November 19th, 2011
10:31 PM ET

The gospel according to Herman Cain

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Editor’s note: This is part of an occasional series of stories looking at the faith of the leading 2012 presidential candidates, including Mitt Romney, Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich. We profiled the faith journey of Herman Cain before he suspended his campaign.

(CNN) – On a bright spring day in 2007, a black-robed Herman Cain officiated the wedding of a young couple at a mansion outside of Atlanta. The sun sparkled on the pair’s wedding rings as Cain, an associate minister at a nearby church, held them aloft.

All seemed perfect.

When it came time for the bride and groom to exchange vows, however, Cain was dissatisfied with the volume of the groom’s “I do.”

"Say it louder," Cain told Matt Carrothers.

“When he tells you to say, ‘I do,’” the groom recalled, “it almost sounds like the voice of God telling you that and you take it very seriously.”

In the race for the Republican presidential nomination, Herman Cain is not seen as a candidate who wears his faith on his sleeve. Mitt Romney’s Mormonism, Rick Santorum’s Catholicism and Michele Bachmann’s evangelical Christianity have all garnered much more attention than Cain’s Baptist-flavored beliefs.

On the campaign trail, Cain is more apt to talk about his business acumen and leadership skills than his faith. His unlikely rise as a straight-talking White House contender was pegged largely to the popularity among fiscal conservatives of his “9-9-9” tax plan.

But those who know Cain describe him as a devout Christian who leans on his faith in times of hardship. That would appear to include the present moment, when a flurry of sexual harassment allegations and a viral video of a Libya interview gaffe are renewing doubts about Cain’s legitimacy as a candidate.

Indeed, Cain’s religiosity runs deep enough that he regularly delivers sermons at his childhood church, has recorded a gospel music album and has a traveling minister as part of his campaign apparatus.

Carrothers - who worked as Cain’s political director during his failed 2004 bid for a U.S. Senate seat from Georgia - says one of Cain’s favorite sayings is, “There’s our plan, and then there’s God’s plan.”

Rev Herman Cain presides over the wedding of Matt Carrothers and Debra Ann Delong.

“You may think that things are going wrong in your life,” Carrothers says, paraphrasing the candidate, “but just step back it will always get better.”

Faith and work, hand in hand

Cain’s faith journey began at a young age. Born in Tennessee and raised in Georgia, he and his parents joined Antioch Baptist Church North in Atlanta when he was 10.

The 134-year-old, historically black church was founded by freed slaves. For the Cain family, faith in God and hard work went hand in hand.

Cain has written that his family grew up so poor they were “po.” His mother was a maid and his father at times worked three jobs at once: as a barber, a janitor at Pillsbury and a chauffeur for Coca-Cola executives.

His father, Cain writes in his 2011 book, “This is Herman Cain! My Journey to the White House,” worked and saved enough to buy a modest home and quit two of his jobs, rising in the ranks at Coca-Cola to become the CEO's private chauffeur.

Herman Cain, meanwhile, would climb the corporate ladder, rising to become the CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, based in Omaha, Nebraska, and then head of the National Restaurant Association, where the sexual harassment charges originated.

Cain has always considered Antioch his spiritual home. The candidate declined to comment for this article, but Fred Robinson, a former Antioch minister who left to form his own church, says Cain’s late parents were pillars of the church.

Cain greets potential caucus voters prior to speaking at an Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition event earlier this year.

After he returned to Antioch amid “great fanfare” in 2000, Robinson says, Cain became a fixture in the deacon’s corner, a row of seats near the pulpit.

On any Sunday, Cain could be seen sitting with the other deacons in his favorite light-blue dress shirt shouting, “Preach Rev!” or “Say it.”

Cain became a licensed associate minister at Antioch in 2002.

The liberal church of Herman Cain

“Like most ministers, I felt called to preach the word of God and minister to the least, the last, and the lost, and minister to His people,” he told Christianity Today.

Antioch officials and Senior Pastor Cameron Alexander declined interview requests, saying the church doesn’t divulge information about members or staff.

But congregants paint a picture of Cain as deeply involved, part of a group of associate ministers known as the Sons of Antioch. Members say that if a man feels called by God to preach, he can approach the senior pastor about it. A trial sermon is then arranged.

If the congregation and pastor approve, the man undergoes training in scripture and preaching and can be licensed by the church to preach.

The Sons of Antioch are given the honorific of “reverend.” The positions are unpaid.

Antioch is part of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. but like many Baptist churches, it operates largely autonomously. The process of appointing ministers is particular to the church.

As an associate minister, Cain sometimes preaches at Antioch and regularly helps distribute the elements of communion, a role he has kept up while campaigning for president.

Valencia Seay, a Georgia state senator and longtime member of the church, falls on the opposite end of the political spectrum from Cain. But she said they put politics aside on Sunday mornings.

From the pulpit, Cain is “charismatic, he is knowledgeable, he is on point, and he knows the Word.”

“He can lift a hymn,” she said. “It’s always enjoyable to hear a minister who can not only deliver a powerful message but also finish it with a song that speaks to that message.”

While in Omaha at Godfather’s Pizza, Cain put his singing to work, directing a men’s chorus at Pilgrim Baptist Church and cutting a CD of gospel tunes. The proceeds went to charity.

On the campaign, Cain sometimes sings for supporters and once serenaded reporters with a hymn at the National Press Club.

God-centered self-determinism

For all his church involvement, Cain’s message of self-determinism is seemingly at odds with Antioch’s focus on social justice.

The Rev. Gerald Durley, senior pastor of Providence Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta, told CNN that Cain’s call for blacks to forget about racism and pull themselves up by their bootstraps doesn’t mesh with the philosophy of Antioch’s pastor.

“He’s not going to talk about pulling yourself up by your bootstraps,” Durley says of Antioch’s pastor, Cameron Alexander. “It’s about providing bootstraps.”

Since becoming an associate minister at Antioch, Cain has preached in pulpits around the country, often eschewing the big paydays of motivational speaking gigs for modest preaching honorariums.

In many of those sermons, Cain has promoted a message of self-reliance.

In 2003, while Cain was running for Senate, he preached at the Crystal Cathedral, a high-profile church in Southern California headed at the time by the Rev. Robert Schuller.

“I told Bob that I was so excited that it inspired me to prepare a two-hour message for you this morning,” Cain told the congregation.

“Bob said, ‘That’s great, as long as you can do it in 20 minutes,’” Cain joked.

Cain’s sermon, which was beamed around the globe as part of Crystal Cathedral’s “Hour of Power” TV broadcast, focused on the biblical verse Mark 8:36.

“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” Cain quoted.

As he continued, Cain's message seemed to harmonize with his libertarian politics.

“Finding your purpose in life is a continuous process that God reveals to each of us when we are ready and when God is ready,” he said. “Living our purpose in life is a decision.”

In the gospel according to Herman Cain, God may lay out plans, but it is up to each believer to push forward - regardless of obstacles - to reach that goal.

For Cain, that’s meant repeatedly running for political office despite his failure to win.

Cain addresses the Northern Virginia Technology Council and the Consumer Electronic Association earlier this month in McLean, Virginia.

From the pulpit of the Crystal Cathedral, Cain traced his political career to an epiphany that accompanied the birth of his granddaughter in 1999.

“The first thought, so help me God, that went through my mind when I looked at that little face was, ‘What do I do to use my talents to make this a better world?’” Cain said. “God had revealed my next purpose in life at an unexpected moment.”

In his 2005 book, “They Think You're Stupid: Why Democrats Lost Your Vote and What Republicans Must Do to Keep It,” Cain said that epiphany led to worrying about
leaving Social Security and Medicare a “mess” for her.

“For three and a half years I would not be able to answer the question of what do I do to make this a better world,” Cain writes. “But I would often reflect on the words of the prophet Isaiah (40:31): ‘They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles.’”

In 1999, Cain formed Citizens for Cain Exploratory Committee to test the waters for a presidential bid in 2000, the National Journal reported at the time. He made campaign stops in Iowa and New Hampshire, according to press reports, which focused on his business acumen and the fact that he was a black GOP candidate, not his religious proclivities. He eventually backed Republican candidate Steve Forbes and joined Forbes' campaign as a national co-chairman.

Three and a half years later, Cain ran for the U.S. Senate, saying the decision had been divinely inspired.

“Being on a God-inspired fast track of success and surviving the many things that could have gone wrong was no accident,” he writes.

He woke early one morning to study the Bible as he wrestled with whether to run for Senate.

The Bible fell on the floor, Cain writes, and opened to Matthew 18, where Jesus asks, “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul?” - the same words he would quote from a different gospel at the Crystal Cathedral.

Later that week, Cain writes, he heard a sermon titled “The Calling” by Alexander at Antioch. After the service, Cain consulted with the pastor.

Cain said he felt God was calling him to run for Senate. According to Cain, the pastor responded: "How much louder does God have to tell you something?"

Not long after, Cain threw his hat in the ring.

Looking for God’s road signs

He would lose in the Republican primary to now-U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, but Cain took a respectable 26% of the vote. Being a millionaire black conservative made him somewhat of a novelty, and he attracted lots of national and local press.

The experience helped Cain land a conservative radio talk show in Atlanta, a book deal and appearances on national television.

Indeed, Cain sees God’s hand in his 2004 loss. Referring to his radio show, Cain writes, “I believe that having that program was God’s way of forcing me to understand the critical issues confronting our nation.”

While his radio career was humming along, Cain faced a major challenge in February 2006, when he was diagnosed with colon cancer.

The diagnosis tested the faith of Cain and his wife, Gloria. But he saw the hand of God at various points in his treatment.

After the initial diagnosis, Cain’s Atlanta doctor wanted him to get a second opinion from a specialist in Savannah, Georgia, some five hours away by car. Cain didn’t want go, but then he learned the specialist’s name: Dr. Lord. That was the first sign.

Later, Cain went to MD Anderson Cancer Center, a Houston hospital specializing in cancer treatment, after his business pal Boone Pickens called to get him in.

The nurse who gave Cain and his wife their orientation tour at the hospital was named Grace. Yet another sign, Cain writes.

And when it was time for surgery, the doctors explained they would be making a J-shaped incision. “Like J-E-S-U-S?” Cain asked the doctor. The candidate would go on to call the incision a “Jesus cut.”

“You see, the Lord gives you these road signs - that is, if you know how to recognize them,” Cain writes.

By January 2007, Cain was cancer-free. The road signs began to change. He returned to the radio airwaves and began sowing the seeds of a run for president.

‘You got the wrong man, Lord!’

Herman Cain did not want to run for president. He did not want to be president. But God told him to.

In a campaign speech in early November, he told the Georgia Young Republicans he never considered running for president until he saw President Barack Obama’s “arrogant disregard for the people,” which he said weakened the county's economy, military and standing in the world.

“That’s when I prayed and prayed and prayed. … More praying than I’ve ever had to do in my life.

“When I finally realized that this was God saying what I needed to do, I was like Moses. ‘You got the wrong man, Lord! Are you sure?’ Now, you're not supposed to doubt God. But I'm going, ‘I think maybe you're looking at somebody else.’”

Cain announced his candidacy for president in January.

Cain speaks during a campaign visit to Versailles, a Cuban restaurant, in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami on Wednesday.

To be sure, Cain is hardly the only candidate who has said that God wants him or her to run for president. Rick Perry and Bachmann have expressed similar sentiments.

“Maybe God just wants a good race,” says Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia.

Sabato points to the large numbers of religious Republican voters in the Iowa caucuses and South Carolina primary. Many voters in those states “respond to language like that,” Sabato says.

Benny Tate, senior pastor of Rock Springs Church in Milner, Georgia, has accompanied Cain on the campaign trail, joining the candidate on recent trips to Ohio and New Hampshire. Tate said whenever they stop to eat on the road, “Herman will literally bow his head and thank God for that food. It may be something small, like a sandwich, but I’ve never seen Herman have a meal where he didn’t thank God for the meal.”

Despite that piety, Cain has had his fair share of trouble with the Christian Right.

In an October interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan, Cain seemed to mix two disparate positions on abortion. He said he believes life begins at conception and that he opposes abortion in all cases.

But he also said government ought to stay out of a family’s decision - a line that seemed to speak to Cain’s limited government, tea party-flavored conservativism.

The comment enraged many anti-abortion groups and is featured in a new web ad for Bachmann that’s aimed at positioning the Minnesota congresswoman as the true anti-abortion candidate.

While most of the other Republican candidates have reached out to Focus on the Family, an influential evangelical organization and long a stopover for GOP figures, the group has not heard from Cain.

But those who know him say Cain’s focus on economic issues is an outgrowth of his faith and his view of an individual’s ability to chart his or her own course.

“Herman sees the pressing issues of our day are economic,” Tate said. “Because of his faith he sees that that can turn around. One way he sees that is through personal responsibility.

“Herman believes that, ‘By the sweat of thy face thou shall eat bread,’” Tate said, referring to Genesis 3:19, in which Adam and Eve are banished from the Garden of Eden.

Cain has used this idea to criticize the Occupy Wall Street movement.

“Don't blame Wall Street, don't blame the big banks,” he recently told The Wall Street Journal. “If you don't have a job and you're not rich, blame yourself!”

That idea is not original to Cain. It is one long found in black churches.

“The fiscal conservative thread … not being dependent on anybody else, especially not ‘the white man,’ is a theme that is decades old in the black community,” said Bishop Harry Jackson of Hope Christian Church, a black megachurch in Maryland.

Jackson, who was invited to give an opening prayer when Cain kicked off his presidential campaign, says Cain is representative of many conservative black evangelicals - though he might not be getting many votes from the folks at Antioch.

The question remains whether Cain’s blend of self-determination and striving to complete what he sees as God’s plan will land him the Republican presidential nomination - whether he wants it or not.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Baptist • Belief • Christianity • Georgia • Herman Cain • Politics • Race • United States

soundoff (1,421 Responses)
  1. Jsut a moment

    Bringing too much religion to the White House risks putting one religion into government at the expense of the others. But while that can be debated, his 9-9-9 plan is still the deal killer for me. Raising most people's taxes when the GOP says they're absolutely against raising taxes – it's hypocritical and just bad. Lowering taxes on the rich even more than they are now isn't helping the country, it's just giving the rich a discount to buy government.

    November 20, 2011 at 9:40 am |
    • Milton Platt

      So what other religions beside Christian have ever been in the Whitehouse, or either house of Congress?
      Just sayin'

      November 20, 2011 at 10:00 am |
    • wayh

      @Milton Platt.....that's the problem!!!

      November 20, 2011 at 10:24 am |
  2. Rich

    It's sad that some folks can't think for themselves and figure out how to live without god calling all their shots.Anybody that actually HEARS god is really sad.They said he should go to rehab but he said NO NO NO

    November 20, 2011 at 9:39 am |
  3. Rainer Braendlein

    An article of faith of the National Baptist Convention, which Mr. Cain belongs to.

    XIV. Baptism and the Lord's Supper.

    We believe the Scriptures teach that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, into the name of the Father, and Son, and Holy Ghost; to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, with its effect, in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that it is prerequisite to the privileges of a church relation; and to the Lord's Supper, in which the members of the church, by the sacred use of bread and wine, are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ; preceded always by solemn self-examination.


    The Early Church, which was founded by Christ himself, had a different doctrine about baptism:

    According to the Epistle to the Romans, Chapter 6, at baptism the power of Jesus' death and resurrection is dedicated to us. Baptism is not a mere symbolic act, but God really acts during baptism. Of course, only believers (a believer is someone, who believes that Christ died for him on the cross) should be baptized. However, baptism is not the locus, where believers shall publically confess there faith (anyway that is a nonsense, because yet before baptism most members of the congregation know that the candidate has converted and what is the meaning of telling people of a matter, which they yet know?).

    At many places of the Bible the apostles tell us that we get saved by faith in Christ. What is then the meaning of baptism, when it is not the public confession of the personal faith or an act of obedience?

    Jesus Christ died about 2000 years ago. Someone could indeed doubt, if this event from long ago has any connection to him. I guess, that is indeed the problem. However, God has solved the problem by the wonderful rite of baptism. Baptism bridges all barries of time and space. At baptism one gets really connected with Christ's atonement, although Christ died long ago. Baptism transfers the atonement of Christ to the presence. At baptism I die and resurrect together with Jesus in a spiritual way. My old man of sin dies and I get a new life in Christ (this fact is independent from may measure of faith).

    The only thing, which one can grasp by faith, is the fact that Jesus died for him. But how can someone know that he really has the releasing faith, which helps him to overcome the personal sinfulness? God says that at baptism the releasing power of Jesus death and resurrection is dedicated to the baptized person. Thus, after baptism the lamentation "I don't have enough faith or I don't have the real faith to overcome my sinfulness" becomes absolutely meaningless. After baptism every believer can be sure that he has got the divine power to overcome his sinful flesh (the old man of sin dies at baptism).

    Conclusion: Baptism is a invention of the divine genius. It helps us to feel absolutely certain in our new state as Christians. We can be absolutely certain that we received the power to live a Christian life, that means to follow Jesus. There is no more excuse (like: I don't have faith or I am one of the damned people – God doesn't give me the faith) for being disobedient. If you have yet received the sacramental baptism, then start to follow Jesus right now. Do the first step and leave, what chains you. That is the real faith (according to Bonhoeffer).

    Don't get born again, but born by Water and Spirit or born from above. Find the Holy Fountain of life-giving Water.

    November 20, 2011 at 9:37 am |
    • Milton Platt

      Not trying to be argumentative, but you lost me. How does this post relate to Cain saying God told him to run for office?

      November 20, 2011 at 9:43 am |
  4. Someone

    There are two reasons for the separation of Church and State. One is the freedom to worship as you see fit (or not really). The other is to stop monarchies, which derived their power from God. See the "Chain of Being" to see what I am talking about.

    November 20, 2011 at 9:35 am |
    • Tiller in Texas

      Oh paaallleeeease, another whack job!

      November 20, 2011 at 9:38 am |
  5. hippypoet

    why should we care about a person's personal views on an imaginary creature that no one can prove exists, existed, or may just be – ever...besides the whole separation of church and state which i imagine has been stated to death on this board so... i wonder why one wants to even know the views of the person running to become the president of the US which is a nation of every known religion in the world – i can't image being any one of these belief systems will aid you better more so then the other...

    but who i am say, i only use the scientific method and rational thinking, is that so wrong?

    November 20, 2011 at 9:34 am |
    • greenaxe

      Because "God" and "Christianity" are buzz words to get the misinformed lemmings to follow.

      November 20, 2011 at 9:37 am |
    • skyjmpr

      What greenaxe said...

      Claims of 'divine intervention' are the attempts by the uninformed to influence the unthinking. Of course, 'voices in the head' is usually a sign of schizophrenia.

      November 20, 2011 at 9:42 am |
    • Milton Platt

      You have to care because these personal views are going to guide the person's thinking when he gets into office. And that is scary.

      November 20, 2011 at 9:56 am |
    • wayh

      No Miltie...a person's religion has no bearing on how 'good' a person is.....Hitler was a christian....so run off to church now....lemming.

      November 20, 2011 at 10:29 am |
    • Milton Platt

      I don't appreciate the tone....I was saying that you have to care about a person spouting religion on the way to public office, because that's not what holding public officd is about. I did not say I cared about thier religion, I only cared when I hear "God told me to do it" during a campaign speach. Cared equals concerned.

      November 20, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
  6. Jeff Perkins

    OK I am out on this guy..NEVER back a guy who uses religion to get the highest office in the world..he will mis-interpet the bible once more and cost all of us our lives and souls. In my opinion all poloticians are atheist..their actions and moral character show me if they believe in a god, it's a dark one ..one that will fill their coffers with gold, buy their yachts..and fancy hotels..and drive us all into slavery..please dont let a self proclaimed prophet be president..PLEASE !!

    November 20, 2011 at 9:34 am |
  7. Chuck

    funny, my god told me to vote for Ron Paul!

    November 20, 2011 at 9:33 am |
  8. Rich

    The IRS should investigate some of these born again churches NOW...Starting with HOLLYLAND EXPERIENCE Orlando Fl

    November 20, 2011 at 9:33 am |
  9. SiriusVH

    When is the AMA going to say loud and clear that people who hear voices simply have a brain that is not 100% properly 'wired'. Seeing 'signs' is also an indication that your brain is playing games with you. The tragic part is that, when these people follow the course of action suggested by the 'signs' and they succeed, they feel validated in their delusions and are encouraged to follow the 'signs' even more. It does not occur to them that, most likely, they would have succeeded by following the same course of action even in the absence of any 'signs'.

    November 20, 2011 at 9:32 am |
    • greenaxe

      Good point. Am I mentally insane, or am I the "chosen one"?

      November 20, 2011 at 9:34 am |
  10. greenaxe

    If God is involved with choosing republican candidates, wouldn't you think he could do a better job than picking all of these clowns campaigning? I wonder if God told Cain to grope all of those women too.

    November 20, 2011 at 9:31 am |
  11. garry

    Hope he ain't talking to the same God George Bush did.

    November 20, 2011 at 9:30 am |
  12. JEV1A

    "This so-called self-proclimed Religious "Rightest" spoke in Orlando at a controversial theme park called Holyland Experience! They charged a gate fee of 34.00 to see him, which is the normal ticket price for the supposingly not for profit and so-called Church exhibition. About 500 people showed up and the ones already in the park mostly foreigners did not know who he was. It was a disaster! Holyland claims itself as a Church although they are clearly a Themed Attraction for Profit and should be Investigated by the IRS for being so. For Cain to use this venue for campaign funding was outragious!

    November 20, 2011 at 9:30 am |
    • Milton Platt

      How can a church charge for admission? "no ticket stub, no communing with god?"

      November 20, 2011 at 9:53 am |
  13. Rich

    Chris G.
    nothing to do with race a person that hears god is dangerous whether he be Perry/Cain or Bachman.Cain should be a TV preacher and all the right can send in $$ to hear god also...

    November 20, 2011 at 9:29 am |
  14. Wholly Mary

    He's worse than a hypocrite, he's CRAZEEE!

    November 20, 2011 at 9:29 am |
  15. KathyLA

    Yeah, but God spoke to Rick Perry first. This reminds me of that Simpsons episode where Ned Flanders is praying to win a miniature golf tournament. Homer tells him, "I prayed first, and only one of us can win."

    November 20, 2011 at 9:26 am |
  16. Saladin

    "Love they neighbor" is the commandment of God, yet this entire group of men from the Republican party could care less about their neighbor. According to these men the homeless, the jobless and needy are nothing more than immoral bums who deserve exactly what they're getting. Now that's what I call "Loving your neighbor!"

    November 20, 2011 at 9:26 am |
  17. Bill

    "I launched all of our nukes at the middle east because god told me to."

    November 20, 2011 at 9:25 am |
  18. ChrisG

    Wow CNN....I see you still have your fangs bared at this man. Well ok, we're sorry Mas'ah liberal networks...we'll just round up our black conservatives and put them back on the plantation where you want them. The bigotry, racism and double standards exhibited by this network exemplify the very practices that you profess to be against. Todays liberal ideology = "do as I say not as I do".

    November 20, 2011 at 9:23 am |
    • Someone

      You're here aren't ya? And what does this say about you? If you don't like CNN, don't come here.....I don't see anything from you other than to say – this is bunk......

      November 20, 2011 at 9:31 am |
    • skyjmpr

      Oh please...

      So because Cain is African-American and Republican, he gets a pass on all the stupid, boneheaded, ill-informed and non-sensical things that fall out of his mouth? Talk about a double-standard. Just listen to what he says, how he says it, and spend just a moment to THINK about what it all means. Stupid is as stupid does.

      This man is a MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER who ran to shill more of his books. But on any question of substance, policy, global awareness, he has been consistently misinformed, wrong or unaware [remember the danger of Chinese nuke TESTING]. And now he is supposed to be elected because 'God told him to be President'? Really?

      While he is not unique in making this claim (Rick/Anita Perry leap to mind?), when you hear voices in your head telling you what to do, you need to reach for your meds, not try to become the most powerful person in the world. President of the United States is not a divine decree.

      When a DOG tells someone to do something, we call them crazy (ever hear of Son of Sam?), but if your dyslexia kicks in and it is GOD...?

      November 20, 2011 at 9:35 am |
    • skyjmpr

      And byb the by...

      Please refrain from the typical Teabagger tactic of using the 'big loud lie' to refute an accurate and cogent point.

      November 20, 2011 at 9:39 am |
    • AlanM

      Why pick on CNN or this reporter. As a faith follower I believe this was a very fair and accurate account. Why the anger at CNN?

      November 20, 2011 at 9:51 am |
    • Wholly Mary

      And don't they ALL have excuses, excuses, excuses for their behavior. It's not MY fault, it MUST be racist, liberal, the media, the left-wing, the gays, the women, oh the LIES these people tell! I'm as honest as the day is long, well it's winter and the days are getting shorter., and so is your credibility.

      November 20, 2011 at 9:53 am |
  19. Kat

    This sure poses an awkward dilemma for God. He chose both Perry and Cain, but there can only be one president. C'mon God, make up your mind.

    November 20, 2011 at 9:23 am |
    • Milton Platt

      Maybe God is just hedging his bet? LOL

      November 20, 2011 at 9:31 am |
    • SiriusVH

      Not to mention that God also told Bachmann to run .....

      November 20, 2011 at 9:36 am |
    • Jim

      God told him to run not that he would win,

      November 20, 2011 at 9:42 am |
  20. Milton Platt

    A man who hears voices is running for president. Just great.
    This is a demoracy (okay, a republic) and not a theocracy. He just lost me altogether.

    November 20, 2011 at 9:23 am |
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