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What happens when candidates called by God drop out?
Kelly Oxford's tweet from Wednesday.
January 5th, 2012
11:59 AM ET

What happens when candidates called by God drop out?

By Stephen Walsh, CNN

On Wednesday, blogger and sitcom writer Kelly Oxford sent a tweet about the Republican race for the presidency that got a lot of folks asking: Is this God’s idea of a joke?

Oxford, whose Twitter feed was named by TIME magazine one of the 140 best of 2011, wrote, “Cain, Perry, Bachmann all claimed God told them to run for President, and all are out of the race. God is hilarious.”

It’s been reported that Herman Cain, Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum have all suggested that God called on them to enter the presidential race.

But here we are: Cain’s out. Bachmann’s out.

After returning to Texas to “reassess” his campaign, Perry announced he’s not throwing in the towel. Judging by his poor showing in the Iowa caucuses and the debates so far, however, many political experts think it’s just a matter of time.

The only one with supposed divine guidance who’s still in the race is Santorum.

So what gives? Did the candidates misread God’s supposed message? Does the defeat of a divinely-inspired candidate necessarily contradict a message from God?

We want to hear form you. What do you think?

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

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soundoff (1,906 Responses)
  1. BOB FROM BRIDGEPORT

    It was spam from the heavens. He knows that we had it hard under (2) Bush terms and we are still cleaning up after that administration and so he thought or rather he spoke to me and said we would probabaly find his choice amusing but not to worry the candidate had enough fuel only to drive them selves crazy.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  2. dragon8me

    They're all lying politicians using religion to get elected. Something The Bush's perfected and now they all do it, even some democrates.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  3. hingedlwnb

    God telling you to run for president is God's way of showing the rest of us how much of a moron he thinks you are.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  4. dick

    What a joke these candidates are.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  5. Laurie in Spokane

    As a previous writer noted, a god may have called on them to run for president, but as far as I know, didn't guarantee any of 'em would win. You know, people who hear voices are considered schizophrenic, so I guess we can be really grateful for Bachmann, Cain, and probably Perry dropping out of the race. Don't need any more crazies in DC.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
    • George

      Of course that is not what is meant when some one says God told them ... right you know that right? Or do you lack so much understanding a religion that your don't know that!

      January 5, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
    • Fookin' Prawn

      George! You lack understanding in spelling and punctuation today! Take a breath, dude.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  6. eye625

    Candidates only say what the masses want to hear.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  7. Sam

    Santorum, Perry, and Bachmann just have God confused with Grover Norquist. It's an honest mistake. Both Norquist and Jesus have beards.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  8. Andrew

    Hearing voices is a big problem. The mere fact that so many presidential candidates were willing to either believe or convince others that god had some sort of vested interest in their being president is further evidence that the position of president is becoming undesirable to anyone who has not suffered some sort of mental trauma. These people are running for president of our country on the grounds that a voice only they can hear told them to. I talk to better candidates in the line at quickcheck.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
    • Tiger82

      I think "convince others" is the operative term here. Their supporters seem to be embarrassingly easy to sway. Tickle their ears, get their support.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  9. JohnM

    How does a true Christian know what the will of God is when it comes to things like running for political office? The person prays, makes sure their motives are unselfish, seeks wise counsel, searches the Scriptures and when they make the final decision they trust that God has led them to that point. This is not a guarantee the result will turn out to be "successful" according to the world's standards. Christian's believe Jesus mission was to come to earth to die, hardly a success story by an unbelievers standards, but He was within the will of God nonetheless.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
    • derp

      How does a true Sasquatian know what the will of Bigfoot is when it comes to things like running for political office? The person talks to himself in his own head, makes sure their motives are unselfish, seeks wise counsel, searches the sasquatch Code and when they make the final decision they trust that Bigfoot has led them to that point. This is not a guarantee the result will turn out to be "successful" according to the world's standards. Sasquatian's believe leprechauns mission was to come to earth to die, hardly a success story by an unbelievers standards, but He was within the will of Bigfoot nonetheless

      January 5, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
    • RickV

      Amen; I will gladly join with the other so called "nut cases" that believe in Christ.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  10. Gemini70

    Fairly simple people, people who claim to believe in god use the ignorance of other believers in god to get something. Like money, followers, etc. But in this case, to be a prez nominee.
    There is no god. This "god told me to run for prez" is just more proof for you people.
    Evolve people, EVOLVE!

    January 5, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  11. Wiz

    Weak Republican candidates preaching that they are God's choice proves how weak they are. Do you really think God plays favorites? Are you listening Tebow?

    January 5, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
    • Not to be technical

      but Tebow never said God favors him... The media has implied that, but he's always said that he wants to portray himself in a way that would reflect well on the God of his beliefs...

      But I am with you on saying God doesn't have favorites... at least when it comes to football

      January 5, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
    • derp

      but Tebow never said God favors him... The media has implied that, but he's always said that he wants to portray himself in a way that would reflect well on the God of his beliefs..."

      Well, since he is last in the NFL in completion percentage and passing yards per game, his reflection is that god sucks.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  12. Ricky L

    Yeah, Mike, and by "shaping" the debate so far to the right they've made it impossible for the eventual Republican nominee to win the general election.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  13. Shelby

    It's a puzzle. If God told them all to run, He certainly couldn't have expected all of them to win now, could he? Maybe He just told them to run, not that they'd be President. (Maybe He told them to run so we could see how much better the other guys are by comparison. God's edict may not have been one glowing with pride.... ahem, maybe God used them as a bad example.) But my personal opinion is they're a little confused about who God is and what He's whispering in their ear, and who they are and what they're whispering in their own ears.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  14. FreeToThink

    God may have told them to run, but apparently He didn't promise them a win. God may tell you to go to church, but that sure doesn't mean you'll have a good time!

    January 5, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  15. clarke

    God knows better. he is protecting them.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
    • FreeToThink

      Like

      January 5, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  16. ArtMan

    God is often mistaken for Ego.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
    • Shelby

      Bingo.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  17. lavarocker

    No. They're all deceitful liars! The only message they responded to was the one from their own inflated egos. When hate and intolerance is all you have, it won't carry you very far. Too bad they're too dumb to learn anything from this.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  18. Jeff

    Can you imagine GOD told me to push the button, honest. When is this madness going to stop? These people are nitwits. But it really is scary, about 30% of the people in the country think they are fit to be president and another 20 percent are to dumb or ignorant to vote so they join a party regardless how crazy the party becomes they vote for it anyway, even when it is against their own interest. It Like they are in a trace or something.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
    • FreeToThink

      Gee, Jeff. You really should proofread before clicking the Post button. You are now enrolled in the company of nitwits.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  19. Bill, Bloomington Il

    No Tom, it is easier to not believe in god so what you do on this earth will be put before you when you die.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
    • derp

      No Tom, it is easier to not believe in bigfoot so what you do on this earth will be put before you when you die

      January 5, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
    • Fookin' Prawn

      No bigfoot, it is easier to not believe in Tom so what you do on this earth will be put before you when you die.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  20. Mike

    Even if they don't win, they help shape the debate.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
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