BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS, TAB) — Three openly religious and conservative leaders have announced their candidacy for president. Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, who was raised Episcopalian but does not identify with a particular denomination; retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who identifies as a Seventh-Day Adventist; and Mike Huckabee, former pastor and president of the Arkansas Baptist Convention, all made announcements this week, with Carson and Fiorina announcing Monday and Huckabee announcing Tuesday.
Well known on the Christian talk radio circuit, Fiorina is a breast cancer survivor, opposes same-sex “marriage” and would only allow abortion in the case of rape, incest and in cases where the mother’s life was in danger.
Carson gained notoriety when he separated conjoined twins while director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md., but has since been known for his outspoken criticism of President Barack Obama.
Interestingly enough, at Carson’s presidential announcement in Detroit, Mich., the singing group Veritas performed. Veritas is a classically trained quintet composed primarily of University of Mobile students.
Huckabee served as pastor for 12 years in Arkansas before becoming governor and, in 2008, was a presidential candidate. He is a “fierce defender” of traditional marriage and kickstarted the “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” after its CEO Dan Cathy advocated traditional marriage.