Bachmann, Cain duck question on Romney's faith
October 9th, 2011
10:16 AM ET
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Bachmann, Cain duck question on Romney's faith

(CNN) - Neither Herman Cain nor Rep. Michele Bachmann would say Sunday whether they believe Mitt Romney is a Christian, two days after an influential pastor labeled Mormonism a "cult."

"He's a Mormon," Cain said on CNN's "State of the Union." "That much I know. I am not going to do an analysis of Mormonism versus Christianity for the sake of answering that. I'm not getting into that."

Bachmann echoed Cain's remarks, saying she didn't want to get into an issue she considers unimportant to the Republican presidential campaign.

"This is so inconsequential as far as this campaign is concerned," the Minnesota congresswoman said. "We have religious tolerance in this country and we understand that people have different views on their faith and I have a very sincerely held believe on faith and I think we just leave it at that."

When pressed by CNN's Candy Crowley on whether or not Romney is a Christian, neither candidate gave a firm answer - even when it was suggested they were dodging the question.

"If that's what it looks like, that I'm dodging it, it's because it is not going to help us boost this economy," Cain said. "You know that's my number one priority."

"I think what the real focus again is on religious tolerance," Bachmann said. "That's really what this is about. Again to make this a big issue is just ridiculous right now because every day I'm on the street talking to people, and this is not what people are talking about. I was very open about my faith, very clear about my faith. It's very important."

On Friday, the pastor of the highly-influential First Baptist Church of Dallas told CNN that his church had labeled Mormonism a "cult," and that Republicans shouldn't vote for former Massachusetts Gov. Romney because he is a follower of that faith.

"I think Mitt Romney's a good, moral man, but those of us who are born again followers of Christ should prefer a competent Christian," Robert Jeffress said outside of the Values Voter Summit in Washington. The First Baptist Church of Dallas has a congregation of about 10,000 and has long been considered a highly influential church in evangelical circles.

Romney's campaign said Friday they would not make any comment on the pastor's remarks.

On the CBS program "Face the Nation," fellow Republican candidate Newt Gingrich made similarly vague remarks about whether he believes Mitt Romney was a Christian.

"I think he's a Mormon and Mormon define themselves as a branch of Christianity," Gingrich said.

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soundoff (292 Responses)
  1. JR White Bear Lake MN.

    Lets have Bachman's old man pray the Mormonism out of him.

    October 10, 2011 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  2. portland tony

    I personally don't care if a good candidate worships "frigging " ducks. As long as he (or she) is of good character, honest and has a burning desire to both lead and serve the country and right our floundering ship of state....

    October 10, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  3. Kenneth the VI of Minneapolis

    I wonder did Bachmann pray to the same God as Romney, when she decided to run POTUS?

    October 10, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  4. informed voter

    Dang ol' yo said, "If you live in this country, you should be required to go to a bible believing church and uphold conservative values. Real Americans believe and do this, and it's time to put the debate to bed and make it a matter of law."

    This is the problem with many Americans today, they simply do not understand that this nation was formed on the basis of revolt against theocracies! Freedom of religion, for religion and FROM religion. America is NOT a Christian nation,nor a Jewish, Muslim, Buddist, Morman, Hindu..... We are a secular nation, whose founding father's were vehemently opposed to any religion dictating laws or governing. Wow, our eroding education system has some real work to do to inform the next generation how the American system is supposed to work!

    October 10, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  5. Cedar Rapids

    "dt – This country was formed as "One Nation Under God". Let us all remember that."
    erm, no it wasnt. where are you 'remembering' this from?

    October 10, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  6. gg in galveston

    I attended a Mormon church as a child with friends – as well as Lutheran, Catholic, Baptist, Methodist, Pentacost faith-based services – and the Mormon faith follows the teachings of the Bible and the teachings of Christ. And, is not Christianity defined by belief in Jesus Christ? Yes, it is. Therefore, the Mormon faith is that of Christianity: "The most important part of the plan involved Jesus, the eldest of God's children, coming to earth as the literal Son of God, to conquer sin and death so that God's other children could return. According to Mormons, every person who lives on earth will be resurrected, and most of them will be received into various kingdoms of glory.[91] To be accepted into the highest kingdom, one has to fully accept Christ."

    October 10, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  7. Rsprings

    It should not even be asked. . There are numerous segments of Christianity that could fit the definition of a cult. Reporters are just looking for a controversy.

    October 10, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  8. Madge

    How about a separation of church and state?

    October 10, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  9. rrinbr

    How ironic it is to hear an evangelical call another man's religion a cult.

    October 10, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  10. xman

    It`s an issue because it`s a problem for a pretty large segment of the Republican party. That has lost sight of why most of the people came to this country in the beginning. Religous Persecution!

    October 10, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota

    Matthew 7:15 clearly states "Beware of false prophets." One assumes this includes Joseph Smith. And any other politico attempting to speak for God, including (but not limited to) Bachmann, Cain, Santorum, Romney, Huntsman, Gingrich, Perry, and their individual followers. "I am the better Christian" probably falls within this false prophet premise more than most "christians" would care to admit.

    October 10, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  12. blaqmajik

    So now it is religious tolerance...too bad they didn't think of this when President Obama was getting called a Muslim. That was not promoting fiscal responsibility or jobs neither. So why stop now?

    October 10, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  13. kent

    All of the GOP/Teaparty candidates are hypocrites and liars. The Bible clearly talks about Christanity (Jesus Christ), not all of those other man made religions including Evangelical, what the hell is that? Reading the New Testament in the Bible you will find that Jesus Christ had what we now call socialist values He helped the poor, healed the sick, forgave the unforgiven, helped the homeless, fought against the greedy rich etc. Anything that had to do with robbing, stealing killing and destroying the human race, the Bible spoke against it. GOP/Teaparty are none of the above according to Bliblical standards. Obvisouly none of them read or practice what the Bible says about Christanity. The truth is they're all (GOP/Teaparty/Conservatives/Evangelicals) are trained and brainwashed to defend and believe one anothers hypocracy and lies. Now that's a cult!

    October 10, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  14. Diane

    Let someone else say it for you and then deny it– -or don't deny it. Either way it's been put out there for the sheep to follow...

    October 10, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  15. Stop the Charade

    "We have religious tolerance in this country and we understand that people have different views on their faith and I have a very sincerely held believe on faith and I think we just leave it at that."

    Ms Bachmann, are you sure that you have that right. I hought the GOP creed was we have religeous tolerence in this country as long as you are a born again Christian and you can break all the commenadments you want while holding other people to the letter of the Bible.

    October 10, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  16. gerr

    Cain and Bachmann similarities: Both college educated....neither deals from fact. Who toke their tests and wrote their papers in college?

    October 10, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  17. Ryan

    Cain just needs to call it like it is. Mormonism is a cult. Founded by a man who claimed to be equal to Jesus. The Bible says many will be deceived. And many are following the mormon cult.

    October 10, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
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