Evangelical leader says GOP race far from clinched
January 14th, 2012
06:06 PM ET
11 years ago

Evangelical leader says GOP race far from clinched

(CNN) - Bob Jones III, an influential evangelical leader and chancellor of the fundamentalist Christian Bob Jones University, said in an interview set to air Sunday that the race for the 2012 GOP nomination is by no means wrapped up.

"I don't think this thing has been anywhere close to being nailed down yet, and probably not until the voter actually goes into the booth and casts his vote. Everything is up for grabs, in my estimation," Jones told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley.

The full interview will air Sunday at 9 a.m. ET.

Jones endorsed Mitt Romney in 2008 – a surprise move given the skeptical stance many conservative Christians bear toward Mormons. Jones said an endorsement this time around hadn't come because Romney hasn't asked.

"Well, in 2008, he was very solicitous of the evangelical vote," Jones said. "If he is that today, I am unaware of it. I certainly have had no contact with him, and so I don't know whether he feels he needs it or wants it, whether he considers it a plus or a minus for him. That was a different dynamic then."

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soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    Please don't make Tom Brady into the Anti Christ .

    It's just a game !

    Go 49ers

    January 15, 2012 03:51 am at 3:51 am |

    Who is this guy? Holy Rollers want Santorum. Anybody but McCain 2012.

    January 15, 2012 04:51 am at 4:51 am |
  3. Marlee

    I am looking for a candidate that strives to do what the man who gave the world the gift of liberty did. What would Jesus do?

    January 15, 2012 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  4. Steve851

    The race is over. Perry, Santorum, and Huntsman will be out by next week. Gingrich may linger a bit longer. Romney has this locked up. Meanwhile, Dr. Paul will be having a hugely beneficial effect on the GOP so that it might actually win in 2016

    January 15, 2012 06:42 am at 6:42 am |
  5. james pfeiffer

    How are the fundamentalist evangelicals any different than the fundamentalist Imams around the world?

    January 15, 2012 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
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