Skip to comments.Evangelicals will vote for Mormon Mitt Romney, says Southern Baptist leader
Posted on 04/11/2012 6:54:38 PM PDT by svxdave
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will have little trouble courting the evangelical vote, Southern Baptist Convention leader Richard Land told The Daily Caller during a Wednesday interview.
I dont think Romney will have any kind of a problem unless he picks a non-social conservative running mate he should be okay, Land, president of Southern Baptist Conventions Ethics and Religious Liberty Committee, said about concerns that Romneys Mormon faith could turn off evangelicals.
According to Land, evangelicals are extremely concerned about the possibility of a second Obama term and are energized to vote against him.
Land cited Obamas hot mic moment with outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, in which Obama said he would have more flexibility after the election to discuss issues like missile defense, as one reason for evangelical anti-Obama sentiment.
I cannot tell you how important that Russia comment was because it feeds into the fears that evangelicals have that there is a radical inside Obama that is straining to get out and once he doesnt have to ever face the voters again the day after the election they are going to be confronted with a Jekyll and Hyde situation, he said. Whatever concerns they have about Romney pale in comparison to their worries about a second Obama term.
While evangelicals might be okay with voting for a Mormon, Land said that the media will likely make a big deal out of Romneys faith to draw independents away from the former governor.
[The Media] are going to trot out every exotic belief of Mormonism you can find. Baptism of the dead, etc., in the hopes that the strangeness of it will drive independents away from Romney, he said.
Ads by Google In Defense of Mormons Connect With Other Mormons Online. Photos, Testimonials, Email & More! www.LDSsingles.com Land explained that most evangelicals are already well aware of Mormon teachings pastors often teach about the Book of Mormon as an inoculation against door-to-door Mormon missionaries. Independents, he said, are likely not as aware of certain unorthodox beliefs.
When asked if he believes evangelicals will have a problem voting for Romney, Land responded, I dont. He added, however, that if Romney picks a pro-choice, non-social conservative running mate he will face more difficulties courting that vote.
The potential vice presidential candidate that would give Romney the biggest boost, according to Land, would be noted pro-life Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.
Land also mentioned Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as acceptable running mate options.
Land asserted that a persons faith does play a role in their decision-making process and that he anticipates Romneys Mormon faith will inform his decisions if elected. To Land thats not a problem.
Most the Mormons I know are decent, God-fearing, honest people, he said. I think that Romney, as a serious Mormon is far less likely to have any sexual scandals than a person who wasnt a person of faith. He is far more likely to keep his word. Far more likely to be a role model than were he a person of no faith. I think most Americans like having a president who is aware and acknowledges he is accountable to a higher authority than himself.
If his Mormonism informs his policies he will be pro-life, hes going to be pro-family, pro-traditional marriage, so far whats the problem? Land said.
Land does not endorse political candidates.
Not this one.
Nay, nay I say. They won’t vote for Romney! There will be MORE names on WRITE IN, than any other election in history.
Romney ‘won’ so far
by DOG ABUSERS, CHEATERS, and BACKSTABBERS
and by the DNC and RINOS.
Romney has absolutely NO chance. NONE.
not this evangelical
ok go ahead.. Put Obama right back in for 4 more years. I am about as conservative as you can get and I would vote for Clinton over Obama. This guy has to go.
It is assumed Evangelicals will vote republican. The geniuses in the GOP promise us the centrists will vote for Mitt. I doubt it.
not even if Rick Santorum is on the ticket? I hate Romney for many reasons but I hate socialism more.
Both sides will hope enough people will shrug and say it's all the same ... and we have ozero for another 4.
Newt has GOT to pull this one off.
I suspect you’re right and we’ll also see some of the lowest numbers of GOP voters we’ve seen in a while.
Actually I suspect the numbers will plummet in the primaries still to continue.
Why burden the American people with the cost of a moving van. The only difference between Obama and Mitt is their racial heritage.
Anyone concerned about religious freedom will vote Romney.
Anyone concerned about Post election secret plans The White/Black president has with Russia will vote for Romney.
Land is for amnesty too.
“Romney has absolutely NO chance. NONE.”
I recall reading this over and over while Romney was running against Newt, Paul, Santorum, Cain, Perry, and Bachman.
We need to come up with a few predictions that will prove true. Here is a prediction we might use: Romney will take out Obama just as he did with all of the other Republican contenders.
I will be focusing my time and money to get conserative congressmen and senators elected. That way Romney or 0bama can go full communist and get stopped in their tracks.
My former denomination, the ELCA, still thinks importing Jihadis is a great idea. Quite a few of the not so far left rank and file will vote for Mitt because they share his left of center views, but if he were a conservative and Mormon, then suddenly religion would become a problem for them.
Funny How Romney was the “conservative” in 2008 against McCain. How he is liberal?
This Christian will not be voting for romney.
YES. we must keep the house and take the senate!
Not this evangelical and none of the evangelicals I know.
ALl the Born Again Christians I know will be voting against Obama!
We do not share the same faith, but we share the same support for religous freedom, we share the same sentiment that the president should not be making secret plans with the Russians, we share a fondness for capitalism and fiscal policies that do not bankrupt the country.
Because life cant go on without an enemy.
I hate that Romney is a socialist.
No true Scotsman...
Not in a million years.
No, Not Mormon, Reformed Baptist? You?
And are you voting for the White/Black wannabe dictator?
If not who else that can win?
No, I am not happy, but Romney does not hate my country.
Obama DOES hate my country.
It is not a hard choice.
Our backs are against the wall and our country can not survive another 4 years of Obama!
I do notice that the radical anti-Romney voices tend to be concentrated in FR.
I suggest that Freepers who can not make peace with Romney try to understand that the House is in Jeopardy, and we can not win the Senate, if they continue to run Romney down.
Don't let your egos get in the way of strategy.
Add another “not this one” to that growing list.
DId he forget that election cheats go straight to HEll!
I"m sure President Biden will spent his remaining few months in office searching endlessly for Obama ~
How do you feel about Newt? Myn dream is Newt prevailing in Tampa. Long shot I know but see my tagline and it has come to pass
Yeah, making Romney sound worse than Obama is a bit over the top.
The Church will suffer REAL persecution with an Obama not worried about reelection.
What plans does he have with Russia he cant tell AMERICANS?
Romney has plenty of warts, but not recognizing that Romney had to deal with loony toon town (MA - I live here) is not reality. AND pinning ALL MA laws on him when the MA legislature is over 90% wacko lib democrats.
“That way Romney or 0bama can go full communist and get stopped in their tracks.”
Romney could be stopped, but not BHO, because Romney is not as radical, audacious, driven AND brazen as BHO (who will be even more so in an unrestrained second term). In case you haven’t noticed, B. Hussein has announced he’ll go around Congress, and he’s already been doing it at an alarming rate (but nothing like what he will with an unaccountable second term). He spits on the Constitution and the Repubs are too wimpy and afraid of being called racist to stand up to him.
Romney can be controlled - BHO cannot. My biggest fear of Romney is that he’s just too wimpy to beat Obama.
Yup. My focus has been on the senate races for many months now-we only need four wins and they have to defend 20+ seats several of which are vulnerable. We have a definite chance of controlling both chambers of the legislature and that will stop the socialist’s legislative agenda in its tracks-no AWBs, no dream acts, no more handouts to bums, etc.
Anyone who thinks the "Evangelical Social Conservatives" are actual, real conservatives is just plain stupid.
They are 3 issue voters. Nothing else matters to them, not even the survival of the Republic.
They would vote for Obama over Gingrich, each and every one of them.
I’d rather have Romney picking judges than Obama and control of the senate may ultimately come down to the VP. There’s an extensive list of things I dislike about Romney but the list of things I dislike about Obama is longer so the lesser of two evils is clear to me.
Santorum was our ONLY chance, and Santorum quit.
There is no mathematical way that anyone else can win this thing. You only show yourself to be a bit of a neophyte at politics, if you claim otherwise.
Conservatism does not require falling on our swords for the “cause” of YOUR ego!
It is your ego speaking, you have no chance of any other person getting the Nomination but Romney, at this point.
A “3rd Party” attempt will be an absurd joke and help Obama.
Obama wants to destroy my country.
Romney is wrong on some fronts, but Romney does not want to destroy my country.
Not a hard choice.
Romney is a socialist.
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