Thursday, July 31, 2008

Washington Times: McCain Would Divide Evangelical Vote with Mormon Romney as VP

The lastest "Weekly Update" from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life included a link to an interesting article from The Washington Times. It is titled "Evangelicals warn against Romney on ticket." The article states in part:

Prominent evangelical leaders are warning Sen. John McCain against picking former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney as his running mate, saying their troops will abandon the Republican ticket on Election Day if that happens.

They say Mr. Romney lacks trust on issues such as outlawing abortion and opposing same-sex marriage and because he is a Mormon. Opposition is particularly powerful among those who supported former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in the Republican presidential primaries earlier this year.

"McCain and Romney would be like oil and water," said evangelical novelist Tim LaHaye, who supported Mr. Huckabee. "We aren't against Mormonism, but Romney is not a thoroughgoing evangelical and his flip-flopping on issues is understandable in a liberal state like Massachusetts, but our people won't understand that."

See the two-part article at the link above for further quotes and discussion of this topic.

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