Over at CBN, David Brody reports on Mitt Romney’s quiet courtship of evangelical voters, who proved reluctant to embrace his candidacy during the Republican primaries.
The Brody File has learned that Mitt Romney’s campaign has begun a serious push to engage evangelical leaders behind the scenes, including weekly meetings, personal phone calls from Romney, discussions about appearing at more faith-based events, and serious dialogue about convening a gathering this fall with national evangelical leaders.
In just the last few weeks, Mitt Romney has spoken on the phone a couple times with popular evangelical pastor Rick Warren, and there have been efforts to try and schedule a face-to-face meeting between Romney and Dr. James Dobson, one of the most respected evangelical leaders in the country.
For more details on Romney’s efforts to woo evangelical leaders dating back to the time when he was first contemplating a presidential run in 2006, check out Brody’s new book, The Teavangelicals. The book chronicles one of the more under-reported political phenomenons of the past several years — evangelical involvement in the Tea Party movement. As somebody who has been covering the intersection between national politics and the evangelical movement at CBN for years, Brody is in a unique position to tell this story.