New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was Mitt Romney's first choice for the Republican ticket but the GOP nominee switched to Paul Ryan in a span of about two weeks, according to a detailed account provided by campaign insiders.
The campaign's top advisers at the Boston headquarters thought in late July that Gov. Christie had been offered the job, and the campaign had even made tentative plans to make an announcement before Romney's trip to the London Olympics and other nations, Politico quoted anonymous campaign insiders as saying.
However, shortly before leaving for the Olympics, Romney "paused" the decision. The day after returning from his overseas trip, the Republican candidate settled on Ryan and formally offered him the job within a week. more >>
The weekend before Election Day, a new presidential poll shows President Barack Obama leading in the swing state of Ohio by six points. His edge over Mitt Romney is much smaller in Florida.
According to NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls, Obama has 51 percent of the support among likely voters in Ohio against Romney's 45 percent. The race is tighter in Florida with 49 percent favoring Obama and 47 percent favoring Romney.
The Ohio survey was conducted on Wednesday and Thursday among 971 likely voters, with a margin of error of +/-3.1 points. The Florida one was conducted Tuesday through Thursday among 1,545 likely voters, with a margin of error of +/-2.5 points. more >>
Evangelicals and Catholics are a major political force in the swing state of Iowa, where both President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are scheduled to hold rallies on the final weekend before Election Day.
Of the roughly 3 million people in Iowa, 30 percent of the registered voters describe themselves as either evangelical or Catholic. Fifty-seven percent of those who cast ballots in the caucuses in this state this year were evangelical, and they overwhelmingly supported Rick Santorum over Romney.
CNN has found that many evangelical voters in Des Moines are supporters of Romney while being a little uneasy about his erstwhile moderate stand on social issues such as abortion. more >>
Although controversies abound in the church, pastors and Christian leaders have all agreed on one thing: Mormonism is a false religion. Since its founding almost two centuries ago, Mormonism has fought for legitimacy, billing itself as a conservative sect of the Protestant Church, and has eyed the White House as their golden ticket for acceptance. Founder of Mormonism Joseph Smith actually ran for president himself in 1844. However, from that time until now the entire Protestant church has stood firm unanimously agreeing that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is a bona fide cult and Christians should not endorse them. Not a single major Christian leader has publicly backed down from that position. That is, until now. All that has changed almost overnight. Now, the majority of Christian pastors across America are endorsing a devout Mormon for the highest office in the land. National leaders have even changed their official position on Mormonism to endorse a presidential candidate who they formerly condemned as a cult member. With this mega-shift, we have begun an unprecedented endorsement of the legitimacy of Mormonism, while the unified front of the church standing against this false religion, has crumbled before our eyes.
How you decide is more important than what you decide
I am not as concerned with who you vote for as I am to know how you determine who you vote for. What are the principles you use? How do you make the decision? What is the screen through which you look at the candidate? It is too easy to be driven by fear, the media, your friends, and respected spiritual leaders. But God has made you responsible for your vote, so you need to have principles to guide your conscience or else you will be subject to other people's consciences. more >>
A Pew Research Center for the People and the Press poll has revealed that many American churchgoers regularly hear about politics, and that a significant number of pastors have even talked about specific candidates – despite IRS regulations.
The poll found that 52 percent of regular churchgoers have heard clergy stress the important of voting in the upcoming election, and 19 percent have talked about the specific candidates – although who the pastors seemed to support varied across race and denominational lines.
Black Protestants were most likely to lean toward President Barack Obama – 40 percent of churchgoers who responded to the survey said that their pastors talked about the election, and in all cases supported Obama. This stands as a contrast to all other denominations, which were slightly more likely to lean toward GOP candidate Mitt Romney, although pastors from such congregations also talked about the election less. more >>
In election years pundits often discuss the "October surprise": an event that occurs the month before Election Day that changes the dynamic of the race. In 2008, it was the financial meltdown. Did 2012 have an October surprise?
At the end of September, President Barack Obama seemed to be headed to an easy re-election. Now, just five days before the election, the race appears tied. What happened in October to cause that change? Here are three possible October surprise candidates:
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