Franklin Graham denied on Tuesday that he raised doubts about President Obama’s U.S. citizenship or his religious faith, saying that he personally believes Obama is qualified to be president and that he is a Christian.
Instead, Graham, who is president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, laid the blame of raising the issues on ABC’s Christiane Amanpour and potential GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.
A new poll confirms that business mogul Donald Trump leads among moderate and liberal Republicans. However, evangelist Franklin Graham's recent remarks show that conservative supporters might not be far behind.
An April 15-20 Gallup poll, released Monday, shows that the GOP momentum for Trump is rising. Trump is tied with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee for the top spot as the preferred Republican nominee for president. Trump holds the highest percentage of support – 21 percent – among moderate and liberal Republicans than any other ring-wing contender.
Huckabee, a former minister, has 21 percent of conservative voters' support, the highest percentage of all the contenders, Trump included. more >>
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney announced Monday that he is taking the first steps toward a presidential run by forming an exploratory committee.
Romney announced the start of his exploratory committee with a YouTube video. He said his knowledge as a business leader is what America needs to fix high foreclosure and unemployment rates and the economic unrest.
As the founder of a business, he said, “I learned how America competes with companies in other countries, why jobs leave and how jobs are created here at home.” more >>
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich spoke Sunday at a Texas megachurch where he railed against secularism and called for the defense of the nation’s Christian values.
Gingrich, who shows signs that he is interested in the GOP presidential nomination although he has yet to officially declare his candidacy, told thousands of conservative evangelical Christians at Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, that liberal college professors and mainstream media are turning America into a godless society.
He called on evangelical voters to protect the nation’s Christian roots and its freedoms, citing prayers of past U.S. presidents and the Declaration of Independence. more >>
Amid anonymous talk that Rep. Michele Bachmann may be establishing an exploratory committee for a presidential run, family groups are testifying about her strengths and convictions as a conservative.
Since CNN reported that a source close to Bachmann said she may run for the GOP presidential nomination, conservatives have been debating whether the three-term Congresswoman from Minnesota has what it takes to woo GOP voters to her side.
“She’s a person who should have a platform and microphone because she’s got something to say,” said Connie Mackey, president of the conservative Family Research Council's Political Action Committee. more >>
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has made public his interest in the Republican presidential nomination by forming an exploratory committee for the 2012 election.
Pawlenty, a former two-term governor, unveiled his exploratory committee in a video posted on his Facebook page on Monday. In the video, he promised that together with Americans “we will restore America again.”
He is now the second Republican candidate, after Georgia businessman Herman Cain, to establish an exploratory committee. The committee will allow Pawlenty to raise more money for a possible run. more >>