November 9th, 2007
07:30 PM ET
15 years ago

Romney's closed- door meeting with S.C. evangelicals

Watch John King's report on what Mitt Romney is doing and saying to win over evangelical voters in South Carolina.

(CNN) - In a CNN exclusive, Chief National Correspondent John King reports on a closed-door meeting that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney recently held with evangelical Christians in South Carolina.

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Filed under: Faith • Mitt Romney • South Carolina
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Jerry Weed, CA

    not even elected yet and already starting to have secret meetings.

    Sort of gives you a clue to what he would be as president, another secret
    admin ?

    November 10, 2007 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  2. random

    religion shouldn't have influence in gov't

    November 10, 2007 03:05 am at 3:05 am |
  3. Moe, NY

    Exactly why American citzens do NOT want to elect another Repubican. Two strikes against Romney here: 1. He is enforcing the King's (Bush, if you need reminding) sick policy of not being honest with American citizens. Closed-door meeting...SICK! Sorry, I am an American citizen and I am totally against anything labled as "closed-door". 2. Disregarding SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE...The Mideast religous brain washing regarding religion is the last thing America needs, but somehow these politicans are all going (with the exception of Hillary..I believe) for the religious extremeists in this country....I ask you, what is wrong with this picture? Wake up America or you will be forced to attend religious services every Sunday/Saturday and join the brain washed religious robots who cannot think for themselves. Any politican running for President of the US who panders to any religion should be written off at once as a potential leader of the free world.

    November 10, 2007 04:04 am at 4:04 am |
  4. Shawnie Cannon, Grants Pass OR

    And CNN has nothing sensational here. Just doing his job connecting with all factions of the Republican Party.

    November 10, 2007 05:15 am at 5:15 am |
  5. B. D.

    Re: Moe – "Wake up America or you will be forced to attend religious services every Sunday/Saturday and join the brain washed religious robots who cannot think for themselves"

    It's not something that will make you feel better, but a Seventh-Day Adventist associate of mine frequently reminds me that the United States already has a "National Sunday Law" that antagonizes Sabbatarians like SDAs and the Jewish. Problem is that I can't understand enough of the propaganda (there are many books on the subject) to figure out what law, where, and when. Nonetheless, some would claim your warning is too late.

    As to Romney, this is just the latest. Considering his customizable policy pitches, the bit with the dog, the "better dead than gay" bit, and the fact that he's a Republican, this is just ... look, if the rest doesn't do it, I don't know what will. Maybe he'll have to get caught up in some godawful gay sex scandal before people figure it out.

    November 10, 2007 06:06 am at 6:06 am |
  6. Mac, Severn, Md

    EVERY candidate has "closed door" meetings with people from whom they are trying to get endorsements (union leaders, NAACP, etc.). They also have "private" phone conversations with them, and may also trade emails. It's not a function of party or religion or anything else.

    November 10, 2007 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  7. PSK Lakeside, AZ

    Boy,I really feel I can get behind a candidate that has closed door meetings even before the voting begins.

    November 10, 2007 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  8. Ed, Atlanta, Ga

    Just what this country needs, more secret closed door meetings.

    November 10, 2007 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  9. Wayne, Greenville TX

    And CNN has nothing sensational here. Just doing his job connecting with all factions of the Republican Party.

    Posted By Shawnie Cannon, Grants Pass OR : November 10, 2007 5:15 am >/b>

    Even the lying, bigoted, homophobic, racist factions.....

    November 10, 2007 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  10. KT Williams, Katy, Texas

    I don't see what was secret about this meeting, except that someone taped it in secret. It doesn't appear Romney said or did anything the tape is pretty much a non-story waste of time. Appears Romney is honest in private and in public!

    November 10, 2007 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  11. Val Davydov, Agawam, MA

    Amen to that KT Williams, Katy, Texas. You've just stolen my line of thoughts. Thank you.

    November 10, 2007 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  12. Terry, El Paso, TX

    Presidential candidates have private chats will all kinds of groups, and that in itself is not a story.

    Moromons and evangelical Christians are natural allies in every way except theology. Mormon theology may seem strange to non-Mormons, but every theology appears to be crazy to all but the true believers. Christian theology is equally far-reaching in its speculations about where all this came from, why we are here, and how we should behave. The psychological and historical processes that created Mormon theology are very similar, surely, to the processes that created Christian theology way back when. Mormons and evangelicals are more similar than they are different, kind of like Shiites and Sunnis.

    What Romney is telling them is that, apart from theology, which occurs only in people's minds and not in the real world, he is like them and that is surely true. Non-smoking, non-drinking, clean-cut, clean language, fidelity to some/any church that meets on Sundays, regular church attendance, avoidance of sexuality in language and gesture, condemnation of sexual or anti-religious material in art and literature, adherence to majority codes of propriety, do as you're told, think as you're told, and go to heaven is the basic message of both groups.

    They may quibble over the names of the supernatural residents of heaven and who exactly will be allowed in heaven, but in every real dimension, Mormons and evangelicals are very similar.

    What is also clear is that if you are NOT Mormon and NOT evangelical, then you are on the outside looking in. Your opinions are not important to either group. THAT you can take to the bank.

    November 11, 2007 10:26 am at 10:26 am |