Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Republican Presidential Field Expanding

Senator John McCain and former Mayor Rudy Guiliani have already announced the creation of exploratory committees for potential campaigns for the republican nomination in the 2008 presidential election. Now we see that Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is eyeing a bid. Romney is trying to position himself to the right of McCain and Guiliani in hopes of establishing himself early in the process as the only real conservative in the field. There is already a blog for Mitt Romney 2008. Romney is certainly to the right of both McCain and Guiliani. Guiliani is pro-choice and pro-gay marriage. Joe Carter at Evangelical Outpost has already taken the position that Guiliani is not the right man for the republicans in 2008.

The problem we've discussed on this blog in the past is that Romney is a Mormon. Will evangelical conservatives support a Mormon for president? We'll see. But that brings me to another potential candidate who is evaluating a run. Sam Brownback. Brownback is Roman Catholic, pro-life, anti-gay marriage and here is his position on stem cell research. Brownback's problem is that he lacks name recognition and will have to spend a ton of money to catch up with McCain & Guiliani. And Romney is already trying to fill the void to the right of McCain & Guiliani. Even if he decides to get in, Brownback may get squeezed out early. We'll see before year-end whether Brownback decides to test the waters or not.

BTW, this is my 100th post on the Christian Political Fiction blog. I hope you've enjoyed this look at faith, politics and the publishing industry over the last 3 months or so.

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