Split GOP presidential endorsements reflect fractured evangelical base
December 20th, 2011
05:14 PM ET
6 years ago

Split GOP presidential endorsements reflect fractured evangelical base

(CNN) – When Newt Gingrich’s campaign announced Tuesday morning that it had won an endorsement from Don Wildmon, president of the evangelical American Family Association, it seemed like one more bit of evidence that the former House speaker has become the unlikely favorite of conservative Christian activists.

But a few hours later, Bob Vander Plaats, president of an influential Iowa evangelical organization called the Family Leader, announced he was throwing his personal support behind Rick Santorum.


Filed under: 2012 • Belief Blog • Faith • Newt Gingrich • Rick Santorum
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Gurgi

    Imagine if Condi Rice threw her hat into the ring.

    December 20, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  2. Al-NY,NY

    Only the stupid crave these lunatics' favor.

    December 20, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  3. T'sah from Virginia

    Both of these candidates are too far right to represent all in America – Face it, America has changed a long time ago and it's now beyond just the one side that feels they have all of the control The far-RIGHT "fading" RIGHT is in for a rude awakening – AMERICA HAS CHANGED!!!

    Obama 2012

    December 20, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  4. Bill

    Right ring freaks.

    December 20, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Why is it that these non-profit evangenical groups can keep there non-profit status while immersing themselves in politics? They host debates. They host fund raisers. They proudly announce their endorsement of candidates. Shouldn't those activities disqualify them from non-profit status?

    December 20, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  6. Bigdawg

    That's why we progressives leave silly myths such as religion out of our discussions of who would be a better president! We don't waste our time on which myth each candidates says they support.

    December 20, 2011 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  7. DumbasRocks [R]s

    "conservative Christian activists"...the American Taliban, seeking the end of America as we know it. Thank god activist interpretations of the 2nd amendment gave us all the right to bear arms. We might need them to fend off the malignancy.

    December 20, 2011 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  8. SecedingfromTexas

    Evangelical American Family Association president Don Wildman endorses Newt Gingrich - oxymoron

    December 20, 2011 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    What's with all the blatant pandering for the evangelical/religious vote?
    I walked out of Mass a couple of Sundays ago because there was a picture of President Obama with the SCJ's and the caption read "Obamacare Goes to the Supreme Court".
    Obamacare? Really? That's what the Rethugs derisively call it.
    I want my place of worship to remain NEUTRAL....just like my GOD.

    December 20, 2011 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  10. Steve

    So the Evangelicals are endorsing Catholics over Mormons. Got it.

    December 20, 2011 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  11. Kevin

    an element of evangelicals will not be happy until they see their slant on religion stamped as the only legal faith in america. to them freedom of religion means you unfortunately have the right to beleive a wrong religion. a quick change to the constitution can change that, right? religions come and go. yes, born-again christians, there were actually other religions before yours. try to find some reference to your god outside of your bible. good luck!

    December 20, 2011 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  12. Sorensen

    When even the bible-bangers start to hate eachother, you know where the whole circus is going.
    Down, down, down.

    December 20, 2011 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |