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. Lisa

    Has Hillary taken over the Convention?

    August 15, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |

    I am glad that Senator Obama is a man with deep personal faith in Christ as well as common sense, integrity and intelligence. In a perfect world we would all be celebrating our good fortune to have someone like Senator Obama step forward and be willing to undertake the huge task of getting this country back on the right track. In the real world that is filled with chaos and evil, we have people who are jealous, angry and filled with hatred. I pity them.

    August 15, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  3. Red Blooded American

    I thought Obama wasn't taking money from PACs? Huh?

    And I've seen enough of the hate trash being preached by Obama's spirtual mentor and pastor of 20+ years to know Obama does not share the spirtual and christian values of main stream America.

    No one will buy into this add. They will see it for what it is, Obama propoganda.

    August 15, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  4. TC, Fl

    FACTS From a Wall Street Journal article.

    Cindy McCain graduated from Southern Cal and was a special-needs teacher.

    She is involved around the world clearing land mines – travels to these countries on a detonation team and serves on their board.

    In 1991, Mrs. McCain came across a girl in an orphanage in Bangladesh. Mother Teresa implored Mrs. McCain to take the baby with severe cleft palate. She did so without first telling her husband. The couple adopted the girl who has had a dozen operations to repair her cleft palate and other medical problems.

    She's active with 'Halo Trust' – to clear land mines, provide water and food in war ravaged and developing countries.

    She will join an overseas mission of 'Operation Smile', a charity for corrective surgery on children's faces.

    She has had two back surgeries and became addicted to pain killers. She talks openly about it which she says is part of the recovery process.

    Cindy and John McCain have a Family Foundation for children's causes.

    They have a 19 year old serving in Iraq , another son, Jack McCain, 21, is to graduate from the Naval Academy next year, raising the chances that his father, if elected, could become the first president since Dwight D. Eisenhower with a son at war.

    Character is what's shown when the public is not looking.

    And Michelle has done ... what? Sen. Obama has done ... what?

    August 15, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  5. biffington, biff

    to GOHillary...

    You are obviously a republican.


    August 15, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  6. Pumas support Depends


    You sound like and sore loser and a bitter bag. The only person McCain could beat is Hillary. He would beat her day one.

    August 15, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  7. TXBad1 Never for Obama (X-Dem)

    Obama is a strong Christian and Follows is Pastor Just ask Right, oh wait he only changed from the racism after he started campaigning , way to go and I bet the Obamabots will eat that up also! I'm sure Farikan would say he supports him also if he could!

    McCain all the way in 2008, then we will see in 2012

    August 15, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  8. Phil in KC

    I cannot believe the number of people who are absolutely convinced that Obama is a muslim. And you cannot reason with them. They have been so perverted by right wing propaganda that logic is lost on them. They are blind sheep.

    August 15, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  9. biffington, biff

    Dr. Stoner...

    Trinity Church in Christ is not a "Black Theology" church. it is a "Christian" church.

    "Black Theology" is a phrase made up to scare White Theologians.

    August 15, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  10. Open Your 3rd Eye

    Hey Kathy-

    You got your hopes WAY to high for Hillary and now you are bashing the BETTER candidate. He won fair and square and you nut jobs just CAN'T get over it. He won in Iowa and on super Tuesday he won more states as well....fair and square. There are simply MORE people who support him rather than Hillary. Spare me you post tramatic Hillary nut job spaz out.


    August 15, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  11. The worst campaign in history

    so why did he listen to Wright all those years. Wasn't Wright his mentor – this is crap

    August 15, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  12. biffington, biff

    To :ignorance is Bliss..


    UM... abortion POST BIRTH????


    August 15, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  13. Gaylon Barrow the infamous, "Texas Trail Dog"

    thanks cnn

    August 15, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  14. Brian

    As a Christian and a family man, I'll be voting for Barack Obama.

    His policies will help the majority of Americans reach their potential through education and good health care, thereby utilizing all of America's talent, not limiting us to just the few who are born into or marry into wealth - read Bush and McCain respectively.

    On top of that, I'm getting tired of the lies that the Republicans and their surrogates like Hannity and Limbaugh tell - very unchristian. As are those who pretend to be disaffected Hillary supporters. Like it or not, it's just another Republican lie.

    August 15, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  15. Caryn, Washington DC

    Why is being Muslim such a bad thing? As a Christian it pains me to know that we're being openly hostile to an entire religion. Barack Obama is a Christian but so what if he wasn't?

    August 15, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  16. Walter

    What a waste of time.

    McCain never goes to church without a camera crew and insulted fundamentalist leaders at least twice a week before he started running for the Republican presidential nomination.

    But the bleating little sheep of the pseudo-Christian right will line up behind him just like their leaders tell them to.

    So Obama's Christian supporters are wasting their time.

    August 15, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  17. Independent in Texas

    You people are sooooo blind. Did you "ever" look at the Primary polls on the people voting for Obama in high percentage, they were
    non-Christians. All the Christians were voting for Hillary. This man and his wife are such fakes and ambitious liars. They are professionals at having the know how to mesmerize you all all with all the hype and preperations from others who help only for the sake of their own interest (like the rich and crooked politicians), and yet,
    you all don't see it. Just like people didn't see how deceitful Bush was when he ran a 2nd term. God help you all, I promise you will regret it, if this inexperienced "Jr" senator ends up winning. He not McCain is another inexperienced blind candidate. My God, how can you all not see????????? Think before you vote in November!

    August 15, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  18. Jack Mehoff, Orlando

    This is a lovely picture of a loving Muslim family headed by Barack HUSSEIN Obama.

    August 15, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  19. Deborah in San Antonio


    August 15, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  20. Sue

    I'm proud to say I am Democrat (voting straight ticket since 1972) and I am voting for John McCain. Barack Obama and his hate filled wife will do nothing for America because they are both all about THEM! The only thing Obama has done in his life is write his "autobiographies" (and doesn't it make you wonder how a guy who has achieved NOTHING can fill three books on NOTHING) and run for political office. And don't buy the story that Obama and his wife "came up the hard way." Most Americans would love the lives they have had – Obama and his elite Hawaiian prep school education and Michelle with her affirmative action ivy league prep school and law school.

    August 15, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  21. Larry Sinclair

    I can attest to Barrack Obama's family values. 😦

    August 15, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  22. California Gold

    All these proclaimed Christians bearing false witness against Obama.

    Each week at Church I'm surrounded by "pious Christians" who then spend the rest of their waking moments in the most unChristian behavior. Well guess what, going to Church doesn't make you a Christian any more than my going in my garage makes me a car.

    Barack Obama, his wife and children are Christian. Enough said.

    August 15, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  23. I know he's real

    WE've come this far by faith

    Leaning on the Lord

    Trusting in his Holy word

    He's never failed me yet

    Oh, Oh, Oh Can't turn around

    We've come this far by Faith.

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    Christian Conservatives ...

    Tthere is more New Testament Jesus in Barack Obama than any other candidate.

    That's why he has my vote.

    August 15, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  24. PUMAS have been exposed

    Hardball was on last night with Darragh Murphy of PUMA and some other mal-content from some other whining pseudo-org

    They got exposed big time. You have to go to MSNBC-hardball and check it out.

    PUMA lied about the $3 million they raised. Darragh Murphy admitted it on air. They have only raised $50,000. So they are wayyyyy less of a threat than anyone is thinking. They dont have millions of supporters either, only a few thousand.
    In reality, they are impotent frauds. Ignore them, they have no power or influence.

    The Hardball host caught them on several lies and contradictions that made them look even more like the jokes these people are.

    August 15, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  25. CM

    Man, some of you guys on here are still spouting inaccuracies about Obama and beleiving your own drivel.

    Read something won't you? Everything you get in email isn't always true.

    August 15, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
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