback is supporting John McCain. In a joint appearance in Dubuque, Iowa, Brownback, a darling of the Christian right, called his senate colleague from Arizona “the best pro-life candidate to […]

Robertson Backs Giuliani

posted by Jeff Sheler

The battle among GOP candidates vying for Christian right allegiance is taking another surprise turn with Rudy Giuliani picking up the endorsement of 700 Club host Pat Robertson. Here is Robertson’s statement as released by the Giuliani campaign: It is […]

A New Ad for Thompson

posted by Jeff Sheler

Following up on our earlier post on Fred Thompson’s hiring of evangelical operative Shannon Royce to bolster his standing with the Christian right, the former Tennessee senator is about to take another important step to reassure social conservatives of his […]

Thompson enlists Christian Right operative

posted by Jeff Sheler

Two days after poking social conservatives in the eye over abortion, Fred Thompson is signaling that he is not about to yield the Christian right to his GOP opponents. The former Tennessee senator has recruited Shannon Royce, a high visibility […]

Romney Scores a Big Endorsement

posted by Jeff Sheler

Vying for the hearts and minds of religious conservatives, Mitt Romney is pulling ahead in the all-important name game. Moral Majority co-founder Paul Weyrich is the latest social conservative A-lister to throw his support behind the former Massachusetts governor. Romney […]

In Iowa, Huckabee gets respect

posted by Jeff Sheler

Now that he’s moving up in the polls, Mike Huckabee is getting a second look from the national media. Can the A-listers on the Christian Right be far behind? The latest American Research Group poll shows the former Arkansas governor […]

Thompson says ‘No’ to GOP abortion plank

posted by Jeff Sheler

For all practical purposes, Fred Thompson’s tenuous courtship of religious conservatives is over. Appearing on NBC’s Meet the Press, the former Tennessee senator made it clear once and for all that he does NOT support a constitutional amendment banning abortion […]

Thompson embraces the “G” word

posted by Jeff Sheler

Talk about surprises, the sole Republican to explicitly mention God during this week’s presidential debates was none other than Fred Thompson, the self-avowed non-church attender from Tennessee. A close look at the transcripts by Jeffrey Weiss of the Dallas Morning […]

Romney the ‘only one’ for evangelicals?

posted by Jeff Sheler

Up two notches in two days? Even God-o-meter is impressed. Campaigning in Decorah, Iowa, Mitt Romney showed just how determined he is to win the hearts of evangelical voters. In a speech at Luther College, reported by the Rocky Mountain […]

Clinton Camp: “Faith Tour” Nothing New

posted by dgilgoff

After God-o-Meter reported last night on Hillary Clinton’s “For Such a Time as This” faith tour in South Carolina, the Clinton camp called with a correction: the faith tour is nothing new, but a long-established effort that has the Senator […]

New Romney Advisor Urges “Mormon Speech”

posted by dgilgoff

A day after The Brody File reported Gov. Romney’s coup in signing up Bill Wichterman, a former Fred Thompson advisor known for his strong connections in the conservative Christian world, including at groups like Focus on the Family and The […]

Half of GOP Evangelicals May Reject Giuliani

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter doesn’t know whether to say that it’s shocked or that it told you so: a new poll from The Pew Research Center shows that 55-percent of all Republican evangelical voters would consider backing a third-party candidate in a presidential […]

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posted 2:01:06pm Nov. 06, 2008 | read full post »

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Amid today's talk that Barack Obama has narrowed the God Gap, God-o-Meter checked in with Ralph Reed, who spearheaded religious outreach for George W. Bush's 2000 and 2004 campaigns and who pioneered such outreach for Republicans as executive ...

posted 3:09:07pm Nov. 05, 2008 | read full post »

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