May 11th, 2008
09:48 AM ET
10 years ago

Religious right leaning toward Democrats?


Watch how evangelicals are reaching out.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - For decades, evangelicals have been seen as solid supporters of the Republican Party. That could be changing.
The religious right, a cornerstone of the so-called Reagan revolution - the battle over abortion law, and gay marriage - wants a change.

At least some evangelicals do.

A group of influential Christian leaders are declaring they are tired of divisive politics, tired of watching fights over some issues trump all the good they could be doing.

"Our proposal in [our] manifesto is to join forces with all those who support a civil public square. ... a vision of public life in which people of all faiths - which, of course, means no faith - are free to enter and engage public life on the basis of their faith," said evangelical leader Os Guinness.

For Democrats, the timing is good. The party has been pushing to overcome the "faith gap," that many feel has hurt them with church-going voters.

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soundoff (139 Responses)
  1. no civility

    Won't find any civility among the Obama supporters- just read their hateful, filthy vulgar blogs.

    May 11, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  2. Brian

    As a moderate republican I find the juxaposition between the Obama "brand" and the McCain "brand" striking. Obama seems almost created for this opportunity...while McCain appears as the standard older republican "white guy."

    As for Hillary....well there is no rationale whatsoever for her running for president, other than her intense ambition. She should have divorced her womanizing husband years ago...yet she knew she couldn't due to the political consequences. Sad. I would have had significantly more respect for her had she tossed slick willy on his azz.

    Back to Obama vs. McCain...this Obama movement, it's more than a fad. They (the dems) may just have found the right guy at the right time.

    May 11, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  3. too funny

    Finally, the religious right wants less hate and division- so now they will be dealing with the hateful and divisive Obama supporters.

    That ought to be a fun dialogue- people screaming at each other and calling each other all kinds of names.

    May 11, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  4. Ardnuas

    SMART voters are leaning toward Democrats!!!! Foolish people will follow McCain into a war in Iran on day one.... we will be fighting THREE WARS at one time................FOOLISH McSame

    May 11, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  5. Lilarose

    Here's what the Democrats (soon to be my former party) will get from me.

    I am disgusted that only "super-delegates" will be the ones who choose the Dem nominiee

    I am incensed that Florida and Michigan voters are being disenfranchised.

    I am furious with Obama supporters, the Democratic party, and the media on the vicious treatment of Hillary Clinton.

    I am mad about the demand that Clinton give up her quest BEFORE the rest of America has had a chance to vote.

    So here's what I will do. As soon as Oregon's mailed-in votes are counted on May 20, I will be at the local courthouse to re-register as an Independent.

    Then I will be writing in Clinton's name on the November ballot.

    After that, I really don't care what happens to the Democratic party.

    (Noticed how exhausted Obama is? How fresh Hillary is? Obama can't handle this job.)

    May 11, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  6. Shirley Watts

    Louis and I know who should be President . Hillary Clinton,
    If she does not get there McCain will get many votes from Dem.
    She has been a LADY all her life, no radical actions from her .
    We all know big business has helped his campaign with their employees. A wife that has only become proud of being American.???
    The ugly remarks from his foll0owers tell you a lot.

    May 11, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  7. What?

    If Obama is the nominee, the Obama camp won't be civil. The Obama supporters can not even be civil to the HRC supporters. Just read their filty, vulgar, insulting posts.

    Although the Obama people claim to believe in peace, justice and unity – their disrespect for others as evidenced in their hateful rhetoric and the filth they blog says otherwise.

    May 11, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  8. Michael, an indepedent

    Its not surprising to see some of the religous right consider voting for a Democrat. The Democrats have continually spoke about their positions on religion and issues connected to religion, showing the American public that Democrats do have strong spiritual beliefs. Whereas on the other hand, John McCain has said very little about his personal beliefs and has kept his spiritual feelings private. And when a politician keeps quiet on a subject, its usually because (1) his beliefs are unpopular, or (2) he does not have much substance on the matter.

    May 11, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |

    Most religious people are decent ...honest people of course Obama would be their choice. He will make an excellent President with everyones best interest at heart. God be with you Barack Obama.

    May 11, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  10. Perfect timimg

    Great timing...

    I will love to see the Evangelicals try to reason and find a common ground with the extremist Obama supporters.

    The talk may be of peace, unity and justice... but the walk is one of hateful, vitriolic division.

    May 11, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  11. not news

    We have known this for quite a while now.

    Everyone is leaning towards the democrats...

    Unfortunately the democrats, the democrats themselves are now leaning towards Marx.

    This is funny: The democrats will defect to the republicans and the republicans will defect to the democrats.

    May 11, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  12. Montana is Obama Country

    ................Do they see the light...........???

    May 11, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  13. well let the cycle begin

    These people want to join the OLD democrats- they will flee once they see that the NEW democrats are just hate filled extremists that will demean anyone who they don't agree 100% with.

    May 11, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  14. bigben

    Obamna is weak and will lose

    May 11, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  15. greenfun

    Half of all Democrats have not voted for Obama. After watching our candidate endure unconscionable media bias and uncouth comments from Obama supporters- a majority of Clinton supporters will not vote for Obama in a general election. The media, most notably CNN, MSNBC-Russert have been so shortsighted to have offended us with their dismissive treatment of our candidate. IF Obama were to win the nominee, it would be by a razors edge, not the landslide he and his surrogates pretend. Obama and his surrogates keep trying to push Clinton out of the race. In fact Obama said he would be the nominee after May 20th-his arrogance is astonishing. So between, Obama himself, irresponsible media, vile Obama supporters-a movement is underway to dismiss Obama in a general election. It is time for this country to learn, women will not be pushed aside anymore. You cannot and will not win without us. Good luck with the religious right.
    Happy Mother's Day Senator Clinton.

    May 11, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  16. Tejano

    Yeah we are jumping over each other to embrace the candidate of Hope and Change. In your dreams CNN. The Religious right is not the Church.

    May 11, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  17. I hope

    It will be great to see these right wing evangelicals deal with the left wing Obama radicals.

    Who can demean the other more?

    Who can disagree the loudest?

    Who can come up with the most nasty names to put down the other?

    May 11, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  18. heaven

    That is a match made in heaven...

    May 11, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  19. Don Fitzgerald

    Who's kidding who?? These people are using the threat as leverage to get Senator John " questionable conduct " McCain to move even further to the right!! What are they working on, an amendment to our Constitution that would threaten those women, who have made their decision to have an abortion, with the death penalty or life in prison for murder!! This is the type of government you will get again, if you vote for a pig in a poke, again!! Senator John " Keating Five " McCain will give you that kind of government, if you make the mistake of voting for him and the Rabid Right!!!

    May 11, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  20. Harry

    Hillary should run as an independent and she and her husband owe it to American people to keep running. Obama has never held a real job in his life but he is trying to convince us that he can run our country. McCain has plenty of experience but lacks good ideas to move America forward. Hilary and BIll are the only ones that have the right ideas, experience and brains to move us into better future.

    May 11, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  21. Fred

    Maybe they are comming to their senses. Look what the Republicans have done in the last seven years. Taken us from the penthouse to the outhouse.

    May 11, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  22. crazy

    I am sorry to see just how demoralized this great country has become.

    Germany and Italy went through this same process in the 1930s.

    They, too, chose charismatic orators who inspired the youth, over substantive leaders.

    May 11, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  23. Win some lose some

    I think in general there are things we all share as human beings:

    * against child expoitation
    * no one likes war
    * in support of trying to fight poverty, and suffereing that results

    There are lots of things people on the left and right agree on – I think its time we started to work together on these things.

    There are somethings we may never agree on – and maybe we should at this point just agree to disagree and start to focus on things we can agree on.

    May 11, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  24. Puzzled

    Good; we're tired of these yahoos, well meaning yahoos, think they run the Republican party. Let these religious fascists find a home, preferably in Jerusalem.

    May 11, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  25. BGIV in NC

    Please do not let this become the litmus for the Democrats. It is exactly what chased me and several others from the Republican party. Being guided by spiritual principals is certainly expected, but please do not make it a part of the platform. Extremism of any kind is dangerous.

    May 11, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
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