Romney brings out God card in campaign

2012-09-09 14:16

Virginia Beach - Republican Mitt Romney thrust God to the centre of the White House race on Saturday, in a culture war strike that prompted Barack Obama's team to brand him extreme and divisive.

Romney appeared with televangelist Pat Robertson in the key swing state of Virginia, and seized upon the row at last week's Democratic convention sparked when delegates removed language about God from their platform.

After reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, Romney told the crowd: "I will not take God out of... our platform. I will not take God out of my heart. We are a nation that's bestowed by God."

Romney said Americans needed a new president who will "commit to a nation under God that recognises that we, the American people, were given our rights not by government but by God himself."

Romney rhetoric

The former Massachusetts governor also appeared to imply that Democrats wanted to remove the phrase "In God We Trust" from US currency.

The Obama campaign swiftly responded to Romney's rhetoric, describing it as a "Hail Mary" pass - a desperate long throw in the dying moments of an American football game when defeat is nigh.

Spokesperson Lis Smith accused the Republican nominee of launching "extreme and untrue attacks against the president and associating with some of the most strident and divisive voices in the Republican Party".

"This isn't a recipe for making America stronger, it's a recipe for division and taking us backward," Smith said.

The Romney team shot back that it was Obama's campaign, not Romney's "that pits people against each other".

"It's just so far from what he promised voters when he was a candidate," campaign advisor Kevin Madden told AFP.

Approval ratings

The new ripple in the campaign comes amid signs of a polling bounce for Obama out of his convention last week, as he climbed a point into a 49-45% lead over Romney in Gallup's daily tracking poll.

His approval rating as measured by Gallup held steady at 52%, its highest mark since he ordered the operation to kill al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in May 2011.

Romney enjoyed no discernible benefit in the polls from his convention.

Robertson, who met with Romney before the Republican nominee addressed about 3 000 people at a military aviation museum in Virginia Beach, has a history of inflammatory rhetoric.

He said Haiti was struck by a devastating earthquake in 2010 because the impoverished and frequently disaster-struck nation was cursed after making a deal with the devil.

Last week, Obama was forced to order Democrats to restore a reference to America as a land of "God-given" potential to their platform - the list of issues to which the party is committed.


Republican campaigns have frequently used religious and cultural issues to drive up turnout in close elections, and as a veiled attack on Obama, who has frequently been forced to point out that he is a practicing Christian.

With both candidates seeing the votes of white, working-class voters in battleground states as critical, cultural and religious issues could take on added importance ahead of the November 6 election.

Obama turned his attention to the swing voter belt of central Florida, which usually decides the destiny of the state, and sometimes the presidency.

"The values we are fighting for are not Democratic values, they are not Republican values, they are American values," Obama said, as his campaign flexed organisational muscle and turned out 11 000 people.

Obama was introduced in St Petersburg, Florida, by Charlie Crist, the former Republican governor of the Sunshine State, who says he was driven from his party after losing a Senate primary to Tea Party-backed Marco Rubio in 2010.

"We have a leader with a cool head, his name is President Barack Obama," said Crist, who is popular among moderates in Florida and seen as a possible candidate for statewide office as a Democrat.

Tax cuts

The president renewed his attack on Romney over what he calls "trickle-down" Republican economics that have demonstrably failed and would risk igniting a new financial crisis.

"Tax cuts, tax cuts, gut a few regulations," Obama said in characterising Romney's agenda.

"More tax cuts, tax cuts when times are good, tax cuts when times are bad. Tax cuts to lose a few extra pounds, tax cuts to improve your love life."

Romney appeared to have cornered the thrill market, heading to a stock car race, the Federated Auto Parts 400 under the lights at Richmond International Raceway, after a rally in Virginia Beach.

It will be his second Nascar race of the season, and Romney is hoping for a smoother outcome this time around.

At the Daytona 500, the multimillionaire former private equity boss infamously said that he considers several Nascar team owners to be friends - a comment that helped solidify his image as a man out of touch.

  • crracker.crackerr - 2012-09-09 14:40

    Romney is Mormon. Need to add anything more? The godbods will unite for now but they will not agree about the validity or salvation prospects of the other godbods of the other god faiths. Why should people point figures at the Islamic countries when they use the same tactics and sentiments as the latter to further their earthly ambitions?

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-09 14:52

      Americans have a far more problem confronting them, it's called Christian Zionist Fundamentalism, who think they have a right to push their religious bigotry around the world, with the bomb and the bullet if necessary. The Christian Zionist fundamentalist are the American version of the Taliban or the Iranian Mullahs!

      crracker.crackerr - 2012-09-09 15:31

      But they definitely do not have the same guts as the religious movements you mention. They will interfere and then when all the exitement of victory turns into the depression of defeat (forced in part by their very own political leaders and media and their own human inefficiencies) they withdraw, leaving their erstwhile so-called allies and "friends" to their own devices. The Taliban will kick the American backsides every single time in the longer term. As will the Islamists.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-09 16:05

      . Fidel, As usual you abuse your freedom, you so eagerly deny others!!!!

      zaatheist - 2012-09-09 16:26

      Fidel You are on a roll today, Don't often agree with you but today I can. Anthony seems to be very irritated today,

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-09 20:25

      Fidel's concocting more strange realities. Like the one in which Nelson Mandela is a phony, a lackey of the West, a modern-day Uncle Tom.

      pat.patience.5 - 2012-09-09 21:04

      The U.S. Declaration of Independence says, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are ENDOWED BY THEIR CREATOR with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." Any questions? By the way, the words "separation of church and state" appear nowhere in the U.S. Constitution. The first amendment says that "CONGRESS shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof".

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-10 00:24

      . ""it's called Christian Zionist Fundamentalism, who think they have a right to push their religious bigotry around the world, with the bomb and the bullet if necessary."" THIS IS THE SAME FIDEL; Who supports this bunch of ayatollahs religious psychopaths who think they have a right to push their religious bigotry around the world, with the bomb and the bullet if necessary."" EVERY SINGLE COMMENT BY FIDEL, DRIPS OF HATRED AND DISHONSTY !!!!

  • crracker.crackerr - 2012-09-09 14:43

    One more remark. Romney will NOT win. Let's see how his call for relgious assistance work out. God will NOT help him. In fact god cannot because he is calling on a god that is not the majority god in (so-called) Christianity. Or is it once again a case of "if god willing?"

      seanrossouwslr - 2012-09-09 17:58

      It says a lot that your comments are getting so many dislikes, but no arguments against them are being posted. Whats wrong people, scared to loose a debate? - 2012-09-09 22:22

      Crracker, maybe the first and only time I will agree with you. God is impartial. His Son, Jesus, rejected rulership of this world when offered it by Satan when he was on the earth. Only God's Kingdom that is soon to come can fix mankind's problems. It is proven that human governments, of all different sorts and types, cannot solve mankind's problems. They cannot even feen and house their people. These people in politics, sport, and whatever other activities that call on God to help them "win" are delusional.

      diana.gill.18 - 2012-09-10 01:18

      Lets hope so that he wont. But its in humans' nature to always seek changes even if they are not of the best kind. They will probably vote for the mor(m)on out of desperation.

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-09-09 14:49

    Ace of Spades!

      zaatheist - 2012-09-09 16:30

      Sorry, hearts are trumps. Two of hearts.

  • heihachi.mishima.7731 - 2012-09-09 14:51

    why would any sane person want to be associated with that lunatic Pat Robertson?boggles the mind

  • johnny.potatoes61 - 2012-09-09 14:54

    Oh dear. The lunacy continues...

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-09-09 15:02

    Luckily they have a lot less fidel mgogis

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-09 15:14

      Silly! None of you shills have any tact, contrary to all men types.

  • lacrimosewolf - 2012-09-09 15:23

    Hahaha! I love the talk about values whilst they sit with circa US$16 trillion debt. Not even a deity can help with that.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-09 20:26

      The more you laugh, the more YOUR financial situation worsens.

      lacrimosewolf - 2012-09-09 23:01

      What's the alternative? Crying? I do too much of that already - hence my name. And it's not just my situation that worsens, it's the entire planet's.

  • jean.tredoux.5 - 2012-09-09 15:33

    Any political party that uses god/religion to get votes can go to hell (especially you anc), something that might (saying might to please those who are religious) not even exist won't solve problems that actually do!

  • phae.rayden - 2012-09-09 15:33

    Lighthouses are more useful than churches - Benjamin Franklin.

  • hamish.drake1 - 2012-09-09 15:34

    Bringing religion into a presidental race, smacks of desperation. Bringing your cult religion into a race is just plain dumb. He has the look of a Hollywood film president, with a script written by Goofy.

      zaatheist - 2012-09-09 16:31

      Oooooh! Nice!

  • franco.saayman - 2012-09-09 15:58

    Wie is die author van die verslag.moet n swart of n sleg liberale whity wees.Ek Bly in die US wees,so ek sal weet.Romney is n besigheids man.Vir te lank is die land gelei deur n dwaas wat die sosiale shortcomings van die verlede wil reg spandeer.baie maar soos in ons goeie ou SA.Ek dink absolutely niks van Obama .hy is in my opinie ñ slang,en as jy soos ek ,sy boeke wat hy self geskryf het gaan lees,sal julle verstaan hoekom.ek hoop Romney wen,sodat mense wat wil werk ñ beter toekoms het.Amerikaanse politiek is maklik om te verduidelik.hard werkende mense wat siek en sat is vir hulle government wat taxes op luigatte spandeer =conservatives/republicans/Romney & luigat bliksems wat GLO die government skuld hulle gratis medies,gratis skool,gratis kos en gratis behuising= liberal/democrats/ iets te kry,moet jy iets ook gee.So vir die joernalis van die report kan ek net sê ,die eenigste mense wat out of touch is,is bias joernaliste soos jy en Obama supporters

      crracker.crackerr - 2012-09-09 16:17

      As jy nie Afrikaans behoorlik skryf nie probeer tog Engels. Min van ons hier se Engels is perfek maar nogtans. El het nie verder as jou 4de sin bo gevorder nie toe is ek so ge-irriteerd dat ek nie verder gelees het nie.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-09 16:28

      Why does it have to be a black person who wrote this article? We don't have to all reside in the States to understand the politics of that country. You have swallowed the Republican kool aid of scare mongering politics, about the Democrats and Obomber being socialists. What do Republicans call the government bailout of bankers? You want to socialise the losses but privatise the profits?

      zaatheist - 2012-09-09 16:33

      Is this a cry from and ex-Nat.

      franco.saayman - 2012-09-09 16:35

      Ai ai crracker.gaan spandeer maar jou geld by woollies en hou jou ninja boetie bek

      crracker.crackerr - 2012-09-09 16:53

      @ franco Wat is dit wat jy probeer bereik of bewys?

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-09 20:27

      The last person who understands the politics of the US, or any country for that matter, is Fidel. How can he possibly present any understanding when he believes Nelson Mandela is a phony.

  • franco.saayman - 2012-09-09 16:40

    @fidel.i said it either had to be a black person or a liberal white one,cause this is a very bias article .any one with a IQ over 50 can see that.

      zaatheist - 2012-09-09 19:49

      My IQ must be over 50. I can read and write and dance badly. I think it is a good article.

      gray.hunter.1 - 2012-09-09 21:17

      What's bias about it? Did he or did he not play the god card? And Pat Robertson, his new best friend, probably had some choice words about Mormons in the past. If not.... it's only because of what they both worship: MONEY. Oh... here are some: They'll say or do anything for power.

  • ianthe.exall - 2012-09-09 16:55

    Politics and religion-both topics can be debated forever and agreement will never be reached.

      crracker.crackerr - 2012-09-09 17:13

      We don't need agreement We can do with plain realization how stupid many of the lies are that we are being indoctrinated with. The real effects kick in later when belief systems start to seem suspicious because of the tragic past they have caused, and they start demonstrating their unreliability because of the many irreconcialble undertakings the VERY MANY different belief systems try to justify their religions on. All there to see. That is what the religious do all the time but they have the benefit of rituals in their servives to confuse your senses and make you think that they are the actual truth bearers of the Universe, notwithstanding the simple reality that just across the road there is a different church and belief system in operation with the same tactics but definitely not the same belief system in mind - notwithstanding that both use the same source material.

  • gray.hunter.1 - 2012-09-09 21:02

    Just what we need.... a president that depends on supernatural solutions to our problems. Y'know, in 1776, the only god given thing in government was the right of KINGS to rule. The whole idea of the USA was to challenge and eliminate that. Take your god home with you and leave him there. In the halls of government, we need real solutions based on evidence and sound reasoning, not ancient (or 19th century) superstitions and magic.

  • james.r.williams.31 - 2012-09-09 21:05

    any one who associates themselves with the nut job pat robertson, is not suited to be president!

      diana.gill.18 - 2012-09-10 01:15

      Romney is very well suited, look at his Cardin!

  • diana.gill.18 - 2012-09-10 01:11

    And you would gladly destroy the world in the name of god, you cheeky hypocrite.

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-09-10 06:46

    Amazing how they preach about God and all and yet send their armies to kill. What God they worshiping?

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