If media monolith Glenn Beck has his druthers, Mitt Romney will be elected U.S. president this week.
A New York Times article published Sunday with the headline "Beck Acts as a Bridge Between Romney and Evangelical Christians" detailed the unique nature of Beck's contribution to Romney's campaign.
"As perhaps the best-known Mormon after the Republican presidential candidate and a major influence on evangelical Christians," Amy Chozick wrote, "Mr. Beck has emerged as an unlikely theological bridge between the first Mormon presidential nominee and a critical electorate. Mostly Mr. Beck has helped Mr. Romney by directly addressing his devout Mormon faith, something the candidate himself rarely does. 'I believe Mr. Romney prays on his knees every day,' Mr. Beck said recently on his radio program. 'I believe he is being guided.' He has also said that a Romney victory would be 'a sign from God.’ ”
Chozick added that Beck recently spoke at a Texas fundraiser that netted more than $250,000 for the Romney Victory Fund, and explained to his listeners during a September radio program why "it’s not weird to be a Mormon, and it’s not weird to be president if you’re Mormon."
In terms of Romney's standing with evangelical voters, last month the candidate met with 93-year-old Rev. Billy Graham. More recently, Graham appeared in a full-page ad in the New York Times, USA Today and other major publications that urged Americans to "vote for biblical values" — which, in the current political climate, amounts to a de facto endorsement of Romney.
Evangelicals aren't the only recipients of Beck's pro-Romney outreach, as the radio host has also rallied fiscal conservatives in advance of the Nov. 6 election. On Friday, for example, Beck co-headlined a Republican-friendly event in crucial swing state Ohio with FreedomWorks CEO Matt Kibbe. Titled "The Revolution Rises," the rally encouraged conservative Ohioans to vote.
The next day, Beck made an unplanned appearance at a Romney rally in Iowa. "A CNN crew spotted the conservative TV host arriving about 20 minutes before the rally, using a cane to walk around," Politico's Dylan Byers reported. "He watched the rally from the side of an airport hangar, chatted with race car driver Richard Petty on the tarmac, then got back on the jet and took off."
Jamshid Ghazi Askar is a graduate of BYU's J. Reuben Clark Law School and member of the Utah State Bar. Contact him at email@example.com or 801-236-6051.
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