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The Former Candidates

Faith in the 2012 Election

Quotes (167)

One of the key functions of the campaign process is to help reduce the candidate field to a few top contenders, and this collection explores the past rhetoric of candidates who have since dropped out of the race. You can also view a grid that juxtaposes the major positions of the remaining major candidates here.

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  • April 10, 2012
    If you go down the list of sort of the life, marriage, social conservative issues, we were all pretty much in line, yet I was considered the extremist, which I found very interesting [...] In a sense, all the candidates on the dias were social conservatives, but I was considered the social conservative candidate because I was the only one on the dias who actually tried to do anything.
  • April 8, 2012
    We need an approach trying to stand up very firmly for religious liberty. The assault on the Catholic Church is very real and it's not just the Catholic Church. [...] I think you have a platform that says flatly that the government should not force its values on any religious institution. I think that's a very key part of this. I was at a Baptist school, not a Catholic school, Louisiana College, and the president said they are right to life institutions and the Obamacare is imposing, they...
  • March 31, 2012
    This is a historic cultural fight for the very survival of American civilization. [...] We need an administration which actually thinks religious liberty includes Christians and Jews.
  • March 29, 2012
    [Romney] put a mandate on Catholic hospitals, under 'Romneycare,' that they had to provide the morning-after pill, which as you know is an abortifacient. He also provided $50 abortions — subsidized abortions. And for low-income individuals, free abortions. Under Romneycare — exactly what President Obama is doing.
  • March 26, 2012
    Every single American of every background is endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, the pursuit of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We should be concerned about any young American of any background who ends up getting killed [as Trayvon Martin was].
  • March 23, 2012
    It should bother the president. Why does the president behave the way that people would think that [he is a Muslim]? You have to ask, why would they believe that? It's not because they're stupid. It's because they watch the kind of things I just described to you. When you have every bishop in the Catholic Church say this administration's at war with their religion, you don't think that has an impact?
  • March 22, 2012
    You know, that is such total baloney. I was asked by a reporter immediately afterwards. I said of course I accept that he’s a Christian. The guy didn’t ask me a question. The guy got up and stated his opinion. I don’t have an obligation to go around and correct every single voter about every single topic. I also didn’t agree with him.
  • March 21, 2012
    It was a great blessing to me. It changed my life. I feel very grateful that God blessed me with those people in my life that led me on that journey.
  • March 20, 2012
    The bottom line is that we do well among people who take their faith seriously, and as you know, just like some Protestants are not churchgoing, they are folks who identify with a particular religion but don't necessarily practice that from the standpoint of going to church and the like.
  • March 19, 2012
    Parents and citizenry should hold schools accountable and have educational options for their children. [...] Education is the responsibility of the consumer, the parent. Putting “parents first” is how best we put “students first”. Parents have the fundamental right to direct the upbringing and education of their children with local school systems supporting, as desired.
  • March 19, 2012
    America is suffering a pandemic of harm from pornography. Pornography is toxic to marriages and relationships. It contributes to misogyny and violence against women. It is a contributing factor to prostitution and sex trafficking.
  • March 19, 2012
    We must envision a 21st century system of lifetime learning more flexible, more productive, more individualized and more capable than any bureaucracy could achieve.
  • March 18, 2012
    One of the great blessings I’ve had in every political campaign is people underestimate me, people underestimate what God can do.
  • March 17, 2012
    CHICAGO DAILY HERALD: Growing up, your brother Dan told us earlier this year, your family was Catholic, but not nearly as devout as you are now. Can you talk about a particular experience or when that faith really started growing?

    SANTORUM: When I got married and started having kids. I sensed a sharpening to what is important in life. Faith was always a part of my life. But really until I met my wife and once we started walking that journey together, I definitely elevated the importance of...
  • March 16, 2012
    Appeasing radical Islam whole while crushing Christianity and Judaism strikes me as exactly what’s wrong in America today.
  • March 14, 2012
    We have a real series of challenges. We have a deeper challenge, which you know in Springfield, which we know in Sacramento, we know in Albany, and that is that the systems of governance that we’ve inherited are decaying -- that we now have interest groups so powerful that democracy is simply a shadow of them floating on top of the power of the interest groups.
  • March 13, 2012
    You stood with a guy [...] you knew, shared your values, and was going to go out and work for you to make sure this country was free and safe and prosperous based on believing in free people and free markets and the free economy and, of course, the integrity of the family and the centrality of faith in our lives.
  • March 10, 2012
    Look at the new show that's on that has the word 'Christian' in it, and I want you to take the exact name, drop out Christian and put in 'Muslim.' And ask yourself is there any network that would have dared to run a show like that and you know the answer is not a one [...] Anti-Christian bigotry is just fine in the entertainment industry but they have to be very protective of Islam.
  • March 7, 2012
    The nomination is an impossibility for Rick Santorum or Newt Gingrich. As you can tell, all we [in the Romney campaign] have to do is keep doing what we’re doing and we can get to the nomination. For those guys it’s going to take some sort of act of God to get to where they need to be on the nomination front.
  • March 6, 2012
    We need a fundamental reassessment of our entire understanding of the threat of radical Islam. We need an administration with the courage to use the words "radical Islam." [...] We need to be clear that the teaching of hatred, the recruitment of martyrs, the anticipation that children will grow up to be martyrs are not patterns compatible with a peace process.
  • March 1, 2012
    You’ll notice the President Obama is very quick to apologize for Islam while he attacks the Catholic church. [...] This is the most anti-religious administration in American history. And you have my commitment that on the very first day I will issue an executive order that turns over every single anti-religious act of Barack Obama.
  • February 29, 2012
    I wish that I had that particular line back.
  • February 28, 2012
    [Kennedy said] that his first duty as president would be to do the job of president, and I think that’s correct.
  • February 26, 2012
    President Obama once said he wants everybody in America to go to college. What a snob. There are good decent men and women who go out and work hard every day and put their skills to test that aren’t taught by some liberal college professor trying to indoctrinate them.
  • February 10, 2012
    Two hours after the inaugural address I will begin signing executive orders and presidential findings. All of them will have been published by October 1st. [...W]e will have an executive order to repeal every act of religious bigotry by the Obama administration, period.
  • February 10, 2012
    This country was founded by people who came here in order to avoid religious persecution. A very basis of this country was religious liberty. Our core document says we are endowed by our creator with certain unalienable rights. And Barack Obama seeks to cut across those. And I, frankly, don't care what deal he tries to cut, this is a man who is deeply committed: if he wins reelection, he will wage war on the Catholic Church the morning after he's reelected. We cannot trust him, we know who he...
  • January 28, 2012
    [Embryonic stem-cell research is] the use of science to desensitize society over the killing of babies.
  • January 26, 2012
    I think anyone who is president is faced with decisions so enormous that they should go to God. They should seek guidance. [...] [Religion] is inextricably tied in with how you behave.
  • January 7, 2012
    [...Y]ou make that decision [to leave Afghanistan] based on an analysis of understanding how virulent the threat of radical Islam is. And you confront that threat not just militarily, and importantly not just militarily. You confront it first by being honest with the American public about what this threat is. This president has sanitized every defense document, everything. [...T]he word radical Islam doesn’t appear anywhere.
  • January 7, 2012
    I just want to raise a point about the news media bias. [...] Should the Catholic Church find itself discriminated against by the Obama administration on key delivery of services because of the bias and the bigotry of the administration? The bigotry question goes both ways. And there’s a lot more anti-Christian bigotry today than there is concerning the other side. And none of it gets covered by the news media.
  • January 3, 2012
    If we have someone who can go out [...] and appeal to the voters that have been left behind by a Democratic Party that wants to make them dependent instead of valuing their work, we will win this election. Those are the same people that President Obama talked about who cling to their guns and their Bibles.They share our values about faith and family. [...] They understand when families aren’t there to instill values into their children and into their neighbors as Little League coaches, as...
  • January 3, 2012
    God has given us this great country to allow his people — to allow his people to be free, has given us that dignity because we are a creation of his, and we need to honor that creation. And whether it’s the sanctity of life in the womb or the dignity of every working person in America to fulfill their potential, you will have a friend in Rick Santorum.
  • December 10, 2011
    So people want to know, "What's your faith?" I'm a Christian. I'm unashamed and unapologetic about that. I have a strong faith. I made a proclamation of my faith in Christ when I was 16. And I don't mind if people ask me those questions or ask me about my husband or our family. I'm happy to talk about that, because after all, people need to take the measure of the man or the measure of the woman when they make that decision.
  • December 10, 2011
    I think character issues do count [in choosing a President]. [...] And it should be a factor. You're electing a leader. You're electing someone that trust is everything, and particularly in this election. [...] I think that's important, and for the people to go and determine whether they're trustworthy enough to earn their support.
  • November 22, 2011
    Well, let's face the economic reality. Let's face the deficit reality we have as a country. We have an economic deficit. And I'd argue that 70 percent debt-to-GDP is a national security problem because, at some point, you just don't grow any more, when your debt becomes that. [...] So I'd say, aside from that, we've got another deficit in this country. It's called the trust deficit. People have lost trust in their institutions of power in America. They don't trust Congress. They don't trust...
  • November 22, 2011
    We are not fighting a war on terrorism. Terrorism is a tactic. We're fighting a war against radical Islam. And what radical Islam is telling, all of the radical Islamist leaders are saying is that just wait America out, America is weak, they will not stand for the fight [...].
  • November 22, 2011
    It's important for us to use all the assets we have. Promote our values. America is that shining city on the hill. It is the city that comes to the aid of those in trouble in America, in the world. We have done more good for America in Africa and in the third world by the things that we've done. And we have saved money and saved military deployments by wisely spending that money not on our enemies but on folks who can and will be our friends.
  • November 22, 2011
    But the issue of the Patriot Act is a little different. We are at war. The last time we had a threat at home like this - obviously, it was much more of a threat at home - was during the Civil War. And, of course, Abraham Lincoln ran right over civil rights. Why? Because we had a present domestic threat. In the previous wars that we've had, we haven't had this type of threat that we have here in the homeland. And we have to deal with it differently.
  • November 19, 2011
    [The Occupy Wall Street Protestors] take over a public park they didn’t pay for, to go nearby to use bathrooms they didn’t pay for, to beg for food from places they they don’t want to pay for, to obstruct those who are going to work to pay the taxes to sustain the bathrooms and to sustain the park so that they can self-righteously explain that they are the paragons of virtue to which we owe everything. [...] Go get a job. Right after you take a bath.
  • November 12, 2011
    We diminish our standing in the world and the values that we project which include liberty, democracy, human rights, and open markets when we torture. We should not torture. Waterboarding is torture. We dilute ourselves down like a whole lot of other countries. And we lose that ability to project values that a lot of people in corners of this world are still relying on the United States to stand up for them.
  • November 12, 2011
    We have to use enhanced interrogation techniques, all enhanced interrogation techniques. It has been proven to be successful in gathering information. It was critical for us in the war against terror. And we need to continue that operation. And using civilian courts is one of the worst ideas I have ever heard. The civilian courts are given to people who have rights under our constitution. People who have attacked our country and are foreign combatants do not have those rights. Our country...
  • November 12, 2011
    And candidly, the degree to which the Arab Spring may become an anti-Christian spring is something which bothers me a great deal. And I would certainly have the State Department intervening on behalf of the [...] Christians, who are being persecuted under the new system, having their churches burned, having people killed. And I'd be pretty insistent that we are not gonna be supportive of a regime, which is explicitly hostile to-- to religions other than Islam.
  • November 12, 2011
    If you engage in war against the United States, you are an enemy combatant. You have none of the civil liberties of the United States. You cannot go to court. Let me be very clear about this. There are two levels. There's a huge gap here that frankly far too many people get confused over. Civil defense, criminal defense, is a function of being within the American law. Waging war on the United States is outside criminal law. It is an act of war and should be dealt with as an act of war. And...
  • November 8, 2011
    Pray. I would pray and ask the Lord for guidance on how to turn the country back around.
  • November 8, 2011
    The first thing I’d do in the office, probably say a prayer.
  • October 18, 2011
    COOPER: Should voters pay attention to a candidate’s religion?

    SANTORUM: I think they should pay attention to the candidate’s values, what the candidate stands for. That’s what is at play. And the person’s faith — and you look at that faith and what the faith teaches with respect to morals and values that are reflected in that person’s belief structure. Those are important things. [...] With respect to what is the road to salvation, that’s a whole different story. That’s not applicable to...
  • October 18, 2011
    I’m a Catholic. Catholic has social teachings. Catholic has teachings as to what’s right and what’s wrong. And those are legitimate things for voters to look at, to say if you’re a faithful Catholic, which I try to be — fall short all the time, but I try to be — and it’s a legitimate thing to look at as to what the tenets and teachings of that faith are with respect to how you live your life and how you would govern this country.
  • October 18, 2011
    I happen to think that none of us should rush in judgment of others in the way in which they approach God. And I think that all of us up here I believe would agree. But I think all of us would also agree that there's a very central part of your faith in how you approach public life. And I, frankly, would be really worried if somebody assured me that nothing in their faith would affect their judgments, because then I'd wonder, where's your judgment -- how can you have judgment if you have no...
  • October 10, 2011
    I think that none of us should sit in judgment of somebody else’s religion. And I thought it was very unwise and very inappropriate. [...] Mormons define themselves as a branch of Christianity.
  • October 8, 2011
    So let me just set the record straight. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I believe in life from conception, period, no exceptions.
  • October 8, 2011
    A reporter asked me just yesterday: Well, aren't you angry about how America has treated you? I said: Sir, you don't get it. I have achieved all of my American dreams and then some because of the great nation United States of America. What's there to be angry about? Angry? America's, one of America's greatest strengths is its ability to change. We have weathered those changes. That's what makes this nation great.
  • October 8, 2011
    It took me 12 years and the grace of God to figure out what my journey should be at this point in my life. And just like every major decision and every major challenge I have faced in my life, after a lot of prayer, a lot of soul-searching, a lot of prayer and a lot of soul-searching, once I made the decision, I never looked back.
  • October 8, 2011
    And yet, with the stakes as high as they have ever been in our lifetimes, I’m here to deliver to you very good news, because, of all years, this is the year when we conservatives don’t have to settle. This is not the election to choose a moderate or a compromise candidate. Now is not the time to abandon our values and virtues, because now is the time when we need those virtues more than ever.
  • October 8, 2011
    I have lived a consistent life based on core convictions, and I have proven time after time that I stand with you and I stand for our values and I stand for the Constitution. I stand for limited government. I stand on principle. And I will never back down. [...] For five years in Washington, D.C., I have lived, I have breathed, I have fought daily in the halls of Congress for our shared values. And the reason our agenda never seems to advance is because the people that we send to represent us...
  • October 8, 2011
    On a personal level, the most important issue that I made and the most important stand that I made in life was not to settle for religious practice. When I was 16 years of age, I chose to select a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and I stand with him, I stand with Jesus Christ because he, first of all, stood for me. And he wishes to stand with all men as well. [...] And, like you, I consult the Lord through prayer on almost every decision that I make.
  • October 8, 2011
    This is something that those of you who were here know: We've been here. We've worked together. We've gotten things done together in this city where, well, let's just say most politicians, when it comes to these issues, tend to put them on the backburner. Well, you know that I have never put social issues and values issues on the backburner.
  • October 8, 2011
    This president has done more to destroy the bonds between Israel and the United States than any president in our history. He has isolated Israel. He has brought contempt for Israel, to the point where he even encouraged a year ago that the Palestinian Authority should bring a resolution to the United Nations and had to feebly veto it to stop them for something he instigated in the first place by suggesting it and then doing those things over the course of that year to isolate Israel.
  • October 8, 2011
    We need a president who believes in free people and free markets. That's the basis of our society. It's the basis of our economy. It's a moral enterprise that is America. Our Declaration of Independence, which is they [sic] why of America, says we hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal and endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights. Our rights come from God – not any god, but the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – that God.
  • October 8, 2011
    Let me be clear. Judicial supremacy is factually wrong, it is morally wrong, and it is an affront to the American system of self-government.
  • October 8, 2011
    Under our Constitution, the president can lead the American people in educating the Congress, in changing things. If we shrink the power of Washington by applying the Tenth Amendment, we have to grow citizens back home to fill the vacuum.
  • September 28, 2011
    Don’t take your life, don’t take this university, don’t take the future of the most magnificent country God has ever bequeathed [for granted]. [...] Don’t settle for anything less than what this great and mighty God has planned for you.
  • September 28, 2011
    Liberty is the animating principle not only for our nation, not only for this university […] but it’s also an animating principle of this great nation […] and it’s because Jesus came to set the captives free. It’s the essence of our Christian life and it’s the essence of the founding of this nation.
  • September 22, 2011
    [The deputy prime minister of Israel] also made it real clear that he wasn't sure how this administration stood when it came to Israel. I made it clear [...] that if you mess with Israel, you're messing with the United States of America. We will stand solidly behind Israel.
  • September 22, 2011
    Of course we should be able to exercise our faith. And whether that expression occurs in a public school or occurs in a public building, we should be able to allow, to have freedom for all people to express our belief in God.
  • September 22, 2011
    I would say, any type of sexual activity has absolutely no place in the military. And the fact that they're making a point to include it as a provision within the military that we are going to recognize a group of people and give them a special privilege to and removing "don't ask/don't tell" I think tries to inject social policy into the military. And the military's job is to do one thing, and that is to defend our country. [...] I would just say that, going forward, we would [...]...
  • September 20, 2011
    [Ahmadinejad] has proven that he is in violation of the United Nations charter, and of international law. He is, in the most literal sense, an outlaw and he should not be allowed in the United States. I call upon President Obama to stop Ahmadinejad from coming to the UN. [...] When madmen in positions of power make wild and genocidal threats — we should listen to them, and take the necessary counter-measures to stop them and their evil intents. Such threats are an affront to Israel, the...
  • September 17, 2011
    LENO: If you become president - and you seem pretty strident in your views….

    BACHMANN: Convicted. I’m convicted.
  • September 16, 2011
    [In response to a question of bullying in Minnesota schools that reportedly targets gays:] That's not a federal issue.
  • September 15, 2011
    Any family money there is goes to charity. We didn’t come into this world with anything, and don’t expect to leave with anything. And if the good Lord gives you something along the way by way of whatever you’ve done in the free market, then it’s our philosophy that you turn around and plow it back in and try to make people’s lives a little bit better.
  • September 10, 2011
    Campaigns are tough and you've got to face a little bit of headwind from time to time, but I don't think religion is going to be a deal-breaker.
  • August 28, 2011
    I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We’ve had an earthquake; we’ve had a hurricane. He said, "Are you going to start listening to me here?" Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we’ve got to rein in the spending.
  • August 12, 2011
    YORK: Could you tell us what it is about Mormonism that Southerners find objectionable?

    CAIN: I listen to what people say. What they basically say is that they are not real clear about how [Romney's] Mormon religion relates to the majority of the people’s Protestant, Christian religion in the South. [...] I was simply saying what others have told me about not being clear in understanding his religion.
  • August 12, 2011
    YORK: Mr. Cain [...] you have already apologized for remarks you made about Islam. Is your focus on other people’s religions hurting your campaign?

    CAIN: It is not hurting my campaign, Byron, because my focus is not on other people’s religion. Let me repeat myself and be real clear. I believe in the First Amendment to the Constitution. I believe that the government does not have a right to impose religion on people. But when you’re talking about some of these sensitive issues, I think we owe...
  • August 12, 2011
    YORK: In 2006, when you were running for Congress, you described a moment in your life when your husband said you should study for a degree in tax law. You said you hated the idea. And then you explained, “But the Lord said, ‘Be submissive. Wives, you are to be submissive to your husbands.’” As president, would you be submissive to your husband?

    BACHMANN: [...] what submission means to us, if that’s what your question is, it means respect. I respect my husband. He’s a wonderful, godly man,...
  • August 12, 2011
    I support the federal marriage amendment, because I believe that we will see this issue at the Supreme Court someday. [...] I also want to say, when I was in Minnesota, I was the chief author of the constitutional amendment to define marriage as one man, one woman. I have an absolutely unblemished record when it comes to this issue of man-woman marriage.
  • August 12, 2011
    YORK: Recently, a Des Moines Register poll found that 58 percent of likely caucus goers, Republican caucus goers here in Iowa, consider support of civilian unions a deal killer for a candidate. You support civil unions. Why are you right and most other candidates along with most GOP caucus goers, why are they wrong?

    HUNTSMAN: I believe in traditional marriage first and foremost. [...] But I also believe in civil unions. Because I think this nation can do a better job when it comes to...
  • August 12, 2011
    I’m proud of my service to this country. If you love your country, you serve her. During a time of war, during a time of economic hardship, when asked to serve your country in a sensitive position where you can actually bring a background to help your nation, I’m the kind of person who’s going to stand up and do it, and I’ll take that philosophy to my grave.
  • August 12, 2011
    YORK: Senator Santorum? You’re looking incredulous [at Ron Paul's position on defining marriage]. Response?

    SANTORUM: Well, it sounds to me like Representative Paul would actually say polygamous marriages are OK. If the state has the right to do it, they have the right to do it. It is not beyond reality, Ron, it is exactly what’s being offered in other states right now. And it’s being litigated in our courts right now, which is exactly how gay marriage came about as we see here in state of...
  • August 12, 2011
    [...] the Supreme Court of the United States on a recent case said that a man who committed rape could not be killed, could not be subject to the death penalty, yet the child conceived as a result of that rape could be. That to me sounds like a country that doesn’t have its morals correct. That child did nothing wrong. That child is - that child is an innocent victim. To be victimized twice would be a horrible thing. It is an innocent human life. It is genetically human from the moment of...
  • August 12, 2011
    YORK: Speaker Gingrich, you’ve said you would impose a loyalty test for Muslims to serve in your administration. You said, “We did this in dealing with the Nazis, and we did this in dealing with the communists.” Are you really comparing American Muslims to Nazis? And what specific loyalty test would you require them to take?

    GINGRICH: Well, actually, I didn’t describe it as applied to Muslims. I described it as applied to everybody. [...] My point was, there is nothing illegitimate about...
  • August 9, 2011
    [Homosexual activists] want to force their worldview on us and they’re using this idea of 'equality,' which is absurd. This has nothing to do with how two people want to live their lives. It has everything to do with an agenda that is ultimately going to destroy the family, weaken the family and weaken our religious liberties in this country. This is going to transform, you know, the left is very enthusiastic about this agenda because it is an opportunity to get after the things that they see...
  • August 7, 2011
    My position is that I am 100 percent supportive of Israel. I've been more direct about my support of Israel than any of the candidates, with the statement: 'If any other country messes with Israel, they are messing with the U.S.' That's not politically correct language, it's just the common sense language. I feel very strongly about my relationship with Israel.
  • August 7, 2011
    I don't know what reaching out to the Muslim world is going to achieve. I am not going to pander to the Muslim world. I am not going to try to pacify Muslim countries in belief that it's somehow going to change their attitude towards the U.S. I am not going to have a deaf ear, but I am just not going to make it some sort of priority.
  • August 7, 2011
    HAARETZ: Do you believe the two-state solution is possible?

    CAIN: It's possible if they want to have a peaceful co-existence. But it's not going to be possible if every time Israel is making some concession they are asking for more concessions, and that's the history of this whole peace process.
  • August 7, 2011
    Libya has become a debacle. Depending on what the generals and experts tell me, I would immediately determine if it's proper for us to withdraw support from this whole effort - or if we are to stay involved then what is our exit strategy. As for Syria, I don't see any reason for us to get involved in this situation at all. Yes, it's inhumane that the Syrian government is killing some of its own people. But Syria has never been a friend of the United States, and it's unfortunate that they are...
  • August 3, 2011
    BLITZER: Gay marriage?

    HUNTSMAN: I believe in traditional marriage. I don't think you can redefine marriage from the traditional sense.

    I'm for civil unions. I came out for civil unions a while ago. I think we can do a better job as it relates to overall equality, specifically as it relates to reciprocal beneficiary rights.

    BLITZER: But you agree that states like New York or Iowa should have the right if they want to have gay marriage? They should have that right?

    HUNTSMAN: Of course....
  • July 29, 2011
    The whole concept of the Arab Spring is an interesting fantasy. We have no idea what is going to come out of this. It's like saying that the rise of the young colonels in the 1950s who replaced the Egyptian monarchy was a step toward modernity and the better future, or that the killing of the Iraqi king [Faisal II] in 1958 was a step toward modernity, and not a totalitarian system. Are the rebels in Benghazi the same people who are killing Americans in Iraq? Benghazi was the leading city...
  • July 29, 2011
    I see [the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict] as an identity conflict. It's much more profound than political. And it's a very hard thing to fight. The attitude of the radical wing of Islam, going all the way back to the 1920s and '30s, has been profoundly anti-Semitic, long before the establishment of the State of Israel. Hostility against the Jews in Palestine was extraordinary. The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem was very pro-Nazi. It's not a political problem, it's a fundamental question of identity....
  • July 27, 2011
    While I stand by my opposition to the interference of shariah law into the American legal system, I remain humble and contrite for any statements I have made that might have caused offense to Muslim Americans and their friends. I am truly sorry for any comments that may have betrayed my commitment to the U.S. Constitution and the freedom of religion guaranteed by it. Muslims, like all Americans, have the right to practice their faith freely and peacefully.
  • July 18, 2011
    I know the South and you have to win the South. Mitt Romney didn't win the South when John McCain won the South and Mike Huckabee won the South. And I think that the reason he will have a difficult time winning the South is when he ran the first time he did not do a good job of communicating his religion.
  • July 17, 2011
    I fully support traditional marriage. Unequivocally. The traditional family faces enormous challenges in America, and if elected I would vigorously oppose any effort to redefine marriage as anything other than between one man and one woman.
  • July 17, 2011
    WALLACE: But couldn’t any community then say they don’t want a mosque in our community?

    CAIN: They could say that. Chris, lets go back to the fundamental issue that the people are basically saying they’re objecting to. They’re objecting to the fact Islam is both a religion and a set of laws, Sharia law. That’s the difference between any one of our other traditional religions where it’s just about religious purposes. The people in the community know best, and I happen to side with the people...
  • July 15, 2011
    We must have the courage to make the hard decisions to make dramatic cuts in spending rather than extending our credit once again. The President says he wants to fix the economy for a ‘decade.’ I want to fix it for the next generation and never again have to have a debate about raising the debt limit.
  • July 13, 2011
    I stand firmly with the FAMILY Leader and share their vision and commitment to supporting traditional values in American society. I am, and will continue to be, an ardent defender of traditional marriage and will work to preserve and protect the sanctity of human life, which I believe begins at conception.
  • June 28, 2011
    No one in this Administration predicted the events of the Arab spring - but the freedom deficit in the Arab world was no secret. For 60 years, Western nations excused and accommodated the lack of freedom in the Middle East. That could not last. The days of comfortable private deals with dictators were coming to an end in the age of Twitter, You Tube, and Facebook. And history teaches there is no such thing as stable oppression.
  • June 28, 2011
    Israel is unique in the region because of what it stands for and what it has accomplished. And it is unique in the threat it faces—the threat of annihilation. It has long been a bastion of democracy in a region of tyranny and violence. And it is by far our closest ally in that part of the world. Despite wars and terrorists attacks, Israel offers all its citizens, men and women, Jews, Christians, Muslims and, others including 1.5 million Arabs, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, the right...
  • June 25, 2011
    I think the president should be, frankly, enforcing [the Defense of Marriage Act], and I think we are drifting toward a terrible muddle which I think is going to be very, very difficult and painful to work our way out of.
  • June 23, 2011
    Upholding American values doesn’t require us to support the rise to power of those who reject the bedrock notions of liberty, of individual rights, of freedom of religion that are the foundations of the American creed just because they manage to convince a majority of voters to support their intolerant message.
  • June 23, 2011
    This administration is crippling the United States and every country in the world by failing to protect those who help us. [...] It is immoral and it is destructive.
  • June 23, 2011
    I’m not very comfortable that Egypt is going to work out well. I’m not very comfortable that Tunisia is going to work out well. I’m not very comfortable that Libya is going to work out well.
  • June 13, 2011
    I'm solidly pro-life. [...] And I haven't just talked about these things; I've done it.
  • June 13, 2011
    Well, the protections between the separation of church and state were designed to protect people of faith from government, not government from people of faith. This is a country that in our founding documents says we're a nation that's founded under God, and the privileges and blessings at that we have are from our creator. [...] And so the Founding Fathers understood that the blessings that we have as a nation come from our creator and we should stop and say thanks and express gratitude for...
  • June 13, 2011

    MCELVEEN: You recently said you would not appoint a Muslim to your cabinet and you kind of back off that a little bit and said you would first want to know if they're committed to the Constitution. You expressed concern that, quote, "a lot of Muslims are not totally dedicated to this country." Are American-Muslims as a group less committed to the Constitution than, say, Christian or Jews?

    CAIN: First, the statement was would I be comfortable with a Muslim in my administration, not that I...

  • June 13, 2011
    I do not believe in Sharia law in American courts. I believe in American laws in American courts, period. There have been instances [...] in New Jersey -- there was an instance in Oklahoma where Muslims did try to influence court decisions with Sharia law. I was simply saying very emphatically, American laws in American courts.
  • June 13, 2011
    I am 100 percent pro-life. [...] I believe in the dignity of life from conception until natural death. I believe in the sanctity of human life. [...] I stand for the right to life. The very few cases that deal with those exceptions [rape, incest] are the very tiniest of fraction of cases, and yet they get all the attention. Where all of the firepower is and where the real battle is, is on the general -- genuine issue of taking an innocent human life. I stand for life from conception until...
  • June 13, 2011
    I also believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. [...] I believe that for children, the best possible way to raise children is to have a mother and father in their life.
  • June 13, 2011

    KING: Just what role does faith play in your political life?

    SANTORUM: I'm some [one] who believes that you approach issues using faith and reason. And if your faith is pure and your reason is right, they'll end up in the same place. I think the key to the success of this country [] to allow everybody, people of faith and no faith, to come in and make their claims in the public square [...] and not to say because you're not a person of faith, you need to stay out, because you have...

  • June 13, 2011
    Not only have I been consistently pro-life, but I've taken the -- you know, I've not just taken the pledge, I've taken the bullets to go out there and fight for this and lead on those issues. [...] A lot of folks run for president as pro-life and then that issue gets shoved to the back burner. I will tell you that the issue of pro-life, the sanctity and dignity of every human life, not just at birth, not just on the issue of abortion, but with respect to the entire life, which I mentioned...
  • June 11, 2011

    THE CHRISTIAN POST: I understand you converted to Christianity as a teenager. Can you share more about that experience?

    BACHMANN: I was born into a Christian family and brought up in a Lutheran church. My faith has been the center point of my life, really, since I was a child, but at 16 years of age, I fully surrendered my life over to Christ. At that point, as a teenager, I began to grasp the concept of Christ’s true love and forgiveness.

  • June 7, 2011
    I do not believe the Republican Party should focus only on our economic life to the neglect of our human life. That is a trade we should not make. If Republicans ignore life, the deficit we will face is one that is much more destructive. It will be a deficit of the heart and of the soul.
  • June 3, 2011
    Traditional marriage matters. And we need to tell each other and the country that we need to keep traditional marriage elevated on a platform -- all domestic relationships are not the same. Traditional marriage needs to be protected and a mom and a dad and parents matter in a child’s life for obvious reasons and so it is a cornerstone of our a nation it’s a cornerstone of our social fabric to define marriage as between a man and a woman. I’m glad to be the co-author of the Defense of Marriage...
  • June 3, 2011
    Many of you will recognize 2nd Corinthians 4th chapter, verses 8 and 9. ‘We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed. We are perplexed, but not in despair. Persecuted but not forsaken. Cast down but not destroyed.' Could the Apostle Paul have been talking about the United States of America? Could the Apostle Paul have been talking about our friend and ally Israel? I happen to believe that those prophetic words apply to both. Because we are troubled on many sides. And in a very short...
  • June 3, 2011
    Our president made a shocking display of betraying our greatest friend and ally, Israel, when he said to Israel you need to give up more land, you must give up more land, shrink to your '67 borders, as a matter of fact cut your nation in two so you're separated from each other to indefensible borders and give that land away to the Palestinians who by the way don't even recognize that Israel exists or has a right to defend herself. America must do what all previous presidents have done since...
  • June 3, 2011
    Father God, I thank you that you are here in our midst at this wonderful conference… Lord, we thank you for the encouragement that you give us in the encouragement that you’ve given us on these issues, of marriage and life. We see so much encouragement. And yet we see, Father, that our nation hangs precariously in the balance financially, morally and also in our relationship with the rest of the world, with our position toward Israel. Father we lift all of these things up to you. We do pray...
  • June 3, 2011
    As governor of Utah, I supported and signed every pro-life bill that came to my desk. I signed the bill that made second-trimester abortions illegal and increased the penalty for doing so. I signed the bill to allow women to know about the pain an abortion causes an unborn child. I signed the bill requiring parental permission for an abortion. I signed the bill that would trigger a ban on abortions in Utah if Roe v. Wade were overturned. You see, I do not believe the Republican Party should...
  • May 20, 2011
    I believe in God. I'm a good Christian. I'm very proud of my Mormon heritage. I am Mormon. Today, there are 13 million Mormons. It's a very diverse and heterogeneous cross-section of people. And you're going to find a lot of different attitudes and a lot of different opinions in that 13 million.
  • May 20, 2011
    President Obama told Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak he had to leave office but he has coddled Syria, rewarding that rogue state with a U.S. ambassadorship George W. Bush pulled years ago. Going further, despite Syria’s much more brutal crackdown on its own people, President Obama has yet to call for Syria’s leader, Bashar Assad, to leave power. The confusion to most of us — but not to our or Israel’s enemies — is precisely this: Mubarak was an ally, and the key leader in Egypt responsible for...
  • May 20, 2011
    Israel has long enjoyed the support of the United States. Our mutual ties have been historical, cultural, religious, and strategic. Today those ties have been put in more doubt than at any other time in the history of our relationship. Israel hasn’t changed, the United States has. But the United States, a large and powerful country, is not in danger of disappearing. The same cannot be said of Israel and it is to our shame that we have increased that risk for the Jewish state. One can only...
  • May 12, 2011
    I'm a very spiritual person and proud of my Mormon roots. [...] I come from a long line of saloon keepers and proselytizers, and I draw from both sides.
  • May 6, 2011
    As to your previous point there is a group of individuals who are radical jihadists we need to call them by name. They believe it is okay to kill people in the name of their religion. It is not all of Islam. It is not all Muslims. But there is a subgroup who believe it is okay. In fact it is their plan and design to kill people.
  • April 11, 2011
    In 5,000 years of recorded human history... neither in the east or in the west... has any society ever defined marriage as anything other than between men and women. Not one in 5000 years of recorded human history. That's an astounding fact and it isn't until the last 12 years or so that we have seen for the first time in recorded human history marriage defined as anything other than between men and between women.
  • April 5, 2011
    Voters should consider the candidate's moral framework and what they believe about right and wrong. Obviously your faith has a role in that, in constructing your moral view and your worldview, your ethical code. As far as theological tenets goes, those don't necessarily affect the public discourse. It's important to understand and know the tenets and teaching of the faith with respect to how people live their lives. That's why, for example, if someone were a Muslim [who] believes that women...
  • April 5, 2011
    CHRISTIANITY TODAY: How can Christians engage social issues in a way that doesn't come across or isn't seen as hateful or discriminatory?

    SANTORUM:If you look at who's out there selling hate, it's not Christian conservatives. Saying we need to respect all human life is not a hate-filled position. Planned Parenthood is there to make money on abortion and to encourage you to have an abortion. We want children to have what's best, mothers and fathers to be in strong and committed relationships....
  • March 27, 2011
    Bravery will come from our churches, our synagogues, everyday folks. It won't come from the elites. It won't [come from] those currently in power because if it could have come from them, it would have.
  • March 27, 2011
    I have two grandchildren — Maggie is 11, Robert is 9. I am convinced that if we do not decisively win the struggle over the nature of America, by the time they're my age they will be in a secular atheist country, potentially one dominated by radical Islamists and with no understanding of what it once meant to be an American.
  • March 27, 2011
    I had been watching the courts grow steadily more secular and steadily more anti-religious starting with the 1963 school prayer decision.
  • March 27, 2011
    I'm really here as a historian. I'm not [a] preacher. I'm not a theologian.
  • March 17, 2011
    [Being cancer-free] is a blessing from God. And God said, "Not yet." I said, "OK, God, why are you keeping me around?" He's still answering that question. It might be to run for president of the United States.
  • March 15, 2011
    We're seeing how Catholic politicians, following the first Catholic president, have followed his lead, and have divorced faith not just from the public square, but from their own decision-making process.
  • March 15, 2011
    We need to define it and say what it is. And it is evil. Sharia law is incompatible with American jurisprudence and our Constitution.
  • March 14, 2011
    Sharia law is not just a religious code. It is also a governmental code. It happens to be both religious in nature an origin, but it is a civil code. And it is incompatible with the civil code of the United States.
  • March 7, 2011
    We need to be a nation that turns toward God, not one that turns away from God. Our freedom comes from our creator.
  • March 7, 2011
    As others try to push out or marginalize people of faith, we need to remember this, and always remember this. The Constitution was designed to protect people of faith from government, not to protect government from people of faith.
  • March 7, 2011
    [...] Power comes from God to each one of you – personally! You are personally sovereign. You loan power to the Government. The Government does not loan power to you. And that is the fundamental division between most Americans and the secular, socialist people around Obama, and the degree to which they do not understand America – cannot possible represent America – and cannot lead us to a successful future.
  • March 7, 2011
    If we now have judges so fundamentally out of touch with America that they have no clue what this country was based on, we need a political change so deep and so profound that nothing we have seen in our lifetime is comparable to the depth we have to go to get this country back on the right track.
  • March 3, 2011
    I began to realize that what happens with evangelical Protestants and with Catholics is this strong sense of a dual assault. On one front they are under siege from radical Islamicists, and on the other they are under siege from radical secularists.
  • February 4, 2011
    These [religious origins] are enshrined in the founding documents and perspective of our country. In the Declaration of Independence, it says we are endowed by our creator with certain unalienable rights. It doesn’t say we’re endowed by Washington, D.C., or endowed by the bureaucrats or endowed by state government; it’s by our creator that we are given these rights.
  • January 27, 2011
    When I go into the public square and speak about faith matters, first of all, I try to not inject my own personal editorial comments. [...] I try not to say that God is on my side, but I strive to be on God's side.
  • January 27, 2011
    I started with the perspective of someone who says that faith is separate from public law and public service; it really isn't. We have, as a country, a founding perspective that we're founded under God; our founding documents reference and acknowledge God, and acknowledge that our rights and privileges come from our Creator.
  • January 18, 2011
    If we do the right things in America, we can compete with China and India for the next 100 years and not worry about it [...] I don't worry about the Chinese. I worry about bad American government, that's crippling us a lot more than the Chinese are.
  • January 14, 2011
    Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right. Also, for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders, are sending [U.S. soldiers] out on a task that is from God.
  • January 1, 2011
    [How Should We Then Live? by Francis Schaeffer] was another profound influence on [my husband’s] life and my life, because we understood that the God of the Bible isn’t just about Bible stories and about Bible knowledge, or about just church on Sunday. He is the Lord of all of life. Every bit of life, including sociology, theology, biology, politics. […] And so, as we went back to our studies, we looked at studying in a completely different light. Not for the purpose of a career but for a...
  • August 24, 2010
    These people reject reason. These people say that their lives are governed by faith, period, by the rule of law. That was handed down in Sharia. And it is all-encompassing and it is perfect and it is not to be added to. And that there is no room for this.
  • August 14, 2010
    If we lose faith, and we lose the culture war and become a completely secular, materialistic society, then we will go the way of the Europeans and we will have no heart to face these people. The problem with the Europeans is that they are completely secular folks, by and large, who see the world through the eyes of reason.
  • July 28, 2010
    Building this structure on the edge of the battlefield created by radical Islamists is not a celebration of religious pluralism and mutual tolerance; it is a political statement of shocking arrogance and hypocrisy. We need to have the moral courage to denounce it. It is simply grotesque to erect a mosque at the site of the most visible and powerful symbol of the horrible consequences of radical Islamist ideology. Well-meaning Muslims, with common human sensitivity to the victims' families,...
  • June 18, 2010
    I can't say I am overly religious. [...] I get satisfaction from many different types of religions and philosophies.
  • December 1, 2009
    Faith is central to my life. It has been the center point of my life really since I was a child. But at 15 years of age, I made a commitment to Christ. And at that point, I think I really understood the centrality of faith to my life. It wasn’t that I wasn’t a believer prior to that, but I didn’t have faith as a central focus. That informs my way of thinking.
  • October 22, 2008
    […] When victory needed to be reached in order to meet this greater good, it's always worked out just perfectly fine despite the fact that over and over again I've been, and I know John McCain has been, in underdog positions. To me, it [...] strengthens my faith because I'm going to know at the end of the day, putting this in God's hands, that the right thing for America will be done, the end of the day on November 4th. […] Collectively, we can do all that we have within us to strengthen our...
  • October 22, 2008
    I was about 13 weeks along when I found out that Trig would be born with Down Syndrome. To be honest with you, it scared me though, and I knew it would be a challenge and I had to really be on my knees for the entire rest of the pregnancy asking that God would prepare my heart. And just the second he was born it was absolute confirmation that that prayer was answered.
  • October 22, 2008
    I've always had near and dear to my heart the mission of protecting the sanctity of life and being pro-life, a hardcore pro-lifer, but I think this opportunity for me to really be walking the walk and not just talking the talk. There's purpose in this also for a greater good to be met. I feel so privileged and blessed to have been, I guess, chosen to have Trig enter our lives because I do want it to help us in our cause here in allowing America to be a more welcoming nation for all of our...
  • October 20, 2008
    I was baptized with my family, all my siblings, and we all got baptized together in Little Beaver Lake in Big Lake, Alaska by Pastor Riley. It was significant to me because I knew even at [that age …] that I wouldn't be able to handle all that was laid out in front of me in life if I did not have strong faith in my Creator, [... so it was time to take] that public step to be baptized and the principle behind that too is as you're raised up out of the water it's like, “Hey world, this is my...
  • October 20, 2008
    [I] pray of course about my family, that my kids will not be adversely affected by some of the political shots of course that, that we've been taking the last couple of months. I pray for my son's safety over in Iraq [...] and for all of our troops. And I pray too for, in the grander, greater scheme of things, also that God's hand of protection would be over our country and that we as individuals would be endowed with strength to do all that we can to protect our nation and protect our...
  • October 20, 2008
    [F]aith in God in general has been mocked through this campaign, and that breaks my heart and that is unfair for others who share a faith in God and choose to worship our Lord in whatever private manner that they deem fit and my faith has always been pretty personal. I haven't really worn it on my sleeve. I haven't been out there preaching it. I've always been of the mind that you can walk the walk. [...] I won't whine or complain about [public criticism of her faith], but nobody is going to...
  • October 11, 2008
    Yes, every innocent life matters. Everyone belongs in the circle of protection. Every child has something to contribute to the world, if we give them that chance. There are the world's standards of perfection...and then there are God's, and these are the final measure. Every child is beautiful before God, and dear to Him for their own sake.
  • September 30, 2008
    I think that there's a lot of mocking of my personal faith, and my personal faith is very, very simple. I don't belong to any church. I do have a strong belief in God, and I believe that I'm a heck of a lot better off putting my life in God's hands, and saying, “Hey, you know, guide me.” What else do we have but guidance that we would seek from a Creator? That's about as simple as it gets with my faith, and I think that there is a lot of mocking of that. […] I do have respect for those who...
  • September 30, 2008
    COURIC: Do you believe evolution should be taught as an accepted scientific principle or as one of several theories?

    PALIN: Oh, I think it should be taught as an accepted principle. And, as you know, I say that also as the daughter of a school teacher, a science teacher, who has really instilled in me a respect for science. It should be taught in our schools. And I won't deny that I see the hand of God in this beautiful creation that is Earth. But that is not part of the state policy or a...
  • September 19, 2008
    I will continue to call for sustained action to prevent Iranian President Ahmadinejad from getting these weapons that he wants for a second holocaust.
  • September 11, 2008
    GIBSON: You said recently, in your old church, "Our national leaders are sending U.S. soldiers on a task that is from God." Are we fighting a holy war?

    PALIN: You know, I don't know if that was my exact quote.

    GIBSON: Exact words.

    PALIN: But the reference there is a repeat of Abraham Lincoln's words when he said -- first, he suggested never presume to know what God's will is, and I would never presume to know God's will or to speak God's words. But what Abraham Lincoln had said, and...
  • September 3, 2008
    I might add that in small towns, we don't quite know what to make of a candidate who lavishes praise on working people when they are listening, and then talks about how bitterly they cling to their religion and guns when those people aren't listening.
  • August 29, 2008
    TIME: Where do you see yourself going? Staying on in Alaska? Washington?

    PALIN: You know, I don't know. I knew early on that the smartest thing for me to do was to work hard, do the best that I can, make wise decisions based on good information in front of me. And then put my life, get myself on a path that could be dedicated to God and ask Him what I should next. That will be the position I will be in as long as I'm on earth — that is, seeking the right path that God would have laid out...
  • June 8, 2008
    As I was mayor and Pastor Muthee was here and he was praying over me, and you know how he speaks and he’s so bold. And he was praying “Lord make a way, Lord make a way." And I’m thinking, this guy’s really bold, he doesn’t even know what I’m going to do, he doesn’t know what my plans are. And he’s praying not “oh Lord if it be your will may she become governor,” no, he just prayed for it. He said “Lord make a way and let her do this next step." And that’s exactly what happened.
  • June 8, 2008
    Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right. Also, for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders, are sending [U.S. soldiers] out on a task that is from God. That's what we have to make sure that we're praying for, that there is a plan and that that plan is God's plan."
  • June 8, 2008
    I can do my job there in developing our natural resources and doing things like getting the roads paved and making sure our troopers have their cop cars and their uniforms and their guns, and making sure our public schools are funded. But really, all of that stuff doesn't do any good if the people of Alaska's heart isn't right with God.
  • October 27, 2006
    I don't think there should be a prohibition against debate if it comes up in class. It doesn't have to be part of the curriculum... I won't have religion as a litmus test, or anybody's personal opinion on evolution or creationism... I believe we have a creator... I'm not going to pretend I know how all this came to be... Teach both. You know, don't be afraid of information. Healthy debate is so important and it's so valuable in our schools. I am a proponent of teaching both. And you know, I...
  • October 25, 2006
    A pastor, a priest, a rabbi, certainly they have the freedom to say whatever they want to say. [...] Faith is very important to so many of us here in America, and I would never support any government effort to stifle our freedom of religion or freedom of expression or freedom of speech. You know, I would just caution maybe a pastor to be very careful if they're in front of a congregation and they decide to endorse one candidate over another. You know, there may be some frustration with that...
  • January 1, 2006
    I didn’t know I wasn’t a believer. But they knew I wasn’t a believer, and they started praying for me. And all of a sudden the holy spirit started knocking on my heart’s door and I could hear the Lord tug me and call me to Himself, and I responded on November 1st of 1972, and I knew that I knew that I knew that I had received Jesus Christ as my lord and savior and that my life would never be the same after I made that commitment, because I knew what darkness looked like. I knew it from my...
  • It was very helpful to join the prayer group. That’s when I gave my life over to God, and it was a life-changing experience for me to recognize that I wanted him to be in control of my life rather than me being in control of my life.