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Evangelicals giving Ron Paul a second look?With Rick Santorum dropping out and Gingrich so deep in debt,why wouldn't they give it a little more thought?

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Evangelicals turn to Ron Paul


April 12, 2012




In the wake of Senator Rick Santorum’s departure from the
presidential race there are signs that some evangelical leaders are
refusing to jump on board the Mitt Romney bandwagon and are turning to
Congressman Ron Paul instead. The Texas congressman spoke to several
thousand people last night at the Will Rogers Auditorium in downtown
Fort Worth but met quietly afterward with evangelical leaders.


Why Ron Paul? And why now, when the race is being declared “done” by the main stream media?


“Because you don’t give away your support without getting something
in return,” says a former congressman who has been at the heart of the
Christian right movement since its beginning. The longer that Ron Paul
and Newt Gingrich stay in the race, the more likely that Romney will be
forced to take a evangelical conservative as his vice presidential
nominee.


Why not turn to Speaker Newt Gingrich, a Catholic who is a former Southern Baptist, with views that resonate with evangelicals?


“If we had to do it over again, we should have gone with Gingrich,”
one of Santorum’s supporters told me today. But if we switch to
Gingrich now we risk another drop out.” The former Speaker reportedly
has debts of $ 4.2 million and has asked the Romney campaign for help in
retiring them. Romney reportedly declined.


Meanwhile, the Ron Paul campaign, with cash on hand, has begun airing
television ads in Texas and launches another moneybomb this weekend.


“I have one question for you,” one of the ministers reportedly said
in the private meeting last night with Dr. Ron Paul, “Are you going to
drop out? Or will you stay in all the way to Tampa?”


“I’m in,” the Texan replied.


“That’s all I need to know,” the minister said.


The evangelical community began reaching out to Dr. Paul almost
immediately after Senator Rick Santorum dropped out of the presidential
race. Yesterday, Pastor Steven Andrew of USA Christian Ministries
announced his support of the congressman, calling for a day of prayer
and fasting. Andrew released a statement saying that, “After Santorum,
Ron Paul is the most God-fearing Presidential candidate [and] the
Republican party should endorse him.” Andrew said that “If Republicans
don’t give a Christian candidate, Christians should look elsewhere –
even to a third party.”


The Christian Wire service ran an article yesterday saying that
Christians like the fact that Ron Paul “opposes tyranny, would cut the
deficit and is prolife.”


A prominent television evangelist , speaking on the promise of
anonymity, says that there was great disappointment in Rick Santorum’s
withdrawal from the race. “No one faults a man for being a good father,
and dropping out to take care of a child, but it hurts many of us very
deeply. We were counting on him to lead our cause.”


Foster Freiss, the Wyoming billionaire who financed the Santorum Super Pac, has publicly said he will now help Mitt Romney.


Meanwhile, evangelical leaders are skeptical of any of their brethren
who are now pledging to Romney. “They are trotting out the same old
bought and paid for names, Richard Land and Jay Sekulow, and acting like
they are new.” A Gingrich supporter who is quite vocal about his
disappointment with the Santorum campaign suspects that evangelical
leaders who supported Santorum, did so in return for donations to their
nonprofit organizations. “They will now try to repeat the same thing
with Romney and are already in the news laying the foundation for their
appeal. It is appalling.”


But the rank and file evangelicals are not for sale and many seeking
an end to the corruption in Washington see Ron Paul, a born again
Christian, as their best voice of protest and the best way to force

Romney to deal with them.


Steve Scheffler, president of the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition
and a GOP national committeeman, is dumbfounded that the Romney’s
campaign had so far made no effort to reach out to evangelicals.


“The presidential race is likely to be truly competitive,” Mr.
Scheffler said, “in about a dozen states, including Iowa, and the
Republicans will need to motivate people to volunteer at calling centers
and put up signs. I don’t think there’s much room for error.”


Meanwhile, the Ron Paul people continue to fill the vacuum. In Iowa
they are helping Scheffler and other Santorum people get re-elected to
their positions. They can afford to be generous, they have everything
else.


Says Brian Jacobs, a former consultant to Billy Graham and to
evangelical leaders such as Kenneth Copeland, “Ron Paul is a born again
Christian who is untainted by this corruption that has engulfed
Washington. It should be no big surprise that evangelicals are
discovering him.”


Ron Paul speaks to 3,000 at Will Rogers Auditorium, Ft. Worth, Texas, 4/11/12.


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  • john Kills 2012/04/12 17:30:14
    Paul is A Christian and exactly what we need to take a look at
    john Kills
    +3
    All of the above. I will vote for
    nobody else but Paul for president.

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  • James 2012/04/14 04:16:54
    Paul is the only candidate with the constitution and the values of our found...
    James
    +1
    I'm writing his name in if he isn't on the ballot.
  • holly g... James 2012/04/14 13:42:38
    holly go lightly
    +1
    same here.
  • James holly g... 2012/04/15 01:03:56
    James
    +1
    Oh....Holly....but you can't do that! You will just re-elect Obama by doing that! :-p
  • holly g... James 2012/04/15 01:11:10
    holly go lightly
    +1
    A vote for anyone but DR Paul is a vote for the status quo.no matter if it wears an R or a D. ...................love your avatar.
  • James holly g... 2012/04/15 01:11:57
    James
    +1
    thanks Holly! :-)
  • holly g... James 2012/04/15 01:12:38
  • Arizona1950 2012/04/13 05:46:02
    Paul is the only candidate with the constitution and the values of our found...
    Arizona1950
    +2
    and he is a Christian.
  • holly g... Arizona... 2012/04/13 18:00:27
    holly go lightly
    +2
    Yes he is.That should matter to a lot of people.
  • Arizona... holly g... 2012/04/14 00:17:40
    Arizona1950
    +2
    Yep ... even the atheists because his policies are Constitutionally based.
  • RageforOrder 2012/04/12 21:23:45
    Paul is the only candidate with the constitution and the values of our found...
    RageforOrder
    +1
    Paul isn't an Israel-firster like a lot of the evangelicals are
  • holly g... Ragefor... 2012/04/12 21:30:12
    holly go lightly
    There is some good in that.How about a USA firster? That's where we should be thinking from.
    Holy scripture does not say the nations of the world should be Israel firtsers.
  • Ragefor... holly g... 2012/04/12 21:59:32
    RageforOrder
    +1
    Sounds good to me..........An American president who puts America first.........but sadly that isn't likely to happen
  • holly g... Ragefor... 2012/04/12 22:21:08
    holly go lightly
    I'm not thinking that way.I think anything can happen.Did you hear about the still born baby that was found to be alive after several hours in the ref?After hearing that I believe that anything is possible.
  • john Kills 2012/04/12 17:30:14
    Paul is A Christian and exactly what we need to take a look at
    john Kills
    +3
    All of the above. I will vote for
    nobody else but Paul for president.
  • holly g... john Kills 2012/04/12 17:42:22
    holly go lightly
    +2
    Thank you jK .I agree.
  • Rebel Yell 2012/04/12 16:52:00
    Paul is the only candidate with the constitution and the values of our found...
    Rebel Yell
    +1
    Ron Paul knows that 1 in 5 voters will never vote for a Mormon. 52 % of Independents polled said they cannot stand Romney. What is interesting is Ron Paul is going to college campuses and drawing big crowds, but these are the voters Republicans are attempting to disenfranchise by moving their polling places far from campuses. With Republicans, it is always two steps forward and six back.

    Ron Paul is not the goodly saint among a sea of corrupt congressmen. Ron Paul has had much pork tacked onto bills to help his district. That is why he keeps getting re-elected. Some of that pork went to the Wharton County Fair and the Little Miss Fair Princess contest. He wears the same stripes as the rest of the crew.
  • holly g... Rebel Yell 2012/04/12 17:02:32
    holly go lightly
    as a Congressman his job is to bring home the bacon and has explained that process many times in the past few months.no one I know of thinks his hands are so lilly white that he has never played polotics especially sinc he has been elected so many times for doing his job very well.What does the wharton county fair have to do with this poll?Nada.

    republicans attempting to didenfranchise any voters is never good news. It will hurt them in the long run.
  • Rebel Yell holly g... 2012/04/12 17:22:31
    Rebel Yell
    What the Wharton County Fair has to do with this is an example of nonessential pork. How does the Little Miss Princess Contest in Wharton, TX benefit the rest of the country. That is the problem with pork, and Ron Paul has been guilty of such many times over the years . He is just one more politician with grandiose ideas that will never fly in either congressional house. Sure, Ron, eliminate the Dept of Energy. Just where will those 30,000 employees nationwide go? Which dept will then monitor our nuclear activities and waste? No word on that from Ron Paul, but it sure sounds good to the Holly Go Lightlys , doesn't it?
  • holly g... Rebel Yell 2012/04/12 17:33:39 (edited)
    holly go lightly
    The pork that a Texas Congressman delivers to his dist. is not meant to benefit the rest of the country.That is why each state has it's own Congressmen.

    As for the question of eliminating government dept.and putting people out of work.........That makes about as much sense as creating 29 other agencies and eliminating unemployment altogether.That is nothing less than brilliant. Hope you have submitted that plan to the WH.
  • rdmatheny Rebel Yell 2012/04/14 02:26:22
    rdmatheny
    +1
    All 50 states have a DEP. The most of them will probably end up getting employeed there. the others will probably find jobs in the energy sector somewhere, since Paul will return the energy industry back to a free market environment stirring a renewed vibrance in new jobs.
  • holly g... rdmatheny 2012/04/14 13:45:37
    holly go lightly
    +1
    I don't really fear more unemployment as long as the gov. will do the right thing and move it's big butt out of the way.
  • Max 2012/04/12 16:48:58
    Paul is the only candidate with the constitution and the values of our found...
    Max
    +2
    Ron Paul is the man. You can't go wrong with Ron.
  • Paul is the only candidate with the constitution and the values of our found...
    ☆The Rock☆ * AFCL* The Sheriff!!
    +2
    Ron Paul is not the war monger, Insantorium is? Sorry but Christians should not support perpectual wars!!
  • holly g... ☆The Ro... 2012/04/12 16:31:35
    holly go lightly
    +1
    It is so sad Rock,but they being bamboozeled into hell on earth.
  • Walt 2012/04/12 16:07:54
    Paul is the only candidate with the constitution and the values of our found...
    Walt
    +1
    Evangelical Christians need to be careful not to paint themselves into a corner by demonizing Romney, who is looking like he will be the only viable non-0bama candidate.

    My vote will be an Anyone But 0bama vote.
  • holly g... Walt 2012/04/12 16:13:00
    holly go lightly
    +3
    I don't Think ABO will be the strategy to take 0 out.Paul is the only candidate that will bring a single voter to the republican party.None of the others will be able to do that.
  • Sport_G... holly g... 2012/04/12 16:18:05
    Sport_Geoff
    +2
    If what you say about Ron Paul was true then wouldnt he have gotten more support and actually won a primary? Paul could not beat Obama.......if for no other reason then the same one they tagged McCain with...........he's too old and could die before his first term was up (which BTW I thought was a totaly BS reason)....but it's evidently how some of the electorate thinks.
  • holly g... Sport_G... 2012/04/12 16:26:04
    holly go lightly
    +2
    There is no if.What I say is true.Paul is the only person that even really wants a change in DC.
    Mccain did not lose because of his age.he lost because of his policy. and the messiah came along.Any POTUS could die before his first term is up.That is lame and I don't think that was on anyones mind.
  • Sport_G... holly g... 2012/04/12 16:41:57
    Sport_Geoff
    It was hammered by some leftwing media and many liberals in 2008. I didnt say MCCain lost because of it I said it was an argument made and it was by many.

    How many times has Paul run for president? Three times and not once has he ever come close to even being second in the nomination.
    How many pieces of Ron Paul original legislation was ever passed.......One
    The two things above and many more things proves that Ron Paul cant win the presidency and even if he did he could not get Congress to support his policies and ideas.

    I certainly respect your right to support and vote for the candidate you believe most qualified but you are hitching your square wheeled wagon to the dead horse Ron Paul...........As I said, 3 presidential runs and he has never gotten close to winning the nomination or the presidency.
  • holly g... Sport_G... 2012/04/12 17:26:59
    holly go lightly
    So Sport, do you ever think you could be looking for more of the same?Look what you got last time and the time before that.Have you ever asked yourself why the new guy you put in office never cleans up or changes any of the messes the last guy made?Of course you don't, because your mind tells you over and over you have made a touch down.and that is all you care about.
    Whether you are left or right you want nothing more than your guy,what ever he is , in office,no matter what kind of disasterous government he is willing to bestow upon your pathetic head.
    You have no more care or concern for this country or the people in it because you are too busy telling other people how they can go ahead and vote for anyone they want ,sounding like the childish big brother holding a threat of no bubble gum over his little brothers head.
    You have no respect for me or anyone else that doesn't see things your way that is quite obvious in the last paragraph you wrote.

    "I certainly respect your right to support and vote for the candidate you believe most qualified but you are hitching your square wheeled wagon to the dead horse Ron Paul...........As I said, 3 presidential runs and he has never gotten close to winning the nomination or the presidency."

    How about you truely make that your last post on this poll?
  • FAWKES' NOOSE ~ ΔTX 2012/04/12 16:00:17
    Paul is A Christian and exactly what we need to take a look at
    FAWKES' NOOSE ~ ΔTX
    +2
    I replied in an earlier post that there is no way the Bible Belt is going to support a Mormon. That's just the way it is. Their votes will go to Ron Paul in the primaries and then to President Obama in the General Election.
  • holly g... FAWKES'... 2012/04/12 16:05:51
    holly go lightly
    +3
    Paul is the only candidate that can beat 0.If he gets the votes in the primaries, he wil beat him.
  • Walt holly g... 2012/04/12 16:08:56
    Walt
    +1
    I wish Ron Paul had more support.
  • holly g... Walt 2012/04/12 16:15:34
    holly go lightly
    +2
    So do I , but he may have more than we think and there is still time to campaign for him till the last minute.
  • FAWKES'... holly g... 2012/04/12 16:45:05
    FAWKES' NOOSE ~ ΔTX
    +1
    The GOP will never let Ron Paul win the Nomination. He'll be limited to "winner take all" states and since most states have abandoned that practice there's not enough delegates for him.

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