Evangelicals for Mitt: The Book

Over the weekend, a group of evangelicals voted to endorse Rick Santorum over Newt Gingrich — without even seriously considering Mitt Romney.  These Christians apparently considered a even a thrice-divorced, ethically-challenged former Speaker of the House preferable to once-married, unquestionably ethical former governor.  The public justification for their vote was a quest to find a “true conservative” alternative to a man who is pro-life, pro-free market, and stands strong on national security.  Their “true conservative” alternative (Senator Santorum) is certainly an honorable man and a fine conservative leader, but it’s a stretch to claim he’s more conservative than Mitt.

By sheer coincidence (not really), Nancy and I are today releasing a Kindle book that is designed to directly and succinctly make the evangelical case for Mitt.  Called Why Evangelicals Should Support Mitt Romney (And Feel Good about It!), the book both tells a story and makes an argument.

Beginning with the fall of 2005 when I first mentioned Mitt to Nancy, the book describes her initial resistance and deals with the key arguments about Mitt.  The chapters examine all the major issues, including:

-Evangelical objections to voting for Mormons;

-Mitt’s pro-life and pro-family record as Governor of Massachusetts;

-The truth about Romneycare and its differences from Obamacare.

-Mitt’s record of engineering economic turnarounds in the private and public sectors.

-Mitt’s commitment to national defense and his understanding of the jihadist threat.

Crucially, the book closes with personal stories from Nancy describing the Mitt and Ann we know — their warmth, their character, and their help to friends in need.

Buy this book.  It’s cheap ($2.99), it’s a quick read, and it tells the truth about Mitt Romney.

In the coming days and weeks, we’ll be advertising this book far and wide.  Our primaries are moving South, and millions of evangelicals will be taking a closer look Mitt.  We’re convinced they’ll like what they see.

  • Eichendorff

    The fact that the group of evangelicals to which Mr French refers ended up endorsing someone other than Romney should really surprise nobody, regrettable though it is. For many evangelicals, among which Mr and Mrs French are obvious exceptions, the attitude toward Latter-day Saints goes beyond mere disagreement with theology to absolute loathing.

    If God himself had appeared to this evangelical group and commanded them to support Romney, my guess is they would still have endorsed Santorum.

    • nnmns

      But God Himself did not. In fact God Himself has been notoriously absent for either millennia or forever, depending on your stance on certain fables.

  • http://muckdizi.wordpress.com/ Muck Dizisi

    For many evangelicals, among which Mr and Mrs French are obvious exceptions, the attitude toward Latter-day Saints goes beyond mere disagreement with theology to absolute loathing.

  • http://Foxstonefinancial.com Chris

    Finally, someone has the common sense and objectivity to look at, and explain to Christians and all americans who Mitt Romney really is. Well done David and Nancy!

  • francisbeckwith

    My response, here.

  • Kilmrnock

    Mr French , first i’d like top describe my political stance , so you can understand me . I am one of those wonderful independants , a thinking man . Politicaly i fall as a sorta liberal libritarian in the truest sense of the term . Not an Ayn Rand type , what a liberatarian really is . I am also a Pagan , Druid to be exact. As far as the current crop of republican nominees go , Romney is the only one i consider not totally frikkin nuts. I also liked Huntsman , but he’s out now.Altho i voted for Obama last time , i’m keeping an open mind ……….so far i find most of the Republican scary and also am not very happy w/ our current broken government . Can you tell me what happened to working together for the good of the Amaerican People . How it used to work was , after the election our politicians would work together for us ………now these clowns are putting political gain and ideology above the common good . I’m not blaming either side , both sides are responcible for our current dilemma .But in the long run , of all the republican choices Romney would be more successful in getting things done in Washington. An extremist president will only enflame matters and the other side of the isle.I personly believe a more moderate adgenda would be better for the nation as a whole. And someone who would atleast give a damn the middle class exists and is in trouble would be nice as well. I do believe the jury is in , trickle down economics doesn’t work our current economic situation proves that. More level heads and good economic policy is way over due .The policies of Reagan, both Bush’s and Obama as well have put us where we are now .We need to fix this mess while we still can , or our noble experiment known as America will fail . And as much as the right wing extremists try to deny it , our planet is in trouble . Better energy policy is also way over due . Oil and gas will eventualy run out , not to even mention environmental Damage . We donot want to tip that scale past the point of no return .What kind of planet do we want to leave for our children and grandchildren . We can make a difference now if we put our heads to it . We Americans are capable of great things , that time has came again .We just need the right leadership to get things headed in the right direction, is Romney that man? we’ll see. Kilm

  • nnmns

    I got a real kick out of the phrase “unquestionably ethical “. I guess when you wrote that you hadn’t heard about his tax shelters. But you surely had heard about his effective 15% tax rate. In what sense is his getting so much value from the US while paying back so little ethical? Or patriotic? Patriots do not short their government. It’s perfectly fine to demand it spend money well and honestly but it’s not ethical to use every trick in the book to cut what one owes at tax time.

    And I’m sure a lot more can and will be said about whatever ethics he has. But you’re right, Evangelicals need to learn to vote for the candidate who’s best for the country, not the one that talks the talk best. George Bush talks the talk and got us into the damnedest mess we’ve been in since Pearl Harbor. President Obama has had to fight hard to get us even part way out of it.

    • David French

      What is the ethical tax rate? When is complying with tax laws unethical? Wouldn’t it be better to spend money on far more efficient and worthwhile charities than dropping unnecessary dollars down the federal money hole?

    • Eichendorff

      When I submit my tax forms to a preparer, I do it with the assumption that the preparer will keep my tax liability to the absolute minimum according to the current tax law. If that doesn’t happen, I will have somebody else prepare my tax forms next time. How that any different from Romney, apart from the fact he makes more money than I do?

      I guess I, along with everybody else, am unethical. Right?

      • Eichendorff

        Sorry, it should be, “How is that any different from Romney…”

  • David Bowman

    Sounds like a great, much-needed book! Its one thing to not agree with a religion’s specific points of doctrine. Its quite another thing to completely, unabashadedly, denounce a person running for political office based soley on the fact that he happens to be a member of that religion. Especially when the things that are relevant, such as his morals and values, are perfectly in line with the your morals and values. Its ridiculous and totally un-American.

    I’m excited to get this book!

  • nnmns

    Eichendorf I presume you aren’t wealthy enough to get tax breaks planted in the laws for you to use. Romney is and no doubt has. I have no idea how ethical you may be, I have a good idea about Romney and he’s not fit to be president.

  • Kilmrnock

    Is anyone going to comment on my points , i believe i mentioned some valid points that need to discussed and understood .Wheather we like it or not Romney is within the tax code w/ his taxes , this is a moot point Kilm

    • nnmns

      It’s not moot. It reveals a lot about his character. A lot more than whatever religion he may have or not have.

  • joe

    Mitt Romney is a community killer who takes time out occasionally to run for public office. President Obama was a community organizer who got his start working with eight Catholic parishes in Chicogo expanding into the the larger community outreach programs in the city. Gingrich is a panderer who embrases his new religion for expediency while mocking and dishonoring it’s sacraments in public. Santorum is so wierdly conservative he alienates a sizable percentage of Catholic voters. If the majority of Catholics think he is a good hearted fool that is better suited to head a church group where the damage from his destructive policies can be limited to and inflicted on a willing group of participants. How well will he do as a candidate? Paul appears to be and apologist for the selfish. All of the republican candidates so far this year have been pandering politicians peddling puffery and prejudice with perfidious piety. They think good Christians are hanging on their every word when in reality we are running for the door.

  • http://www.message4mormons.co.uk Andrew Price

    Why was Romney called in to sort out the mess of the Salt Lake Winter Olympics in the first place ?Answer: Romney was a Mormon and could be depended on not to lift the lid on the corruption and who was behind it, which so nearly resulted in the Games being pulled from Utah .If Romney were to win the Presidency there would be corruption on an unprecedented scale with Mormon controlled businesses given Federal contracts at every turn .

    Further when Romney received his Mormon Temple endowments he participated in a secret ritual where the Christian Pastor was traduced and mocked as being in the “hire and pay of Satan”.Four years ago Romney craved the endorsement of a number of leading evangelicals including Bob Jones and Wayne Grudem , he did so knowing he had participated in such ceremonies.Where was Romney’s integrity and ethics on those occasions ?

  • mike evans

    it’s a reader who really can decide about that, if they support or not, if it’s pro or anti.

  • Kilmrnock

    I didn’t say i am a fan of the mittster , just that of all the republican nominees he’s the least scary . And as far as i have heard he hasn’t signed any oaths of allegiance to the religous right crazies as others have . I’m not sure about Ginchrich , but i’m certain Santorum has.That in itself disqualifies any nominee in my mind. No politician should be beholden in writing to any group, not to even mention Dominionists.From what i’m seeing from the republicans i will be voting for Obama again .All i was stating is I am keeping an open mind , and that at heart Romney is a moderate . Not as dangerous as the other three left standing……………..those guys are frikkin nuts .In All reality the tea party and the evangelicals are fringe groups , not at all representative of America as a whole , any politician that panders to them is not good for office. And for crying out loud , our buddy Newt calls himself a Reaganite Rebuplican.Havn’t the last more than 20 yrs shown us trickle down economics doesn’t work ?Aren’t those types of policies that got us in this mess to start with? Kilm

  • Kilmrnock

    I didn’t say i am a fan of the mittster , just that of all the republican nominees he’s the least scary . And as far as i have heard he hasn’t signed any oaths of allegiance to the religous right crazies as others have . I’m not sure about Ginchrich , but i’m certain Santorum has.That in itself disqualifies any nominee in my mind. No politician should be beholden in writing to any group, not to even mention Dominionists.From what i’m seeing from the republicans i will be voting for Obama again .All i was stating is I am keeping an open mind , and that at heart Romney is a moderate . Not as dangerous as the other three left standing.In All reality the tea party and the evangelicals are fringe groups , not at all representative of America as a whole , any politician that panders to them is not good for office. And for crying out loud , our buddy Newt calls himself a Reaganite Rebuplican.Havn’t the last more than 20 yrs shown us trickle down economics doesn’t work ?Aren’t those types of policies that got us in this mess to start with? Kilm

  • Kilmrnock

    sorry about the duplicate kilm

  • J. Morales

    Keep hawking the book, it was a great read and definitely helped convince me! While you’re at it, get the Romney campaign to use some of the arguments you have in there :-)


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