Finally two big-name, legitimate candidates have thrown their hats into the ring, running for the Republican presidential nomination. They are: Newt Gingrich. And Mitt Romney.
Those of you whose Christianity shapes your politics, could you vote for either of these guys? Newt has lots of creative conservative ideas, but he has a history of admitted adultery, has been divorced twice, and is on his third marriage. Would you say that character is more important than ideology? And if so, would you ever be able to vote for Newt? (He has recently converted from being a Baptist to being a Roman Catholic. Does anyone know if he would be allowed to take Holy Communion, given his multiple marriages, even though they were pre-conversion?)
As for Mitt Romney, he is not a Christian at all, but rather a Mormon. Does that make a difference to you in your willingness to ever vote for him? Luther’s oft-cited quotation about better to vote for a wise Turk than a foolish Christian is apparently one of those urban legends. But even if you agree with the principle, do you think Romney is a wise-enough Turk?
This weekend Mike Huckabee, last year a social conservative favorite, announced he is not running. Mitch Daniel is a candidate with gravitas, but he is the one who called for a “truce” on social issues, such as abortion and gay marriage. (Even though as Indiana governor he has recently defunded Planned Parenthood in that state.)
Would Christian conservatives rally around Pawlenty? Santorum? Bachman?
Is there any potential GOP candidate that, if he or she were the Republican nominee, would make you vote for Obama instead?