August 16th, 2008
09:03 PM ET
6 years ago

Schneider: Religious voters get a new approach

(CNN) – In all these questions about gay marriage and stem cells and abortion, Barack Obama is coming across as respectful of those with a different opinion, without necessarily agreeing with them.

His campaign has been built around the idea of unity and building bridges. He’s also going back to where he started: least among you. And he’s stressing the need to make sacrifices. Those are the big three themes of Obama’s comments. Obama, Rick Warren, and I think John McCain are trying to talk about religion in ways that don’t divide people.


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  1. TheTruthHurts

    McCain is sucking, but it does appear he's getting better. I'm afraid for him. But it's looking up 6:05pm PST

    August 16, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  2. Joe

    So far, pretty unbiased and good commenting from CNN.

    August 16, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  3. john williams san diego, ca.

    Schneider's biased leanings are coming to the front as election nears.

    August 16, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  4. Jack from Freedom USA

    Senator strikes the most important difference between the two major parties in that the republican party is for the rich, the Democratic party is for the rest of US.

    All the attention about hot button issues is only a distraction from the republicans so they can continue to control wealth and use their power to limit the ability of others to make a fair share in business dealings.

    August 16, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  5. MominMa

    Talking about religion in a way that doesn't divide people means you aren't taking a stand for anything. The old saying goes that if you stand for nothing you fall for anything.

    August 16, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  6. J. Ray

    How can McCain be anti-abortion, yet support warfare? What about the human rights of 18-year old boys and girls who joined the military because of poverty and are forced to fight? Aren't they like the unborn fetuses placed into an unfortunate circumstance based on powers greater than themselves only to be murdered? Why aren't George Bush's daughters over in Iraq?

    August 16, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  7. Bob in NH

    Bill,

    I think both candidates had to cater to the mostly religious right audience, but McCain went far above in the catering. Considering his "maverick" approach and independent focus cuts him off from the Bush crowd, including the big money. The religious conservatives are all McCain has left to count on with traditional Republican voters, and so he has to appeal to them.

    August 16, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  8. Independant Thinker

    Obama referenced "going back to where he started: least among you."

    I find it interesting that he said that, after all the unborn child is the least among us,

    August 16, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  9. Desmond Sequeira

    Indeed, we can be united without agreeing – simple

    August 16, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  10. Norma

    I liked Obama's answer on stem cell. He was thoughtful in his deliberation because this is a tuff issue.

    August 16, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  11. BKoi

    Bill, surely you are not fooled by John McCain? I will be very dissapointed if you are! Mr. Bergen ! I'm shocked at your view of the forum! The guy was totally rehearsed! He used all his campaign trail rhetoric, with a little war pathos thrown in to exact a few tears of sympathy from the audience (you guys included) and everyone sucked it in ! Wow! I really liked hearing your opinions before but I can't believe you fell for it too! The Pastor wouldn"t let Obama get off topic, but McCain was given free speech ! I never cease to be amazed !!!!

    August 16, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  12. DR. YES

    yes.i agree.no mention ,whatsoever,about how we have come to treat muslims ,in this country and around the world.discrimination on many fields abounds,and we must be prepared to deal with it the future for the good of the world.intolerance breeds hatred ,and hatred breeds terrorism.our own intolerance is partially at fault for the attacks we recieve.i think this was what rev. wright was trying to get people to understand.we must have equality if we are to be seen as non-hypocritical.

    August 16, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  13. Janice Crowley

    Thats exactly what I thought this meeting was going to be about. We already know that theres big differences between Mccain and Obama but We wanted to know why they believe what they believe. We wanted to know how they came to the conclusiions they did. We wanted to know how could the differences between pro-choice and Pro-life could find common ground or understanding how they think and make decision making. Obama clearly has done some of that tonight but Mccain was too informative inwhich we can get from his ordinary stump or town hall meetings and less personal and open. Obama has 3 angle answers, 1. What he believes 2. Why he believes it 3. How he's trying to meet half way with his opposition. Mccain hasn't done that with any of his answeres. Just more information and what he thinks. What about why and those who don't agree with him. Obama clearly will be the better president.

    August 16, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  14. Scott

    What a travesty. The one question that Warren never asked that should have been asked was this: "How do you square your belief in Jesus Christ, (The Prince of Peace) who taught us to turn the other cheek and love one another... to advocating war. This was the most important question any REAL CHRISTIAN should be asking... But that's not an issue with Evangelicals and Fundamentalists, because they don't follow THAT Jesus. Their Jesus is a "THEM VS US" DIVISIVE GOD OF JUDGMENT AND CONDEMNATION, not of Love.

    August 16, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  15. Wendy

    Obama is a genius. Those of you ridaculing his manner of speech must not realize many people have speech defects and that has nothing to do with intelligence. Intelligence and common sense. What a package for presidence.

    August 17, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  16. Joseph

    The world will never agree on the same things and as a Christian I will always respect people who value (not necessarily agreeing) those who are different. I am glad Barak respects people with a different opinion than his.

    If McCain had the chance, his religious views will be injected into the whole nation forcefully and otherwise... The conservative way.

    God help us!

    August 17, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  17. CB

    Obama spoke from a personal faith base level and from his heart. John McWar did nothing but campaign and spoke of war and every answer.

    Obama 08

    August 17, 2008 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  18. aware

    Obama says what he thinks you want to hear but you never really know what he thinks or what he will do. He is too evasive and equivocating to be trustworthy! But, Obama does want to redistribute your money! :(

    McCain 08! :)

    August 17, 2008 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  19. Carl from MI

    I remember another Presidential candidate that was going to be a 'great uniter'... GWB!!! Turns out, he's been the most divisive President in the history of our great nation.

    We'll see who comes across as a uniter and who comes across as a divider come November.

    August 17, 2008 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  20. Becky Montgomery

    McCain talked more about what a fantastic person he is because of his POW experiences than faith or God or Jesus. Not exactly what the entire night was supposed to be about.

    August 17, 2008 01:40 am at 1:40 am |