Herman Cain Calls Out Pawlenty, Bachmann For “Pandering” To Religious Voters

Herman Cain had an interesting reaction to the speeches by Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann to the Faith And Freedom Conference:

After our interview, Cain asked me about the other candidate speeches I’ve seen covering FFC this year. There was no indication that Cain had seen them. I mentioned that Bachmann had highlighted her remarks with a prayer — she led the crowd in a long, politically-tinged prayer ending in “Amen” at the end of her remarks Friday.

In a similar vein, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) recited a Bible verse during his speech Friday night, while many in the audience spoke the words from memory along with him.

Cain is no stranger to leading prayers — he’s an associate minister at Antioch Baptist Church North in Atlanta — and there’s little doubt he will be warmly greeted by the evangelical audience here.

But Cain said that the prayerful moments, which were well-received when Bachmann and Pawlenty delivered them yesterday, smacked of candidates trying a little too hard.

“Well, that sounds like the ultimate pander,” he said, dismissively.

Yea, it sure does. Especially when you take this bible verse into account.

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  1. John Doe says:

    So it’s okay for Cain to use Christian jargon in his speeches but not anyone else? #hypocrite

  2. newrouter says:

    ““Well, that sounds like the ultimate pander,” he said, dismissively.”

    and the journolisters wrote dismissively

  3. ml says:

    If Cain does get the nominee, the Republican Party will lose the election in 2012. That means Obama will serve his second term in the White House. I would like to see Gov. Rick Perry of Texas run for President. I probably vote for a Independent candidate if Perry doesn’t get in.