Soledad Reports: Voters motivated by Christian faith in N.H.
January 5th, 2012
02:20 PM ET
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Soledad Reports: Voters motivated by Christian faith in N.H.

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Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) – Elizabeth Lempka and Make Keohan met through St. Andre Bessette church. Tommorow is the saint's feast day and they decided to celebrate by going to a town hall for Rick Santorum.

"Bessette was an illiterate humble man who was this little guy who worked in the New Hampshire. He was good and kind," said Elizabeth.

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She and Mary are motivated by their Christian faith and the issue they care about the most is stopping legalized abortion. They walked away from Santorum's event hoping that he will be the president to put their values first.

"Rick Santorum is strong in what he believes and if you can come to understand a being in the womb is a human being on the other side of a woman's belly then you have fundamental values," Elizabeth told me. "If someone is prolife and respects the dignity of a child then you respect the dignity of a voter."

Mary was happy she had accompanied her friend because the event cemented her belief that she might be able to elect a candidate guided by faith.

"It was appropriate the rally was in front of a train station because the train is off the track," she said of the way our current government views faith. She became interested in Santorum after he did well in the Iowa caucus. This event "sealed the deal because I could see how authentic and intelligent he is and how to the point," she said.

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Filed under: New Hampshire • Religion
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    She and Mary are motivated by their Christian faith and the issue they care about the most is stopping legalized abortion.
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    Hmmm. Interesting.
    What about Christian principles like do unto others as you would have them do unto you? How about being thy brother's keeper? How about honoring your wife?
    How do they reconcile the fact that Rethuglikkklans like to send other people's children off to war to kill other people's children,and that the only life they care about is theirs, their children and the life in somebody else's womb. Yet once that baby is out of the womb they don't give it a second thought?
    If these ladies truly cared about their "Chrishun principalities" they would vote for President Obama.

    January 5, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  2. Larry L

    Folks need to worry about Social Security, Medicare, global climate change, deficit spending, the trade imbalance, education, renewable energy, and the wealth distribution in regards to the poor and middle class. Don't worry about gun controls (we have them), abortion (we have laws restricting them), gay rights (how does it impact you?), and prayer in school (all schools provide time for whatever you choose to do – silently). Don't let politicians trick you with hot-button issues. Expect them to be honest and have true character. Their religion (or lack of religion) is none of your business.

    January 5, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  3. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    If these ladies truly cared about their "Chrishun principalities" they would vote for President Obama
    =======================================================================
    but hasn't Obama... "send other people's children off to war to kill other people's children"????

    January 5, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  4. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    the anti-abortion crowd fails to accept the main reason a lot of people are pro-choice. The reason is not that they want babies KILLED like the so-called pro-life groups claim it's because if abortion is legal then it can be done safely. Women will ALWAYS get abortions if you like it or not, and to make it illegal only makes it unsafe to line the pockets of crude back alley abortion methods.I for one do NOT support getting abortions as a method of birth control for example yet I would prefer that woman to have a safe legal abortion in the US than to go to some 3rd world country and risk her life to do it.

    January 5, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  5. Lynn

    They are only Christian's if it suits their goal of a one-term Obama. They are users of their religion if it suits their cause at the moment, next time it will be another cause. Twisting their christianity whichever their wind blows.

    January 5, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    What war specifically did Obama START Truth?

    January 5, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  7. derp

    I wonder if these two morons have ever heard of the phrase "settled law"

    January 5, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    ""It was appropriate the rally was in front of a train station because the train is off the track," she said of the way our current government views faith."

    Really? Obeying the intent of the founding fathers that there be a wall of separation between church and state that they then codified int he language of the 1st Amendment...that's "off the rails?" Here's the truth: the people who went nuts in the 1800's warning that Christians would try to codify their religious tenets into our secular laws, ostensibly showing more allegience to the Vatican than Amurika...they're turning out to be freekin right. So much for brushing them aside as simply bigotted against Christians.

    January 5, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    I never cease to be amazed by the hypocrisy of "Christian" conservatives who feel an obligation to involve themselves so deeply into the political process. The majority of their talking points totally contradict the teaching in The Bible, most especially the fact they are speaking about it publicly.

    January 5, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "What war specifically did Obama START Truth?"

    Oooh oooh...let me answer for him: "Derp derp garble garble the war on kapitalizms jibba jabba and Wall Streets!!!!"

    January 5, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Dominican mama 4 Obama

    What war specifically did Obama START Truth?
    ---------------
    He started the drone war in Libya. He did send a SEAL team into Pakistan, just like he had promised on the 2007 campaign trail. What else? He has declared class warfare on the 1%.

    January 5, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  12. Inrealityhere

    D m 4 O – you do realize he sent more troops to Afghanistan right?

    January 5, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    These Soledad bits are pure garbage, and add nothing of value to our political discourse. Two thumbs down.

    January 5, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  14. LovesIrony

    she might be able to elect a candidate guided by faith. I wonder how many of Ahmadinejad's voters felt this way.

    January 5, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  15. durundal

    the people interviewed in this article are proof positive why double speak in politics can be a good thing: say whatever you have to in order to get these loons to be quiet, then do what it takes to make things work – because it looks like the average voter has no understanding or interest in the macro problems. Our discourse is mimicked in the freshman problems on the hill – for that WE should be ashamed: not of congress, but of ourselves for putting education and knowledge at such a low priority that this is allowed to happen

    January 5, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  16. Tom

    Ms. O'Brien's skill as a journalist makes one think of a day at the county fair. Lot's of candy floss and the ever real danger of stepping in something that was left behind once the heifers were judged. After watching her "hard hitting piece of journalism" this morning on the Ron Paul Twitter non-incident I am confident in saying there's more twit then twitter in her reporting. If this all the the coverage you can give Dr. Paul you shouldn't be puzzled as to why your network is considered irrelevant.

    January 5, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  17. Bessy

    @ inrealityhere- Hey idiot, what did you expect him to do ? Put the lives of the men and women who were already there, as per GWB, in more danger by not reliving them periodically and by no giving them enough " manpower " to fight with. Too bad people like you can even vote because you sure don't know what you are even talking about. Idiot !!

    January 5, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  18. Get Real

    "the issue they care about the most is stopping legalized abortion"

    No point reading past that point.

    January 5, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  19. Clyde

    What a bunch of crap. "Christians" are a bunch of hate filled bigots that would be happy to send everyone they dont like to German style concentration camps – and we all know what happened there. What a bunch of frauds.

    January 5, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  20. MN Mom

    One issue voters like these ladies are a huge part of our country's problems. Abortion is a settled issue. As a Catholic, I am not in favor of people getting abortions, but I understand that although it may be against my religious beliefs to have an abortion, it is certainly not against everyone's religious beliefs and everyone should not have to follow my personal religious beliefs. There are many very compelling arguments that a fetus is not really a "person" at the gestational time that it is currently legal to have an abortion in the U.S. because the baby could not survive outside the mother's womb and thus is not the same as an independent "person." This is not my personal belief, but I certainly understand why other people choose to hold this belief. Abortions are not allowed late in a pregnancy when a baby could survive on its own. These ladies should be worried about other Christian priciples such as taking care of the poor (the MAIN PART of Jesus' teachings), loving thy neighbor (even if he or she is gay), and making sure that all people can live with dignity (even older people who worked hard all their lives but were not able to save much for retirement). The GOP (and DEFINITELY Santorum) wants to abolish or deeply cut assistance that poor people (including the working poor) rely on for basic survival, discriminate against gay people, and phase out Social Security. These policies do not fit Christian principles at all, but people like these ladies will turn a blind eye to that because all they care about is abortion. Jesus would not be impressed.

    January 5, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  21. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Dominican mama 4 Obama - What war specifically did Obama START Truth?
    =========================================================
    What difference does "START" make??? Now you're just looking to weasel you're way out of your ridiculous statement. Obama RAMPED UP the war in Afghanistan thus send MORE of "people's children off to war to kill other people's children".

    Do you know see the complete folly in your words??? You make this far too easy....

    January 5, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  22. Phil in KC

    Wait – I thought we were going to see a different kind of Republican in NH – one who was not as motivated by faith and 'values'. Now you're telling that the opposite is true? Make up your minds!

    January 5, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  23. Hap

    I think the more you folks get to know Rick Santorum the more you'll see why he's no longer a Senator for Pennsylvania. It's both a shame and a sham that CNN reports on these people, a shame to expose their ignorance to the world, and a sham to drive discussion on an issue that quite frankly is not in the top ten problems this country faces.

    January 5, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  24. Luke Brown

    Here's an idea .. if you ladies believe abortion is wrong, don't have one! Meanwhile, stop perverting our democracy by trying to force your religious views on everyone else. In America, a woman has the right to choose if she wants to carry a pregnancy to term. My guess is that you have never known what it means to be forced to bring an unwanted child into the world.

    January 5, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |