Tedd Davis has a great article on ABC News this morning, getting the rundown of the possible 2012 candidates — along with their pros and cons. Here is the #1 candidate:
Pro: Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is widely seen by political insiders as the frontrunner for the GOPs 2012 presidential nomination. His strengths include being seen as “the next guy up” in a party with a tradition of rewarding second-time candidates (think Nixon in 1968, Reagan in 1980, Bush I in 1988, Dole in 1996, McCain in 2008). Other assets include his personal wealth; his efficient staff; his fire-in-the-belly; his work on behalf of Republican candidates around the country; and his business background. Like many aspiring presidential candidates who have come before him, he has written a new book, “No Apology: The Case for American Greatness,” which is set to be released March 2.
Con: Romney, who dropped his support for abortion rights as he got closer to his 2008 presidential run, faces lingering questions about his authenticity. There also remain certain evangelical Christians who are not sure if a Mormon qualifies as a Christian. Romney showed in 2008 that he can endure the rigors of a presidential campaign. His previous run, however, also makes him something less than a fresh face.
The entire article is a great way to familiarize yourself with the competition. But, if I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times about this kind of statement:
“There also remain certain evangelical Christians who are not sure if a Mormon qualifies as a Christian.”
For those of you evangelicals who are struggling to discuss this issue of religion in a fair way, don’t get fooled into thinking you have to delve into the various theological differences or similarities. (There are many of both!) Instead, it shouldn’t matter that we theologically are aligned. After all, we aren’t looking for our next Sunday-School-teacher-in-chief. Instead, we are looking for someone who shares our values, someone we trust morally… and politically!