Candidates join families for Christmas greetings
December 24th, 2011
12:48 PM ET
11 years ago

Candidates join families for Christmas greetings

(CNN) - White House hopefuls are taking a Christmas break from campaigning, but many left holiday greetings. Here’s a round-up:

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Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann

Appearing in a web video with some of her children, Bachmann encourages viewers to remember the “reason for the season.” In an accompanying message, Bachmann writes: “At a time when Christ is all too often lost in Christmas, it’s more important than ever to draw near to our family and friends, praising and thanking God for the ultimate Christmas gift: His Son.”

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney

Romney and his wife Ann taped a video greeting in New Hampshire. Romney made special mention of Americans serving overseas: “I’d like to particularly thank the men and women who are serving our nation overseas. We are thinking of you, we care for you, and we hope to have you home soon.”

Texas Gov. Rick Perry

Perry appears in a photo on his website with his family, with the greeting: “From our home to yours, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Rick, Anita, Sydney, Meredith, and Griffin Perry.”

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich

Gingrich taped a television ad, running in Iowa, with his wife Callista. The two sit together and wish viewers Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Callista says, “Is there anything more inspiring than towns and neighborhoods brightly lit for the holidays?”

Texas Rep. Ron Paul

The candidate's son, Sen. Rand Paul, taped a television ad promoting his father’s presidential campaign and wishing viewers a Merry Christmas.

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum

The staunch social conservative sent a message to supporters urging reflection on the season, but also sending specific greetings to Jewish backers.

“As we settle in to the upcoming weekend, Karen and I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas. May you and your family take some time to remember the real meaning of the Christmas season and reflect on the miracle of the birth of Jesus Christ.”

He continued: “I also wish my friends of the Jewish faith a very Happy Chanukah. We extend our best wishes during this Festival of Lights.

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  1. T'sah from Virginia

    Actually, 'ts the season to be JOLLY!!

    December 24, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  2. Just Say No To Flipper

    Flipper "cares" so much about the troops overseas that he wants to keep them there for many more years attacking Iran for his elite corporate puppetmasters.

    December 24, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  3. Joanne

    Without Christ, there is no Christmas, tho many try to eliminate His Holy Birth as Savior, and sterilize the day as secular, making it a pagan rite to celebrate excess. When I've been in Jordan, I don't expect the people of the Muslim culture and Faith to eliminate anything about Mohammed from their celebrations, greetings and advertizing,just because it is not my belief.

    December 24, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  4. steven harnack

    Nothing that Romney says backs in any way a wish that service members will soon be home. As a matter of fact his words suggest that he wants to send a bunch of them off to war as soon as possible. And is it just me or does anyone else think that Calista Gingrich resembles an eerie looking robot?

    December 24, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  5. Tony

    Which once again show how short sighted the Republican party is.
    There is more than one holiday celebrated in December but Republicans feel it's their way or no way.
    Probably explains how every war the U.S. is in has been started with a Republican in office.

    December 24, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  6. Shardik

    "Happy Holidays" is the Swiss Army Knife of greetings. Otherwise it's happy this, happy, that for months on end. People complaining they exclusively want to hear "Merry Christmas" simply want to ignore or diminish the holidays of other faiths.

    December 24, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  7. Doug

    As you can see in any of the ultra blue areas, it is the Christmas spirit of caring and giving that Democrats despise so much. Check it out, its Christmas Eve and Democrats are running people off the road, driving 20 in the left lane of the highway, and cutting in front of the lines at the stores because they think that they are more important than anyone else.

    It is this time of the year that everyone should be acting Republican. Is it too much to ask for the Democrat to hold off on their total disregard for the lives of their fellow Americans mentality for one day?

    Go for it Democrats, look in the mirror and think about how you live your life, ask yourself what do you really get out of your constant effort to bring harm and inconvience to your fellow Americans that you don't even know? Don't you want to be loyal to the truth and facts rather than an ideology? Don't you feel at least some remorse in holding people back subjecting them to a life of violence and hopelessness just to get their votes? Has your Republican neighbor done anything at all that warrents your desire to see them and their families harmed or killed?

    As long as Democrats continue to act the way they do as witnessed in the bluest areas of America especially on the roads, the Republicans will be the party of morals, values, decency, honesty, and caring about the lives of your fellow Americans by default. If what Democrats do and think each day is hate, then hate is something that not a single Republican in all of this country is capable of. I know that for those of you in red parts of this country, it is fun to laugh at the Jersey Shore idiots, but think about what it is like for the few decent people in the ultra blue areas, they can't just change the channel or shut off the tv, it is a reality of hate and narcissism that they must witness day in and day out being amongst a majority of Democrats.

    December 24, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  8. Raul

    Jesus's Christmas message: "I came to save your soul, not win your election."

    December 24, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Nice that they can send out Christmas greeting, and then spew hate the remaining 364 days of the year. Why do republicans hate workers, but love the wealthy?

    December 24, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  10. ST

    I would love to see Romney's five boys. I hope they support their Daddy's bid. The queen of Alaska brought even the son-in-law into the scene!

    December 24, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |