(CNN) – The Rev. Billy Graham, the world's best-known evangelist, has endorsed a ballot initiative to constitutionally ban gay marriage in his home state of North Carolina, a rare move for a preacher who has typically avoided political fights.
North Carolinians will vote on the state's Marriage Amendment Act before North Carolina voters next Tuesday.
Washington (CNN)–"We think it's a great weekend but it's not just about a confab," Ralph Reed said as he took a break from hustling from one end of the ballroom to the next after wrapping up interviews with ABC and CNN's Eliot Spitzer. Day one at the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference was a big success, Reed said.
"The purpose of this conference is to build the organization. It's to train people to teach people and then they go back to their communities and keep growing and building."
Washington (CNN) – Someone pushed a baseball and a ballpoint pen at Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minnesota, through the scrum of reporters' note pads and tape recorders as she was chased up an escalator.
Her heels clicked as her staff hustled her out of the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference at the glitzy Renaissance hotel in Washington, DC.
Washington (CNN) - Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty is not running for President, yet. The potential Republican candidate is still weighing his options he told a group of journalists at a National Press Club luncheon Thursday.
During the question and answer session, Pawlenty took special mention to praise former Republican president Ronald Reagan, calling him one of the greatest presidents in history.
(CNN) - Ralph Reed and his Freedom and Faith Coalition did their best to sway the electorate Tuesday night. Between phone calls, mailings, and knocking on doors, Reed estimated his pro-family, pro-free market group had 58.8 million voter contacts aimed at the conservative faith community.
He described that group as "frequently mass-attending Catholics and evangelicals."
The coalition says it built a list of 7.7 million households before the midterms who fit that mold.
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Dover, Delaware (CNN) - "Can I ask for your vote today? I want to fight to keep your taxes low," Christine O'Donnell told voters as they arrived to cast their ballots at Dover High School. O'Donnell the Republican nominee for the US Senate has been traversing the state today in an RV.
She began the morning casting her own vote in Wilmington before heading south. Three miles away Chris Coons the Democratic nominee walked into the voting booth with his young son to cast his vote. And at a third polling place a stone's throw away, Vice President Joe Biden returned to his home town to cast his vote before a throng of reporters.
In the year since the FreedomWorks rally on 9/12/2009, Tea Party candidates have tallied big wins in Republican primaries. Joe Miller, Sharron Angle, and Rand Paul, all Tea Party darlings, are on the ballot in their respective congressional elections.
CNN's Kate Bolduan interviewed Matt Kibbe, the President and CEO of FreedomWorks, on the eve of the 9/12/2010 rally. He gave us some pretty intriguing answers as to why he thinks the movement has been successful and what he thinks will happen on November 3rd, the day after the midterm elections.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Hundreds of thousands of Americans are planning to converge on the National Mall to witness the historic moment when Barack Obama takes the oath of office and becomes the nation's first African-American president.
But if they plan to share pictures or video of the moment Obama utters "so help me God," with friends and family using their mobile phones, they may have to wait.
And wait... and wait... and wait.
The cell systems around the National Mall will be overloaded if the expected record crowds actually materialize, according to a spokesman for CTIA, the association representing wireless carriers. All those phone calls, texts, picture and video messages will hit a log jam.
"It'll be like everyone leaving the beach at the same time after the Fourth of July," said Joe Farren. "All roads will come to a standstill."
(CNN) - Before he delivered his victory speech on Tuesday night in Chicago, President-elect Barack Obama took a call and bowed his head in prayer. Dr. Joel Hunter, pastor of Northland Church in Orlando, Florida and Otis Moss Jr. from Mount Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio joined him in that prayer.
Speaking with CNN today by phone, Dr. Hunter says the prayer was intensely personal and private but did say “I prayed for his family and for him and for the country. I had no agenda other than trying to create an environment in which he felt the presence and could receive wisdom from God.” Dr. Hunter, a conservative evangelical who delivered a prayer at the Democratic National Convention this summer, says the President-elect “…feels the weight of this responsibility. He [Obama] doesn’t take upon himself of having to have all the answers but he certainly realizes the huge challenges this nation faces. He feels the personal weight of the potential to guide us through these difficult times. I don’t think he’s oppressed by it though.” Dr. Hunter says he thinks it set in for Obama last night and led to the sober tone of the victory speech.