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

Religious right leaning toward Democrats?

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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. John

    It is fine to have the Christian group join the Democrats at large.However,I am on this page to ask Obama to refrain fro condescending gimmicks towards Hillary Clinton! Who are you to think you could make hillary comfortable to the process? As a matter of fact you could learn a lot from Hillary.Stop the arrogance.The media and your surrogates have declared you the nominee.The voters who have the authority to declare you winner or loser,have not made their decision as yet! Dancing the Kabuki victory dance on the one yard line,with a toe length on the endzone is flirting with a non existent win!

    May 11, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  2. Ziggy

    It's about time that evangelists in this country understand that christianity is about helping the poor, the powerless, the sick, the crushed, not the bigot, the racist the intolerant, the powerful. For centuries the church has been the most segregated place in America. Only in America. The bible was used in the South to spread hate and intolerance. And been christian was synonyme of being intolerant and racist. If you are not then you are not a real chrsitain. It's time to throw away that garbage and go back to the true teaching of the bible, that all people are born equal, and christianity is about healing wounds not dividing people.

    May 11, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  3. Scot

    I can't say as I see this happening but I would welcome it with open arms. I think we all realize that the time has come to unite this country and find compromises on those things that divide us. Good for those few who are reaching out. Wouldn't that be in line with God's teachings?

    May 11, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  4. Cheryl L. Swaim

    I hope that means they are supporting Hillary Clinton. She has been reaching across the aisle and bringing people together for years. The right wing damaged her, and now have seen their error.

    May 11, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  5. Josephine from Canada

    This is good news that some evangelicals welcome a change message in America history. Obama is the only presidential candidate who knows that the time has come to change how business is being conducted in Wa. Welcome aboard evangs.
    Cnn pls post this.
    President Obama, 08,12...........Amen

    May 11, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  6. Unity

    Religion & Politics should never mix .................. they're like water & oil ...........

    May 11, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  7. Corey, Maryland

    People should never vote on religious reasons in my view. We are supposed to have a separation of church and state in this country and we can never truly have that unless people completely disregard their religious beliefs when making a choice for president or when our elected officials vote on legislation. That is the view however of a very liberal Deist mind you.........

    Obama Richardson 2008

    May 11, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  8. John

    Hillary Clinton is just doing the right thing.Obama is running around thinking he is the nominee.Well Obama,not so fast.What if you lose the contest? Are you going to blame the media or those who changed their minds not to vote for you? You are the change advocate,and should blame nobody for the loss,when you get one.Right now you have a very tough fight with McCain,and very soon with Hillary.Good luck.Bear in mind,you have not yet been declared the nominee!!!

    May 11, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  9. Raymond Duke

    That statement you made might had been true concerning the relgious right if Hillary Clinton was the Democrat Nominee not so with Barack Hussien Obama. Relgious right people are patriotic people and will not support a canidate who refuses to wear an American flag lapel pin, has a preacher who says unpatriotic things about America and claims after twenty years of listening to this man's hatred of america he never heard any of these remarks. The liberals may be sold a bill of goods by this man but the religious right aren't stupid so kiss that media fantasy good-bye.

    May 11, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  10. JAMES IN BAMA

    ALOT OF PEOPLE ARE LOOKING AT THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY THESE DAYS. SOME LIKE THE CONSERVATIVE WHITE CHRISTIANS HAVE BEEN DRAWN IN BY THE LIKES OF HILLARY CLINTON AND WHAT SHE STANDS FOR. ALOT OF THEM ARE FORMER DEMOCRATS WHO SAW THE PARTY LEAVE THEM IN THE 80'S AND ARE LOOKING TO GET BACK TO THIER ROOTS AFTER THE PARTY HAS BECOME MORE MODERATE TO CONSERVATIVE, AND SEE A FEW ROUGE PEOPLE IN THE PARTY AS JUST A FEW BAD APPLES THAT DO NOT SPEAK FOR THE MAJORITY. I THINK THE ULTRA LEFT WING LIBERAL HAS COME MUCH MORE TO CENTER AND EVEN THOSE WHO ARE MUCH MORE LIBERAL LIKE BARRACK OBAMA TALK AS THOUGH THEY WANT A MORE MODERATE WAY OF THINKING TO TAKE HOLD. BUT AS I LOOK AT THE WAY OBAMA SUPPORTERS DEPICT ME AS A RACIST JUST BECAUSE I AM A WHITE MALE WHOM IS IN SUPPORT OF SENATOR CLINTON AS BEING VERY UNFAIR AND TOTALY UNJUST. IF YOU LOOK AT BLOGS THE WHOLE REASON THAT CLINTON LEADS IN WEST VIRGINIA AND KENTUCKY, ACCORDING TO BARRACKS SUPPORTERS, IS BECAUSE THE ARE ALL RACIST BIGOTS. THAT IS A TOTALLY OBSCENE VIEW AND IS VERY DEVISIVE AND DOESNT SHOW THE COMMING TOGETHER OR UNITY THAT OBAMA'S CAMPAING HAS PUT OUT TO THE MEDIA BUT APPEARS NOT TO RESONATE WITH HIS SUPPORTERS. I THINK IT IS CLEAR THAT MANY DEMOCRATS WHOM ALSO VOTE REPUBLICAN IN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS ARE LOOKING STRONGLY TOWARDS HILLARY. AND THEY LIKE WHO SHE IS AND WHAT SHE STANDS FOR AND TALKS ABOUT DOING. THEY DONT DISLIKE OBAMA FOR HIS RACE. AND MANY OF OBAMA SUPPORTERS SAY HE HAS WON IN WHITE STATES LIKE IDAHO, KANSAS, AND NEVADA; BUT CAN I ASK WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME ANY OF THOSE STATES WENT DEMOCRAT IN THE GENERAL PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION? AND STATES LIKE WEST VIRGINIA, THAT IF WOULD HAVE WENT DEMOCRATIC IN THE LAST ELECTION WOULD HAVE PUT OUT BUSH, HAVE A LARGE DEMOCRATIC POPULATION AND HAVE WENT DOMOCRATIC IN THE FALL BEFORE AND LEAN VERY MUCH TOWARDS CLINTON. AND WE CANT FORGET FLORIDA AND MICHIGAN. WITHOUT BOTH OF THEM WE ALMOST DO NOT HAVE ANY CHANCE TO WIN IN NOVEMBER. AND THOSE ALONG WOTH OHIO AND PENNSYLVANIA LEANING MUCH MORE TOWARDS CLINTON OR MCCAIN VERSES OBAMA IS AT THE VERY LEAST IS VERY DANGEROUS FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY AS A WHOLE. IT IS VERY OBVIOUS OBAMA WILL CARRY ABOUT 80% OF THE BLACK AMAERICAN VOTE IN THE FALL LIKE HE HAS CARRIED 90-95% IN THE PRIMARIES. BUT THEY WOULD NOT GO TO THE REPUBLICAN SIDE IN ANY RACE. WE ARE IN TROUBLE AND THE MEDIA AND D.N.C. POWERS THAT BE SEEM MORE CONCERNED WITH HAVING A BLACK CANIDATE THAN HAVING A STRONGER ONE. OBAMA UNFORTUATLY HAS VERY LITTLE EXPERIENCE AND STANDS ON WHAT HE SAYS HE WOULD HAVE DON IF HE WERE TO HAVE BEEN A SENATOR OR EVEN INVOLVED IN NATIONAL EVENTS THAT HAVE TAKEN PLACE IN THE LAST 10 YEARS UP UNTIL HE MADE A SPEACH IN 2002. WHO IS OBAMA REALLY, WHERE DOES HE REALLY STAND? WE DONT KNOW FOR SURE BECAUSE HE HAS ONLY BEEN AROUND FOR LIKE 20 MINIUTES. AND ALMOST EVERY PLAN HE HAS AND SIDE HE HAS TAKEN HE HAS FOLLOWED HILLARY CLINTON TO THE LETTER. HE TOOK HER PLAY BOOK AND ADDED "I AM FOR CHANGE BECAUSE YOU HAVE NOT SEEN ME PLAY THE USUSALL KIND OF POLITICS YOU SEE FROM EVERYONE ELSE", WELL THATS BECAUSE HE HASNT BEEN AROUND LONG ENOUGHT TO. IF WE START LOOKING INTO HIS LIFE AND DECISIONS, LIKE HAVING MEMBERS OF HIS STAFF MEETING WITH HAMMAS, TALKING TO CANADIAN OFFICIALS ABOUT HIS SUPPORT OF NAFTA, AND EVEN TO HIS BEING IN REVERAND WRIGHTS CHURCH FOR 20 YEARS. HECK EVEN OPRAH WINFREY COULD NOT STAY IN THAT CHURCH BACAUSE SHE SAID THINGS BEING PREACHED WERE AGAINST HER BELIEFS. AND THAT WAS A JUST BEFORE BARRACK HUSSEIN OBAMA BECOMMING A MEMEBER OF HIS CHURCH. SO HOW COULD HIS JUDGMENT BE SO BAD? IS HE REALLY TH NIEVE? THERE ARE JUST TO MANY QUESTIONS ABOUT BARRACK HUSSEIN OBAMA AND WE NEED TO GET THIS RIGHT BEFORE IT IS TO LATE!

    May 11, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  11. John

    Sen. Obama,how about a debate with McCain on the Trail.We know you were scared debating Hillary.Townhall type of meetings is your choice!Would you Obama accept a debate if that was McCain's choice? We will see very soon where you stand with this debate thing.

    May 11, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  12. mike

    This is at least encouraging and look at the words. They have a similarity to Barack Obama's message. The religious right is tired of divisive politics and so is the public. Yes this is trouble for the Republicans who rely too much on this sort of negative attack approach. One gets the sense it will not work this time because everyone, even the religious right acknowledge that the politics of the past are not going to help Americans during these very troubled times.

    May 11, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  13. Ted Monkman

    I find that hard to believe; when they say that "all faiths which means – no faith" Sounds like just lip service to all us aetheists'.

    May 11, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  14. Latina4Obama

    you see mrs. clinton at the end, people are people, we all want to progress, we want to work on getting better, we are tired of people like you sending mesages of division, hatred and race. I truly think there is a group of people who need to go in a retreat with major psychologist and those are

    rev. wright
    bill clinton
    hillary clinton
    limbaugh
    Ann coulter
    sean hennedy

    all of you above, are so full of ego, power hungry, hunger for power, so racist, elitists, enable and encourage the worst in people, and you all somehow feel you ahve power to tell people what to do and how to think

    we americans deserve better and know better, so please you all go away with your way of thinking which is worse than in dark ages.

    May 11, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  15. Beth Beene, Harrisburg, Pa.

    Amen!

    Thank God!

    May 11, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  16. John

    Superdelegates,change from time to time onwards.If that is analogous to quicksand phenomenon,then somebody is excavating a foundation on wrong place!! Last night ,CNN was ranting how Obama had reduced Hillary's lead of SD's to a single unit, one!!!!.Well the quicksand phenom,is just about to take a new turn.

    May 11, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  17. Jane, NC

    Evangelicals have always been deluded by the Republican party. At least, they're beginning to understand true faith values a little better.

    May 11, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  18. Joyce in Florida

    Alright everyone. Let's give Hillary Clinton our support for this presidential election. I have faith that she will be our nominee. We don't need or want anyone in the White House who demeans or condescends us in his words, deeds, and body language. Let's support Hillary so we can see her be our President. She is the most experienced and capable candidate to run against John McCain. Keep fighting Senator Clinton. We still love and support you 100%. GO HILLARY 08!!!!!!!!!!

    May 11, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  19. virginia nielsen

    To the religious people in this country : you should vote OBAMA with no doubt because he and his family really represents what we should wish to see in the White House, a nice respectable family that would give an exemple to the americans. OBAMA 2008-2012 !!!

    May 11, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  20. Karen

    Welcome.

    May 11, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  21. Jack

    I don't see them voting for Obama...

    They voted in large numbers against Romney, not b/c of his flip-flopping or his previous abortion stance, but b/c of his different religion....

    I don't think they'll vote for an African-American b/c tolerance is not their strong suit

    May 11, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  22. Kevin

    Obama is a more trustworthy Christian than Billary. Bill Clinton is a fornicator who desecrated the white house and has no right to receive the spare keys any longer. Hillary actively supported her husbands fornication. The Christian evangelicals should support Obama.

    May 11, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  23. barry

    I'm glad to see that there are some right-wing evangelicals who have started to actually question the positions of the republican party. Not to say that the Democratic agenda is ideal, but they do have plenty of worth to bring to the table. As for political unity, I've got mixed feelings. First, I don't think that Obama can pull it off in the same way he says he will. There's way too much self-interest in congress for that to happen. On the other hand, I do believe its possible to muster enough political unity on the part of the American public that congress will feel the pressure. These guys want to get re-elected, and will inevitably bend to the will of their constituency. In that regard, Obama fairs better than any other candidate. He's open, he's admitted to flaws, he does not deny his relatively short resume, yet still has a way of drawing people together. Now if we could just get Hillary Clinton to stop driving a wedge between 'WV democrats' and the rest of the country, we might be able to pull this off.

    May 11, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  24. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    We are all crying loud to stop this senseless war that has killed almost 5,000 of our young men and women and driven us to economic implosion. We want peace, prosperity and a president that knows unity is very important for us to live our American dream and a future for our children. Vote Obama, no more of this divisive politics.

    May 11, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  25. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    As a Christian, I'll be proud to cast my vote for the next president, Barack Obama.

    May 11, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
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