Republican U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle describes her motivation for seeking elected office as a religious calling.
Politics, including her bid to unseat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, is God's purpose for her life — one he has long been preparing her for, she says.
"When God calls you, he also equips you and he doesn't just say 'Well, today you're going to run against Harry Reid.' There is a preparation," she said during a recent interview on the Christian Broadcasting Network. "Moses had his preparatory time. Paul had his preparatory time. Even Jesus had his preparatory time, and so my preparation began on a school board."
Although those remarks triggered surprise and even outrage last week, people familiar with Angle's career in public life understood.