Cain’s Abortion Misstep

Herman Cain is quickly learning that mistakes need to be rare, if not nonexistent, especially when it comes to explaining your position on key issues – and in GOP circles, abortion is a real “key” issue.

Cain appeared on CNN Wednesday night and in an interview with Piers Morgan, made a statement on abortion that seemed to contradict his previous, pro-life position.

“I believe that life begins at conception. And abortion – under no circumstances,” said Cain. However, Morgan proceeded to ask Cain it he would support an exception for rape and incest.

“The government shouldn’t be trying to tell people everything to do, especially when it comes to a social decision that they need to make,” Cain said.

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Why Authors Need to Meet and Talk with Other Authors

Since I signed with my literary and management agency in the spring of the year, I haven’t had a ton of interaction with them. Mainly because they told me the most important task a writer should focus on is writing and all I should focus on was completing my memoir. It was great advice.

This weekend my agency hosted a retreat with all of their signed authors on a farm in southern Kentucky. I didn’t know what to expect, but the opportunity to meet and fellowship with other Christian writers was enticement enough to attend. I felt honored to be one of the “new” writers in the group. Some who are represented by Reclaim Management have already sold hundreds of thousands of books. It was a bit overwhelming to be standing in their presence.

We spent the majority of our time meeting as a group, talking about the ins and outs of the publishing industry, specifically Christian publishing. A handful of the new writers – me included – listened attentively as more seasoned writers talked about their trials and tribulations as a writer.

But what I came away with occurred more in the one on one conversations I had with my fellow writers. I came away with a better focus and understanding of how to develop an arc, build a plot, tell my story with emotion and energy and how to engage the reader.

Now that I’m blogging more I’ll going to write more on the writing process. It’s one of the more fulfilling task I have ever felt called to. It really is a journey and not a destination.

Obama Team Accuses Romney of Flip-Flopping on Issues

Many people say they would like to see a more bipartisan approach to politics. They may now get their wish. It’s not just his fellow GOP presidential hopefuls that are taking jabs at Mitt Romney, but Obama and his team of attack dogs have hopped on the bandwagon too.

Wednesday the Obama presidential campaign team accused Romney of changing directions on several issues including taxes, healthcare and trade agreements with China, and raising red flags about how the former Massachusetts governor would perform in the White House.

David Axelrod, a well-known Obama strategist asked, “If you are willing to change positions on fundamental issues of principle, how can we know what you will do as president?”

An interesting question, given that the American people had no idea how Obama would perform in the Oval Office given that he had zero executive experience.

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Bachmann Says ‘Devil is in the Details’ in Cain’s 9-9-9 Plan

Rep. Michele Bachmann, who is seeking to pull her recent poll numbers in the Republican presidential primary back into double digits, levied the toughest criticism toward businessman Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 tax plan in the Bloomberg GOP presidential debate Tuesday, saying it could be the devil’s doings.

“When you take the 9-9-9 plan and you turn it upside down, the devil is in the details,” Bachmann said in New Hampshire Tuesday.

Bachmann was referring to the fact that if 9-9-9 is turned upside down, it becomes 6-6-6, the numbers most often associated with Satan and the mark of the beast.

Cain’s single-digit numerical plan would combine a 9 percent flat-rate income tax with a 9 percent national sales tax and 9 percent corporate income tax. While the phrase may sound catchy, budget analysts are saying the numbers don’t add up enough to lift the nation’s balance sheet back into the black.

The Minnesota congresswoman was not the only critic of Cain’s tax plan. Fellow GOP front-runner Mitt Romney told Cain that sometimes, simple answers aren’t enough.

Cain’s attacks weren’t limited to just Republicans. Wednesday, Vice President Joe Biden said the 9-9-9 plan would place a greater burden on middle-income taxpayers.

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Interview with Pastor Robert Jeffress on ‘Cult’ Comments

Being the Political Editor for The Christian Post many times brings me in contact with the day’s leading newsmakers when it involves national political issues, especially when they cross over into the Christian arena.

If you have paid the least bit of attention to the news the past several days you’ve seen stories or news clips about the comments that Dr. Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church in Dallas made at the Values Voter Summit in Washington last Friday regarding whether The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Mormons, as they are more commonly called.

As an evangelical Christian who has read and studied the subject of cults and other false religions, I understood what Dr. Jeffress meant when he described Mormons at a “theological” cult, as opposed to a “sociological” cult. Many who heard his comments had no idea what he was talking about. They only knew he called Mitt Romney’s religion a “cult.”

Yet the issue is not how he defined cults, but rather that he used it at all to describe another religion. Below are three articles we have written on The Christian Post over the last couple of days that may explain the issue in a bit more detail. Two were written by me, the other by my colleague Napp Nazworth, who holds a Ph.D. in Political Science.

Stayed turned. We also plan on writing about what Mormon’s believe and how that differs from Christianity so you can make a more informed decision when you choose who to support for president.

Can Tea Party Supporters and Independents Agree on Herman Cain?

Although it’s well within the poll’s four-point margin-of-error, businessman and GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain is atop the leader board in the latest American Research Group poll of likely Republican South Carolina voters, coming in at 26 percent and closely followed by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at 25 percent.

Surprisingly, Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s 15 percent in this southern state puts him at a distant third. None of the other candidates scored in double digits and 12 percent of those polled were undecided.

But the real surprise in the poll is that both Independent voters and those who consider themselves Tea Party Republicans favor Cain over Romney and Perry.

What this may tell voters and analysts alike is that Cain – at least for the time being – is attracting support from both sides of the Republican spectrum. Something Rick Santorum or Jon Huntsman wish they could accomplish.

Cain must now take advantage of the free airtime in the next couple of debates and on the stump in New Hampshire, Florida and Iowa, banking that his executive experience in the private sector will be as effective as Romney’s private and public sector experience and make up for his lack of staff and resources.

If he is successful in this area, his poll numbers will most likely remain steady and strong. If not, Cain just may just be the “flavor of the month,” as opposed to Romney, the “salt and pepper” that always stays in the middle of the table.

How Should Candidates Handle the “Faith & Religion” Issue?

It comes as no surprise that during the Value Voters Summit this weekend the issue of a candidate’s personal religion was brought up. This is nothing new. As you may recall, Mitt Romney had to address his Mormon faith during the 2008 Republican primary. Whether he likes it or not, he’s getting another shot this go around too.

After introducing Texas Gov. Rick Perry at the conference Friday, Ron Jeffers, a Southern Baptist pastor, called Mormonism, a “cult” in an interview with reporters later in the day.

To say it created a bit of controversy is an understatement.

I’m not going to go into the issue of whether Mormonism – also known as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – is or isn’t a cult here. The debate being discussed on The Christian Post and elsewhere should help readers form a better understanding of the issue and of theology in general.

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