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Christian Right Foes for McCain

posted by dgilgoff

Shortly after God-o-Meter finished its post about how well John McCain’s endorsements from the socially liberal Rudy Giuliani and Arnold Schwarzenegger would go over with the GOP’s Christian Right base, it got an email trumpeting John Danforth’s endorsement of the […]

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Rove on Huck’s Evangelical-Only Appeal

posted by dgilgoff

In this morning’s Wall Street Journal, Karl Rove echoes what God-o-Meter has been saying since Iowa: Mike Huckabee’s hefty evangelical support ain’t strong enough to carry him to the nomination. Here’s what Rove says about some of the “old rules” […]

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Rudy, Arnold, and the Religious Right

posted by dgilgoff

McCain’s endorsements from Rudy Giuliani and Arnold Schwarzenegger may win him more moderate Republicans and Independents (was McCain really suffering in that department?) but they’re sure to turn off to the Religious Right, which had recently shown signs of warming […]

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Huck: Mitt’s Evangelical Spoilier

posted by dgilgoff

David Brody’s right. If it weren’t for Huckabee denying him a decent share of the evangelical vote, Romney would probably be the GOP frontrunner: Huckabee caught fire in Iowa and took crucial votes away from Romney. It left Romney with […]

Hillary’s Baptist Address–and Faith Resume

posted by dgilgoff

Hillary Clinton spoke today to the National Baptist Convention of America , a meeting of the country’s four largest black Baptist denominations, and emailed her speech to religious supporters. A few excerpts are below. And be sure to keep reading […]

Upon Exit, Advocating for Poor

posted by dgilgoff

John Edwards is dropping out of the presidential race today.On CNN, Jessica Yellin is reporting that Edwards phoned Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama yesterday to urge them to make fighting poverty, his signature issue, and important part of their campaigns. […]

McCain’s Catholic Support

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter just got this memo on John McCain’s Catholic support in Florida from John Rankin, communications director for Sam Brownback’s presidential campaign, who’s been helping McCain with outreach to religious conservatives: McCain Wins Florida Catholic Vote by Ten Points Wins […]

McCain Loses Florida Pro-Lifers

posted by dgilgoff

Pro-Lifers are the bedrock of the GOP. They were the activist base that turned George W. Bush’s razor sharp 2000 win into a clear victory in 2004. John McCain won Florida’s Republican primary tonight but got just one quarter of […]

In Fla., Evangelicals Split Three ways

posted by dgilgoff

CNN just called Florida for John McCain, but something else is also clear now: Huck’s commanding lead among evangelicals, which carried him to victory in Iowa less than one month ago–has evaporated. According to exit polls, four in ten Floridians […]

Preachers Pony Up for Huck

posted by dgilgoff

The first three graphs from Bible Belt Blogger say it all: ORLANDO, Fla. — A televangelist under investigation by the U.S. Senate Finance Committee turned a national ministers’ gathering last week into a fundraising opportunity for Mike Huckabee, reportedly helping […]

Is Terrorism a Values Issue?

posted by dgilgoff

For a long time, God-o-Meter thought the battle against Islamic terrorism could become a “values issue” among evangelicals, joining abortion and gay marriage in the hot button bucket. That’s how God-o-Meter made sense of all those polls showing Rudy Giuliani–Mayor […]

Romney’s Evangelical Failure?

posted by dgilgoff

In reporting about Romney’s ties to Mormon Church Gordon Hinckley, who died this weekend, The Politico points out that it introduces the Mormon factor for the 1,627th time in the race. True enough. But Politico gets it wrong in making […]

The Latino Evangelical Factor

posted by dgilgoff

The Chicago Tribune has a profile today of Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, calling him one of a “new generation of evangelical kingmakers on the political scene.”: Fearing the loss of a constituency that helped […]

Former Christian Coalition Chief Backs Romney

posted by dgilgoff

Another member of the Christian Right elite for Mitt Romney. From the campaign’s press release announcing the endorsement of former Christian Coalition executive director Randy Tate: “In his four years as Governor of Massachusetts, I was impressed by Mitt Romney’s […]

McCain Disses Alito

posted by dgilgoff

Just when McCain has begun tasting the fruits of his efforts to repair relations with religious conservatives, The Wall Street Journal has him dissing Sam Alito. He’s the Supreme Court justice that wrote James Dobson a thank you note after […]

Romney vs. Dobson. Both Sides Win.

posted by dgilgoff

So there’s a public rift between the Romney campaign and Focus on the Family Action over a comment in Focus’s recent video voter guide that the Mormon Mitt Romney has acknowledged he’s not a Christian, right? Actually, according to God-o-Meter’s […]

Romney Camp: Dobson’s Group Wrong on Mormonism

posted by dgilgoff

The Romney camp says a Focus on the Family video in which a top organizational official says Mitt Romney “has acknowledged that Mormonism is not a Christian faith, and I appreciate his acknowledging that” has its facts wrong, according to […]

Obama Stops By Another Evangelical Church

posted by dgilgoff

Barack Obama spoke this morning at the Harvest Cathedral, an evangelical church in Macon, Georgia. You can read a spirited local debate about his appearance here. In God-o-Meter’s humble opinion, it’s these kinds of appearances, matched with Hillary Clinton’s reluctance […]

Religious Voters Back Obama

posted by dgilgoff

As far as religiosity goes, Barack Obama’s South Carolina victory tonight cut across all lines; he won both among weekly churchgoers and those who seldom or never attend church. But Obama fared best among those who attend church most often. […]

A Romney Endorsement from Dobson?

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter wrestled over whether to file this post under Mitt Romney or Mike Huckabee and settled on the latter for two reasons. First, it couldn’t pass up the rare opportunity to lower the rating of the sole candidate to score […]

McCain: Conservatives = Evangelicals

posted by dgilgoff

John McCain, erstwhile scourge of evangelical Christians, now thinks evangelicals and conservative Republicans are synonymous–and that he’s back in their good graces. Check out McCain’s response to Brian Williams’s question about his low standing in the GOP base during last […]

More on Ron Paul’s Interview

posted by dgilgoff

Outspokenly against the war and out of step with his party on much else–his support for tying American currency to the gold standard or for abolishing the Department of Education, for example–Ron Paul is typically portrayed as the libertarian bomb […]

Beliefnet’s Ron Paul Interview

posted by dgilgoff

Here it is, a few days later than promised: God-o-Meter’s sit-down with Ron Paul. GOM has to run, but will have more to say on this later. Suffice it to say that Paul’s rating will go up. One quick nugget: […]

Huckabee’s Squishy Evangelical Support

posted by dgilgoff

A new Beliefnet online poll finds that Mike Huckabee is the leading Republican contender among evangelicals, but not by much. View God-o-Meter’s story on the poll here and complete results here. Sure, Huck got 28-percent of evangelical support, but McCain […]

In Fla., Major Christian Right Gets for Mitt

posted by dgilgoff

For a few days there, it seemed to God-o-Meter that Mitt Romney, after winning the Michigan primary on his economic message and placing fourth in South Carolina because of anemic evangelical support, was deemphasizing religious conservative outreach. Over at Townhall, […]

New McCain Ad

posted by dgilgoff

Guess who John McCain’s new web ad is meant to appeal to–fiscal conservatives, defense conservatives, or religious conservatives? God-o-Meter will give you a hint: it features Mike Huckabee, Sam Brownback, and Tom Coburn all saying nice things about him.

Try Him Again for the First Time

posted by dgilgoff

Taking advantage of Fred Thompson’s exit from the race and Mike Huckabee’s continuing struggle to get traction outside his evangelical base, the folks over at Evangelicals for Mitt are asking born again Fred Heads and Huck-a-Fans to reconsider the former […]

Should Obama Defend Muslims?

posted by dgilgoff

Chicago Tribune religion writer Manya Brachear reports that some in the Muslim world–well, one person, at least–is calling on Barack Obama to denounce Americans’ anti-Muslim bias as he attempts to dispel false rumors that he’s a Muslim. The key graphs: […]

Obama Still Tackling Muslim Rumor

posted by dgilgoff

In an interview yesterday with God-o-Meter buddy David Brody at Christian Broadcasting Network, Barack Obama confronted those false rumors that he’s Muslim–again (watch video here). He doesn’t go so far to say a rival campaign is behind the e-mail rumor […]

Obama’s Beliefnet Interview

posted by dgilgoff

With Saturday’s South Carolina Democratic primary largely in the hands of undecided black women, who go to church is disproportionately high numbers–not to mention white Palmetto State church goers–God-o-Meter wasn’t surprised to get a call from the Obama campaign on […]

W’s Spiritual Advisor Backs Obama

posted by dgilgoff

First Obama’s presidential campaign cops George W. Bush’s faith organizing tactics. Now Obama is taking his spiritual advisor, too. From the Associated Press (be sure to catch the last line): HOUSTON — An influential Houston minister who has long been […]

Anti-War, Pro-Life

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter won’t be able to post its Ron Paul interview till Wednesday, because it needs to post its interview with Barack Obama tomorrow, but it sounds like the Texas congressman may make news tomorrow in Washington with a likely endorsement […]

McCain Keeps Christian Endorsements Coming

posted by dgilgoff

How better for John McCain to observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and tomorrow’s annual Right to Life march than to announce a statement of “profound respect and admiration” for him from King’s niece Alveda King, a prominent conservative Christian […]

Huck’s Beliefnet Interview

posted by dgilgoff

If you haven’t already, check out Beliefnet’s interview last week with Mike Huckabee. God-o-Meter meant to flag it earlier, but the week got away from it. The most interesting exchange, in God-o-Meter’s view, was over Huckabee’s recent remark that “what […]

About that Ron Paul Interview…

posted by dgilgoff

A few days ago, God-o-Meter mentioned it was on its way to interview Ron Paul at his Bob Jones University appearance. That interview fell through, but GOM sat down with Paul yesterday in Charleston for an illuminating chat about the […]

Clinton’s Lopsided Jewish Support

posted by dgilgoff

Today’s Democratic caucus in Nevada provided the first real glimpse of which way Jewish voters, an important Democratic constituency, are leaning in the vote for president. According to entrance polls, Hillary Clinton won 67-percent of Jews, who accounted for 5-percent […]

Romney’s Off-the-Charts Mormon Support in Nevada

posted by dgilgoff

Speaking at a press conference after being declared winner of today’s Republican caucuses in Nevada, Romney was asked whether his victory was due to the large share of Mormons who turned out. Romney pointed out that his margin of victory […]

Gerson Chides Thompson

posted by dgilgoff

The media is covering the Huckabee-Thompson duel for religious conservatives in South Carolina, God-o-Meter thinks it has glossed over an important distinction in the two candidates’ approaches on the stump. Huckabee comes across as a populist “compassionate conservative,” while Thompson […]

McCain Ups Religious Outreach, Again

posted by dgilgoff

In the final hours before voting begins here in tomorrow’s GOP primary, The Brody File notes that John McCain is faring pretty decently among South Carolina evangelicals: The latest poll shows Huckabee leading McCain 33% to 20% among the Evangelical […]

Courting Evangelicals, Flat on Faith and Values

posted by dgilgoff

As his campaign ambles along the back roads of upstate South Carolina, it’s little surprise that many of the voters turning out to hear Fred Thompson are evangelical Christians. In these parts, Baptist churches are more common than any chain […]

Take Beliefnet’s Faith & Politics ’08 Poll

posted by dgilgoff

No, this is not a dusted-off entry from Sam Brownback’s presidential campaigning days. It’s an invitation from God-o-Meter to take Beliefnet’s faith and politics ’08 poll. This is your chance to weigh in on the most faith-based presidential campaign in […]

Fred Thompson’s God-o-Meter Q&A

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter caught up with Fred Thompson and his wife Jeri at various South Carolina events this week and has cobbled together this Q&A from a few separate exchanges. God-o-Meter has lots more to say about the Thompsons’ answers–and will–but it […]

Ron Paul to Speak at Bob Jones University

posted by dgilgoff

Ron Paul, the candidate who recently quoted Sinclair Lewis’s line that “when fascism comes to this country it will be wrapped in the flag, carrying a cross,” is speaking at the fundamentalist Bob Jones University this evening. God-o-Meter will try […]

Another Christian Conservative for McCain

posted by dgilgoff

John McCain’s Christian Right offensive yields another endorsement, from Tom Coburn, poster child for old school Christian conservatism in the U.S. Senate. Another reminder that the fight for Palmetto State evangelicals isn’t limited to Mike Huckabee and Fred Thompson.

Another Evangelical Insult to Thompson

posted by dgilgoff

Here in South Carolina, where God-o-Meter will be operating for the next several days, the conventional wisdom is that Fred Thompson and Mitt Romney are in a two-man duel for GOP’s evangelicals in this Saturday’s primary. That’s what makes tonight’s […]

Obama’s Preacher Back in the Spotlight

posted by dgilgoff

This isn’t the first time Barack Obama’s church family has gotten him in hot water. Remember when his campaign caught flack from the gay community for staging a Gospel music tour of South Carolina that featured “ex-gay” singer Donnie McClurkin? […]

Winning Michigan, Romney Also Wins Evangelicals

posted by dgilgoff

Tonight’s exit polls out of Michigan, where Mitt Romney has been projected to be the easy victor, show that he won evangelical voters in a bare plurality, his first victory among that group in this cycle. A Michigan native son, […]

Obama’s Christian Lit

posted by dgilgoff

The Obama campaign has been distributing serious Christian literature in South Carolina for months now, but it’s gone mostly unremarked upon in the news media. The Washington Post has a short item on the brochures tonight: The brochure being handed […]

Huck: Constitution Should Conform to Bible

posted by dgilgoff

Given all Mike Huckabee’s theotalk–he’s been a ten on God-o-Meter since the first of the year–you’d think GOM would be completely desensitized to it by now. But Huck keeps upping the ante. According to NBC News, he’s inserted new lines […]

Romney’s Big Michigan Christian Right Endorsement

posted by dgilgoff

Mitt Romney announced a big Michigan Christian Right endorsement today: Marlene Elwell. Not exactly a household name, Elwell was a key advisor to the 1990s-era Christian Coalition and helped engineer Pat Robertson’s strong finish in 1988’s Iowa presidential caucuses. More […]

Huckabee on Getting into Heaven

posted by dgilgoff

Before speaking to a gathering of Michigan pastors last night, Mike Huckabee spoke to a Spartanburg, South Carolina congregation in the morning. From the Associated Press: Republican Mike Huckabee spoke from the pulpit Sunday, not as a politician but as […]

Thompson’s Theological View of Government’s Role

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter’s new fellow Beliefnet blogger Reformed Chicks Blabbing has made a personal plea for GOM to raise Fred Thompson’s reading on the basis that he relies on sound Christian theology in envisioning government’s role in curing social ills. Here’s what […]

Huck’s Iowa Values Ad Airs in Michigan

posted by dgilgoff

Sure, his populist message could resonate in the Motor City. But The Politico’s Jonathan Martin reports that in heavily evangelical western Michigan, Mike Huckabee’s reprising a values ad from Iowa: Mike Huckabee cut a new, Michigan-oriented ad last week that […]

In First for Campaign, Rudy Attends Church

posted by dgilgoff

ABC News reports that Rudy Giuliani spoke to a Hispanic evangelical congregation this morning in Miami, apparently his first church visit of the race: Saying that “faith can transform lives,” Giuliani told parishioners that running for president of the United […]

On Religious Test, Huck Wants it Both Ways

posted by dgilgoff

It’s no surprise that Mike Huckabee was urging a group of Michigan pastors yesterday to mobilize their supporters for him like only a fellow pastor could, as reported by The Washington Post: “I don’t presume that you automatically support me […]

Economic Conservatives Strike Back

posted by dgilgoff

Travel with God-o-Meter way back to September 2007, when religious conservative activists, led by Focus on the Family’s James Dobson, threatened to bolt the GOP and back a third-party candidate in November in the event that Rudy Giuliani got the […]

Still no Democratic Attacks on Huck

posted by dgilgoff

A month ago today, the Drudge Report reported that the Democratic National Committee had ordered its operatives to hold their fire on Mike Huckabee, while letting loose on the rest of the Republican field, because facing Huck in November would […]

Do Romney’s Elite Christian Endorsements Matter?

posted by dgilgoff

On Wednesday, Mitt Romney announced an endorsement from Domino’s Pizza founder and conservative Catholic financier Tom Monaghan. God-o-Meter notes that this is the latest example of the gap between Christian Right leadership and rank-and-file gap that began opening between Romney […]

Joel Hunter Backs Huck, Might Go Democratic in November

posted by dgilgoff

When God-o-Meter read in Reuters this week that Mike Huckabee was trumpeting his support from Rev. Joel Hunter, the Orlando-based megachurch pastor and one-time president elect of the Christian Coalition, it was a bit surprised. GOM didn’t recall seeing a […]

The Evangelical View from South Carolina

posted by dgilgoff

For a read on how the Republican candidates are faring among South Carolina evangelicals and in the state’s conservative Christian leadership ranks, there are few better placed than Oran Smith, who heads the Columbia-based Palmetto Family Council, a group associated […]

Santorum: McCain Weak on Values

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter knows John McCain is redoubling efforts to repair relations with the Christian Right, but being called weak on values by former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, an influential figure in the movement, isn’t going to help his cause. Here’s what […]

Romney Counts on Michigan Evangelicals

posted by dgilgoff

Just because Mitt Romney is pulling his ads in South Carolina doesn’t mean he’s not banking his candidacy on serious evangelical support. For the time being, though, it’s not Southern evangelicals he needs. A senior Romney aide tells God-o-Meter that […]

A Joel Hunter Endorsement for Huckabee?

posted by dgilgoff

In a story about Mike Huckabee’s efforts to reach evangelicals who don’t consider themselves part of the Christian Right, Reuters reports that influential megachurch pastor and onetime Christian Coalition president-elect Joel Hunter is backing Mike Huckabee: The new religious right […]

Rivals Splitting Voters, Huck’s Christian Base Shines Through

posted by dgilgoff

Real Clear Politics’ John Ellis makes a convincing case that despite his third-place finish in New Hampshire, Mike Huckabee is poised for victories in South Carolina and other early primary states: With McCain now anointed by clueless Washington scribes as […]

McCain’s Second Chance with Evangelicals

posted by dgilgoff

This all seems so eight years ago. A folksy Southern evangelical wins Iowa only to be stopped in his tracks by maverick John McCain. But will what happens next in the Republican presidential race be a replay of 2000? Will […]

Huckabee Fails to Break Out

posted by dgilgoff

When God-o-Meter went to the Parker’s Maple Barn in Mason, New Hampshire yesterday, it observed that everyone present was an evangelical or a frequent churchgoer, raising doubts that Huckabee is breaking out of his Christian Right base after winning Iowa […]

Huck’s Not Just for Evangelicals Anymore

posted by dgilgoff

Just because 80-percent of his Iowa support came from evangelicals doesn’t mean Mike Huckabee isn’t seeking broader support. Take Catholics. Aboard his campaign bus yesterday, Huck gave a glimpse of how important the Catholic vote is to his success: Catholics […]

Obama Becomes his Party’s Secular Preacher

posted by dgilgoff

With Mike Huckabee’s dramatic win in Iowa and his impressive national poll numbers, the closest thing the Republican Party has to a frontrunner at the moment appears to be a Baptist preacher. But is another kind of preacher leading the […]

McCain Scores NH Muslim Endorsement

posted by dgilgoff

John McCain, who raised eyebrows by telling Beliefnet that “I prefer someone who I know who has a solid grounding in my faith,” when asked how a Muslim presidential candidate would do, has been endorsed by New Hampshire’s highest ranking […]

Clinton: I’m More Pro-Choice than Obama

posted by dgilgoff

The Clinton campaign has sent mailers in New Hampshire claiming that the New York Senator is more pro-choice than Barack Obama: In a recent mailing to voters in New Hampshire, Hillary criticizes Obama for voting “present” instead of in favor […]

Is Romney Still Dogged by Mormon Questions?

posted by dgilgoff

Leave it to The Salt Lake Tribune, the Church of Latter-day Saints’ hometown paper, to keep insisting that Mitt Romney’s Mormonism is a drag on his candidacy. As God-o-Meter sees it, the only problem with these stories–and there have been […]

Huck’s New Hampshire Support: The Usual Suspects

posted by dgilgoff

With Mike Huckabee campaigning pretty hard in New Hampshire these last few days, God-o-Meter wondered: in a comparatively secular state where Huck is nonetheless drawing decent-sized crowds and running a respectable third in the polls, what’s his support base? It […]

Even in New Hampshire, Huck talks ‘Soldiers for Christ’

posted by dgilgoff

No, he’s not airing his Christian Leader ad here. But just because Mike Huckabee’s campaigning in New Hampshire, which lacks Iowa’s religious fervor, doesn’t mean he’s hiding his Christian DNA under a bushel. The Washington Post reports that, while guest […]

Can Huckabee Win the Purple States?

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter has noticed a serious question about Huckabee gaining steam, not so much from his Republican rivals but from the news media and–gleefully–from the Democratic Party: in the general election, would Huck stand a chance in must-win purple states like […]

Team Romney: Huck’s Iowa Evangelical Surge an Anomaly

posted by dgilgoff

Wondering how the Romney team sees its chances among “values voters” after badly losing evangelicals to Mike Huckabee in Iowa, God-o-Meter swung by Romney’s New Hampshire headquarters in Manchester this afternoon. It found Tom Tancredo–there for an anti-immigration press conference, […]

Romney: ‘Had I been a Baptist Minister…’

posted by dgilgoff

After a year of campaigning to be the Christian Right’s candidate of choice, God-o-Meter was surprised to read this morning that Mitt Romney is calling Huckabee out on his evangelical strategy in Iowa and is publicly doubting the plan’s ability […]

A Window into Obama’s Faith Ground Game

posted by dgilgoff

The Concord Monitor reports on the Obama campaign’s faith outreach effort in New Hampshire, a state not exactly known for its churchgoing fervor: Although Obama rarely refers to religion in his stump speeches, he has actively courted religious voters. In […]

Huck’s Support Almost Entirely Evangelical

posted by dgilgoff

The more it looks at last night’s entrance polls, the more God-o-Meter is stunned by the extraordinary degree to which Mike Huckabee’s Iowa win was due to evangelical support. Check out these lines from The New York Times: A poll […]

Does Huck Really Have Broad Support?

posted by dgilgoff

Fellow Beliefnetter David Kuo writes today that Mike Huckabee is no Pat Robertson–the former Christian Broadcasting Network chief who finished strong in 1988’s Iowa caucuses but went on to go nowhere–because Huckabee’s base of support is much broader: Pat Robertson […]

The Evangelical Scorecard

posted by dgilgoff

In light of Mike Huckabee’s Iowa win on the backs of evangelical caucus goers, God-o-Meter thought it would point out the big Christian Right endorsements of his Republican rivals, as a way of showing the rift between the evangelical elite […]

Huck Wins Evangelicals Over Romney 2-to-1

posted by dgilgoff

Check out the entrance polls over at CNN, which show that Mike Huckabee won 46-percent of caucus goers who identified as evangelical or born again Christians, compared to just 19-percent for Mitt Romney. With six in ten GOP caucus goers […]

More Huckabee Pastors Threatened

posted by dgilgoff

Following up on yesterday’s report that Iowa-based pastors supporting Mike Huckabee are receiving anonymous threats about losing their tax exempt status, the Associated Press gets a few of the pastors on record. It also has this response from the Huckabee […]

Obama Asked if He’s an Atheist

posted by dgilgoff

After going further than any Democratic presidential candidate in memory to establish himself as a fervent Christian believer–he visits churches often and has staged “faith tours” in Iowa and South Carolina–Obama is still apparently susceptible to email campaigns that have […]

Romney Slammed by Christian Right Coalition

posted by dgilgoff

A coalition of Christian Right leaders, mostly representing state-level groups, has issued a new 10-point argument against Mitt Romney. The memo’s mostly Massachusetts-based signers argue that Romney’s gubernatorial record casts doubt on his pro-life transformation and his stated opposition to […]

Attacking Huckabee’s ‘Christian Test’ from the Right

posted by dgilgoff

National Right to Life general counsel James Bopp, Jr. has a piece attacking Huckabee over at National Review Online that stands out to God-o-Meter for two reasons. For Bopp, Mitt Romney’s top outside advsor on “life issues,” whacking Huckabee is […]

Battling ‘Acts of God’ as Governor

posted by dgilgoff

On last Sunday’s Meet the Press, Mike Huckabee told Tim Russert that for voters wondering how his religion would shape his presidency, “the best way is to look at it is how I served as governor.” This week The Los […]

Pastors for Huck Get Anonymous Threats

posted by dgilgoff

TIME Magazine’s Michael Scherer reports that pro-Huckabee pastors in Iowa have received anonymous letters warning that IRS rules against church-based politicking will land them “in the slammer.” Read one of the purported letters here. It’s as yet unclear who’s behind […]

Huck’s Site Retains anti-Mormon Posts

posted by dgilgoff

The Drudge Report, on an anti-Huckabee crusade, carries a story from the Salt Lake Tribune about Huckabee’s official campaign blog hosting comments from anti-Mormon Huck fans: Some blog posts were littered with rhetoric about Mormonism. “As evangelicals, we cannot stand […]

Clinton Builds National Methodist Network

posted by dgilgoff

After serving as a minister for 20 years, Jill Wiley retired from her Massachusetts-based church last summer and spent two weeks in Iowa, collecting names of likeminded believers to mobilize for the 2008 presidential race. She’s likely to head to […]

Pulling Attack Ad, Huckabee Gives Biblical Explanation

posted by dgilgoff

The folks over at Evangelicals for Mitt noticed that in explaining his decision yesterday to pull an attack ad on Mitt Romney–strangely, he called a press conference to show the ad he was pulling–Mike Huckabee invoked a popular New Testament […]

Obama Number 1 in Clergy Donations

posted by dgilgoff

God-o-Meter’s friends at the Dallas Morning News Religion Blog report on a new study from the Center for Responsive Politics revealing that Barack Obama has received more money from clergy than any other 2008 presidential candidate, Democrat or Republican. He’s […]

Romney Lands Big Christian Right Endorsement

posted by dgilgoff

As Mitt Romney has trumpeted endorsement after endorsement from evangelical and Christian Right figures, God-o-Meter has often been skeptical about their impact, feeling they reveal more nervousness than confidence in the Romney camp about getting evangelical votes. But that’s not […]

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A Post-Election Chat with Ralph Reed
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posted 3:09:07pm Nov. 05, 2008 | read full post »

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