Pastor at Ryan event once said Romney is not a Christian
October 8th, 2012
09:10 PM ET
10 years ago

Pastor at Ryan event once said Romney is not a Christian

Washington (CNN) - The pastor who delivered a passionate invocation at Paul Ryan's rally in Rochester, Michigan on Monday evening told CNN earlier this year that the man at the top of the Republican ticket, Mitt Romney, is not a Christian.

Romney's running mate was making his first campaign appearance in Michigan since August.

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The pastor, Kent Clark, supported Rick Santorum over Romney during the competitive Republican primary in Michigan this year.

Clark runs the Grace Centers of Hope, a faith-based homeless outreach facility in Pontiac, and is a well-known figure in Michigan Christian circles.

Clark spoke to CNN about Romney’s Mormon faith after a February rally for Santorum in Lansing.

Asked if he believes Romney is a Christian, Clark answered: “No.”

"Those if us who are Christians believe very strongly that God came to earth in the person of Jesus Christ and we base all our values around that," Clark said. "And we believe that real change is a spiritual change from the inside out."

At the time, Santorum campaign officials distanced themselves from Clark’s comments.

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Paul Ryan
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Squigman

    Separation of church and state. No exceptions.

    October 8, 2012 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  2. kelly

    Well that didn't take long. I was wondering how long after Mitt took a lead in the polls before the left started openly attacking his religion.

    October 8, 2012 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  3. Borderless

    This just in: No one cares.

    October 8, 2012 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  4. Cleves

    Those of us who are Christians are not so proud as to assume to know the mind of God, or to judge who is and who is not a Christian.

    October 8, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  5. Thomas

    It's doesn't mater a mans religion or faith .

    What maters is open-mindedness and acceptance.

    Obama 2012

    October 8, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  6. michd

    I agree with the Pastor,

    October 8, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  7. BinaryTooth

    Yep, let's discuss pastor's opinions when it comes to Romney but keep pastor's opinions off limits for Obama. We need to protect Obama from himself.

    October 8, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  8. flip flop fizz fizz

    The Ryan Plan2 make Mitt acceptable to the hardline Christians.

    October 8, 2012 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  9. KellyinBoston

    Well, this is a fun fact!

    October 8, 2012 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  10. Larry

    think Romney is not christian or anything near it. He lies, distorts the facts and will cut funding for the safety net for the poor ( Down on your luck). He has shown many times over that he only looks out for the super rich. The "Estate tax" that he says he will "Eliminate" affects only the very rich. If you have a net worth of over $5,000,000 I can understand your thinking but for the rest of us, most who are just geting by, Mitt's one liners, contradictions on positions, clarifications of what Mitt meant to say and his overall unlikability make my decision to VOTE for OBAMA an easy one.

    October 8, 2012 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  11. Mack

    Must be true then.

    October 9, 2012 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  12. Nuance

    LOL!...let the games begin.

    October 9, 2012 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  13. Sinator

    I believe every negative thing that Republicans say about other Republicans. Why would they lie about things like that?

    October 9, 2012 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  14. Don

    There was a time when all conservative and catholic teaching believed that Mormonism was not Christianity. But now that the GOP has embraced it it has become mainstream. Just another example of the GOP compromising principles to get their guy elected. Romney also signed pro choice legislation and gun control legislation as well as raised taxes on businesses. But these are not problems for this severly conservative moderate candidate or his party.

    October 9, 2012 06:10 am at 6:10 am |
  15. chili lugo

    And this is news? My guess is he's Morman.

    October 9, 2012 07:53 am at 7:53 am |