December 16th, 2007
06:14 AM ET
13 years ago

McCain is asked: Is Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior?

McCain said his faith "is something between me and God."

GREER, South Carolina (CNN) - John McCain rarely speaks about his faith on the campaign trail.

So when an audience member here asked the Arizona senator on Saturday if he had "accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior," most of the voters gathered at Pete's Drive-In straightened up in their booths to pay attention.

"I am a man of faith," McCain quickly responded. "I have deep religious beliefs and values. I had experiences in my life where I had to rely on God not to get me through another day or another hour, but another minute."

McCain said he was proud to be "motivated by Judeo-Christian values" in his private and public life.

The same man asked McCain to clarify if that meant he had indeed welcomed Christ into his life.

"Sir, I attend North Phoenix Baptist Church which is my church of choice, and I also believe that talking too much about one's faith and religion in my view is something between me and God," said McCain, to audience applause.

- CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby


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soundoff (153 Responses)
  1. Kat, Naperville, IL

    In answer to Jason question:

    Yes. The Constitution in reference to our elected officials states in article VI:

    "The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States."

    December 18, 2007 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  2. Michael Shih,Carlsbad, CA

    On may 2002,I want to work at ITRT research institute at Taiwan,on early oct, my mother pass away at San Diago,
    End of Oct, I participate running exercise at ITRI,I fall down, I saw my mother, She told me " I am not belong here, go back" I also saw my brother in law, two unclsa, and grand motheer.
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    Wright now, I recocer very well ,So I could write email to you!

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    December 22, 2007 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  3. Mike from CT.

    It appears that Mr McCain has avoided clarifying his position on the issue" is Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior?". While it is his personal decision, of course. It would be wonderful for politicians to be transparent in matters as important as ones` core belief system, when they intend to rule a nation.
    Whether or not Mr. McCain is successful in his bid, Americans can rest knowing: " The king`s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it withersoever he will.
    Proverbs 21:1

    January 20, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
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