August 15th, 2008
12:30 PM ET
7 years ago

PAC touts Obama's faith in new ad

(CNN) - A political action committee organized by Christian voters who support Barack Obama will run an ad this weekend suggesting “the character and faith of each candidate” should be a major factor for religious voters making their presidential pick – and that the presumptive Democratic nominee may hold an edge on that front.

“Barack is a strong man of Christian faith,” Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell says in first ad from the Matthew 25 Network, airing Saturday during the Saddleback Forum on CNN. Adds Catholic theologian Lisa Cahill, “He understands the pressure that families are under and what it takes to help families thrive.”

The group is hoping the ad helps bolster public awareness of Obama’s Christianity. The presumptive Democratic nominee has repeatedly emphasized his faith throughout the campaign season, as he battled back against false rumors that he is a Muslim.

Obama is the only candidate the Matthew 25 Network has endorsed this election cycle, though organizers have said they hope to expand their reach to other contests in future campaign cycles.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (121 Responses)
  1. Christian is as Christian does

    It's one thing to say you're Christian. Tougher to actually live it.
    Obama has demonstrated that he has a great disregard for the most vulnerable among us – babies in the womb. And, even those who survive an attempted abortion. His apparent disregard for life is disturbing.
    Without Life, there is no Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

    August 15, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  2. Jim

    Hey ignorance is bliss, your the most ignorant here! Obama didn't support it because it didn't take provisions to ensure the safety of the mother. If the mother was dieing giving birth how can someone in good faith support killing a human being but not allowing her the abortion.

    August 15, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  3. Paris

    He uses his family for votes, but when we question his wife radical point of views he says we are out line!

    This man used race, family, and religion as he sees fit.
    Again Obama demonstrating that he is an opportunist politician.

    August 15, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  4. Ken in Dallas

    Obama isn't a Muslim, has never been a Muslim, and has married only once.

    McCain cheated on his first wife under shameful circumstances, and behaves as if his first wife and family never existed. Johnny Mac's about 14% Christian, at most.

    August 15, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  5. fella from Chicago

    I'm confused. This guy isn't Pro-Life and this guy still hasn't been able to end the rumors if he has Muslim ties or not. Wasn't John Edwards named "Father of the Year in 2007"? They all put on happy faces for the public, but it's what happens behind closed doors that we generally don't find out until much later. Sorry Barack, but coming from the party of Jack and Bobby, Bill, Gary Hart, Jesse Jackson, John Edwards, and attending church for 20 years with a black racist like Rev Wright I just can't quite believe in this ad.

    August 15, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  6. John from LA

    Wow-Still trying hard to convince people he's a devout Christian-staying in a church that spews hate for 20 years is not a Chrisitan in my book-his girls were listening to that crap-and kids don't know how to sift through Rev. Wrong's sermons.

    August 15, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  7. Ken

    I among of the American voters that do question a lot about Obama. His background is a question that the American people need to know for sure before they vote for this man.

    With the lack of talent, knowledge, skills and lack of experience, I am not voting for him I plan on either writing Hillary Clinton's name on the ballot or will be voting for McCain.

    The only way that Obama can possibly win against McCain is to have Hillary Clinton on the ticket or better yet, the delegates vote for Hillary Clinton and make her the nominee, then she can put Obama on her ticket. Then it would be a "slam dunk" against McCain.

    Clinton/Obama 2008

    August 15, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Republicans support "post-birth abortion," too.

    It's called the death penalty.

    August 15, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  9. Ridgeway

    Why, he's as Christian know that other famous African American. Oh, it's on the tip of my tongue, uh..... Ali. That's it! Mohammed Ali.
    Obama says Republicans are proud of being ignorant? Get a clue windmill ears. They're smart enough to earn the tax money that supports the bulk of your supporters. Without us ignorant Republicans you and your third world pals would be eating grubs.

    August 15, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  10. Nando, Florida

    Kathy August 15th, 2008 3:13 pm ET

    Hey there "Richard from DE…

    I'm a registered DEMOCRAT and for the first time in 30 years of voting I'll be casting my vote for the REPUBLICAN nominee for president!!

    I am ashamed of the dirty tricks of the DNC…eliminating the best candidate with their flawed process .I support JOHN McCAIN because he is the only qualified person left in the race!!


    Stop acting bitter !!!

    August 15, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  11. politics

    If God wants obama to be the next president, there is nothing anybody can say or do to stop it.
    I believe obama will be the next president of United States of America.

    August 15, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  12. DR. YES

    obama has faith in GOD.mccain has faith in war.

    August 15, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  13. Tennessee Mike

    I am not convinced Obama is a Christian.

    I am not convinced he is not a Communist.

    No doubt a Socialist.

    But I reckon Communist isn't a bad word anymore.

    August 15, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  14. Hillary and Barack- fighting for Change

    It's about time people starting talking about McCain dumped his first wife when she was crippled from a car wreck.

    The news media ignored this and this didn't dome out until long after McCain became the presumptive nominee.

    If OBAMA had dumped his first wife after a car wreck, people would have been screaming about it for the past two years.

    McCain, I hope you enjoyed your free ride, 'cause you aint gonna get it so easy from now on!

    August 15, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  15. Andrew

    Obama's Faith:

    1. Attend racist anti American Church.

    2. Raise daughters with the religious advisory of Wright, Pfleiger, and Farrakahn.

    3. Do not allow doctors to save babies that are born alive from failed abortions.

    August 15, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  16. Joe

    hussein obama is a closet muslim

    August 15, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  17. proud army and navy mom

    to richard from DE

    You are a good man. It's quite refreshing to hear someone not spouting out talking points, true or not.

    thank you for progressive thinking. Our troops thank you as well. My Navy son is a republican, but he says he will vote for Sen Obama too. Thank God for openminded people and not the closeminded zealots that have almost ruined this country.

    August 15, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  18. PG

    Ahhh, finally someone sheds light on the hypocrite Panamanian McCain is. His abandonment of his ex-wife for a blond, marrying a drug addict, and willing to offer up his wife to many wild men at the the Bike run.

    What a Christian.

    August 15, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  19. jimF

    Since Obama has condemned PACs' influence in politics and vowed not to take their money, will Obama renounce these advertisements? Don't hold your breath.

    August 15, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  20. Republican for Obama


    I bet you weren't screaming like this over caucuses when Bill Clinton won them.

    I bet you weren't screaming over inexperience when Bill Clinton, govenor of a small state, won the nomination.

    You are just mad Hillary Clinton lost and can't get over the fact you backed the losing candidate. Hillary should have been better prepared and run a more efficient campaign and things would probably be different. She had the name, she had the money, she had the supporters, keys word here HAD. She blew it by thinking she would be ordained and never looked in the rear view mirror at the upstart behind her.

    Let it go, you will be a happier person for it.

    August 15, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  21. LS

    I'd rather have a man like Obama that lives by faith as President.

    Than someone like Bush and McCain who don't have or show any values of faith. The economy people are struggling to with now, and the thousands and thousands of people who have died for oil and lies proves this point.

    August 15, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  22. Xavier, Saint Louis, Missouri

    No matter what the GOP does, as the Bible teaches us, good always win in the end. If you don't believe me, just look at what happen to Hillary’s campaign.

    August 15, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  23. Kim, Charlotte, NC

    Love the ad................

    August 15, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  24. Lyle

    Although he may be Christian at present, the fact that he and the O-DNC have tried desperately to hide his Muslim history and Muslim extended family is very disturbing. Why is Mr. Obama so afraid of his past?

    What this ad does not mention is that Mr. Obama is the most pro-abortion member of the Senate, with a straight A+ report card from the National Abortion Rights Action League and Planned Parenthood. Many Christians, even “liberal” Christians should read his record before blindly supporting him.

    Devout Catholics especially, step into dangerous territory by supporting Mr. Obama.

    August 15, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  25. Ms. White

    BJ Texas....stop the BS....Obama is no more Muslim than you are a Muslim cut the BS out...stop blogging lies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 15, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
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