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Issue: "Not angry anymore," Dec. 1, 2007

Assuming defeat?

Gary Bauer is concerned about electability in a primary ("Elephant in the room" Nov. 3)? Why are we starting the conversation trying to decide between second-best candidates? The primary is our best opportunity to pursue our first-choice candidate. If that doesn't work out, then we can discuss second-best options. But Bauer is assuming defeat before we even start.
-Brian Schwartz; Tigard, Ore.

Gary Bauer's concern over the "electability" of Mike Huckabee is audacious, given that Bauer was a far less electable presidential candidate than Huckabee. And it is pretty amazing that Bauer hopes Mitt Romney would "keep theology out of it" if elected when he and other evangelical leaders are looking for a candidate who will keep his theology in it.
-Jason B. Watson; Brookneal, Va.

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I will not vote for Rudy Giuliani in the primary. However, if he were to become the Republican nominee, I certainly would vote for him in the general election. If evangelical voters stay home and pout on Nov. 6, 2008, expect a Democratic win. Giuliani would not be all we would want, but at least he would be our guy, and his actions could be moderated by a conservative Congress.
-Stan Watson; Wooster, Ohio

In the unfortunate event that Rudolph Giuliani wins the Republican nomination, evangelicals will be tempted to vote for him against Hillary because he is the lesser of two evils. I would like to remind them that the lesser of two evils is still evil.
-Jeff Symons; Flint, Mich.

I am strongly opposed to this prevent-defense approach of voting for the leading contender in order to keep Hillary (or other Democrats) out of office. By faith we must stand by the candidate who espouses policies that do not run counter to God's laws. I am thinking Huckabee, and phooey to the pundits who say he isn't electable!
-Lisa Kibler; Kent, Ohio

I cast one of those 488 votes at the Values Voter Summit that gave Huckabee his sweeping first-place win in the onsite straw poll. Back home, appalled by the great evangelical sellout to the likes of Rudy Giuliani, I am charting my own course. I canceled my 700 Club monthly donation and raided the retirement fund to contribute the legal maximum to Huckabee's campaign. Next, I am going to work through prayer and action for this winsome, principled candidate.
-Nancy Winters Unsworth; South Hamilton, Mass.

The pragmatism of members of the Values Voters Summit and the Family Research Council disturbs me. I think that we should choose who we believe is the best candidate and trust the outcome to God.
-Angela Proctor; Goshen, N.Y.

You wrote that "all nine" Republican hopefuls attended the summit, but Alan Keyes was not there. His positions are more in line with conservatives and evangelicals than any other candidate, so I find it shocking that FRC gave him no time on the platform. Something is just not right about that.
-Tom Scanlan; Raleigh, N.C.

We are so disgusted with our conservative voices and Republicans. It's the first time in 20 years we have a candidate who stands for all that we do, and yet Huckabee is struggling to gain support. Do people like James Dobson, Don Wildmon, and Gary Bauer have a serious problem with him? If so, what?
-Wendy & Fred Smith; Ripley, Miss.

Christians seem to think the best presidential candidate is the one who is the most Christian. That would be great-as a bonus. But I think the best candidate is the one who most honors the Constitution and makes decisions accordingly. Ron Paul should be the front-runner in this presidential election campaign.
-Darla Sautter; Ellensburg, Wash.

Like James Dobson, I will not vote for Giuliani ("A shot across the bow," Oct. 13), just as I would not vote for anyone who is personally opposed to something but supports keeping it legal (does the word hypocrite come to mind?). Regarding Romney, I would vote for a Mormon in the general election assuming he had the right positions on all the important issues ("Right man, wrong religion," Oct. 27). For the primary, when I have so many other choices of candidates, I have many questions about whether Romney really believes what the Mormon church has historically taught.
-Glenn Tuley; West Melbourne, Fla.

Regarding "A shot across the bow": Christians do not owe their allegiance to any one political party. Rather, Christians owe allegiance to their consciences, which should be biblically grounded. This message should be sent to the leadership of the Republican and Democratic parties. If the consciences of American Christians cannot align with either of the two primary parties, then we should align with a third. This issue is of particular importance to me because the 2008 election will be the first in which I am able to vote.
-Timothy K. Walker; Fort Worth, Texas

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