|Dr. Ben Carson|
According to a recent poll by the Family Research Council (FRC), retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson (pictured) is the favorite among Christian voters to become the next vice-president of the U.S. in the 2016 elections.
The poll also showed that for the second consecutive year, Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz, the Republican Senator for Texas, won the annual Values Voter straw poll held at their Summit in Washington this September.
Carson won the votes of the delegates for vice-president with 22%, and Cruz only obtained 14%. However, the first Cuban American to hold the office of Senator in Texas after his election in 2012, won 25% of the votes for POTUS (228 votes) while Carson only obtained 20% or 179 votes.
In third place for the positions of president and vice-president came the former Governor of Arkansas, Mike Huckabee and Bobby Jindal, the Governor of Louisiana with 12% and 11% respectively.
President of the FRC Tony Perkins said that although 901 attendees at the annual summit had voted for their favorite politicians and the first two choices were Republicans, there were over 22 other candidates involved, some of those Democrats. He added that the Democratic candidates included the former first lady Hillary Clinton and current vice-president, Joe Biden, but there was a large field of solid, conservatives.
In order to be successful in the 2016 general elections, Perkins advised candidates at a press conference after the voting, to stand up for what you believe and don’t back down. He added that the values voters appreciate someone who will go against the tide and will show their support for those who “tell it like it is.”
Although Carson has almost no political experience to win the confidence of the voters in 2016, Perkins believes that he stands a good chance of winning the Republican vote should he decide to run for office. He adds that his unwavering conservative comments about the way the government is running the country, has won him the respect and admiration of many delegates.
The poll also showed that the representatives viewed several policy issues to be at the top of their agenda when choosing a candidate for the elections. The most important stand would be for the protections of religious liberties, which earned 39% of the votes. This was followed by Pro Life/ab0rt!on issues and then the protection of traditional marriage values, which came in third.
Thou shalt in any wise set him king over thee, whom the LORD thy God shall choose: one from among thy brethren shalt thou set king over thee: thou mayest not set a stranger over thee, which is not thy brother.
Lo, thou trustest in the staff of this broken reed, on Egypt; whereon if a man lean, it will go into his hand, and pierce it: so is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all that trust in him.