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. bawana

    oh blinding light
    oh light that blinds
    well i can't see
    so look out for me
    as sung to the song amazing grace
    circa fire sign theater 1960's

    January 5, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  2. Dogamus

    If one is going to be an effective president one must persuasive and manipulative talents, if one can call such attributes talents. Given that, none of them believed God gave them any instructions. It just seemed like good press at the time.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
    • JesusLives

      obama still thinks it's good press.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
    • Kent

      "obama still thinks it's good press"

      That's why the republicans are trying to do the same thing, you're an idiot.

      January 5, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  3. JB

    I'm wondering who God called to run but didn't.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  4. Secularism is our Saviour

    Just more daily evidence that god DOES NOT EXIST!
    Yet most people refuse to believe.
    Thankfully Obama is reasonable and understands there is absolutely no place in politics for religion.
    Wake up people!!!

    January 5, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
    • JesusLives

      what obama are you talking about? the one who claims to know god constantly?

      January 5, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
    • Steve the Athiest

      @JesusLives Whether or not Obama believes doesn't matter. He doesn't bring it up in his policy, although for you Right Wing believers out there; what do you think is more Christ-like "Healthcare for everyone" or "screw 'em if they can't afford it"???? Maybe you guys should start practicing what you preach.

      January 5, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
    • SIOS

      The one who left god out of his Thanksgiving address and got all the theists shorts in a knot : )

      January 5, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
  5. Richard

    I think the Jesus card is played by the GOP to get the stupid vote. If you can believe it when they say it then more than likely you're not the not the sharpest tool in the shed. I'm so happy they're all out though.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  6. AL in West Palm Beach

    I want to be friedn with that god on facebook....he is a good liar.

    at least [s]he will help me lie to my friends.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
    • JesusLives

      don't worry he's gonna meet you face to face with his book.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  7. ironic

    Its ironic that all these people running for office can say they were called by God and nobody questions their religion...but the minute Mitt Romney or Jon Huntsman were to say they were called by God to run...well, that would cause a media frenzy. American's are very ignorant of mormons aka The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. It is sad to see this today even after the country was founded partly on religious tolerance.

    Long story short, the most Godly people I know, need not proclaim to the world their godliness rather just set a good example by their actions.

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

      Mormons think they can be god, wrong.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  8. Barbara Miller

    God can very well call someone to run for President, without it being God's will that they become President. I have felt led at times to explore different paths, that didn't ultimate lead to the outcome I thought they would. But I learned from the experience and, it is possible, that I impacted lives along the way. I am not saying that all these candidates DID hear from God. Simply that all of them could have.

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

      It's also at least equally possible that none of them did, and if I had to bet on it I'd say it's much more likely that's the case.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
    • Douglas

      Sure... and I heard from the tooth fairy last night. Seiously, are you that gullible?

      January 5, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
  9. streetdude66

    If God told them work with obama instead of against him would they do as God told them? Just sayin

    January 5, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
    • JesusLives

      God won't tell them to join up with satan.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
    • Richard

      JesusLives, you're a true moron.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
    • Kent

      "God won't tell them to join up with satan."

      If you are equating Obama is doing the devils work that is a huge judgment on your part. Huh, thought that was against your bible. It's nice to see you treating others the way you want to be treated, great job is demonstrating how disgusting christians are while claiming to be like their christ.

      January 5, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
    • Lenny Pincus

      JesusLives, saying that you know God's mind makes you the devil.

      January 5, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
    • tiara

      I like this. These candidates would never say God loves Obama enough to tell them to cooperate with him. These are holier-than-thou- people who think they have the monopoly of virtues. Such hubris!!!

      January 5, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
    • Guest

      JesusLives – God doesn't tell or make anyone do anything, he gave us free will. That means, that we do things because we want to...

      January 5, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  10. Just a Man

    Maybe God called them to run but not win? Sometimes God does things for multiple reasons. maybe he called these folks to run to show the country what Morons are currently claiming to do in His name. The majority of the so-called "religious right" has no idea how to act in a proper Christian fashion. They are Hypocrits and false Prophets of the First order. In the words of our Lord "I assure you, they'll get their reward".

    January 5, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
    • Entropy

      I see you're a believer, but 2 'Maybe's in your post encourage me to ask....Maybe God (or gods) does not exist.

      January 5, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
  11. blackcurry

    Guess God dialed the wrong numbers.

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

    Don't schizophrenics hear God as well. Maybe these guys went off their meds and were too vain to back down until they were basically swept under the rug by reality. If you happen to suffer schizophrenia, I don't mean to offend by lumping you in with politicians.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  13. james Pfeiffer

    Nothing worries me more than the perverted politicizing of "Christianity" or God by these moronic posers. We are long passed the time when there were actually real statesmen and women vying for positions of power that will ultimately, and directly, effect the way we live. No person is more unqualified to be in these important positions than someone who, for whatever reason, feels compelled to sell himself/herself by using religion as some sort of ticket to being elected. It creeps me totally out!!

    January 5, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  14. derp

    God told me to run to the beer store and get a case of beer and a bag of chips. God's awesome!!!!

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

      you're god got horns?

      January 5, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
    • Kent

      "you're god got horns?"

      So you've met satan huh and knows what he looks like huh, so finish describing the rest of it. Oh..that's right you can't you're just lying because it doesn't really exist.

      January 5, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
    • Bill

      For JesusLives. I'm convinced he DID live. And I am convinced the spirit and example of this great MAN lives on. But it is apparent to me that way too many "Christians" do not follow the wonderful example of how he lived while he was on this earth. You, too, JesusLives, fail to live up to his example in how you judge others. Let's leave religion out of politics. And put it where it belongs, if we so choose. In our hearts and how we live our lives.

      January 5, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
  15. momof4

    They are using that wording to try to dupe the (in their opinion) small minded people into voting for them. These politicians seem to think so little of the voting public that claiming divine intervention will win them the campaign.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  16. Enufidiots

    anyone stupid enough to believe that "god" spoke to any of these numnutz gets what they deserve! you'all need to make up your mind on this god stuff....does he micro-manage or not? ....when thousands die in a tsunami or earthquake, the answer is always "no"...but then you'll believe that he "talks" to individual politicians! ....give me a frickin' break.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  17. Ed

    God is trying to tell us three things:
    1) Bachmann doesn't know how to appropriately interact with a camera.
    2) Cain doesn't know how to appropriately interact with a woman.
    3) I forgot the third one.

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

      ...damn Ed, funniest post of the day...hands down!

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

      very funny

      January 5, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
    • Stretch

      God knows that's a funny post!

      January 5, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
    • Johnway

      (10 minutes later ) ENERGY!

      January 5, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  18. dreamer96

    Sorry, wrong number...

    January 5, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  19. duklips

    God certainly must have a sense of humor.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  20. eroe777

    Maybe they were listening to the wrong God...

    January 5, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
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