LANSING, Mich (WLNS) - The influence of God and spouses in the Republican U.S. Senate race was on the table during last week's first and only TV debate between John James and Sandy Pensler.
The God and spouse issue came up in the television conversation between Sandy Pensler and John James, but it's not the first time it was an issue.
During the 2012 Republican U.S. Senate primary debate, Pete Hoekstra, Randall Beckman and Clark Durant all confessed that God wanted them to run for the Senate.
It came up again last Friday but this time the candidates did not agree on God's influence.
Reporter: "Does God want you in the U.S. Senate? John James answered "I believe that my God wants me to run."
Same question; different candidate. "Does God want you in the U.S. Senate?" Sandy Pensler said "I don't know."
Mr. James believes God wants him in a position to protect and preserve life as for the outcome of the race. "The result is up to him. The race is up to us."
Here's what Mr. Pensler's faith does for him.
"My faith makes me believe that I should do the best that I can all the time. And part of doing the best that I can is when you think you can make a difference and you don't stay on the sidelines."
But Mr. Pensler's wife wanted to stay on the sidelines.
"She said I'm a private person and why would you do this? Things are so great now," he said.
Mr. Pensler reports she eventually said yes but was a reluctant yes.
Turns out Mr. James was initially in the same boat with his spouse as he looks at Mr. Pensler.
"I believe that we may have similar situations," said James.
Reporter: "But did she say, honey, don't do this?"
"She said honey I love you and I trust you and I'll go where the Lord leads us," answered James.
After the broadcast, Mr. James joked, "I'm going to go see if I still have a wife."
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