Vote God 2008

Evangelicals focus on Mitt Romney's speech about his faith.

ByABC News
February 26, 2009, 6:13 PM

Dec. 5, 2007 — -- The presidential campaign of Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, fired a county campaign chairman in Iowa Wednesday for forwarding an email accusing Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. of secretly praying to Allah.

"There's an email floating around that says I am a Muslim plant, planning to take over America. This would surprise my pastor at Trinity United Church of Christ," Obama said earlier this year.

This heavenly smear wasn't really so unusual. You can't spend any time on the campaign trail this year without bumping into God.

Former Arkansas governor and Baptist minister Mike Huckabee is now leading in polls of likely Republican caucus-goers in Iowa. Why? Huckabee explained last week at Liberty University's convocation.

"There's only one explanation for it, and it's not a human one. It's the same power that helped a little boy with two fish and five loaves feed a crowd of 5,000 people,'' Huckabee said.

Thursday former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who hopes to become the first Mormon president, will deliver an address about the role of faith in America.

"I certainly will answer some questions relating to how my own faith would inform my presidency," Romney said.

Romney's campaign this afternoon released photographs of their man calmly preparing the speech. He seemed calm for a man who is being abandoned in droves by Evangelical voters -- because of his Mormon faith, in many cases.

It might make you wonder. The White House and Americans in general are frustrated the Iraqi government cannot put aside their religious differences. After all, here in the states, who really cares what version of god you believe in. Right?


"We are a nation under God, and we do place our trust in him," Romney has said.

Romney originally had tried to blur the difference between his Mormon faith -- whose adherents consider themselves the only true Christians -- and Evangelicals. But that did not go over well among many born-again Christians.

"Mitt Romney is not a Christian, he's a Mormon and Mormonism is a cult," says Dr. Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas.