June 12th, 2008
08:20 AM ET
3 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. Chris from NY

    There aren't disaffected evangelicals. These are Christians who believe that God cannot be hijacked by any group of people. They are people who don't believe in abortion but believe in a woman's right to choose. If God gave man the ability to make choices, no one has the right to take that away from us. Those are the ones Obama will get this fall.

    June 12, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  2. indy dem

    "Evangelicals" make me kind of nervous, but I accept that the democratic nominee is person whose faith is very important to him.

    June 12, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  3. Lisa

    Drop out Obama you can't win!!!! Give Hillary a shot so the Democrates can unite once again.

    June 12, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  4. MD

    I don't believe this. I heard Obama define "sin" as "not being true to myself" – which means he basically considers himself to be God. I don't think anyone who has real religious beliefs (Muslims included) could support someone who elevates himself to a diety.

    June 12, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  5. MelissaMinneapolis

    I'm so glad for this! I'm tired of being grouped in with right wing extremists because I love my church community.

    June 12, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  6. Enlightened Voter -

    THe reason the evangelicals are flocking to the democrats is simple, there is nothing christian in how gb, or mcwar or the repubs in their actions and people are no longer being fooled. A new tide is turning, people are becoming more enlightened and Obama is like a breath of beautiful fresh air.

    June 12, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  7. Cynthia

    As I see it, the bible says judge ye not lest ye be judged. So, I have learned not to try and not judge others because as sure as you do it – your day will come.

    June 12, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  8. susie

    How can Obama relate to Evangelicats, that church did not spurn hatread over decades like Obama's church did and does? Obama is pandering do these religious people.

    June 12, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  9. Lisa

    Obama why are you still running? Just give it up and go sit down somewhere, you cannot beat Mccain. Experience vs Change you do the math!!!!

    June 12, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  10. J in Houston

    The abortion rate has skyrocketed, more than a million poor children are denied a chance at life each year. The rate of pregnancy outside marriage has skyrocketed since Roe v Wade, and it is dramatically affecting all communities. The African American community now has more children born outside of marriage than inside. That's a lot of children without a stable household. Democrats talk about what's holding down racial equality, and they don't take a large enough scope to look at the cause of social issues which generate these problems.

    June 12, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  11. Charlotte

    Obama will pander to any group. I notice he now wears a flag pin. The Blue collar group wants it, so he will now wear it? He is a politician who will throw anyone under the bus to become President. He is either very naive or very stupid when it comes to the company he keeps. His judgement on a lot of choices he has made in his life leave a lot to be desired. He did not vote for the war, big wup, he could not vote. When he could vote he either wasn't present or voted present.? Maybe when they called his name he just yelled Present to let them know he was there?

    June 12, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  12. Willam from Texas

    Hillary as VP = Unity

    Obama/Clinton 08

    June 12, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  13. Cynthia

    Correction:

    As I see it, the bible says jude ye not lest ye be judged. So, I have learned to try and not judge others because as sue as you do – your day will come.

    June 12, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  14. Uncle Sam

    It turns out that Sen. Obama's Chicago zip code is 60606 – the sign of the beast. This revelation raises an interesting question:
    If Obama is exposed as the Antichrist, do you think it could hurt his presidential chances?

    June 12, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  15. Joe Six

    What ever happened to the Progressive demand to keep religion out of the state? First Obama tries to woo evangelicals. Then he cuts a deal with them to get their support. Then he owes them for their support. The next thing we know, an Obama administration is questioning gay marriage, Roe v. Wade and all of the other principles Progressives hold dear. Is Obama selling the soul of the Democratic Party for a few votes?

    June 12, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  16. @everyamericans

    Christian Evangelicals should think twice before voting for a candidate who sends our young american kids to die in Iraq for an UNJUST WAR!

    100 years WAR and Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran is not a christian faith and it's not God's believe in PEACE and Justice for MANKIND!

    VOTE FOR HOPE, AND NOT YOUR FEAR!

    EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS UNITE FOR OBAMA!!!!!

    June 12, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  17. Raymond Duke

    I love that cnn is so fair and unbaised and pulls just about every comment that is not postive for Obama and lets a couple of mild ones slide. Fact 1. His middle name is Hussien. Fact 2. He did attend and was a church memeber to a radical anti-white church .fact 3. He and some of his follwers including his wife made anti- american statements . fact 4 . He is friends with radical terriost like "Ayers". Fact 5. He will not release his birth certificate for public scrutiny . What is so damaging that he won't release it. I will not vote for this man for them reasons. What he stands for is against everything "GOD' stands for and america.

    June 12, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  18. Neal Klomp

    Church and State must be separate!

    Christian leaders need to focus on their church.
    How in a land permeated by the teaches of Jesus Christ do we spend half a trillion dollars a year (probably twice that) on the means to kill?
    I got news for ya'll, people that go to war when the don't have to, ARE NOT CHRISTIANS, "kill 'em for Jesus" is a great bumper sticker and a paraphrase from a popular psycho Christian leader, but is the antithesis Jesus preachings.
    Most of the modern Christianity seems to have more in common with what Satan might preach than Jesus' words.

    That is if I thought any of this stuff was real, for though I have read the bible multiple times, I do not believe it is real, and you shouldn't either.

    June 12, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  19. After further review,Texas

    Its time to tax all evangelical churchs or any churchs that enter the political arena with commentary.If your faith is that strong all you need is God ,not government.

    June 12, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  20. Tom

    Did they fire all the editors or just hire too many bad writers at CNN? This article does not inform the reader what it is really about until well into the middle – the picture and title indicates that Obama or the dems are trying to attract a certain religious group, but the story starts and goes on and on about republican efforts in '04. Gradually some dem. groups for this election are discussed, but is this any way to describe a new dynamic – a mystery novel perhaps – but a news piece to analyze political movements no.

    June 12, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  21. Nick - Arlington, VA

    Lisa June 12th, 2008 10:25 am ET

    Obama why are you still running? Just give it up and go sit down somewhere, you cannot beat Mccain. Experience vs Change you do the math!!!!
    ----------------------------------
    -see Lisa we did....Hillary ran on change and Obama won...so he's stil running because he is the nominee...stop living in a delusion.

    June 12, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  22. Alanna

    Obama is not the Anti Christ so get over it.

    June 12, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  23. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    I CALL FOR OUR GOVERNMENT TO STANDUP AND DENOUNCE THAT OBAMA IS MUSLIM. THE GOVERNMENT KNOWS THE TRUTH, THEY'VE THOROUGHLY INVESTIGATED HIM. BUSH HAS SHOKE HANDS WITH THE IRAQ PRESIDENT AND DECLARED HIM A FRIEND OF THE UNITED STATES, OBAMA AS AN AMERICAN MORE THAN DESERVES OUR GOVERNMENT TO TELL THE TRUTH.

    June 12, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  24. Billy from Fl

    Obama is such a phony, he'd become a Monk if he thought it would
    help him win the election. He will tell the American people anything
    he thinks they want to hear, truth or lies (mostly Lies) How in the
    world can you trust this man when he has so much baggage.

    NEVER OBAMA , NEVER MICHELLE AS FIRST LADY

    June 12, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  25. McCain08

    No way. He is for gays to have a right to marry. He is also pro-choice which would cause most of us not to vote for him anyway.
    McCain is a one man one woman kind of person and that is why with the help of our knew Hillary supporters he will be in.
    McCain08

    June 12, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
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