October 11th, 2008
09:30 PM ET
3 years ago

Speaker at McCain rally says non-Christians want an Obama win

A pastor at a McCain rally said non-Christians are hoping for an Obama win.
A pastor at a McCain rally said non-Christians are hoping for an Obama win.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (CNN) – A minister delivering the invocation at John McCain’s rally in Davenport, Iowa Saturday told the crowd non-Christian religions around the world were praying for Barack Obama to win the U.S. presidential election.

“There are millions of people around this world praying to their god—whether it’s Hindu, Buddha, Allah—that his opponent wins, for a variety of reasons. And Lord, I pray that you will guard your own reputation, because they’re going to think that their God is bigger than you, if that happens,” said Arnold Conrad, the former pastor of Grace Evangelical Free Church in Davenport.

The remark was made before McCain arrived at the rally but the Republican nominee's campaign quickly put out a statement distancing itself from the remarks.

“While we understand the important role that faith plays in informing the votes of Iowans, questions about the religious background of the candidates only serve to distract from the real questions in this race about Barack Obama's judgment, policies and readiness to lead as commander in chief,” said McCain campaign spokesperson Wendy Riemann.

This incident comes a day after a Minnesota voter asked Senator McCain if Barack Obama was an Arab at a town hall in Lakeville, Minnesota and just three days after Lehigh GOP County Chairman Bill Platt made a speech at a McCain rally in Pennsylvania where he refered to the Democrat nominee for president as Barack Hussein Obama.


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  1. Eric

    God is registered as an Independent, in the great state of New Hampshire. That way he can vote in the primary, or register the same day as the election should he choose. Live Free or Die!!!!

    October 11, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  2. anonymous

    I am a christian and I am voting for Barack Obama. Those John McCain voters need to go FactCheck.org,Barack Obama is not a Muslim.What does his religion have to do with the reason you are voting for him? You should be focused on the issues. This shows why John McCain supporters are out of touch with the rest of America,just like John McCain!!Just another one sided one track minded voter.

    October 11, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  3. CM

    As a practicing Christian I'm praying for good leaders to be elected, and I believe that to be Obama/Biden in this election! It's not anyone's claims to be 'Christian' that I'm looking at but their actions!!

    October 11, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  4. Guzfu

    There they go again cllinging to their guns and religion! ;)

    October 11, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  5. joe in ny

    Mr. Arnold, How do you expect God to answer your prayer when all Mc Cain and Palin are doing is misleading the American people with all kind of lies.Do you think as a christian it's fair to judge Obama, calling him a terrorist when you know deep in your heart he is not. They call him a Muslim when he is not, he has been going to christian church all his life. Why would he go to a christian church if he is a muslim? You can't fool God because He is the great discerner of the heart. He knows what is in McCain's heart ,He is omnicient. So do not judge lest you be judged. Do you think God takes pleasure in this kind of nastiness? I think you should rather pray to God to cleanse McCain's heart so he can stop accusing Obama of being a terrorist which causes McCain supporters to want to " KILL HIM' and"BOMB HIMM"( OBAMA).

    October 11, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  6. Manny

    Lmao, isn't it all the same god ?

    My god's better than your god, my god's better than yours, my gods better because he gets kennel ration, my gods better than yours.

    ooops, I guess that should have been dog, darn dyslexia you betcha !

    October 11, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  7. Enough of the Insanity

    This is one Christian who is voting for " That One "

    October 11, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  8. DK

    Good Try,ha, You feed them what to say and then you distance your self. You know this is not right If you love your country, why don't you guys run honest campaign? what we need is strong leader ship. Not a Greed.

    October 11, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  9. HAWK, TEXAS

    THE LOWEST OF THE LOW, THESE RIGHT WING NUTS ARE WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE WORLD TODAY. WE ARE ALL BROTHERS IN GODS EYES. MAN WAS CREATED EQUAL. AND FOR THESE TYPE OF PREACHERS DOING THIS SORT OF THING IS WRONG IN GODS EYES. THEY NEED TO LOOSE THEIR TAX FREE STATUS THEN SEE HOW FAST THEY WOULD FADE AWAY. IF MC CAIN WAS A TRUE CHRISTAN HE WOULD HAVE SHUNNED THIS RALLY. THIS IS JUST MORE OF THE TYPE OF THING THAT KARL ROVE PULLS. MC CAIN HAS RUN THE DIRTIEST CAMPAIGN IN HISTORY. HIS VP SELECTION BELONGS TO THIS KIND OF MIND SET. WAKE UP AMERICA BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE. RIGHT NOW THE REPUBLICANS ARE PURGING AND CAGING VOTER ROLLS NOW. MC CAIN DOSEN'T CARE THAT THEY ARE TRYING TO STEAL ANOTHER ELECTION.

    October 11, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  10. POW=PTS

    EXCUSE ME???? McPopeye is the adulterer NOT OBAMA. Obama has gone to church for 20 years, not McPopeye. And if Caribou Barbie is a Cristian, God help us all. And to the a– who says I'm NOT a Christian. Kiss off.

    October 11, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  11. Laurie Elliott

    I am confused. We have major issues in this country, such as
    health care, education, a war, the economy, I could go on but will not. When I read articles like this, it only makes me wonder and angry.

    October 11, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  12. awo

    desperate

    October 11, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  13. johnrj08

    This sickens me. These alleged Christians are guilty of the greatest sin of all: spiritual pride. They think they have ALL the answers, and are willing to sacrifice everybody else to achieve their version of the world. It is, essentially, no different than the mentality we see in some Muslim sects. The idea that these people seem to worship a man who dropped bombs on civilians and then became an adulterer shows you how blind they are to their own pathetic hypocrisy. The better man in this election is the one who trying to focus on the needs of the nation, rather than his own personal political ambition. And, for doing that, he will win this election. It is called justice. These people need to ask themselves if they actually believe they are as righteous as they think they are. Of course, we all know the answer to that question. They are never wrong.

    October 11, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  14. Sue

    McCain-Palin have started a run-away train. This is truly worrisome. We all should pray that the train be stopped before it crashes, and someone really gets hurt. This is America, for goodness sake!

    October 11, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  15. Carolyn

    I call this run for president by Sen. Mc Cain, his "Last Hurrah". He is so desperate that he picked the worst person possible to be his running- mate. All I can say is that God protect McCain IF he wins so that he does not die in office. My question is this: if McCain was not good enough in 2000, why is he good enough now after George has brought\
    this country down? This woman is an opportunist and when McCain
    pegged her, the wheels in her head began turning. She thought about
    his being 73 yrs.old and "gosh darn" she could easily have a ride to the
    Presidency of this country. Now I see why she does not want to talk
    unscripted. At the debate with Biden, she kept reading from notes on
    the podium. At my debate watch party, we all decided that she had
    tucked her notes up her sleeve and pulled them out sneakily.

    October 11, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  16. Michael

    This Christian is voting for Obama.

    October 11, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  17. Dan, Idaho Falls

    Not very Christian-like behavior. I don't think Jesus would do that.

    October 11, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  18. Christine

    Please – why doesn't MSame give it up – please...come up with something to debate...like the mess this country is in!!

    October 11, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  19. Kb

    I think this is the most disgraceful remarks I have heard yet , I am a Christian , And I am voting for Obama because I am not falling for the same thing Bush done , He was suppose to have High Morals and John McCain does not have them at all.

    October 11, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  20. Anita of georgia

    To the minister, delivering the prayer at John McCain's hate filled rally. God is in control, of who will be the one, who win the job of commander in chief. Not you, and no one else, but God. Maybe Barack Obama, was chosen just for this purpose, to clean up the mess, the so called christian George W. Bush left behind. A lot of Christian in the Bible thought that Saul was an unlikely choice. But he was the one that God chose to do his work for him. Sometimes God will answer your prayers, if you pray for things, that he might not nessary wants for you, but if you cry to him enough, he may give you what you want, to teach you a hard learn lesson. A good example, is when the Children of Israel, cried out for a king to rule over them, It wasn't what God desired for them, but he gave them what they wanted. That king was Saul. He was a ruler that was cruel to his people. I feel George Bush was a leader, that the Republican party wanted to be President, And they would do anything, to get him elected, so he was given to you all by God, to bring you down to your knees, and you still haven't had enough. The last choice is God. He decides who run this country. Not you, not the Republican Party, but him only, and I feel Obama has been called to answer that call. Because so many of his children are hurting, and in need of someone that's in touch with their needs. Everyone has a purpose in life. And being the President of the United States has been given to him by God. "That One".08

    October 11, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  21. Bill

    Just for that, I want all the people at this rally to see Bill Maher's "Religulous!"

    October 11, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  22. Cindy

    I am a practicing Christian, but I hate to admit it because there are so many hypocritical Christians out there. This type of bias, judgement, and inappropriate action does not even come close to the caring and loving meaning of being Christ like.

    October 11, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  23. Robert

    As a Christian who abhors this supremely un-Christlike behavior, as well as the xenophobic campaign message of the McCain campaign recently,

    I wish I could apologize to non-Christians for the lack of grace shown by both. It is not as my savior would wish.

    October 11, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  24. SickandTired

    Too Late John McCain you started this hateful message and you will reap what you sow. The once respected John McCain has allowed his people to take over his campaign and I will never look at him the same again.
    NO WAY NO HOW MCCAIN/PALIN!!!!

    October 11, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  25. Franky

    He's an evangelical, I'm a Catholic, there's a difference, LOL!!

    October 11, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
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