June 12th, 2008
08:20 AM ET
4 years ago

Analysis: Democrats woo disaffected evangelicals

Gore has ruled out a run for any office but President.
Gore has ruled out a run for any office but President.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Four years ago, Michael Farris was knee-deep in presidential politics.
Early in the 2004 primary season, he got a call from the Republican National Committee: Would he be willing to mobilize his grass-roots army on behalf of President Bush's re-election effort?

By May that year, his organization, Generation Joshua, was deep into fall planning mode. It had laid the groundwork for an ambitious turnout operation for the general election.

Action teams of young volunteers soon fanned out over the major swing states, spearheading get-out-the-vote efforts, part of an evangelical machine that kept the GOP competitive in the ground game unions and other Democratic groups typically dominate.

In one three-day span, the members of Generation Joshua knocked on more than 15,000 doors in the crucial state of Pennsylvania.

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soundoff (108 Responses)
  1. MD

    In a nation that we murder, rape, and steal several thousand times a second, it is astonishing that so many talk about religion!

    Talking about religion in the political context is unconstitutional. The forefathers compromised on several issues when developing the constitution, but they were unanimous on separation of Church and State. Let's honor them and keep religion out of politics.

    June 12, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    The choice for evangelicals should be pretty cut and dried. We have two main candidates to choose from.

    A candidate whose main message is one of profit.

    A candidate whose main message is one of sharing.

    June 12, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    The choice for evangelicals should be pretty cut and dried. We have two main candidates to choose from.

    A candidate whose main message is one of demonizing the enemy.

    A candidate whose main message is one of reaching out to the enemy.

    June 12, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    The choice for evangelicals should be pretty cut and dried. We have two main candidates to choose from.

    A candidate who attends a church.

    A candidate who does not attend a church.

    June 12, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  5. TS

    I shudder to think what would have happened if Hackabee had been allowed anywhere near the White House.

    The Evangelical way of thinking would have been shoved down everyone's throats.

    Be afraid. Be very afraid

    June 12, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  6. Jerry Brown

    It is time to move on. Life is too short to worry about all these groups.
    We have a nation of great diversity to run here–lets get it done.

    June 12, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  7. Mark Cross Junction VA

    MUST BE WOOING ALL THE SO CALLED CHRISTIANS FROM THE CHICAGO TRINITY CHURCH.

    June 12, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  8. ginger

    CNN why are you not posting the story about the 14 members of Congress who are not supporting John McCain? You can read all about it at TheHill.com

    It's not fair to post a story about a DEM who will not endores Sen. Obama but leave out the 14 who won't endorse and/or support John McCain.

    Be fair, please.

    June 12, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
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