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September 1, 2008

Former senator calls evangelicals 'on board' with Republican ticket

Former senator of Indiana Dan Coats said evangelicals are 100 percent on board with what he called the McCain-Palin ticket the "perfect combination."

"People are just sky high over the ticket. I think everybody believes we have exactly the right ticket for the election and for this time. John McCain has experience, has ability to assume the role of commander in chief, the role of president of the United States, combined with a woman who brings outside experience but relates to families, relates to women in a way that no one else can. It’s the perfect combination. The last thing we need is somebody else who has a lifetime of experience in Washington. So you have Sarah Palin who’s a maverick, a reformer, but a mother, a leader, and someone who lives her faith, demonstrates her family, leadership and demonstrates her public faith, combined with John McCain, it’s a dynamic ticket.

A recent Pew Forum poll showed that evangelicals aren’t as excited about McCain as they were about President Bush four years ago.
That was true until a combination of John McCain’s interview with Rick Warren where he touched on issues of importance to evangelicals and the Christian right. They were able to learn that his core thinking is very much what their core thinking is, and combining that with the values of Sarah Palin. They’re 100 percent on board, enthused and ready to go.

What about Sarah Palin’s pregnant daughter?
Not every family has to face this specific issue, but every family have to face issues with children. I think the way they’ve handled this, the decision to not abort it, to marry, and to raise the child, demonstrates the kind of person Sarah Palin is, the kind of family that they have. We ought to support and praise that as well as her decision with her Down Syndrome child. She not only talks the talk in terms for support for life, but she walks the walk."

Comments

If this was Michelle Obama's teenage daughter? What would the Republican party and Evangelicals say? I bet you it would be totally different...What we are finally seeing is that the Republican party #@#$ stinks too.

Secondly, you Evangelicals are preaching a double standard. If her daugher would have said she was gay would you be as forgiving?

I voted Republican in the last 4 elections, this time I will change my vote. I am tired of their Hyprocrisy....

If this was Michelle Obama's teenage daughter what would the Republican party and Evangelicals say? I bet you it would be totally different...What we are finally seeing is that the Republican party #@#$ stinks too.

Secondly, you Evangelicals are preaching a double standard. If her daugher would have said she was gay would you be as forgiving?

I voted Republican in the last 4 elections, this time I will change my vote. I am tired of their Hyprocrisy....

In response to Chris, evangelicals and probably most Republicans would extend the same grace to any other candidate's family as given to the Palin family. Perhaps Chris hasn't experienced this forgiveness and grace. If he had he wouldn't be so quick to judge evangelicals and Republicans on this issue. And by the way, VP Dick Cheney's daughter is Gay and no one (Republicans or evangelicals) has made an issue about that, accepting her, if not her lifestyle.

I am stoked. Sarah Palin is the only one who could have energized the base and will bring a win in November. McCain's interview at Sattleback won me over but his pick for Veep could not have been better and the events of disclosure over the weekend have show her real stature.

If I may make a comment as an outsider, a Canadian.
I understand that Mrs. Palin herself gave birth to a baby this past April, who apparently has special needs.
My question: who is going to take care of the little baby who needs it's mother 24/7 for a long time. Or will this baby be "pawned off" to some nanny, day-care, etc.? Then, not to mention the 17 year old pregnant daughter who needs her mother as well.
How much time will Mrs. Palin have to be the true mother if and when she gets to the White House. Where does she place her God-given role as a Mother?
Think about it.
Sincerely,
Don Enns

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the US has the highest teenage pregnancy rate for the industrialized nations. Evangelicals need to ponder this.

Please stop this silly stuff about Mrs. Palin needing to be a 24/7 mom or else. Where do you get a biblical basis for this conclusion? There is none. This is pure conservative cultural exegesis, not biblical ethics. Parents are to rear children and the whole family can and should be involved. What these very conservative Christians are arguing for sounds like another cultural era that thankfully we are not going back to soon. If we argue this way we should not be surprised that many Christians, and almost all non-Christians, will rightly not listen to our good news.

The really interesting question here is this: Can we distinguish a real difference between feminism as freedom for women to pursue everything God calls them to do from the radical feminism that attacks morals and ethics and asserts the authority of culture over that of Christ? The answer is worthy of some serious dialog in the church.

Who is Dan Coates to say Evangelicals are 100% on board with McCain-Palin?

Maybe the Dobson, Robertson, Falwell camps are there. Maybe every Evangelical leader who played ball with Ralph Reed and Karl Rove through the years. Those people are only a portion of the Evangelical Christians.

Barack Obama will not carry the Evangelical vote, but he will make a strong showing in November. Dan Coates does not speak for many of us.

Dan i think you are wrong. If this was any Democrat's daughter, the Dobson and Falwell camps would be pointing fingers and putting the girl out as an example of moral failings of the parents. I am an Evangelical Christian and think it is time we "speak the truth in love" about our own christian household, perhaps then we can draw others to Christ.

I have Christ in my heart everyday. And when I pray on they type of leadership Jesus would have wanted I think of the following:

A Government that does not go to War (Jesus said turn the other cheeck)

A government that does everything for the least amongst us (ie Universal Health Care for All)

How can i reconsile that with the Republican Party that does not care for Americans poor and constantly threatening war.


Sorry but Christians like Dobson have sold out their faith to the wrong party.

Why are Republicans and Evangelical Christians so fond of war? Is it about a money making opportunity for the Republicans and a means to hasten Armageddon for the Christians. I find that evil and disgusting! More in tune with Satan than with Christ.