MASON CITY — Saying Michele Bachmann is “the most biblically qualified” Republican presidential candidate, a group of pastors and a former state legislator stated their case in Mason City Wednesday.
They were accompanied by Marcus Bachmann, the candidate’s husband, who also spoke at an informal meeting at the Pizza Ranch.
Former State Rep. Danny Carroll of Grinnell said the pastors have evaluated all the candidates, using Exodus, chapter 18, as one of their guides and found Bachmann to be “capable, trustworthy, God fearing, principled and a hater of dishonesty.”
Carroll said, “She looks to the next generation, not the next election.”
Pastors attending were the Revs. Brad Sherman of Coralville; Brad Cranston of Burlington; Tamara Scott of Norwalk; Michael Demastus of Des Moines; Matt Floyd of Osceola; Bill Tvedt of Oskaloosa; Richard Kessler of Richland; and Bernie Hayes of Cedar Rapids.
Tvedt cited Proverbs 11:3 - “The integrity of the upright guides them” - and said Bachmann is a woman of integrity. “You can’t delegate character,” he said.
Sherman cited 2 Corinthians 3:17 - “Now the Lord is the Spirit and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” — and said Bachmann is well-grounded in her faith.
Marcus Bachmann said the typical politician in Washington has connections or has no impact.
“What Michele is tied to is God,” he said. “This is a calling. We believe in miracles.”
Carroll and the pastors have been making stops throughout the state, promoting their views on Bachmann’s biblical qualifications.