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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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  1. RCDC

    Their probably were backsliders...

    January 5, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
    • Primewonk

      I don't think Perry or Santorum "go that way". But I'm betting Bachmann's husband does.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  2. tv22

    But did they learn something from the experience? Did they change someone, inspire someone? Give someone an idea? There are lots of reasons God could have told them to run other than becoming President. He tells Democrats to run too!

    January 5, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
    • JesusLives

      maybe because he knew we would reject them and we could look back at our ignorance when obama destroys us and see that we had another choice and rejected it because they spoke the name of God.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
    • Fookin' Prawn

      I think they caused unnecessary distraction, almost to the point of chaos. It's a self-serving bunch.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  3. Patti

    I am a Christian, but this is too much. Jesus, Mary and Joseph – wept.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
    • R. Lefler

      They don't have the nerve to say "they": want to run, so it is easy to just blame God for the decision. God really has nothing to do with it.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  4. Mike Bertrand

    Ah! But did God say "Simon-says run for president!"????? The infallible one CAN be mis-understood!

    January 5, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
    • JesusLives

      yeah and then he said simon says let them destroy themselves in their smart mouthed arrogance, simon says drop out and let them have obama.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  5. subash

    May be God had sent the right message. But they all USED God for their benefit.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
    • JesusLives

      or maybe the citizens of america are so evil minded that they reject the will of God. HUMMMM

      January 5, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
    • sam

      JL, is that the noise you make while blowing your dad?

      January 5, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
    • chris

      but how can the will of god be that all 3 run? that's awfully mean-spirited of him.

      January 5, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  6. Dan Faley

    Just like Pat Robertson, just like that crazy pastor from out west, just like David Koresh...The little voices in there head are just that...voices in there head, from there own brain, not god. There is 0 proof of any diety or god, zero 0! There is more evidence on this planet that Aliens have more to do with our knowledge and eveolution than some invisable god.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
    • JesusLives

      well to my knowledge we don't have a professed atheist running so now what for all of you????? Even Obama believes in some god whether it is allah, the devil or what, why are you all bashing him????? Kindred spirits maybe?

      January 5, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
    • sam

      @JL – don't worry, there are atheists running. They're just smart enough to keep their traps shut, that's all.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  7. Claude Gothic

    Only the candidate truly called by God would deny that he had been called by God!!!

    January 5, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
    • chris

      well put.

      January 5, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  8. drschwarz

    Though I believe in God, I think anyone who seriously believes God is calling them to be president is imagining things at best. At worst, they're manipulating gullible evangelicals and shamelessly abusing their faith in order to gain power.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  9. Jim McDonald

    It goes to show God has a sense of humor, which is reassuring

    January 5, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  10. Shelby

    There's so much wrong with this kind of so-called thinking, I really don't know where to start. God and Ego, easily confused, as has been stated. Say God told you to run, and who the heck would dare vote against you? When I think of all the really bright people in this country, and I see what's running for President, it is to weep.

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

      yes if all the christians drop out we will all be weeping real soon.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
    • sam

      weeping...with joy.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
    • RELIGION IS WRONG

      Right Wing Christians make be LOL... they think they need to pass laws and such to force people to do or not do things by their beliefs while Jesus gives free will ..

      Right Wing Christians yell socialist to Libs and Obama while Jesus would be stoned in this day and age as a socialist for wanting his people to help their brothers and sisters .. To not make the all might $$$$ their savor..

      January 5, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  11. SG

    God wanted to entertain us.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  12. Christ

    Religious people have short memories and narrow visions. They will soon forget about these candidates, and when the next batch of conservative candidates tout a message they specially received from god, they will happily cheer for it.

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

      You see where your liberal president has gotten us.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
    • RELIGION IS WRONG

      JesusLives – You know if you are a true christian ... u would love libs .. Jesus supports FREE WILL .. not forcing people to abide by his rules.. Jesus .. by the book would be called a socialist in our day and age .. so until you REALLY understand the bible .. dont pretend to be a christian ...

      Right Wing Christians make be LOL... they think they need to pass laws and such to force people to do or not do things by their beliefs while Jesus gives free will ..

      Right Wing Christians yell socialist to Libs and Obama while Jesus would be stoned in this day and age as a socialist for wanting his people to help their brothers and sisters .. To not make the all might $$$$ their savor..

      January 5, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  13. tannim

    "We're on a mission from God."

    Perry, Bachmann, and Cain are not the Blues Brothers. Neither is Santorum, but he hasn't gotten the memo yet.

    America does not need religious nutcases in teh White House. The secular nutcases are bad enough!

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

      no we need obama so we will all starve and kill all our descendants ....good plan

      January 5, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  14. jack

    great example of these yahoos "talking" to god. next time they should get lotto numbers...but then again they could be wrong.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  15. RELIGION IS WRONG

    GOD Calls NO ONE.. its like saying Santa told me to run for prez...

    January 5, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
    • Tery Vann

      These candidates are either looney and hear voices...or they are just liars. With some of them I can't tell!

      January 5, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  16. bostontola

    I may be more cynical, but I don't think Bachman, Cain, or Perry believed God spoke/called on them. They used this religious language in hope of political gain. I wish I thought more highly of our political candidates, but they make it hard.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  17. loki301

    They must have misheard gods message. Kind of like when Bush was told to ïnvade"Iraq by god, what he really meant was to ëvade"a war...lol

    January 5, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  18. Deb Allen

    If there is a god, I would guess he cares about politics about as much as he cares about whether the Denver Broncos win the Super Bowl.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
    • JesusLives

      Go Tebow, keep the atheists stirred up. TEBOW! TEBOW! TEBOW!

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

      Tebow is last in the NFL in completion percentage and passing yards per game. Obviously god sucks at picking QB's

      January 5, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
    • Terry Vann

      #1 God is busy these days with the playoffs prior to the Super Bowl
      #2 God just wants a good game (you don't believe that now do you!)
      #3 God wants Timmy to do well!
      #4 I hope God tells Michelle Bachman to quit Congress too.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  19. Joel

    God should have nothing to do with politics. This is a democracy, not a religious state. It's just like all these athletes that credit God for the win. What about all the other God-fearing athletes who lost? When our government is in bad shape like it's in, the last thing I'm worried about is whether God told a candidate to run. I would like to see a candidate run that could actually make things better, all on their own.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
    • JesusLives

      That's what I said, a God-fearing president that can make things better cause he has God on his side!

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

      Too right.

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

      If Geo. Bush hadn't been a drunken, druggie who found God as his crutch and taught all these new God-chosen politicians that sheep-like evangelicals will elect a total moron,if they simply profess a total belief and faith in God, we possibly wouldn't be in the mess we currently have.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  20. Bill

    First let me say that I am a Christian who believes in God. However, I am not surprised that some in the political arena would try to woo voters this way, especially in the current climate where candidates are striving to "out-conservative" each other. If you look at history, more people have been killed in the name of God than for any other reason. Protestants fight Catholics. Jews fight Palestinians. Shiite fight Sunni. The Spanish Inquisition killed anyone who disagreed with the Catholic church. Salem "witches" were murdered for their blasphemies. In most wars, now and in the past, both sides believed God is or was on their side. God is not the problem. People who use God to their own end are the problem.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
    • Christ

      Bill, after all that you have said, how can you still believe in god? Are you convinced that your 'god' is different from the 'god' these people claim? If so, then what is so special about this god? Does it really make a difference? You cannot cling to one fairytale and berate others for their fairytales. Especially when you seem to understand quite well the problem with fairytales.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
    • subash

      Well Said!

      January 5, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
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