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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. SeanNJ

    (referring to George W Bush)

    “The president of the United States has claimed, on more than one occasion, to be in dialogue with God. If he said that he was talking to God through his hairdryer, this would precipitate a national emergency. I fail to see how the addition of a hairdryer makes the claim more ridiculous or offensive.”
    ― Sam Harris, Letter to a Christian Nation

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

    If God told them to run, they did. God told them to run. He did not say anything about winning, just running.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
    • robert frost

      How did they know it was God? They could have been listening to the devil all along.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  3. Fixer

    God may have told them to run, but He didn't tell them that they would win. If gitting their message out there was His goal, then maybe all is well. God may ask a lot of us, sometimes the sacrifice is great and we don't "win." But there may be a point to the effort, whether it is personal or global.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
    • derp

      Bigfoot may have told them to run, but He didn't tell them that they would win. If gitting their message out there was His goal, then maybe all is well. Bigfoot may ask a lot of us, sometimes the sacrifice is great and we don't "win." But there may be a point to the effort, whether it is personal or global.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
    • TheScogg

      More than likely, you're mentally insane.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  4. Tex71

    If God told them to run, it was because He has a sense of humor and gets a kick from seeing these idiots make a$$es of themselves.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  5. Gary

    I am sure God didn't speak directly to them because he doesn't do that any more. If they had a feeling he wanted them to run and he may have, God is still is control and if he wanted them to run he had a reason. He probaly didn't promise they would win.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
    • derp

      "I am sure God didn't speak directly to them because he doesn't do that any more"

      When did he stop?

      January 5, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
    • Sam

      You can make all the fun you want but they did what they said God told them. They ran for President nothing about them wining.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
    • Sam

      Gary,
      FYI- God still takes directly to people but the problem is we don't like to listen to him. Like you said, He is in control, that includes ,even talking directly to someone.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  6. bartonfunk

    If magical sky people talk to you think you are crazy. Clearly nothing like a "god" exist.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  7. buckup

    and I thought God picked winners.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  8. MT

    Maybe God did call them to run. Running and winning are very different things. A politician can contribute positively to the electoral process and the body politic by running and still loosing. It's the process that counts. To my knowledge non of them have said that God told them that they were going to win.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  9. Millie

    We're not electing a pope, here....we're electing a president.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  10. Doug

    Most Americans know there is no God, many pretend or are afraid to say it because Mom told them these crazy stories, but really, when is the last time you really say god ? Really say a miracle, really met Jesus.. Give me a break.. These people are nuts lets face it.. ! Or greedy is more like it !

    January 5, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  11. ART

    I think all these candidates who think they have a direct line to god are idiots or may actually be listening to the devil instead,because god would never stand with these hypocrites and lyers

    January 5, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
    • robert frost

      Well said! These GOP candidates are the devil carrying the cross! Since when meanness, hypocrisy, and hate condoned by Jesus Christ?

      January 5, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  12. Chainyanker

    Religion and politics are supposed to be kept separate, yet these ignorant political wannabes make these stupid statements saying that some god inspired them. So what happened - inquiring minds what to know. Is Herman Cain still in a state of 'suspension' from some sky hook? Is Bachmann still praying to a rain god? Did Perry finally remember what Cabinet department he wanted to eliminate? Is this god's idea of a joke?

    January 5, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  13. Me2

    Everyone assumes that these politicians "believe" that God told them to run. But they obviously lied because their lips were moving at the time.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  14. DIANA

    I hontesly believe God called on them to run. He was bored one day and decided that he needed a good laugh He wanted to expose our arrogance, that's why he told these fools to run so the rest of the world could see what our country has come to.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  15. floyd

    These people are christians,God tells in scripture to separate yourself from the world and these people are diving right into the world of politics,witch is all about lying to the masses, calling each other names and hating groups of people that they do not agree with . These so called christians make me ill.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  16. streetdude66

    Dubya said he talked to God everyday. I guess that means God told him to ignore Ronald Reagans terrorist expert Richard Clarks warning of an Alqueda attack on US soil, 911 was the result. Why is it that God is always telling the GOP the wrong thing to do? why is God always telling the wrong GOP candidates to run for POTUS? Just sayin

    January 5, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  17. robert frost

    God put Obama in office and he wants him there another 4 years.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
    • J.W

      I think you are right. That is why God told all of these crazy right wing republicans to run against him.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  18. Doc Phil

    They (the candidates) are either delusional or saying that to others who have a delusion that a diety communicates with individuals. It just ain't so. How could a single diety tell three people to win? Would not he/she choose the best? It is myhope that we pick the best candidate for the job wihout relying on an outside force to guide us.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  19. Marcin

    Our founding fathers proposed a concept called Separation of Church and State. Religion should have no place in politics. What would Washington say if he saw how "Born Again" or "Bible Belt" influenc our political landscape?

    January 5, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  20. Robert Headley

    God did not tell any of them to run for presidet any more than he told be to go wack off. It irretates me how these slimy poloticians use God so glibly to indear themselves onto the american public.

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

      What should irritate you more is how much of the American public gullibly eats it all up!

      January 5, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
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