Santorum benefits from evangelical surge, but born-again Iowans splinter
January 3rd, 2012
11:22 PM ET
3 years ago

Santorum benefits from evangelical surge, but born-again Iowans splinter

(CNN) - Rick Santorum rode a largely evangelical wave of support to finish eight votes behind Mitt Romney in the Iowa Republican caucuses Tuesday night, according to CNN entrance polls, but the evangelical bloc nonetheless appeared to be seriously splintered.

Santorum garnered 34% of evangelical caucus-goers, according to entrance polls, the libertarian Ron Paul garnered 18%, while Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry each took 14% of that vote. Michele Bachmann won 6% of evangelical caucus-goers and Jon Huntsman won 1%.

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Filed under: 2012 • Belief Blog • Faith • Iowa • Rick Santorum
Why do Iowa's evangelicals wield so much political clout?
January 1st, 2012
05:28 PM ET
3 years ago

Why do Iowa's evangelicals wield so much political clout?

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - At first blush, it's just another standard-issue political rally.

Inside Mitt Romney's Iowa headquarters – a former Blockbuster store on a commercial strip outside downtown – Romney and his wife, Ann, are introduced by former presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty and his wife, Mary.

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Filed under: 2012 • Faith • Iowa
Split GOP presidential endorsements reflect fractured evangelical base
December 20th, 2011
05:14 PM ET
3 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.

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Filed under: 2012 • Belief Blog • Faith • Newt Gingrich • Rick Santorum
Newt Gingrich's faith journey: How a thrice-married Catholic became an evangelical darling
December 11th, 2011
07:47 PM ET
3 years ago

Newt Gingrich's faith journey: How a thrice-married Catholic became an evangelical darling

(CNN) – There's an e-mail war raging among some of the nation's leading evangelicals over whether Newt Gingrich has repented enough for his sins to be president.

One recent skirmish was set off by an open letter urging Gingrich to give a major speech confronting his perceived moral stumbles, including an affair with his third wife, Callista, while married to No. 2.

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Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich
Obama delivers very Christian message at Christmas tree lighting
December 2nd, 2011
09:15 AM ET
3 years ago

Obama delivers very Christian message at Christmas tree lighting

(CNN) – President Barack Obama delivered an unusually stark Christian message at the White House Christmas tree lighting Thursday night, saying Christ's message "lies at the heart of my Christian faith and that of millions of Americans."

"More than 2,000 years ago, a child was born to two faithful travelers who could find rest only in a stable, among the cattle and the sheep," Obama said at the tree lighting ceremony, a longstanding White House tradition.

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Bachmann implies Cain plan could be devil's work
October 12th, 2011
02:36 PM ET
3 years ago

Bachmann implies Cain plan could be devil's work

(CNN) - A handful of Republican candidates took aim at Herman Cain's 9-9-9 tax plan at Tuesday night's presidential debate, but only one went so far as to imply it could be the devil's work.

"When you take the 9-9-9 plan and you turn it upside won, the devil is in the details," Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota said during the New Hampshire debate, alluding to the number 666, which is commonly connected to Satan.

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Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain • Michele Bachmann
Ahead of presidential bid, Rick Perry and evangelical leaders court each other
August 12th, 2011
08:06 AM ET
3 years ago

Ahead of presidential bid, Rick Perry and evangelical leaders court each other

(CNN) -– Evangelical pastor Jim Garlow has met Texas Gov. Rick Perry only once, but the politician left quite an impression.

Garlow, who is based in California, where he helped lead the campaign to ban same-sex marriage in the state, was attending a big prayer rally that Perry sponsored last weekend in Houston when he and his wife were invited backstage with the governor.

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Obama praises American Muslims for contributions since 9/11 attacks
August 11th, 2011
07:51 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama praises American Muslims for contributions since 9/11 attacks

(CNN) – President Barack Obama spoke in stark tones Wednesday night about what he said were the positive contributions of American Muslims in the years since the September 11, 2001, attacks, in remarks that came a month before the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

"Muslim Americans were innocent passengers on those planes," Obama said, referring to the aircraft that slammed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in the September 11 attacks, "including a young married couple looking forward to the birth of their first child."

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Filed under: 9/11 • President Obama
Michele Bachmann, evangelical feminist?
June 27th, 2011
10:26 PM ET
3 years ago

Michele Bachmann, evangelical feminist?

(CNN) – If Hillary Clinton, the woman who came closest to becoming a major party presidential nominee, is a feminist icon, could something similar be said of Michele Bachmann, who officially launched her presidential campaign on Monday?

Bachmann is seldom described in those terms; the conservative Minnesota congresswoman and Tea Party darling might cringe at the feminist label.

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Filed under: 2012 • Belief Blog • Michele Bachmann
Understanding Jon Huntsman's distinct brand of Mormonism
June 21st, 2011
03:04 PM ET
3 years ago

Understanding Jon Huntsman's distinct brand of Mormonism

(CNN) - How key is Jon Huntsman's Mormonism to understanding him and his rise as a politician?

His grandfather was an apostle in the Mormon church, his father is a lay leader in the church, and Huntsman himself was a Mormon missionary to Taiwan, which gave him the language skills that helped land his last job, as President Barack Obama's ambassador to China.

Listen: Is Huntsman Too Mild-mannered for the GOP faithful? The News Networks? CNN's Wolf Blitzer and Bob Costantini discuss:

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Filed under: CNN Belief Blog • Jon Huntsman
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