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Evangelical Landslide for Romney?
Weekly Standard ^ | October 19, 2012 | Mark Tooley

Posted on 10/19/2012 11:56:37 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

Although not widely noticed, Mitt Romney seems to be on his way to capturing as much of the white evangelical vote as George W. Bush famously did in 2004. Bush got 79 percent. A Pew poll conducted before the first presidential debate had Romney getting 74 percent of white evangelicals versus 19 percent for Obama.

Although Barack Obama got only 26 percent of white evangelicals in 2008, according to exit polls, he got about 33 percent of young white evangelicals. The latter statistic inspired hopes by Democrats and liberal evangelicals for a generational shift away from social issues in favor of more liberal-focused causes. But a Public Religion Research Institute poll, pre-presidential debates, showed young white evangelicals choosing Romney over Obama by 80 percent to 15 percent. Hispanic evangelicals reportedly are not as strongly for Romney as they were for Bush, although they are much more pro-Romney than Catholic or non-religious Hispanics.

Full throttle evangelical support for Romney was not widely anticipated. Evangelicals do not see the former Mormon bishop as one of their own, as they did Bush. And Romney has not strongly emphasized social issues that energize conservative evangelicals. Many prominent evangelical leaders endorsed Rick Santorum during the Republican primaries.

But Obama administration policies favoring same-sex marriage, indirect abortion funding through Obamacare, and the HHS mandate compelling religious groups to offer contraceptive/abortifacient coverage have antagonized many evangelicals. Several evangelical schools have joined Catholic schools in litigating against the mandate. The Democratic convention’s awkward last minute restoration of God to the party platform likely did not help.

Now the most revered American evangelical seems to have virtually endorsed Romney. On October 11 Romney met with 93-year-old Billy Graham at his North Carolina mountain log cabin. Photos of the two with Graham’s evangelist son, Franklin, were released and widely published. Graham was quoted as telling Romney: “I'll do all I can to help you. And you can quote me on that.” A statement from Graham afterwards was issued.

"It was an honor to meet and host Gov. Romney in my home today, especially since I knew his late father former Michigan Gov. George Romney, whom I considered a friend,” the statement said. “I have followed Mitt Romney's career in business, the Olympic Games, as governor of Massachusetts and, of course, as a candidate for president of the United States.”

"What impresses me even more than Gov. Romney's successful career are his values and strong moral convictions,” Graham continued. “I appreciate his faithful commitment to his impressive family, particularly his wife Ann of 43 years and his five married sons.”

After noting that it was a “privilege to pray with Gov. Romney—for his family and our country,” Graham noted he will turn 94 the day after Election Day and believes America “is at a crossroads.” He then offered his virtual endorsement: “I hope millions of Americans will join me in praying for our nation and to vote for candidates who will support the biblical definition of marriage, protect the sanctity of life and defend our religious freedoms." In contrast, after candidate John McCain visited Billy Graham in 2008 there was only a statement from Franklin Graham commending McCain’s “personal faith and his moral clarity.” President Obama visited Graham in April, becoming the twelfth American president with whom the evangelist has conferred across over 60 years of public life.

Critics on the left groused that Franklin Graham likely wrote the Romney statement and got his aged father’s perfunctory approval. But there’s nothing in the statement that sounds unlike Graham. The evangelist has typically avoided the appearance of direct political endorsements, his famous last minute decision to back away from endorsing Richard Nixon in 1960 being one example. But he famously supported North Carolina’s pro-traditional marriage constitutional amendment in May, which clearly contributed towards the amendment’s large victory. Critics detected the hand of the son there too. But nobody believes that the elder Graham is anything less than pro traditional marriage and pro-life. And certainly he must share religious liberty concerns over the HHS mandate. Critics also reported that the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association removed a reference to Mormonism as a “cult” from its website after the Romney visit.

Undeterred, on October 18, Billy Graham’s group placed a special message from the elder evangelist in a Wall Street Journal ad. “The legacy we leave behind for our children, grandchildren and this great nation is crucial,” he succinctly declares. “As I approach my 94th birthday I realize this election could be my last. I believe it is vitally important that we cast our ballots for candidates who base their decisions on biblical principles and who support the nation of Israel. I urge you to support candidates who protect the sanctity of life and support the biblical definition of marriage between a man and a woman. Vote for biblical values this November 6, and pray with me that America remains one nation under God.” The words are juxtaposed with a large photo of a white haired Graham stalwartly clutching a Bible, along with his signature.

The Graham ad apparently will appear in other newspapers in the coming days. The American Family Association, a large parachurch group based in Mississippi, additionally disseminated the ad with permission from Graham’s office and urged it be distributed in churches. Undoubtedly it will be.

Graham’s pro-Romney efforts may further energize evangelicals in key states like North Carolina, Virginia, Florida, Ohio, and some other Midwestern states. But polls indicated well before the Graham effort that evangelicals were already fully on board with defeating President Obama, whatever their stance towards the first Mormon presidential nominee.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: 2012endorsements; christianvote; evangelicals; faith; family; liberty; life; romney2012

1 posted on 10/19/2012 11:56:42 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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2 posted on 10/19/2012 11:59:25 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

God bless Rev. Billy Graham.

I pray this is true.

I’m RC and I’m voting for Romney/Ryan.


3 posted on 10/19/2012 12:00:06 PM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Two Related videos:

AWESOME VIDEO! 5 REASONS NOT TO VOTE FOR OBAMA

http://youtu.be/JKOem7wiVIQ

(I’m going to get the second one right now while you watch the first)


4 posted on 10/19/2012 12:00:49 PM PDT by tsowellfan (KEEP WORKING like we are 10 POINTS DOWN!!!!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Question the terms. No one with a true “Evangelical” biblical worldview would vote for 0bama or any democrat.

•Do absolute moral truths exist?
•Is absolute truth defined by the Bible?
•Did Jesus Christ live a sinless life?
•Is God the all-powerful and all-knowing Creator of the universe, and does He still rule it today?
•Is salvation a gift from God that cannot be earned?
•Is Satan real?
•Does a Christian have a responsibility to share his or her faith in Christ with other people?
•Is the Bible accurate in all of its teachings?


5 posted on 10/19/2012 12:02:31 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Here’s the second video:

Test of Fire: Election 2012 - Evangelical, Protestant version)

http://youtu.be/kV_5qvRTDUc


6 posted on 10/19/2012 12:03:55 PM PDT by tsowellfan (KEEP WORKING like we are 10 POINTS DOWN!!!!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Three years ago, Mr. Reed formed the Faith and Freedom Coalition and began assembling what he calls the largest-ever database of reliably conservative religious voters. In the coming weeks, he says, each of those 17.1 million registered voters in 15 key states will receive three phone calls and at least three pieces of mail. Seven million of them will get e-mail and text messages. Two million will be visited by one of more than 5,000 volunteers. Over 25 million voter guides will be distributed in 117,000 churches.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/23/us/politics/ralph-reed-hopes-to-nudge-mitt-romney-to-a-victory.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0


7 posted on 10/19/2012 12:07:14 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (Resurrect the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC)...before there is no America!)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Prepare for the Jesusland Map to be brought back.


8 posted on 10/19/2012 12:18:28 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

You go boy!


9 posted on 10/19/2012 12:28:41 PM PDT by STJPII
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

He then offered his virtual endorsement: “I hope millions of Americans will join me in praying for our nation and to vote for candidates who will support the biblical definition of marriage, protect the sanctity of life and defend our religious freedoms.”
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1. who will support the biblical definition of marriage,

Willard doesnt . He is the father of gay marriage...

2. protect the sanctity of life

Willard doesnt. He has been pro-Abortion-on-demand for 40+ years...

3. and defend our religious freedoms

For Willard, as long as the religion is Mormonism...


10 posted on 10/19/2012 12:35:03 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: tsowellfan

“We unite now behind Romney-Ryan, or we tell our children what it was like to be free.”

Thank you for the LINKS - The first one was new to me.

Bump!


11 posted on 10/19/2012 12:48:05 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Tennessee Nana

Curious...are you voting for Obama?


12 posted on 10/19/2012 1:00:43 PM PDT by Dutchboy88
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To: Tennessee Nana

Your incessant criticism doesn’t seem to have the intended effect; perhaps if you were a little more shrill.


13 posted on 10/19/2012 1:10:04 PM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: Tennessee Nana

And you think Obama with his Muslim leanings will give more freedom under Sharia law. You always seem right there to criticize Romney, but are silent about the Muslim??


14 posted on 10/19/2012 1:21:33 PM PDT by nclaurel
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To: STJPII

The number of evangelicals that stayed home in the last election was more than enough to win it for John McCain in 2008.


15 posted on 10/19/2012 1:40:09 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (Resurrect the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC)...before there is no America!)
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To: Tennessee Nana

I agree with your assessment of Romney but sadly it’s either him or Obama. I think people should wake up from their Romney is the “Savior of the Republic” fantasy and not be blind to his past. Then they won’t be side swiped when he veers left.

What really concerns me is that I’ve been reading how people are going to get off politics after Romney is elected, saying “their job is over” because they got a republican back into the White House. How dangerous is that? And I wonder if that’s what the GOP elite want? For everyone to go back to sleep?

In any case, pray for this country....


16 posted on 10/19/2012 2:05:20 PM PDT by dragonblustar (Allah Ain't So Akbar!)
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To: Tennessee Nana
He then offered his virtual endorsement: “I hope millions of Americans will join me in praying for our nation and to vote for candidates who will support the biblical definition of marriage, protect the sanctity of life and defend our religious freedoms.

Is this the old testament or new testament of marriage?

17 posted on 10/19/2012 2:09:33 PM PDT by dragonblustar (Allah Ain't So Akbar!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

So, its the guy who loves America and believes in God versus the gay atheist communist islamophile who never worked a day in his life. Which shall it be? Who should I choose?

Its a hard decision.

Actually its not that hard a decision. I think I’ll go with Romney.


19 posted on 10/19/2012 2:14:59 PM PDT by marron
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To: dragonblustar
"And I wonder if that’s what the GOP elite want? For everyone to go back to sleep?"

That's what they're counting on. It enables them.

After the election, this site will be filled with angry ABOs demanding that Romney's feet be 'held to the fire' by the very people who enabled him.

To the ABOs: vote for Romney if you must. I respect your choice, but will vote for a more conservative alternative.

Hold no illusions about what Romney represents, and don't complain when he does exactly what drives you crazy. Because he will.

20 posted on 10/19/2012 2:16:54 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("Don't be afraid to see what you see." -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: dragonblustar

There is another consern...

For a while they were boasting they would “hold his feet to the fire”

They dont anymore...strange isnt it ???

But when they did it wasnt believable...

In 4 years they had not helde Obamas feet to the fire...

What would make anyone believe those same people would hold Willards ???

and Willard intends to do the same as Obama...

abortion

Gay marriage

gays in the military

AMNESTY

ObamaCare/RomneyCare

hes already said so...


21 posted on 10/19/2012 6:15:59 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Tennessee Nana
[Romney's] already said so...

Then, by all means, don't vote for him.

So long as you don't vote for Obama.

And actually go to the polls to vote for down-ballot candidates, rather than sit at home and pout.

If you vow to go to the polls and vote down-ballot, then we all might be better able to put up your constant complaining.

22 posted on 10/19/2012 6:57:22 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA; Ignorance on parade.)
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To: Tennessee Nana

When will you be taking over the ministry from Rev. Graham?


23 posted on 10/19/2012 7:00:18 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA; Ignorance on parade.)
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To: Tennessee Nana; Colonel_Flagg; dragonblustar

Hmm...

Tough choice - as an evangelical Christian, in which authority ought I put more trust - Rev.Graham or these three anti-Romney-FReepers ...

Yup.

I choose to put more trust in Rev.Graham. It wasn’t that tough after all.


24 posted on 10/19/2012 7:06:58 PM PDT by AFPhys ((Praying for our troops, our citizens, that the Bible and Freedom become basis of the US law again))
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To: AFPhys; Colonel_Flagg; dragonblustar

as an evangelical Christian, in which authority ought I put more trust
________________________________________

Kid, I dont know about that there “evsngelical” bit...

But as a Christian if youre not putting your trust in God, then youre wasting your time...


25 posted on 10/19/2012 7:13:48 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Tennessee Nana
Ann Romney Would be First Pro-Life First Lady Since Roe

"I'll reverse the president's decision on using U.S. funds to pay for abortion outside this country. I don't think also the taxpayers here should have to pay for abortion in this country.

Those things I think are consistent with my pro-life position. And I hope to appoint justices for the Supreme Court that will follow the law and the constitution. And it would be my preference that they reverse Roe V. Wade and therefore they return to the people and their elected representatives the decisions with regards to this important issue. "

-Mitt Romney

NATIONAL RIGHT TO LIFE ENDORSES GOVERNOR MITT ROMNEY

26 posted on 10/19/2012 7:14:22 PM PDT by icwhatudo (Low taxes and less spending in Sodom and Gomorrah is not my idea of a conservative victory)
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To: icwhatudo

Obviously someone doesnt know what PRO-LIFE is...

The Planned Parenthood funding Ann Romney is anything but...


27 posted on 10/19/2012 7:17:13 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: AFPhys; Tennessee Nana

You know, I realize it may be a long look down that nose of yours at me, but I’d just point out to you that there’s one really good thing God decided when He made us.

He made us all equal.

My opposition to Romney has nothing to do with his religion but everything to do with his liberalism, which is well documented. If you want to argue that on merit, I’d be happy to accommodate you.

With more respect than you gave me, your trust shouldn’t be in Billy Graham over anyone else, even your actual pastor. Your trust should be in God. Kindly think about that before you malign any one Christian by comparison to another.

I’m glad God has the final word instead of you.


28 posted on 10/19/2012 7:34:42 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("Don't be afraid to see what you see." -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: Tennessee Nana
"The Planned Parenthood funding Ann Romney is anything but..."

Other than a $150 donation 18 years ago, could you please provide me with any information about Ann Romney funding planned parenthood as you claim? Thanks!

29 posted on 10/19/2012 7:50:55 PM PDT by icwhatudo (Low taxes and less spending in Sodom and Gomorrah is not my idea of a conservative victory)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

When I hear anyone criticize someone as eminent as Rev.Graham, and make statements or implications that his assessment of Mitt Romney and his character are faulty, I will step up and defend Rev.Graham. There are people in this thread exhibiting Pride, but I am not one of those. No matter how “liberal” Romney is, he will be much more amenable to at least respecting conservative viewpoints and sensibilities than the CommuFascist Obama has been, and will continue to be. Anyone who fails to understand that is ... well, there is simply no way to reach the brain-dead. Fortunately, I don’t believe you are brain dead.

Rev.Graham met with Gov.Romney, and his meetings are not merely face-to-face, but soul-to-soul. This statement from him is a far more reliable view of Romney’s attitude for governing than any projections gained from an analysis of “accomplishments” of a Mass. governor who had to deal with an 80%+ Dem legislature.


30 posted on 10/19/2012 8:09:14 PM PDT by AFPhys ((Praying for our troops, our citizens, that the Bible and Freedom become basis of the US law again))
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Preach it, Brother!!


31 posted on 10/20/2012 12:59:57 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; All
Bishop Jackson: Black churchgoers shaken by Obama backing gay marriage - "on the cusp of a watershed moment..."
32 posted on 10/20/2012 1:25:33 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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