Is Gov. Scott Walker God's man for 2016?

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Chad Groening (

At least one Christian leader believes God may have raised up Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker as a possible presidential candidate "for this time" in America's history.

Sam Rohrer, president of the American Pastors Network, believes Governor Walker could be a very special candidate. "My personal opinion is it may just be that we're seeing an individual who God has raised up perhaps for this time," Rohrer tells OneNewsNow.

Rohrer, Sam (PPN)"He has already stood against a great deal of opposition, and God has kept him standing. He has stood for the right issues. He has stood for the rule of law. He's stood firmly on the side of biblical, moral issues."

Walker continues to show signs that he is the conservative candidate who – at least early on – is gaining the most traction with voters. In a weekend straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference, he finished second (with 21.4%) behind Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (25.7%). It was the third consecutive year in which Paul won the straw poll at CPAC.

Tom Pauken, a conservative political analyst and former chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, isn't surprised that Paul won again. "The CPAC numbers steer toward younger and more libertarian [voters] – and that's his appeal," he says of the Kentucky senator. "So it was not unexpected that Rand Paul would win the polling [at CPAC]."

Pauken, TomBut Pauken says what is surprising is how well Walker did. "He clearly is emerging as the leading conservative alternative to Jeb Bush," he continues. "This has to concern the Ted Cruz people to some extent since Walker, I think, is taking a good bit of support away from [Texas Senator] Cruz. But still, Cruz came in third place and is not to be discounted."

In the CPAC poll Cruz garnered 11.5% of the vote, followed by retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson (11.4%) and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (8.3%). All of the other names listed received less than five percent.

Pauken says Bush's fifth-place finish shows that despite raising a great deal of money, the former governor just isn't making much of an impression on grassroots Republicans.

Not shy about their Savior

Rohrer is amazed at the number of potential GOP presidential candidates who openly profess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

"From Ted Cruz to Governor Mike Huckabee, who is a very fine man, to Governor Walker, to others who are out there," he observes. "I don't remember in my time looking back where we've had as many individuals who I believe have a [faith] walk that would tend to emulate their convictions like we have right now."

That's why, says Rohrer, it's important for Christians to pray that God will raise up his man for the hour – adding that is certainly what the country will need after eight years of Barack Obama in the White House.

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