Why do Iowa's evangelicals wield so much political clout?
January 1st, 2012
05:28 PM ET
11 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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  1. Jeff in Virginia

    Easy answer to the headline here..

    It's because CNN gives them the attention that they crave. Ignore them and they will lose their chokehold.

    January 1, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  2. george of the jungle

    you know there are a lot of us christians out here that don't vote republican. We don't beat our chests and try and act holier than thou. We go to church and are active. We just don't make as much noise but we volunteer and try to do whats right. Nothing wrong with being an evangelical but hey all faiths are important but they should not rule our politics.

    January 1, 2012 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  3. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    one thing that a lot of religions have in common is FEAR...yo worship a god because you FEAR Him and if you don't abide by what you are taught you will live in fire and torment ( and YES I believe in God and practice Christianity) and these peole normally go by just that. If you look at most of them they are not very formally educated, so they go by what they are told in their church and what their Bible claims is right. Problem is that many of them don't practice what they preach when it comes to NOT being judgemental nor the "love thy neighbor" as the good book says. Yet they have power because the candidates cater to them. And we go backl once again to fear, if you keep a person uneducated, narrow mind form of thinking and controlled by fear they usually do your bidding. The GOP is VERY adept at doing this especially with the religious right (you know Obama is a Muslim and not REALLY one of us) and it WORKS! Thus the religious right has such clout.

    January 1, 2012 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  4. MWM

    I know what I believe, don't try to confuse me with science or facts.

    January 1, 2012 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  5. T'sah from Virginia

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

    Is it the "evangelical" clout or the fact that 91% of Iowa's population is White? But then again, President Obama won the state in 2008? I think Iowans are "fickle" and maybe they just can't pick the right Republican.

    There are 6 different Republican candidates and Iowans cannot decide which one to chose. Maybe it's just the RIGHT side that can't make a decision; they're scattered all over the place. But yet, again, the entire state voted for President Obama in 2008. Hmm, maybe the more "reasonable" voters have not spoken yet and we'll hear them once the General Election begins.

    Obama 2012!!! Iowa, you did it ONCE and the second time around is better than the first!!!

    January 1, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  6. Charlie from the North

    If you want to know why the Evangelical's hold such sway, the answer to that really good question can be found in Jams Madison's Federalist Paper # 10. Actually the answer is quite simple,: They vote. They are a faction and they vote. It is their right, indeed their responsibility. I read and hear my fellow liberals rail on and on against them for their narrow minded views on morality. and yet these liberals, whose views I agree with much more, forget to vote, or choose not to vote because a candidate doesn't live up to some ideal they have. Fact is, while I disagree with them more often on the issues I admire the evangelical's commitment to voting. Anyway the formula is simple: Have interests? Vote those interests. Do it reliably and politicians will pay attention to how you vote. It is the American way, thank God.

    January 1, 2012 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  7. Real Patriot

    We ought to have two primaries in this country. One for the neanderthals, including evangelicals, who want a return to the stone age, and one for the rest of us who live in this world.

    January 1, 2012 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  8. barry

    Iowa still a God fearing state? I can't think of any other reason.

    January 2, 2012 04:07 am at 4:07 am |