In a question and answer session in Dubuque, Iowa, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said, "I love the Bible. I'm a Protestant. I'm a Presbyterian. I went to Sunday school."
He went on to identify New York's Marble Collegiate Church as the place where his religious identity was formed under the teachings of Norman Vincent Peale. The famous author of The Power of Positive Thinking so captivated the young Trump that, Trump said, "you hated to leave church."
Peale was very much the Joel Osteen of his day, which may be why Trump sees his stock rising among a sector of American Evangelicalism. more >>
GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump was repeatedly asked in an interview to state his favorite Bible verse, since Trump had previously declared the Bible to be his favorite book, but declined each time and explained that it is "very personal" to him.
"I wouldn't want to get into it. Because to me, that's very personal," Trump said Wednesday on Bloomberg's "With All Due Respect."
He was asked again if there is any one particular verse that means a lot to him, to which he said: "The Bible means a lot to me, but I don't want to get into specifics." more >>
Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, who will take a lead role in a 50-state campaign to end taxpayer support for Planned Parenthood this week, spoke about America's "war on faith" to more than 2,500 Evangelicals and conservative voters at a rally in Des Moines, Iowa.
"There is a war on faith in America today, in our lifetime," the U.S. senator from Texas told the crowd, according to MSNBC. "Did we ever imagine that in the land of the free and home of the brave, we would be witnessing our government persecute its citizens for their faith?"
The threats to religious freedom of Christians have been growing, he said. "They have been growing for decades but never have the threats been greater to religious liberty than they are right here and now today," he added, speaking to the crowd at the Iowa Events Center Friday night. more >>
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump looked at the crowd gathered for his rally at a 40,000-seat college football stadium in Mobile, Alabama, saying he now knows how evangelist Billy Graham felt. He also said the book he likes the most is the Bible.
"I know how Billy Graham felt," Trump, a billionaire businessman, said, apparently jokingly, as he began his speech at Ladd-Peebles Stadium, which was about half-full.
Trump also said, "What's my favorite book? The Bible! The Bible. ... We take the Bible all the way," according to The Washington Post's national political reporter Robert Costa, who tweeted the Republican candidate's remarks. more >>
It's time to ask a question, the answer to which we do not know: Will former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email server scandal do fatal damage to her campaign?
Over the past few months it's become clearer that the questions surrounding Clinton's emails — and a corresponding flood of negative press that she has been unable to counteract — have done considerable harm, at least in the short term. Her favorability rating has continued to erode. In June, we noted that despite months of questions about her emails — the story broke in early March — Clinton's net favorability had only gone from 48%-46% favorable to 46%-48% unfavorable, according to HuffPost Pollster's average. Since then, her unfavorability has only inched up to 49%, but her favorability has dropped to about 41%.
The fact that her unfavorability number hasn't grown much while her favorability number has clearly dropped suggests that some Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents are not willing to say they like their party's frontrunner right now, but they also aren't willing to say they dislike her. These are the voters that Clinton, as the nominee, would probably be able to bring back into the fold. Polarization raises the floor for candidates of both parties, even ones who are damaged. more >>
Donald Trump's commanding lead in the polls is a solemn reminder that if we're not careful, another narcissistic good talker will be elected to complete the fundamental transformation President Obama began.
Choosing style and good sound bites over substance got us in the mess we're in with a president who highlights his intellectual shortcomings when he comes up with some real off-teleprompter doozies, claiming our country has 57 states, America is 20 centuries-old, "Austrian" is a language, Canada has a president, and dead heroes are listening in his audience, to name a few.
If Trump were in the race for honest reasons, would he continually threaten a third party run, fully knowing that pulling a "Ross Perot" gifts the progressive left with four more years? But he sounds good, so I guess we should just take him at his word. I suppose we should pay no attention to the Washington Post report that not long before launching his 2016 bid, Donald's longtime friend, Bill Clinton, told him to "play a bigger role" in the Republican Party. more >>