Sen. John Thune, who is thinking about running for President in 2012 tells The Brody File that he has a “Christian worldview” and won’t apologize for it. He tells me the following: “I have a Christian worldview, so it shapes the way that I view issues. I don’t apologize for that, and I don’t think that people of faith ought to shrink away from being in the public arena.”
If Thune gets in, he will compete for the all-important Evangelical vote in places like Iowa and South Carolina. It could be a very crowded field in what could turn into a pseudo “Evangelical Primary”
The Brody File spent the whole day with him on Capitol Hill this past Tuesday. The Brody File received exclusive access into certain meetings Thune was holding that day. All of that will be part of a feature airing on The 700 Club in a few weeks.
Thune also tells me, “For any conservative or any Republican to get elected to office, you have to have the support and hopefully the energetic support of people who care passionately about the social issues. So, they’re important. And we shouldn’t trivialize that.”
Watch the clip below. The transcription is provided as well.
Mandatory courtesy: CBN News/The Brody File
David Brody: How does your evangelical faith inform your politics?
Sen. Thune: It’s foundational. You basically, over the course of your lifetime, your faith experience, your faith tradition, your family, you develop a worldview. I have a Christian worldview, so it shapes the way that I view issues. I don’t apologize for that, and I don’t think that people of faith ought to shrink away from being in the public arena.
Sometimes people get discouraged and frustrated, but they need to be in the arena. If they sit on the sidelines, their voices aren’t heard in these debates. Right now probably no more important time in our nation’s history that people of faith, people who believe in our founders, believe in the wisdom of our founders and in our Constitution, in the sanctity of marriage, in life, be engaged in these debates. Because we really are at a crossroads.
You look at these issues and how they play out and the way that they’re being debated now, certainly here in Washington, D.C., but also at a lot of state capitols around the country. This is a very important and I think, critical, time for the country.