Christian Right Isn't Singing the Praises of GOP Candidates

Evangelicals meet today to seek agreement
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 19, 2007 11:55 AM CDT
Republican presidential hopeful Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, left, speaks while former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., right, listen during the GOP Presidential candidates debate...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Crowded as the GOP field may be, the religious right can't  seem to find a congenial candidate. The Washington Post reports that evangelicals—today beginning a 2-day summit—remain unmoved no matter how sweetly Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, and John McCain come calling. And the idea of a Rudy Guiliani nomination has a few threatening to back a third-party candidate.

Christian leaders are suspicious of Romney's Mormon faith, and Thompson loses points for refusing to endorse a same-sex-marriage ban. They're alarmed by Giuliani's stance on abortion, stem cell research, and gay rights. The expected departure of  favorite Sam Brownback leaves many without a clear preference. "Nobody has rung the bell yet," says one minister.