August 1st, 2007
03:09 PM ET
9 years ago

Rude e-mail causes battle in Iowa

Brownback demanded an apology from former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee Wednesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback demanded an apology from former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Wednesday for an e-mail sent to religious leaders in Iowa as part of what Brownback called an "effort to demoralize his supporters."

Rev. Tim Rude, a volunteer for Huckabee's campaign, sent an e-mail to evangelicals in Iowa, trying to persuade them to choose Huckabee over Brownback. Rude, a self-proclaimed "recovering Catholic," criticized Brownback for converting to Catholicism and said that's all he needs to "know about his discernment" to choose Huckabee over him.

Huckabee said he had nothing to do with Rude's letter. “We are glad that Rev. Rude issued an apology and clarification for his comments. They were not authorized by, disseminated by, approved by, or condoned by the campaign," Huckabee said in a statement.

But Brownback's campaign still slammed Huckabee for not directly apologizing for the letter.

"Why is Governor Huckabee hesitating to denounce the anti-Catholic comments from his supporter, Pastor Tim Rude? It is hard to imagine that Governor Huckabee thinks Pastor Tim Rude's prejudiced tactics are acceptable," Brownback spokesman John Rankin said.

Brownback and Huckabee are two of the candidates planning to participate in Iowa's straw poll in less than two weeks.

–CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich


Filed under: Iowa • Mike Huckabee • Sam Brownback
soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. Susie, NY

    Religion and politics are not supposed to walk together.

    August 1, 2007 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  2. Geoff, Alameda, CA

    "Religious controversies are always productive of more acrimony and irreconcilable hatreds than those which spring from any other cause."

    - George Washington,
    letter to Sir Edward Newenham,
    June 22, 1792

    It's easier to gain media attention through divisive personal attacks than the advancement of original ideas. Can you blame the desperate for taking the easy road?

    The media must return to objective investigation and responsible reporting if we're ever to climb out of the corrosive trash heap Our Country has become... which will only happen when The People finally refuse to swallow this poisonous junk food "information".

    We are what we eat.

    August 1, 2007 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  3. Chicago, IL

    He's been dishing it out for months but the first time he gets even a little bit of his own medicine, he cries like a baby.

    August 1, 2007 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  4. Skip Harrisburg, PA

    Mr Brownback is a self righteous biggot himself. If he had his way everyone would be living by his standards and his religious morals. He has no respect for anyone else or any other religion so why should anyone respect him or his beliefs. Just another Rebublicrit in action.

    August 2, 2007 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  5. Ed Brooks Lockeford CA

    This hardly deserves to be a journalistic piece.

    Petty sniping between religious politicians.

    August 2, 2007 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  6. Kevin G. McDonald, Halifax, Nova Scotia

    If a similar mass-email told voters to stay away from Sen. Lieberman because he is a Jew it would be major news for the rest of the campaign and a bit of presidential race history.

    Instead this is further proof that "anti-Catholicism is the last acceptable prejudice."

    August 2, 2007 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  7. Walters Akor, Hyattsville, Md

    Sen Biden with all the resume and experience should know better than this, Please you should try to reach out to the voters with your views than criticising Obama which u thing is taken a position which agrees with your stands(paradoxical). Remember this is the guy you predicted fame was shortlive and just a novelty, i know you must be astonished with the performance. As for sen Hillary it is completely outrageous to refer to a contendants ideas like being silly, next time u should simply say u disagree with his view. that's the correct way to say it thank u.

    August 2, 2007 02:45 am at 2:45 am |
  8. Ray, Hilliard, OH

    It's interesting that Rev. Rude only needs to know that Brownback converted to Catholicism to denounce him, without asking why he converted. The President of the Evangelical Theological Society who's now Catholic, too, would experience the same animosity. Maybe if we move past the misunderstandings and hateful comments of "go say a Hail Mary," we'll see all Christians as members of the same family and elect the best Christian candidate, period. It very well could be Brownback.

    August 2, 2007 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  9. Albert, Monroe, LA

    I think it is irresponsible for a man who claims to be pastor to make derogitory comments about the Catholic religion. Gov. Huckabee should distance himself from Mr. Rude. For people that claim to be pious, putting down follow Christians seems petty, especially in refering to Catholicism as a vice, likened to alcoholism almost.

    August 2, 2007 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  10. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Who says Repellicans have no sense of humor? These two rubes are superb entertainment Inside the Beltway as they trudge through the Amber Waves of Grain arguing over who is a better Christian.

    August 2, 2007 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  11. Rick Srinivasan, Boston, Massachusetts

    You know what amazes me? In the 21st century, we still try to choose candidates based on religious beliefs. Either the electorate is downright stupid or I'm missing something. Since when has religion determined if a presidential candidate can work towards the welfare of the country and ALL OF its citizens?

    August 2, 2007 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  12. curious, phila., pa

    James, in CT,

    how nice could your comment had been if they deleted that one and not the comment from you, calling them out on the deletion?

    August 2, 2007 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  13. Rachel McMurray, West Chester, PA

    To BrownS of Houston, TX regarding Orange, NJ. Well done, well said. Anyone should have a chance to speak their mind, but if they are attempting to say anything of substance, they should pay attention to their delivery. Sure, let's bark about politics, religion, racism....but how 'bout good ole fashin' ejukation?

    August 2, 2007 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  14. JR, rural AR

    I find this sort of fascinating. Last month the Pope said Eastern Orthodoxy was defective and Protestism was a false church. Is Brownback going to apologize for the Pope? Then why should Huckabuck apologize for Rude?

    August 2, 2007 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  15. MJ, Indiana

    Last I checked, mixing politics and religion is a gigantic NO-NO in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

    And this guy is seriously running for office? Sure feel sorry for his supporters.

    August 2, 2007 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  16. SUSAN, FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA

    SUTTON FROM TULSA HAS IT RIGHT. ALTHOUGH I AM A CHRISTIAN AND JUSUS IS MY SAVIOR I BELIEVE IN THE SEPERATION OF CHURCH AND STATE. POLITICS AND RELIGION ARE A LETHAL COMBINATION. KEEP THEM SEPERATE! IN THE HISTORY OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION THE LAST TIME THE CHURCH CONTROLED THE STATE THEY CALLED IT THE 'DARK AGES', AND FOR GOOD REASON!

    August 2, 2007 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  17. Darrin Miedema

    The thing that none of these articles mention is that Tim Rude's e-mail was sent to TWO pastors, friends of his for the last 30 years, not "pastor's throughout Iowa" like most articles mention. Brownback's campaign got a hold of this and is using it for publicity and to discredit another candidate. Brownback is a joke, and his tactics are sad and pathetic.

    August 2, 2007 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  18. Colin, Milwaukee WI

    Dave from Iowa...pathetic attempt at bashing the Roman Catholic Church. You seem to be pretty naive because you can go bash the Catholic Church, but I'm guessing Evangelical leaders have done nothing wrong ever (like buying luxury cars with church funds or cheat on their wife or like that one fallen Evangelical minister, be caught in the company of a male prostitute).

    Dave, you may consider the Catholic Church an embarrassment to humanity, but your poor grammar and sentence structure is an embarrassment to the state of Iowa and the public school system.

    August 2, 2007 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  19. Herbert, Tempe, Arizona

    I hope no one will vote for Brownback. He and his staff are totally unreasonable.

    August 2, 2007 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  20. Melisa, Springfield, Illinois

    Some things don't belong in politics, off the top of my head I think- religion is one and oh say- abortion another...can anyone add more to the list? Think about it.
    Gov-out of line.

    August 2, 2007 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  21. Nick, Augusta, GA

    I love all of the comments about neither of these guys having a chance. Its a classic, "I'm voting for the big name candidate, I'm too lazy to check into others." That's beside the point though!

    Huckabee should not have to apologize to Brownback for this. If my wife goes says something about the way she feels, even if it is stupid, I am not apologizing for her...they weren't my words. People have their own opinions and they are free to share them, even if they are stupid. However, I have not read where Brownback is demanding the apology either, so we should not be quick to judge Brownback for something his Campaign Manager is saying, it could be a repeat of the Rude email, he may just be saying how he feels...even if it is stupid.

    August 2, 2007 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  22. Nick, Augusta, GA

    Can 1 person please tell me where it says in the constitution or any of our founding documents or documents of law, that religion (or Christianity if we are to be honest) does not belong in Politics?

    When you say, "The separation of church and state" go check that out before you post it, because it's not there. In fact what it says is totally different than the way people define "the separation of church and state."

    Religion (or Christianity if we are honest) is found all throughout the history of the founding of this Country. It is found in our laws and in our documentation. So the more you say religion and politics are not supposed to mix, the greater the ignorance you are displaying to the whole world via the internet, and CNN!

    August 2, 2007 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  23. Kevin G. McDonald, Halifax, Nova Scotia

    There is no quantifiable statistical evidence from reliable academic sources that Catholic priests molest at a greater rate than police, teachers, social workers, day care workers or any other profession which has above average contacts with children.

    The quote I used, "anti-Catholicism: the last acceptable prejudice" is the title of two books I know of. One is by a Jesuit, and concerns attacks on the church itself, the other is by Philip Jenkins, a sociologist (U Penn or Penn state) - it makes a convincing argument that the church scandals in Boston where over publicized by the Boston Globe, a subsidiary of the New York Times. And what does the NYTimes support? Well, abortion, stem cell murder, homo-sex "marriage" among other anti-Christian tenets. Since its most vocal opponent is the largest and most organized Christian Church, they naturally attacked Rome and its bishops as much as they could. There were real sins and real sinners, but put it in context. The Church has perfect teaching but not perfect people. Your calling it the Romanscandalous church is defamatory and a cheap, undeserved shot. Cnn's editor here should remove it because it has no basis in merit or fact. Prove we are the worse or as worse as you allege, otherwise your comments are inflammatory and scurillous. Free speech does not allow for comments that could easily be actionable for libel, if we were not the type to turn the other cheek and hope you grow out of your tantrums, false beliefs and outright lies.

    August 2, 2007 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  24. Douglas Babb

    To Nick Augusta,Ga.

    Treaty of Tripoli, Article 11: Written during the Administration of George Washington and signed into law by John Adams.
    “The government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion.”

    John Adams, letter to Thomas Jefferson, (July 16, 1814):
    "Cabalistic Christianity, which is Catholic Christianity, and which has prevailed for 1,500 years, has received a mortal wound, of which the monster must finally die. Yet so strong is his constitution, that he may endure for centuries before he expires."

    August 2, 2007 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
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