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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. Andrew

    God is as responsible for this current republican field as he is for picking the winner of the superbowl. They all have got the same imaginary friend they believe is on their side. Sounds like a load of santorum to me.

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

      Your president says he believes in god. oh my!

      January 5, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
    • Kent

      "Your president says he believes in god. oh my!"

      So did the priests that molested children.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
    • zakada

      I don't jnow about all those other nut Republican candidates. But I live in Texas and I know Rick Perry is a nut case. He would tell you he was an atheist if he thought it would get him more votes. He is the biggest liar in the state. He gets reelected because he gets all the religious nut cases to vote for him. Yet he has contributed less than $200 to his church in the last year. So he is a very strong Christian if that is what it takes to get elected.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  2. streetdude66

    If their Christian -Judea God told them to heal the sick & feed the poor would they do that too? Just sayin

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

      I can't heal anyone, he has to do that, but yes we do feed the poor. 🙂

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

      "I can't heal anyone, he has to do that, but yes we do feed the poor"

      That's why thousands and thousands are dying each day from starvation, including children, nice job you're doing there.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
    • ATLmatt

      your right SD66... universal healthcare should be a christian responsibility.... but the GOP say screw the sick. bless republicans. I say lets start squeezing through the eyes of needles...

      January 5, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  3. Drew

    God does not "tell" anyone anything. There are those that think that earing voices in your head is a sure sign of a lack of mental stability. The last thing the United States of America, a country born of relgious (among other) freedoms, needs is a President that hears voices in his or her head. Regardless of where they believe these voices to eminate from. The people that think the voice in their head is the voice of God are arrogant beyond sufferage.

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

      moses, mary, abraham, david, solomon, etc......?

      January 5, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
    • Kent

      "moses, mary, abraham, david, solomon, etc"

      It's quoting from it's bogus book.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
    • Jerry Z

      Whadaya mean? Lots of leaders claim to be in office because God told them to. Let's see, there's Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot, Our dear leader Kim Jong Il, Ayatola Khomeni, Gengis Kahn, er, ah...oh yeah, and George W Bush!

      They all turned out fine, didn't they?

      January 5, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
  4. Mid America

    The story and responses are truely sorry. It demeans our creator and creates abusive blogs. CNN is a well known liberal format and this is evidence. Nothing wrong with that, Fox is known as conservative. Again nothing wrong with that. This just proves that politics are dirty, and how frail people are. I am suprised how CNN doesn't try to hide its extreme bias any more.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
    • Jerry Z

      So, your entire point is to blame the messenger, and not even comment on the message? I think it's your bias that's showing alot more than that of CNN. You care more about them reporting a particular truth that upsets you than the fact that these candidates high-jack religion for political gain. You're suffering from cognitive dissonance, a typical malady of the uber-religious

      January 5, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  5. maryellen brokop

    it boils down to the debate many believers have over free will, and predestination. being called is one thing, but the LORD God does not interfere with His most beloved creation's will to choose, they could all have heard that still quiet voice urging them to run, but the population of the USA have the right to choose, and historically their choices aren't always alligned with His will.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  6. joey

    just like any god or gods, they are frauds

    January 5, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
    • JesusLives

      yeah, like obama is the real deal. Scary

      January 5, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  7. Jsaltz

    There's nothing wrong with a person who talks to God. The problem is when a person claims that God is talking to him/her. I think its good that these candidates are out of the race. It gives them time to go see psychiatrists.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  8. Vernunft

    Marx hat Recht gehabt!

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

    god lies.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  10. Beverly

    If God really called these candidates then he would give them the people and resources needed to finish the race!! God does things in decent and order.Stop mocking my God!!!

    January 5, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
    • ATLmatt

      the voices in your head are not god. please get medical help. dont fear – you are not alone.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  11. Justin

    Being called by God to run doesn't mean you are going to win. God works in mysterious ways. Perhaps God called those three to run to teach them humility.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
    • DrewNYC

      Do you really think that any of them are going to change? And your answer to everything you can't explain can't be "God works in mysterious ways." Tell that to the children that die everyday due to starvation, or the countless lives lost to natural disaster. Maybe they didn't pray hard enough?

      January 5, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  12. PR

    God needed a good laugh that's why he told them to run. Just shows how stupid some poeple all. God would never tell anyone to run for political office. After all it was politicans that killed his son.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
    • ATLmatt

      good point about politicians killing jesus.

      ps- god wouldnt be a republican. he would help the poor, the weak, the sick, the troubled, etc... he would be a liberal social democrat. he would not be concerned about the rich getting tax cuts.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  13. God

    God just called and said ROFLMFAO

    January 5, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  14. Lorena

    Here is what I think: http://exfundy.wordpress.com/2012/01/05/god-told-them/

    January 5, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  15. Ken

    God tells different people different things, and from the outside it doesn't always make sense. People blowing up busloads of people in the Middle East, or people running for President of the USA? Which one will do more damage? Probably the latter IMO. I don't have a problem with members of government having religion, but I seriously dislike when they try to make my religion look like their religion.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
    • derp

      Bigfoot tells different people different things, and from the outside it doesn't always make sense. People blowing up busloads of people in the Middle East, or people running for President of the USA? Which one will do more damage? Probably the latter IMO. I don't have a problem with members of government having religion, but I seriously dislike when they try to make my religion look like their religion.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
    • ATLmatt

      derp.... that was a riot. thanks for the entertainment. i will chuckle about that one for awhile.

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

      I don't about all those other nut Republican candidates. But I live in Texas and I know Rick Perry is a nut case. He would tell you he was an atheist if he thought it would get him more votes. He is the biggest liar in the state. He gets reelected because he gets all the religious nut cases to vote for him. Yet he has contributed less than $200 to his church in the last year. So he is a very strong Christian if that is what it takes to get elected.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  16. nrog

    One would think that having hallucinations and hearing voices in the head would be an automatic disqualifier for running for president.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
    • ATLmatt

      and would immediately qualify you for strong psychiatric medicine... hearing voices can cause bad things... like lunatics running for president.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  17. Nochtiss

    God just called me to eat a whole bag of potato chips in one sitting.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
    • ChicagoRob

      I still think the whole burning bush was trying to get someone to invent marshmallows

      January 5, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
    • ATLmatt

      if anything could possibly mean there is a good, it would be smores.... 🙂

      January 5, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  18. Jason

    It's an angle. They are claiming divine right as a way of winning over the conservative evangelical vote. None of these people were actually called on by God, and I don't even think they think they were. They were driven by ambition, but that only took them to the borders of inconvenience, at which point they return to their book deals, public speaking commissions, Fox news commentaries, etc, made all the more lucrative by their failed power grab.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  19. organically

    Religion is the biggest scam in the history of humanity... the proof is endless

    January 5, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
    • ATLmatt

      dam constantine for trying to maintain peace by elevating a cult from the most rebellious province to the official religion of the roman empire. he was a gifted politician as it has stuck and pestered us for over 2000 years.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  20. streetdude66

    Jesus Christ was always healing the sick & helping the poor. I guess the G(ods) Op(position) P(arty )is Gods way of saying Christians shouldnt do that anymore.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
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