Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, made some remarks that are eerily similar to those once uttered by failed Nevada U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle. Here’s some of what he said from the interview with CBN’s David Brody:
God’s been in this from the beginning because when I first started to feel that I needed to consider running I did a lot of praying. I felt like Moses when God said, ‘I want you to go into Egypt and lead my people out.’ Moses resisted. I resisted. Moses said you got the wrong person. You can’t be talking about me.
I had these conversations with God in terms of, ‘Lord, I’ve done a lot of things but are you sure? But you shouldn’t question God. You should just make sure that’s the message.
God has been in this since the beginning and my staff and I we say that all the time. There are certain things that happen along this journey that they couldn’t happen unless God was in it. I know that for a fact because of my life long faith.
Sound familiar? It should, if you followed the Angle race. Here’s what Angle told Ralph Reed for his Faith and Freedom Coalition website back in July 2010 (linked, with video, at Huffington Post):
I believe that God has been in this from the beginning and because of that when he has a plan and a purpose for your life and you fit into that, what he calls you to he always equipped you for.
And Angle also compared herself to Moses (as well as Jesus and St. Paul) in her own interview with Brody on CBN:
When God calls you he also equips you and He doesn’t just say well today you’re going to run against Harry Reid. There is a preparation. Everyone in the Bible when you read the Bible you can see that preparatory time. Moses has his preparatory time. Paul had his preparatory time. Even Jesus had his preparatory time and so my preparation began on a school board.
Now, there are significant differences between Angle and Cain. He’s a successful businessman who has run companies including Godfather’s Pizza. He’s been the chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. And he’s worked as a ballistics mathematician for the U.S. Navy as a civilian employee and a radio talk-show host.
Angle, by contrast, served on a school board and in the Nevada Assembly, and has since made a business out of running for office, never successfully. She’s currently hawking her self-published book on a tour with the Tea Party Express. (Whoops — another similarity: Cain is also hawking his book while campaigning!)