Evangelical leader meets with McCain and Romney

world | Feb 20, 2007 | By Martin Barillas

The Reverend Rob Schenck, president of the National Clergy Council and its affiliate, Faith and Action in the Nation's Capital, returned today to Washington from Orlando, Florida, where he participated in small private meetings with Republican presidential hopefuls Governor Mitt Romney and Senator John McCain.

 

Reverend Schenck, who also serves as chair of the Committee on Church and Society for the Evangelical Church Alliance, America's oldest association of Evangelical clergy, said about the Romney and McCain meetings I was able to get a read of these two men away from the cameras, the reporters and rah-rah audiences. These were honest, candid dialogues on critically important aspects of Governor Romney's and Senator McCain's personal and political principles. We got a pretty good assessment of where they are on the key issues for traditional Christians and particularly for Evangelicals. I was impressed by both, but especially Mitt Romney."

 

Reverend Schenck has met previously with Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas, another Republican candidate. He says the Kansas senator remains the gold standard for the top three concerns of the sanctity of life, the sanctity of marriage and the family, and the public acknowledgment of God.

 

Senator Brownback is a Roman Catholic, having been raised a Methodist who later attended evangelical churches. Mitt Romney, a Mormon, served one term as governor of Massachusetts, and is the son of the late George Romney a Republican who was governor of Michigan and chairman of American Motors. John McCain serves in the US Senate for the state of Arizona; an Episcopalian, he was a naval aviator during the Vietnam War and was kept as a prisoner of war by the North Vietnamese for five and a half years.

 

Reverend Schenck is seeking similar meetings with the other '08 presidential candidates from all parties.

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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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