Scott Walker, who officially announced he is running for president today, says it's "God's calling" and "God's plan" for him. Really? Really.
After officially announcing his candidacy for the Republican nomination for president this morning, Scott Walker dashed off an email to supporters professing his White House run is "God's calling," and "God's plan."
That plan, as the email unfolds, includes working to ban abortions and same-sex marriage.
The Wisconsin governor, who survived both a recall and a re-election and now brags that he's been elected "three times in four years," described himself to followers as "the son of a Baptist preacher," whose "faith comes first."
"My relationship with God drives every major decision in my life. Each day I pray and then take time to read from the Bible and from a devotional named Jesus Calling," Walker's email reads.
"As you can imagine, the months leading up to my announcement that I would run for President of the United States were filled with a lot of prayer and soul searching," he adds, perhaps explaining why he is the 15th Republican this year to declare their candidacy for the White House.
"Here’s why: I needed to be certain that running was God’s calling -- not just man’s calling. I am certain: This is God’s plan for me and I am humbled to be a candidate for President of the United States."
Yes, God's calling and God's plan.
Walker adds that his faith "is the guiding force" of his life.
"I believe in the sanctity of life. I believe in the covenant of marriage. I believe in strong families. I believe in protecting religious liberties. And I believe these things are worth fighting for -- and I have."
Right Wing Watch's Peter Montgomery, who published the entire text of the Walker email, observes the missive "is clearly designed to appeal to Religious Right voters who make up a major part of the GOP base vote, particularly in the early primary states Iowa and South Carolina."
Walker also writes, "I believe that the states have the right to define marriage," and to "protect this right, I support an amendment to the United States Constitution to reaffirm the ability of the states to continue to define marriage."
Our conservative values were handed a big blow with the recent Supreme Court ruling. Let me be very clear: this decision was a grave mistake. Five unelected judges took it upon themselves to take that responsibility away from the states and redefine the institution of marriage.
In 2006, I voted to amend my state constitution to protect the institution of marriage because I believe that marriage is between one man and one woman.
The email is filled with phrases like "protect unborn children," "lifelong supporter of the pro-life movement," "religious freedom," "religious liberty," and concludes, "God bless you and God bless America."
Walker of course is far from the first or last candidate to claim their attempt to win the presidency was motivated by God, God's calling, or that God spoke to them.
Fan of HBO's too-short-lived "The Newsroom" no doubt remember this:
Some folks on Twitter couldn't pass up the opportunity to share their thoughts:
Scott Walker: it's God's plan for me to run. Same for Huckabee Santorum etc. Maybe it's God's plan to have them all lose & finally shut up.— Jim David (@ComicJimDavid) July 13, 2015
Yes, Scott. Running for president is the first part of "My plan for you". The second part: your humiliating defeat. pic.twitter.com/zN2obSpJsb— God (@TheTweetOfGod) July 13, 2015