In the GOP primaries, do politics Trump values and character?

In the GOP primaries, do politics Trump values and character?

Republican frontrunner’s personal background is an issue for some — but not all — going into Super Tuesday balloting. 

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By Bobby Ross Jr. | The Christian Chronicle

OKLAHOMA CITY — To Ethan Garrett, a presidential candidate’s integrity and personal values matter.

As Garrett sees it, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump lacks those qualities.

“I’m not a big fan,” said Garrett, a member of the Wilshire Church of Christ in Oklahoma City.

“I just think Trump lacks basic decency and manners,” added the 25-year-old energy company accountant. “And that’s not something I want to have the kids of this nation … looking at as a role model.”

Garrett’s wife, Danielle, and sister, Tori, joined him at an Oklahoma campaign rally for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, one of Trump’s main challengers.

In the days leading up to crucial Super Tuesday voting on March 1, Trump, Rubio and the other leading GOP contender — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz — all swooped into the Sooner State to energize supporters.

Tori Garrett, 19, is preparing to vote in her first presidential election. She said she didn’t know much about Rubio but wanted to find out more.

“It’s kind of slim pickings with all the candidates,” Tori Garrett said. “There’s no one ideal candidate.”

Asked what appeals to her about Rubio, she replied, “He’s not Trump.”

Not so fast, responds Don Middleton, minister for the Cross Timbers Church of Christ in Stephenville, Texas.

This story appears in the online edition of The Christian Chronicle.