Strang Report, by Steve Strang, Founder of Charisma magazine

 
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The National Religious Broadcasters convention ended this week in Nashville, Tenn. For me it was a productive and busy time connecting with authors, talking business and making new contacts. The buzz on the floor this year was The Harbinger, which has been on the New York Times best-seller list for seven straight weeks. Author Jonathan Cahn was there to do media interviews and sign books.

But the other buzz was about the presidential election. Everywhere I turned people were talking about it. Since NRB tends to be conservative, it’s not a surprise that most of the attendees feel President Obama is taking the nation in the wrong direction. A lot of people asked me whom I was backing.

About a month ago I wrote a blog endorsing Sen. Rick Santorum who is, I believe, the truest conservative and someone I consider "squeaky clean." I was interviewed on the PBS program Religion & Ethics and they wanted to know why I didn't endorse the other candidates. For Mitt Romney I'm concerned about how he's flip-flopped. And I'm wary of the fact that he's Mormon (although that doesn't prevent me from voting for him—it only makes it more difficult). And with Newt Gingrich I'm concerned his many moral failures (which he says he has repented of and I don't doubt that's true) shows a deep character flaw. But Rick Santorum has a good record, projects the image of a leader and has strong Christian values.

My endorsement was widely circulated and the PBS program has a large following, but I doubt my support did much good. Santorum came in third in Florida. To me, I was mainly making a point that I wanted to back someone my friend Florida representative Scott Plakon says is as clean as a "Boy Scout."

What a difference a month makes in politics. Since then Santorum has won several primaries and is now ahead in the polls. And at NRB it seemed everyone I talked to is supporting him. It's as if a lot of people feel as I do—we want a leader with conservative values, voting records and strong moral values. The biggest difference is that people are beginning to believe he can win!

So if you are turned off to politics, don't read any farther. But if you want to be part of a grass-roots movement, this blog is my attempt to use whatever influence I have to rally my readers to vote for Santorum, to influence your friends to support him, and to put your money where your mouth is and support him financially.

It's well known Romney has a money-machine backing him. Yet his place in the polls has stayed about the same as one contender after another has become the "not Mitt" candidate of choice. This is a very odd election and maybe Romney will emerge as the one who wins the Republican nomination. He certainly won my state's primary in a big way on Jan. 31.

But I believe we have a chance to make a difference by getting behind Santorum. People are turning out in droves to hear him speak. One such place, which we reported on in early February was Oral Roberts University’s campus where he drew a huge crowd on Feb. 9. This weekend he's speaking in Chattanooga, Tenn. A good friend Mark West helped organize the event and sent me two press releases, linked here and here, when I told him I wanted to urge any of my readers within driving distance of the event to attend on Sat., Feb. 25 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. It will be hosted at Abba’s House located at 5208 Hixson Pike in Hixson, Tenn. It’s the largest church sanctuary in Chattanooga and they are expecting a big crowd.

Full disclosure: I won't be there. I'll be in Orlando. But I will send someone to cover it and we'll write a news story about it on Charisma News.

So far Santorum has raised several million dollars from "little people" sending in $25 and $50. But now it's time to step up the fundraising. The maximum anyone can give is $2,500 per person. I've given that and I'm reaching out to others who can also give or ask others to give that amount. The easiest way is to go to https://www.ricksantorum.com/donatenow/ and to note the tracking number: 1177 to show you read this blog. Any amount you give will make a big statement that you feel Santorum is the best candidate to face Obama and that you want to show your support financially.

I invite you to read these two press releases and to leave your comments below. I hope you feel as I do that Rick Santorum is the best qualified candidate for president and that with grass-roots support from people like you and me that he can be elected president this November.

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