Following the Oct. 28 GOP debate, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson spent an extra day in Colorado in an effort, it seems, to bolster his support among Christian voters.
Speaking to a crowd of more than 1,500 at Colorado Christian University on Oct. 29, Carson said people need to “stop listening to secular progressives who are trying to kick God out of our country,” according to The Denver Post.
While other candidates rushed off to early primary states, Carson chose to remain in Colorado where evangelical voters make up a significant portion of the Republican base. Colorado holds its caucuses on so-called Super Tuesday — along with 12 other states — in March, after five other states have already held their primaries.
Carson’s message seemed to resonate at the college.
John Andrews, the outgoing head of the CCU’s Centennial Institute, told The Post it is because of the retired neurosurgeon's “authentic, natural inner-core of conviction.”
Andrews mentioned Carson’s recent handling of a debate question about gay marriage as an example.
“With the same gentle, natural tone that Christ himself would have used, he made clear that it's not about disliking gay people or any people,” Andrews said. “He holds to certain beliefs about what marriage is, but he's not going to be portrayed as anything but embracing in his Christian faith.”
Religion has taken a prominent position in the primary campaigns recently as new polls come out showing Carson, who is a Seventh-day Adventist, edging Donald Trump out of his once-comfortable lead.
Trump appeared to go on the attack as the polls began trickling out.
“I’m Presbyterian,” Trump said at an Oct. 24 rally in Jacksonville, Florida, according to MSNBC. “Boy, that’s down the middle of the road folks, in all fairness. I mean, Seventh-day Adventist, I don’t know about. I just don’t know about.”
Carson called on Trump to apologize but the real estate developer refused, saying he hadn’t said anything bad about the Seventh-day Adventist tradition, only that he didn’t know about it.