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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. Tom

    If one of the GOP presidential candidates claim to be GOD then we are in trouble.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
    • JesusLives

      obama already thinks he's god, he has defied so many law of our nation it's unreal that people worship him so. I guess that the reprobate mind thingy

      January 5, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  2. Ben James

    GOP candidates will say or do anything to get elected. The "I was sent by god" claim has been used for millenia to con honest folk. Most of them have already sold their souls to corrupt corporations so why not the devil?

    January 5, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  3. gfy63

    remember,when we talk to god its called praying,when he talks to us,its called schizophrenia...

    January 5, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
    • JesusLives

      why would you talk to god by praying if you don't expect an answer? duh

      January 5, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  4. OMG

    Funny how none of the candidates claiming divine inspiration for their candidacy say a word about what God told them that got them to drop out of the race and so early in the campaign season. I guess I'll have to wait for this week's SNL skits to find out....

    Oh, and can't wait for Pat Robertson to tell us who will be the next President. He says God told him but he's not supposed to share it. And they wonder why mainstream Americans think they're all a few fries short of a Happy Meal....

    January 5, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  5. Gracie's Mom

    Usually, when someone says that they are hearing voices which are telling them what to do, they are given medication, if not hospitalized for observation and treatment.

    Unless they claim that the voice is God's. Then it's deemed to be OK.

    Cain, Perry, Santorum and Bachmann are all nuts.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
    • JesusLives

      yes.... lets all eat prozac and live in the a blurred stupor.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
    • hearing voices

      good cal,l I recommend Seroquel 100Mg once before bed time.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
    • JesusLives

      good luck with it, how's it work for hunger pains?

      January 5, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  6. Bill

    I'm sure you've heard the slogan "Guns don't kill, people do." God doesn't kill, people using His name do. I have chosen to believe and by your statement I think you have chosen not to. Good for you, that is entirely your right. Someone else's belief or non-belief should not be our concern. How we use our belief for or against others should be our concern. One of the greatest things about America is that we are supposed to be able to make that decision for ourselves. I have no problem with any politician stating s/he chose to run based on their beliefs. But "God told me to" crosses a line in my book.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  7. Steve

    Religion with Politics = throwing gasoline on a 5 alarm fire to try to put it out. The Founding Fathers wanted Americans to keep their religious beliefs private and work for the common good but for most Americans today, the message is lost. I would not be surprised to see Thomas Jefferson , George Washington, or Samuel Adams, etc boarding a flight back to England in disgust.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
    • matthouse

      forefathers hated religion that's why they wanted church and state separated, that did not happen

      January 5, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
    • JesusLives

      Politics without God = Obama, famine, earthquakes, pestilence, hom o agenda, islam takeover, sacrificing babies, irreversible debt crisis while he and "her majesty" munch on caviar in Hawaii and the american citizens lose their jobs and starve.... are you people blind......really

      January 5, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
    • OhPlz

      "Politics without God = Obama, famine, earthquakes, pestilence, hom o agenda, islam takeover, sacrificing babies, irreversible debt crisis while he and "her majesty" munch on caviar in Hawaii and the american citizens lose their jobs and starve.... are you people blind"

      Duh – Obama is picking up the mess GW left. What an idiot.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  8. buckup

    Three have publicly admitted to hearing the divine call to become POTUS. What about the rest?
    I would think all Republican Party-of-God candidates must; after all they are the GO==>God's Only Party.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
    • JesusLives

      If only we were so lucky

      January 5, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  9. Maxine

    The only reason they say God called them is that they think that will draw votes from the religious right. OR maybe God did call them and they needed a little humbleness taught to them.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
    • JesusLives

      or maybe he was giving you a fighting chance so you could reject it and blame yourself instead of Him.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  10. Tony D

    Running for office in the name of God is like taking Gods name in vain..Shame on all of them using God as a crutch to run a sham election.....

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

    I totally agree that God asked them to run. But to what end? God guides us toward discovering our faults and weaknesses and improving ourselves, and though it is vain and arrogant to suggest that one knows God's mind, it may be....it very well may be....that God wants them to understand their deluded idea of religious and spiritual life. This is what loving parent might do. Their religious views are indecent, but they have yet to discover that.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  12. Jack Manasserian

    God did not call them. I got a letter from him confirming it

    January 5, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
    • Maxine

      Wow! You must really feel blessed!

      January 5, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  13. Rob Mosby

    When one speaks to God ; that is praying. When one hears
    God speak to ones self; That is schizophrenia, by definition. They are insane. Three perfect examples, soon to be four

    January 5, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  14. MK54

    When candidates called by God drop out....it means they are finally taking their medication again.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  15. DrJStrangepork

    Like heated seats or cup holders in some over-priced SUV, a politician's faith is just another feature/extra of what they are selling. I find it disgraceful how they think so little of their "faith" that they will use it in any way possible to get to the finish line. I think their use of God's name should be the text book definition for blasphemous, and this is coming from an agnostic.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  16. Mike

    Is it the same boat as killers who claim god told them to do it?

    January 5, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  17. bluemax77

    When believe in fairy tales you deserve to be out...

    January 5, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  18. streetdude66

    Maybe if God told them to run as he GOP presidential hopeful is because God knew how beatable they would be against Obama. Just sayin

    January 5, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  19. EmmaInBalt

    GOP = Group of Pharisees.

    So many of their actions and policies are straight out the New Testament as examples Jesus gave of how NOT to act. If they really love God, they should seek to follow Jesus and his examples instead of pretending to God's hand-picked righteous warrior only to let their true selves blaspheme His name. And the rest of the right-wing nut jobs should grow a neuron and learn some discernment. Just because somebody talks the talk doesn't mean they walk the walk. And pick up a bible and read sometime - you may be surprised at how far some of these guys are from Christ's teachings. Yeesh!

    January 5, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
    • Jesus occupied!

      BEST POST HERE ^

      January 5, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  20. me

    go pray for forgiveness, because you guys are all mocking God.....and making a joke out of him. I pray for each and everyone of you....we don't need to sit and judge whether God talked to these individuals or not....that's between them and God....

    You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye. Matthew 7:5

    January 5, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
    • dmittleider

      God doesn't make junk, he just makes some candidates s--ier than other candidates. Tebow 3:16.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
    • SeanNJ

      You said, "we don't need to sit and judge whether God talked to these individuals or not....that's between them and God...."

      It WAS between them and god...until they decided to bring everyone else in on their little secret. If you don't want something open to public ridicule, then just STFU about it.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
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