September 15th, 2008
02:42 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama campaign rolls out new 'faith merchandise'

New Obama merchandise is aimed at religious voters.
New Obama merchandise is aimed at religious voters.

(CNN) – The Obama campaign is preparing rolling out a new line of “faith merchandise” – the latest move in an ambitious effort to win over religious voters.

“Check out the Believers for Barack, Pro-Family Pro-Obama, and Catholics for Obama buttons, bumper stickers and signs....” says Obama Deputy Director of Religious Affairs Paul Monteiro in an e-mail obtained by the Beliefnet Web site.

“Believers for Barack rally signs and bumper stickers, along with all Pro-Family Pro-Obama merchandise, are appropriate for people of all faith backgrounds. We'll soon be rolling out merchandise for other religious groups and denominations, but I wanted to get this out to you without delay,” he adds.

Both campaigns have been making a major push for the Catholic vote, which has gone to the winning presidential campaign in every race since 1976, except Al Gore’s 2000 White House bid.

Beliefnet reported that "Clergy for Change" and "Pro-Israel Pro-Obama" merchandise will soon be offered.

Last week, the Obama campaign began to offer merchandise with a slightly more worldly appeal: New York’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week marked the debut of clothing and accessories by some of the nation’s top designers. The collection, announced earlier this summer, includes totes, shirts and other merchandise designed by about two dozen major industry names, including Narciso Rodriguez, Zac Posen and Vera Wang.


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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. SZUMY

    How can you be pro-choice and Catholic? Talk about a Flip Flopper.

    September 15, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  2. Bibek

    I am a catholic and don't want anybody int he WH except barack.
    I am sick of John's misleading ads, his lies, and deception.

    Obama '08

    September 15, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  3. Anacostia

    If America votes McCain/Palin into the White House – then we deserve everything that's coming to us for being so STUPID and voting against our own economic interest. The fall of Merrill Lynch and Lehman Bros. is only the beginning folks. All you "PUMAS" – please rethink your positions. Our childrens' lives and future depends on it.

    September 15, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  4. Ted

    The 35 year old and higher radical evangelicals will support McCain but the younger wave of the religious don't believe in the Republican party anymore.

    Obama is smart to start addressing their views.

    September 15, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  5. Spencer from VA

    I believe a LANDSLIDE is coming for Sen. Obama

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    September 15, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  6. Kim, Charlotte, NC

    Very nice...............

    September 15, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  7. A Patel

    No Hillary NoBAMA Two part of Democratic party One for Hillary, One for Obama. Hillary people stay at home 4th Nov 08, Or Vote for Palin Because of woman RESPECT. Look at the face of Obama Two face . Change the face before and now.

    September 15, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  8. Filipina

    Wow awesome,,,,I have to buy some bags and shirts :-)

    Obama/Biden

    September 15, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  9. Kim, Charlotte, NC

    B, Atlanta......... I wonder if you look as stupid as you sound?

    September 15, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  10. Lewis King

    Jews for Obama!

    September 15, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  11. Lynn: a 60 yr old, white Obama supporter

    B. Atlanta: Better to raise money from individual believers than take 85 million directly from the taxpayers like McCain has done!!

    September 15, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  12. MrManhattan

    Since he has the vote of virtually all the rational people in the country, I guess its about time he went after the Republican's "crazy base" (apalogies to Jon Stewart).

    September 15, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  13. Michelle

    Sorry, I have NO FAITH WHATSOEVER in the big zero O-man,
    especially after reading this article in the New York Post:
    Obama Secretly Tried to Delay GIs' Withdrawal in Iraq

    CNN, will you post this comment please.

    September 15, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  14. The Voice of Common Sense (Independent Voter - Charlotte, NC)

    Ugh...I am a extremely devout Christian, and I have serious issues with anybody who calls themself "Christian" and fails to defend Holy Scripture by voting for a man who supports abortion and gay rights. I respect people's ability to disagree on these moral issues, but I don't have to respect their choice. If it were not for these issues, I would be a Dem instead of an Independent., but until then...Baldwin/Castle 08!!! (www.baldwin08.com).

    September 15, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  15. Debby

    He forgot to add PRO-LIFE or PRO-CHOICE to that collection since he is pro everything else.

    September 15, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  16. Spencer from VA

    Now watch the republicans try to steal this idea. They've already tried to steal the Change theme. Nothing is below them.

    September 15, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  17. Sarah.....and my last name isn't Palin!

    Catholics for Obama!

    September 15, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  18. Dems are stuck in the fix they rigged

    One question:
    How many millions of women did Obama and his supporters scorn?

    Remember... Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

    The activist women of the past- having been kicked in the butt and screwed by their own party- will decide this election and ALL future elections.

    52 % of the US population is women.

    The democrats might have lost them this year. Obama the uniter for hope and change managed that.

    September 15, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  19. USAF Staff Sergeant

    I myself am a rare breed... a Catholic in the military for Obama! But so is my brother.

    Perhaps a Catholics for Obama button will find its way onto my jacket.

    September 15, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  20. ANGIE

    Dont worry joe biden will bring the catholics votes home joe and barack all the way to the white house yaeeeeeeeeeee!!

    September 15, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  21. Hypocrits for Obama

    This is not pandering since Obama is doing it.

    September 15, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  22. Lynette

    Good for them, and???? Issues please, I don't see you saying McCain is rolling out the the "bubba" strategy.

    September 15, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |