Pastor Adrian Rogers has said that there are three kinds of people, those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who just scratch their head and wonder what happened. Pastors, instead of watching or wondering, lets make things happen this election. Support Mike Huckabee for President!
I shared these words after giving stats on Evangelical voter turnout in my Sunday sermon on Feb. 3rd entitled, “What Are The Values You Vote By?” These final words in the sermon may be worth repeating here. It is a reworked nursery rime and I entitled it, “This Little Evangelical” and it goes as follows.
This Little Evangelical
This little Evangelical went to the ballot box.
This little Evangelical stayed home.
This little Evangelical had convictions.
This little Evangelical had none.
And this little unborn baby cried wee, wee, wee, as it died in it’s mother’s womb.
This last line still makes me pause in quietness. What kind of Evangelical are you?
A new grassroots organization is forming in California as a part of the national effort to elect Mike Huckabee.
The Mike Huckabee California Coalition for Faith and Family Values…
…is a growing grassroots network of pastors and similar leaders along with Christians from all over the state of California. Similar state wide coalitions are forming from accross the country. The California Coalition as well as those from other states are a part of the larger national Mike Huckabee Coalition for Faith and Family Values that was formed back in November 2007. Click below to join or learn more about the Coalition.
A short great new ad has been released today. It simply is Gov. Mike Huckabee wishing everyone a merry Christmas. It is a sharp contrast from the attack adds of his political rivals. It is a sharp contrast to so many in our day who want to say, happy holidays. Mike mentions the purpose of Christmas in the add as he addresses celebrating the birth of Christ. Merry Christmas to you Gov. Huckabee and to all the family and campaign team.
Watch this great TV add here, and give a generous gift today to help the commercial be broadcast in as many markets as possible.
In light of Gov. Huckabee’s insensative not so politicaly correct comments in the video above that are sure to offend many. I offer another perspective for contrast.
A friend of mine sent this and I thought it was too good not to send as my own (I am very creative… I only borrow good stuff).
I actually borrowed the above line too.
To All My Politically Correct Friends:
Please accept, with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2008, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in the Western Hemisphere. Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishee.
To All My Christian Friends:
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and may God bless you and yours!
How refreshing it is to hear a political candidate - or anyone on TV anymore- say, “Merry Christmas” and “the important thing is celebrating the birth of Christ” and “God bless you”.
I feel sure that many Mormons who have read this blog believe that I am bearing false witness against Mormons. They may feel attacked, and they may feel as though I somehow hate Mormons. Some probably feel that I am spreading lies about their faith. I have gotten a few email that said that. If I thought I were spreading lies or attacking people or just being plain hateful, I would stop, and repent, and apologize. That would be wrong, terribly wrong of me or anyone else. We are commanded to speak the truth in love. If I thought that I were not being truthful I would stop, repent and apologize. If I thought that I were not being loving, I also would also stop, repent, and apologize.
Some may not think I am loving. But I do not consider Mormons my enemy. Mitt Romney is not my enemy either. I do not hate Mormons nor do I hate Mitt. I have had Mormon people in my home, offered them juice, and heard them, and patiently had dialog about our beliefs. Every time that I have met with a Mormon missionary, I have tried to be respectful and courteous, and have felt they treated me in like kind. We have disagreed each time, but I invited them to pray as they would, and I have prayed as well, without any pretense about what I believe about the validity of the others prayers on my part, but yet with respect.
I believe that it is not really possible to love someone if you do not tell them the truth. If I believe that Mormonism is a false cult, and that nice Mormon people are simply deceived by the heretical writings of Joseph Smith, if I believe that, then it would be unloving to my Mormon neighbors to not try to expose Mormonism for what it is, or at least for what I believe it to be. I know that I will be misunderstood by many Mormons for doing this. But I should love my Mormon neighbors more than I desire to have them like me. If I wanted to avoid having people call me bigot or think I am intolerant, and if I loved myself more than I love my Mormon neighbors, I would just not worry about the whole thing about what Mormonism teaches. I would not call it a cult. Who likes someone who calls someone else’s religion a cult? Why expose myself to attack.? Why should anyone bother with it if he doesn’t love others and he believes he is telling them the truth. I know that there are others who could say things out of a motive for hate, but it is not that way for me. It is because I believe that I am speaking the truth. If I did not clearly speak the truth at least as I understand it, I would not love you as I should. If I really love my Mormon neighbors or others who might one day in the future be deceived by Mormonism, I must speak what I believe to be the truth about Mormonism.
When it comes to Mitt Romney, I do not want to become his enemy either. I have offered prayers for Mitt Romney. My concern that I have expressed about why Christians should not vote for Mitt Romney because he is a Mormon is not to put down Mormons as some kind of second rate class of people. I don’t think that way about Mormon people. We have a lot of things in common. Most Mormons that I have met are conservatives and Republican. I like most conservatives and Republicans. I like most Mormons too. I have liked what Senator Orin Hatch has stood for over the years. There is much to like about Mormon people and that is not the issue with me at all. The reason that I am saying to other Evangelicals and Christians that I do not believe that they should support or vote for Mitt Romney because he is a Mormon is not rooted in just some sort of bigoted hate for Mormons. It is not. I simply believe that if Mitt Romney were elected President, that it would be different than having someone elected as a Senator or Representative from some state. The Presidency is extremely visible. The President is a national celebrity. I honestly believe that if Mitt Romney were elected President, - and partly because he is a like-able guy with a good family- he would become a good national and global “poster-child” for Mormonism. Especially if he did a good job as President and were very popular. By “poster-child” I do not mean that he from the White House would seek to promote Mormonism, but that Mormon missionaries worldwide would have a “poster child” that they would be able to point to. Mitt Romney being elected President, would in itself lend a great deal of credibility to Mormonism.
If I believed that Mormonism was just a different Christian denomination and that all true Mormons would go to heaven, then I would have no problem with Romney being a “poster child” that would further promote Mormonism. But if I believe Mormonism is a counterfeit cult that leads people to hell, and that a Romney election would promote a religion that would deceive even more, then how can I in good conscience support Romney. It simply boils down really to just two questions here. One do I believe a vote for Romney would possibly be good for Mormonism? and two, do I believe Mormonism to be good for people? I answer both questions with a no. So I encourage other Christians to not vote for Romney on the basis that he is a Mormon.
I don’t hate Mormons. I am just trying to be as honest as I can here out of love. If anyone wishes to call be a bigot, I love you enough to bear it and I know that I am just misunderstood and that is okay. I am really not offended and I do not hold a grudge. The truth is more important than me, and your hearing the truth is more important than me too. Who am I that I should try to win a popularity contest. I just need to speak the truth in love and leave the rest to God.
Thanks for taking time to read my thoughts on the matter.
In an article reported to appear in the comming Sunday edition of the New York times, Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is said to have asked a reporter if Mormonism teaches that Jesus and the Devil are brothers. Already on Tuesday night the news is traveling fast over the internet and there is sure to be a big media frenzy over the mere fact that Huckabee would ask the question. To read a TIME magazine article published on-line click here.
First of all. In a day of great political correctness and intolerance for anyone who is not hyper-tolerant of all other religious views -as if all the various religions are equally true and valid- I expect that the pundits will all gag over the mere mention of the question by Gov. Huckabee and cry foul. They will say that what Mormonism actually teaches is off the table and that any of us who dare ask what it teaches should be ashamed of ourselves for being so closed minded and bigoted that we would even dare ask. I suspect that there will be some who will wish to crucify Huckabee for even asking a question even though it was just a question and not an assertion. I also expect that as usual, Huckabee will handle his opposition with grace and do fine.
In light of the controversy that is sure to arise, as an Evangelical Christian we can be thankful that perhaps the false doctrines of Mormonism may be exposed to the light of day. I have found that a lot of people just do not really know what Mormonism teaches. Some practicing Mormons in fact would be surprised to know what their religious leaders and sacred works have taught. Mormonism has for years aggressively sought to use diverse media in an attempt to make over its image and repackage it as another Christian denomination. It is certainly not Christian at all even though Mormonism has been very successful in redefining itself in the minds of many Americans.
We call here for an honest inquirery into what Mormonism really teaches and what its historical prophets, leaders, and doctrines set forth.
So What Does Mormonism Really Teach?
Does Mormonism Teach That Jesus And The Devil are Brothers?
In fact it does. Gov. Huckabee asked the question. A spokes person for the LDS dodged the question. But the LDS cannot change all of the written records of the teachings of the church over night. Consider the following…
In the Discourses of Brigham Young, on Pg.53-54 he lets it be known that Lucifer is the second son, the one known as “Son of the Morning.”
“Who will redeem the earth, who will go forth and make the sacrifice for the earth and all things it contains?” The Eldest Son said: “Here am I”; and then he added, “Send me.” But the second one, which was “Lucifer, Son of the Morning,” said, “Lord, here am I, send me, I will redeem every son and daughter of Adam and Eve that lives on the earth, or that ever goes on the earth.”
Through reading John A. Widtsoe’s work Evidences and Reconciliations, Pg.209, it is learned that Lucifer strove to gain the birthright of his Elder Brother, Jesus the Christ and became Satan, the enemy of God.
“The story of Lucifer is the most terrible example of such apostasy. Lucifer, son of the morning, through diligent search for truth and the use of it, had become one of the foremost in the assembly of those invited to undertake the experiences of earth. But, in that Great Council, his personal ambition and love of power overcame him. He pitted his own plan and will against the purposes of God. He strove to gain the birthright of his Elder Brother, Jesus the Christ. When his proposition was rejected, he forsook all that he had gained, would not repent of his sin, defied truth, and of necessity lost his place among the followers of God. He was no longer Lucifer, bearer of truth, who walked in light, but Satan, teacher of untruth, who slunk in darkness. He became the enemy of God and of all who try to walk according to the Lord’s commandments. One-third of the spirits present in that vast assembly supported Satan and became enemies of the truth that they had formerly cherished. With him these rebellious spirits lost their fellowship with the valiant sons of God. What is more, they lost the privilege of obtaining bodies of flesh and blood, without which they cannot gain full power over the forces of the universe. In the face of that defeat, and that curse, they have sought from Adam to the present time to corrupt mankind and defeat the Lord’s purposes.”
In 1949 Apostle Joseph F. Merrill stated:
Now there is another personality of which I desire to speak, … that person is Satan, the Devil. But according to our understanding and teaching, Satan is a person with a spirit body, in form like that of all other men. He is a spirit brother of ours and of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is our Elder Brother in the spirit world. The earth was in course of development for the abode of man in mortality. A Redeemer was to be sent down and make it possible for the Father’s children to return to him. (LDSConference Report, April 1949, p. 27)
Speaking in 1857, Apostle Joseph Young taught:
Who is it that is at the head of this? It is the Devil, the mighty Lucifer, the great prince of the angels, and the brother of Jesus. He left the province of his Father, and took with him a third part of his Father’s kingdom, and there was no other alternative but to banish him. God would have saved him if he could; but he could not. (Journal of Discourses, vol. 6, pp. 207-208, October 11, 1857)
For more information and more quotes, click on the two articles in orange headings immediately below.
Does Mormonism Teach That The Mormon Church Is The Only True Church And That Other Churches Are The Church Of The Devil?
The following quotes show that Mormonism considers all other churches other than “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints” as “corrupt”, “wrong”, “of the Devil” and “false”.
Joseph Smith said, “My object in going to inquire of the Lord was to know which of all the sects was right, that I might know which to join. No sooner, therefore, did I get possession of myself, so as to be able to speak, than I asked the personages who stood above me in the light, which of all the sects was right — and which I should join. I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were all wrong, and the personage who addressed me said that all their creeds were an abomination in His sight: that those professors were all corrupt . . .” (Joseph Smith, “History of the Church, Vol. 1, page 5-6.)
Brigham Young said, “But He did send His angel to this same obscure person, Joseph Smith jun., who afterwards became a Prophet, Seer, and Revelator, and informed him that he should not join any of the religious sects of the day, for they were all wrong.” (Brigham Young, “Journal of Discourses,” Vol. 2, page 171. - 1855)
The Book of Mormon says, “And he said unto me: Behold there are save two churches only; the one is the church of the Lamb of God, and the other is the church of the devil; wherefore, whoso belongeth not to the church of the Lamb of God belongeth to that great church which is the mother of abominations; and she is the whore of all the earth” (1 Nephi 14:10).
Joseph Fielding Smith said, “Again, following the death of his apostles, apostasy once more set in, and again the saving principles and ordinances of the gospel were changed to suit the conveniences and notions of the people. Doctrines were corrupted, authority lost, and a false order of religion took the place of the gospel of Jesus Christ, just as it had been the case in former dispensations, and the people were left in spiritual darkness.” (”Doctrines of Salvation,” page 266.)
Brigham Young said that the “Christian God is the Mormon’s Devil…” (Journal of Discourses, Volume 5, page 331).
John Taylor said that Christianity was “hatched in hell” (Journal of Discourses, Volume 6, page 176) and “a perfect pack of nonsense…the Devil could not invent a better engine to spread his work…” (Journal of Discourses, Volume 6, page 167).
Bruce R. McConkie said, “What is the church of the devil in our day, and where is the seat of her power?…. It is all of the systems, both Christian and non-Christian, that perverted the pure and perfect gospel…. It is communism; it is Islam; it is Buddhism; itis modern Christianity in all its parts. It is Germany under Hitler, Russia under Stalin, and Italy under Mussolini.” (The Millennial Messiah, pp. 54-55.)
Mormonism claims that all other churches including Evangelical Christianity as wrong, corrupt, false, and of the Devil. If Mormonism is correct, then Evangelical Christianity is false and proclaims a false Gospel. However, it is also true that if Evangelical Christianity is correct then Mormonism is wrong. Both have mutually exclusive claims and the differences are irreconcilable.
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, President, Al Mohler has engaged in an on-line debate and has also written a helpful article on the subject called “The Church of the Devil“.
Does Mormonism Teach That Elohim God and Mary had Physical Sex to Conceive Jesus?
James White who is a defender of historical Evangelical Christianity has written at great lengths on the subject of Mormonism. He has engaged in formal debate with Mormons and others over the years. Below are a few short excerpts from his article on the subject of the Mormon teachings on Elohim God and Mary and the conception of Jesus.
THUS SAYETH THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATIONS If we assume that a publication copyrighted by the Corporation of the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can be logically called “official,” we find a number of statements concerning the literal paternity of Christ in “official” documents written over the last thirty years. For example, from the Family Home Evenings booklet of 1972 we read:
We must come down to the simple fact that God Almighty was the Father of His Son Jesus Christ. Mary, the virgin girl, who had never known mortal man, was his mother. God by her begot his Son Jesus Christ, and he was born into the world with power and intelligence like that of His Father. . . . Now, my little friends, I will repeat again in words as simple as I can, and you talk to your parents about it, that God, the Eternal Father, is literally the father of Jesus Christ. (Joseph F. Smith, Box Elder Stake Conference Dec. 20, 1914 as quoted in Brigham City Box Elder News, 28 Jan. 1915, pp. 1-2).
Following this statement the booklet shows an almost stick-figure male identified as “Daddy,” and another figure, female, identified as “Mommy.” There is a plus between them, with lines leading down to a child figure, marked “You.” Right below this we have the following diagram that has “Our Heavenly Father” where “Daddy” was, “Mary” where “Mommy” was, and “Jesus” where “You” was. If such a graphic, meant to be used to explain LDS doctrine to children, is not enough to convince a person of the meaning of this teaching, nothing will be. Remember, this is in an “official” publication. But this is certainly not the only place we can find it.
To examine more for yourself and go to James White’s article click immediately below.
Does Mormonism Teach That The American Indians Come From Jewish Ancestry Despite DNA Data That Proves Otherwise?
This I hope will be helpful for our Mormon friends. I am sure that any Mormon reading this blog would feel that he is under attack. He or she is not. The only thing under attack is the lies and deceptions that unfortunately Mormon’s and others are exposed to. I have found that Mormons are sometimes encouraged to never watch quote “anti-Mormon” videos or read “anti-Mormon” information. There is nothing for Mormons to be afraid of.
The Book of Mormon claims that the American Indian descended from Jewish ancestors. Yet DNA evidence strongly disproves the claims of the Book of Mormon. Watch the compelling youtube video below. Afterward see recent press reports documenting the new change in the Book of Mormon to cover its error. The video below has the following print introduction.
For more than 170 years, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has declared the Book of Mormon to be a scriptural and literal history. Subtitled “Another Testament of Jesus Christ,” it recounts the story story of an Israelite family who immigrated to and fully populated the American continents. Jesus, after His death and resurrection, is said to have visited this once-great Israelite civilization existing in the Americas.
The Book of Mormon teaches that these Israelites are the principal ancestors of modern-day Native Americans. New discoveries in DNA research currently allow scientists to test this historical claim. Thousands of Native Americans from more than 150 tribes have been tested to determine their ancestry.
Now the same DNA evidence used in courts of law can credibly speak to the validity of The Book of Mormon, which serves as the foundation of the Mormon religion. The evidence answers one basic question: Are Israelites the principal ancestors of Native Americans?
“DNA vs. The Book of Mormon” presents the evidence from DNA researchers, including Mormon scientists, who are wrestling with the DNA dilemma that now faces Mormonism.
Participants: Thomas W. Murphy; Dr. Simon Southerton; Dr. Randall Shortridge, and others
Watch the following video
DNA vs. The Book of Mormon
Below are two Salt Lake Tribune articles on the resent change in the Book of Mormon because of DNA evidence.
In front a crowd of students at Liberty University. Gov. Mike Huckabee clearly gives glory to God and attributes his surge to the power of prayer. Watch the compelling segment below.
Immediately below is the text of part of Huckabee’s comments.
“There’s only one explanation for it, and it’s not a human one,” Huckabee said. “It’s the same power that helped a little boy with two fish and five loaves feed a crowd of 5,000 people and that’s the only way that our campaign could be doing what it’s doing.
“And I’m not being facetious nor am I trying to be trite. There literally are thousands of people across the country who are praying that a little will become much and it has, and it defies all explanation. It has confounded the pundits, and I’m enjoying every minute of their trying to figure it out. And until they look at it from a just experience beyond human, they’ll never figure it out. And that’s probably just as well. That’s honestly why it’s happening.”
Click the link imediately below to see MSNBC’s report of this story. Plus you will be shocked by some of the comments and anti-Chritian sentiments made by the blog responses to the MSNBC article. We encourage you to leave a comment yourself.
Have you seen the polls lately? In case you were sleeping over the last two months, you may still be asking if Mike Huckabee should be considered a top tier candidate. You may have said, “I like him but can he win?” But you would have to be Rip Van Winkle to still ask that question.
Late last week in Iowa, Mike Huckabee polled 5 points ahead of Mitt Romney. In a very short span of time, Huckabee as gone from being somewhere lower down, to a close second, to a statical tie, to a slight lead, to now a clear and convincing lead for first place. What a month!
But some have said, “Yes Huck is doing well in Iowa, but he has to win more than Iowa.” Well, earlier this week, Mike Huckabee polled three points behind Rudy to come in second place in the national polls for the Republican primary. That is a HUGE jump or bump however you look at it. Huckabee also polled second place in South Carolina, Florida, and Texas. All very key states. This marks a huge surge as Huckabee has surpassed Fred Thompson, Mitt Romney, John McCain and is nipping ever closer on the heals of Rudy Giuliani.
Huckabee has been steadily on the rise. Other candidates have had ups and downs. Lately and more and more, the other top four candidates have been eclipsed by Huckabee’s rise. To see the good news for yourself. CLICK HEREto read the Rasmussen nation wide poll.
To see a wonderful short video of Huckabee’s surge and read more information, go to the page
Who said, “It is always impolite to point?”It all depends on what your pointing out, or if you are pointing in the right direction.This election, I believe it is high time that my fellow pastors be like a bird dog upon a cubby of quail.It is time for them to get to pointing.The stakes are too high to be ambiguous much less silent.The point of their finger is desperately needed.
It was Adrian Rogers who I heard once quote Vance Havner as having said, “We preachers have learned the art of how to almost say something.”Ouch!He was right.We have learned how not to point.We have learned to be comfortably unclear.What is needed is courage.When a matter of weight and significance is at hand, we need men to have a point, get to the point, make a point, and be clearly pointed about the point they are making.If pastors are not willing to do this, then one may rightly ask, “Then what’s the point anyway.”
It is not always impolite to point. If you point out a man’s sins to him and you point out to him his need for Christ, then that is a good time to point.If you point to Calvary or to the empty tomb and compel people to behold, that is certainly a good time to point.If you point in order to direct people to Christ by showing them the way of salvation, that is a good time to point. If you point at a lost man, and call upon him to repent and trust Christ, that is a good time to point. If you point to the Word of God as our sole perfect authority for all matters of faith and conduct, then that is a good time to point.If you point out anything that the Bible teaches and you draw men to glare at the truths contained in its pages, then that is a good time to point.If you point to Christians and tell them that they have a responsibility in this world to endeavor to win the lost to Christ, then that is a good time to point.If you point out that abortion is murder, and homosexuality is an abomination, then that it is also a good time to point.If you are in a nation in which revival is needed, in which reformation is needed, in which sin that used to slink down back alleys is now strutting proudly down Main Street, and there is pending judgment coming from a holy God, if you point that out, then that too is a good time to point.
Now the way I see it.If you believe that every Christian in America has a stewardship as each one sitting on a huge board of directors in a wonderful and splendid institution.That institution in which every American sits on the board is none other than the government of the United States of America.If you were to recognize that the institution that your Christian brothers and sisters had a voice, had executive oversight over, and had the weight and responsibility of voting, and you dared to point out some things, then that would be a good time to point.I would also say this, if you get real pointed here, and say that on this board on which your brothers and sisters sit, that they have to choose a President, and the morals, values, and convictions, of those who could be chosen were drastically different, it would be a good thing to point that out too.It would be good to point and say this man over here is not the one we should choose.It would be good to stop and point and say, after I have considered all of the options, it would seem that to choose this man over here is the wisest and best choice that we can make.Again I think it would be a very good thing to be pointed here.As a matter of fact, to point clearly here would be most helpful to others it would seem.
I can’t image any scenario where a preacher would feel that he should not point, if the issue at hand were important.I guess I am just the pointing type.However it stands to reason that if pastors study and know the Word of God, if they cultivate a discerning mind, and hopefully grow in wisdom, if pastors are responsible and accountable for what they do with the insights that God has given them, it just seems that pastors of all people should point.They should point clearly and unapologetically about anything and everything that comes their way.This would include a Presidential election to be sure.
So I am pointing this election.I am not unfamiliar with Mike Huckabee.I have watched him a long time.In my mind, the other candidates are much less desirable than Gov. Huckabee and so I am pointing.I am pointing out Gov. Huckabee to others who have not come to know of him or his candidacy.I am pointing out the differences between Mike Huckabee and the other top tier candidates in the Republican primary.And I am unapologetically pointing to Mike Huckabee and saying that I believe that he is by far the wisest and best choice for President of the United States of America.
Oh yeah, I am being pointed about at least one other thing this election.I am pointing to you my fellow pastors, and I am urging you to get very pointed this election also because the stakes are too high to be ambiguous much less silent.Who said, “It is always impolite to point?”
We just want to say welcome. We hope this can be a spot for Pastors to interact about whats happening in politics and more importantly, Mike Huckabee for President. For now let’s talk about Huck’s rise in Iowa. Check out these polls and leave a comment letting us know what you think.
Survey of 577 Likely Republican Primary Voters was conducted November 9-11. The margin of error is +/- 4.2 percentage points.
UPDATE: Interesting stat from the CBS Iowa Poll
While Romney still leads in Iowa, his support base is far softer than that of Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor whose campaign has gained momentum in recent weeks. Half of Huckabee supporters said they had made up their mind, compared to two-thirds of Romney supporters who said they could change their mind before caucus night. Overall, 57 percent of GOP caucus-goers said they haven’t settled on one candidate.