August 16th, 2008
08:23 PM ET
10 years ago

Schneider: Obama telling religious voters he is 'not a threat'

(CNN) - Barack Obama just made a pretty bold statement on bi-partisanship. Ted Kennedy and Tom Coburn, the two senators he referred to, are polar opposites ideologically. He wants to get across to religious voters that he’s not a threat - what he’s saying is, ‘I’m going to listen to people on your side, not just the Democratic side’ - so they’re more comfortable with him as a candidate.

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  1. Vig

    No, he's not a threat, he's just a wannabe with no leadership skills, making this election more about personality (thanks Oprah) then about substance. DUMP OBAMA and Nominate the real deal -Hillary Clinton as our next President of the USA!!!!! Delegates don't blow it – Hillary's the one – not Oprah's Candidate of the Year pick.

    August 16, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  2. Clinton/McCain

    That's what he says Bill, but there's no evidence that he's ever crossed party lines.

    August 16, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  3. TheTruthHurts

    Or could it be he's just telling the TRUTH. It is the utter ignorance of ideologs on both sides he's trying to combat. He's not a leftist moonbeam or a religious zealot. He's a guy trying to the best he can for the country he loves. He accepts the difficulty of moral issues and tries to chart a PRAGMATIC course that actually gets something DONE instead of years of USELESS CHATTER.

    August 16, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  4. Erika, KS

    Well, maybe his religion isn't a threat, but he sure is. Answer a direct question will you?

    August 16, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  5. Omeili

    In the bible was a man named Saul and later was give the name Paul by your Lord, Christ. Paul was a good christain and he did pretty good as a christain, so why are we still Anlysing this man and his faith.

    August 16, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  6. nganenu

    Hi bill,
    I also think that was smart of him. What is more, when he was standing with warren to welcome Macbush, he draw him for a hug. he did not want to limit himself to the handshake that his oponent was imposing on him.

    August 16, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  7. Viva Obama

    You are always asking for comments and I don't know why but you have your little group of friends that you accept and the ones for a reason known from only you and your moderator are always awaiting moderation. Fortunately this is done only by CNN.

    August 16, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  8. Tammy

    I am not learning ANYTHING about John McCain's faith. Senator Obama seemed to speak more about his faith. Senator McCain is talking more about politics! I have learned nothing so far from him except what I already knew. He is not even given thought to the questions. I would rather he stumble a little like Senator Obama did to show that he does have a thought process.

    August 16, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  9. sonny c

    When Christians talk about evil in this world, we should never forget the words of Jesus,"Why do you not see the beam in your own eye while noticing the speck in your neighbore eye."

    August 16, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  10. Christine

    It is very obvious that McCann is begin allowed to campaign in a way that Obama was not. He keeps circling back to himself and his own story. He is certainly playing to this audience, saying everything they want to hear, but not necessarily answering the questions the same way Obama did. His personal anecdotes are his strength, but he still doesn't answer as thoughtfully as Obama does. EVERYTHING references his military service, and his sacrifice was great, but it doesn't make him fit to be president.

    August 16, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |