2008 potential presidential candidates:
Background of the race for the presidency
Starting over a year before the 2008-NOV elections, CNN and other news outlets
focus much of their resources on the presidential race. Early on, some candidates flip-flopped on abortion
access, and equal rights for gays and lesbians as
potential candidates abandoned their long-term opinions and oriented themselves to maximize their chances of being
nominated. Sometimes their efforts are viewed as having an impact on religious,
moral, and cultural conflicts.
Early Republican candidates:
Early in the campaign, those Republican voters who are particularly concerned about ethical behavior
had concern over some of the contenders for their party's nomination. According to
the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
|Newt Gingrich: 2 divorces: was allegedly responsible for the destruction of two marriages through adultery.
1 He is now on his third marriage. He is famously known for having "...cheated
on his second wife while leading the impeachment crusade against Clinton."
He did not enter the race after determining that
he could not legally explore a bid while remaining as head of his tax-exempt
political organization. |
|Rudy Giuliani: 2 divorces: is "a thrice-married former mayor whose kids barely speak to him."
2 His wife allegedly had to get a restraining order to keep him and his mistress out of the home.
1 He dropped out of the race on
2008-JAN-30 after the Florida primary.|
|John McCain: 1 divorce: is described as "...a self-confessed youthful philanderer who courted his future
second wife while still married to his first, then launched his political career with his second wife's money."
|Fred Thompson: 1 divorce: "is now married for the second time, to a woman 25 years his junior."
2 He waited to announce his candidacy
until after Labor Day on 2007-SEP-06, and dropped out in 2008-JAN.|
Meanwhile, Mitt Romney's has never divorced. His ethical standards
appear to be above reproach. However, many Evangelical Christians may have
difficulty voting for him because he is a member of The Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- the Mormons. Many Evangelicals
consider the church to be a cult whose theological
teachings hopelessly deviate from historical Christianity.
Voting in Iowa and New Hampshire winnowed the field. Super Tuesday which
involved 24 states and 1 territory, narrowed the field to three candidates with
some chance of success:
|Republicans: With the withdrawal of Mitt Romney on FEB-07, that
party has only one viable candidate: John McCain. Mike Huckabee still remained in
the race, but was unable to expand his support beyond his base among
southerners and evangelicals. Ron Paul has proven his ability to raise
impressive amounts of funding, but was not able to translate this into voter support
from voters. |
|Democrats: Hillary Clinton and Barak Obama
were evenly matched and
often in a statistical dead heat.|
On 2008-APR-26, the Constitution Party selected Pastor Chuck Baldwin as their
candidate over Dr. Alan Keyes by a vote of 384 to 126. He founded the Crossroad
Baptist Church in Pensacola, FL. In his acceptance speech, he complained about:
"... the bi-partisan complicity that has allowed the illegal, immoral,
unconstitutional war that has resulted in the slaughter of four thousand
American soldiers and untold innocent Iraqis. ... If elected, I will end
the lunacy that sends Americans abroad to guard the borders of Iraq, while
leaving our borders wide open, inviting illegals to plunder the wealth and
good will of American citizens." 3
He promised, that if elected, he would work to protect
the lives of the unborn, abolish the IRS and the Federal Reserve, support
home schooling, and "eviscerate" vast numbers of unconstitutional federal
programs like the Department of Energy ("we have more than enough oil in
Alaska") and Social Security ("which is nothing more than socialism"). Baldwin
promised to get "the U.S. out of the U.N. and the U.N. out of the U.S.", to
abolish the department of Homeland Security and to end foreign aid.
In a country with two very strong main parties, third party candidates have
traditionally gathered a very small percentage of the votes.
Obama eventually obtained sufficient delegates to the
convention to guarantee his selection as candidate for the Democratic party.
McCain became the Republican Candidate. Senator Obama won the election by a
narrow majority of popular vote and a landslide according to the electoral
The first "black" president, or the sixth?
Barak Obama was widely described as America's first black candidate for the
presidency. However, there is evidence that he was in fact the sixth. According
"Were there other 'black' presidents? Some historians have reason to
believe people don't really understand the genealogy of past U.S. Presidents.
Research shows at least five U.S. presidents had black ancestors and Thomas
Jefferson, the nation's third president, was considered the first black
president, according to historian Leroy Vaughn, author of 'Black People
and Their Place in World History'." 5
Others were: Andrew Jackson, Abraham
Lincoln, Warren Harding and Calvin Coolidge, none of whom ever acknowledged
their black ancestors.
only difference between Obama and these former presidents is that none of their
family histories were fully acknowledged by others. Even though Obama is
half-white, he strongly resembles his Kenyan father. And not only is Obama open
about his ancestry, most people acknowledge him as a black man, which is why
people identify Obama as the first black president of the United States."
provides a free 22" x 35½"poster titled "Know
Your Six Black Presidents" with a
subscription to their magazine. See:
The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above
essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.
- "Jean," "Let's see," Posting to the readers' reviews section of
Christianity Today's article:
"Mitt's Mormonism and the 'Evangelical Vote' Can conservative Protestants
vote for a member of what they consider a cult?" 2007-MAY-31, at:
- Dick Polman, "GOP cuts candidates lots of moral slack," Philadelphia
- Chuck Baldwin, "Chuck Baldwin Acceptance Speech, Constitution Party,
- The Constitution Party's national platform can be read at:
- Aysha Hussain, "Obama Won't Be First Black President," DiversityInc,
2007-FEB-16, at: http://www.diversityinc.com/
Copyright © 2005 to 2008 by Ontario Consultants on Religious
Originally written: 2005-SEP-20
Latest update: 2008-DEC-13
Author: B.A. Robinson