April 13th, 2008
04:50 PM ET
6 years ago

Democrats put faith front-and-center on the campaign trail

Will Sen. Obama beat out Sen. Clinton with the faithful?
Will Sen. Obama beat out Sen. Clinton with the faithful?

(CNN) - Which Democrat is winning the battle for religious voters? God only knows.

So far this year, Hillary Clinton has maintained an edge among Roman Catholics, many of them the Hispanic and working-class white voters who have been among the most loyal members of her base.

Thanks in large part to that support, many surveys had also given her a slight edge over Barack Obama among white Democratic voters who attended church of any kind regularly.

But in exit polls, the category of regular church-goers - those who attend services at least once a month or more - were more likely to choose Obama. That category in many states was dominated by African-Americans, who have overwhelmingly backed the Illinois senator's candidacy.

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  1. PA Voter

    I thought 'Faith" was supposed to the big Republican issue. Geez.

    How about we knock it off with all this "he said", "she said" nonsense, and we concentrate on real issues. Real issues – not guns, religion, gay marriage, or other wedge issues.

    Let's talk jobs, the economy, oil, outsourcing, immigration, so called "free trade deals", and interest rates. Why is gas almost $4 a gallon? Why are our jobs going overseas? Why can't we stop illegal immigration? Why are credit card companies still charging 24% interest when rates are at an all time low?

    April 13, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  2. Ann Aloha FariMedia, PA

    Let Rev Wright lead this charge!!! End Of Story

    April 13, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  3. foday

    Hillary is speaking to media that Obama should explain himself to the work what Obama mean by what he said. She should even be ashame to asked such a question. Her Hillary is so much flip flopper she never answered anything right. When she was asked by the press because she knows that what she is saying was not true she could not even face the camera for american people to see through her eyes. If she is last democrat to win the nomination I will never vote and so I know many young people and blacks will not vote. Let us see if she will win. At list Obama has the decency to say he is sorry if he offend any one. As for Hillary to do so hell will have to freeze first.

    April 13, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  4. Charlotte

    Hope he can explain his 20 years of admiring to Rev. Wright, and his church?

    April 13, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  5. OlvrWhit

    Obama will most likely crawl all over himself to say he "regrets" getting caught making those comments about americans. Why is the press not reporting that the wealthy donors were laughing when he made this comment, or that he followed that comment with this. " when people tell me they are tired of racial discord, I tell them they should try slavery sometime". This man is full of hate for people who are not like him. I am sure CNN will not post this as they have tried all day to keep negative Obama post off the site.

    April 13, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  6. Mary

    It is sad that sentiments is a part of all these. Has Senator Clinton exhibited xhristian values and faith.If she has that much faith in The God she professes, she will not run such a bitter campaign, she will trust God to get her through and just a good person as God will want her to be. Sen Obama has even exhibited more gentlemanly attitude through all these as God would want anyone to do.
    Hillary is a sinking person and is trying anything, I wish her luck with all her negative tactics.

    April 13, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  7. Just the facts

    Let's see. Hillary went to church at Easter. Not that it matters.
    Obama went to church where anger was sermonized.

    April 13, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  8. Bryan

    Obama has no credibility on religion. He has sat in the pews of a racist church for 20 years and just sat there. I thought he was an activist. I guess he like what he heard. You don't donate over $20,000 in one year to a church you don't like.

    Hillary or McCain 08

    April 13, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  9. Murf

    This is very interesting and quite telling especially in light of the recent attack waged against Barack Obama by Sen. Clinton because he dared to speak to the concerns of those in middle America. Church going folks realize that those who use religion as a wedge issue don't do so out of any sense of conviction or spirituality, but instead because they know how to effectively manipulate people who profess a belief in G-d. Sen. Obama raised a good point when he said that there are those in the political process who would rather scapegoat hispanics, gays and those in favor of reasonable firearms laws than deal with the hard issues facing our Country.

    At a time when the economy is near collapse, our military is stretched thin in an illegitimate war (supported by both Sens. McCain and Clinton) opposed by Sen. Obama and jobs are drying up all across the midwest, Sen. McCain and Clinton choose to focus on attacking Sen. Obama as opposed to presenting a plan to reverse the Nation's decline. By attacking Obama, they are essentially admitting that he is the person to beat. What Sen. Obama must now do is press his advantage. Keep speaking the truth Sen. Obama and your words will resonate with those of us concerned with what's really affecting us on a day to day basis. Most Americans are concerned about how to feed their families on a day to day basis, not with who sleeps with whom or what benefits they get or whether the second amendment allows us to own a canon! Clinton and McCain are playing the same old "shell game" with the public that old school politicians have played for years. When in doubt...B.S. and blame.

    April 13, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  10. Sandy in PA

    Will Clinton just laugh now, too? That seems like her standard answer to serious issues now – she just laughs. And I'll be the first to laugh at her when her campaign is finally over.

    BTW – in typical Clinton fashion, she made religion and guns both recent issues, but now says "it's not relevant" when the last she fired a gun or went to church was. Again, both sides of every issue. And that's my #2 problem with her. #1 is the outsourcers she brought in to NY. But then, she says she will end outsourcing too, go figure.

    April 13, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  11. Jane

    The next US president of the United States – Barack Obama!!

    Barack Obama is a speaker and leader for the people!

    OBAMA '08

    April 13, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  12. gman

    Clinton said the last time she has been to church was on Easter...is it true? Or is this another lie..pandering for votes.

    April 13, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  13. catmom

    I thought state and church were supposed to be seperated. If not, I sure would like to have the school tuition I have paid for 12 years reinbursed.

    April 13, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  14. Kris from AZ

    Hillary yet again makes it a point to talk less about the issues and throw the kitchen sink. Thanks for making this primary and ugly and devisive one. CALLING ON ALL DEMS TO COME TOGETHER WHEN OUR NOMINEE IS PICKED! CHANGE MEANS EVERYTHING! Hillary if you think that is how you will win the nomination just because Bush did it to MCcain in 2000 does not mean the US is still in the year 2000 and that we have a mind set like republicans who get turned off over false info or mud slinging. I dont want to vote for you come Nov. I really dont want to. Ready day 1 my next dentist visit.

    April 13, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  15. Tom

    You have to love the idea of the Democrat party controlled by the pagans, the atheists, the tree huggers, the earth worshippers, the tree huggers, the socialists, the race baiters, the flag burners, the feminists (hahahahaha) and the fundamentalist homosexualists putting "faith front-and-center on the campaign trail."

    April 13, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  16. Kris from AZ

    My faith is in Obama taking the nomination and winning the general. CHANGE IS EVERYTHING! DEMS UNITE ONCE ALL SAID AND DONE!

    April 13, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  17. Ruth McManus

    Other than spelling church wrong once, I stand behind everything I said & more. Hillary Clinton should be president. People are still making women a minority. Elect Hillary and we will bring new life to America.

    April 13, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  18. Scott

    Hillary is so incredibly down to earth as I am watching this. Very, very soft and very in tune with the audience. She fully has my support.

    April 13, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  19. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Her religion is Hillary and his is Black Liberation Theology (Harvard Law Revision). I can't bear to watch either of them tonight and expect a transparently contrived feel-good photo opp.

    April 13, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  20. Tony, Enterprise, Alabama

    I don't believe this so-called poll, it must have been taken by an Obama supporter.

    After 20 years sitting in the pews with hate-monger Wright American church goers are more comfortable with Obama? I don't think so.

    And now, with his comments about "clinging to religion and guns" he has demonstrated that his religion at best is a front for politics. He sounds more and more elitist and anit-religion, anti-2nd ammendment, anti-American.

    Send this man back to Chicago, he is not ready for prime time.

    April 13, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  21. Nathan

    Democrats are certainly putting faith first if they do a 'hail mary' on the elitist academic Obama. Why can't Democrats choose a mid-western Governor instead of the bloviating, stuttering fake Obama.

    April 13, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  22. Becky

    When is she going to be finished? She has managed to say the same thing over and over in a not so different way for the last 35 minutes...

    April 13, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  23. 1opionion

    Hillary has got to get out the road and let the real leadership of the Democratic party start to get ready for the fight against the opposition.
    Hillary is NOT a leader. Just look at the last 12 months. She has lost many key players that she hand picked to be part of her campaign. She lies or makes up stories about what she has done in her past.
    Hillary get out of the way
    Hillary get out of the way
    Hillary get out of the way.....
    Please Please Please
    Help save the Democratic party and get out of the race.

    April 13, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  24. Bob

    This is what happens when you give these people a whole month off with nothing to do, in between waiting for states to vote.

    April 13, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  25. JANE--FLORIDA

    I can't believe my hears. Hillary played a note regarding the guidance of the Holy Spirit. LOL. LOL. If this was the case, she would not be slamming Obama on one end and praising his character on the other. The word says how can you say you love me but hate your brother; for you have not seen me but you see your brother. LOL.

    April 13, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
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