Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Obama Looks To Religious Voters For Support

The media are filled with stories on Barack Obama’s attempt to attract religious voters in the November election. CBN News reports that today Obama met with some 30 religious leaders in Chicago, including evangelicals, mainline Protestants and Catholics. Among those attending were mega-church Pastor TD Jakes and Prof. Doug Kmiec. In today’s Wall Street Journal, William McGurn writes a column suggesting that Obama is very different on religion than was John Kennedy. Obama believes that religion has a place in policy discussions in the public square. Meanwhile today’s New York Times reports that a new PAC, The Matthew 25 Network, is reaching out various religious communities—Catholics, moderate evangelicals, Hispanic Catholics and Protestants. Obama’s campaign already has staffers who focus primarily on Catholic and Jewish voters. He now plans to add a staffer to focus on evangelicals.