April 13th, 2008
04:50 PM ET
14 years ago

Democrats put faith front-and-center on the campaign trail

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(CNN) - Which Democrat is winning the battle for religious voters? God only knows.

So far this year, Hillary Clinton has maintained an edge among Roman Catholics, many of them the Hispanic and working-class white voters who have been among the most loyal members of her base.

Thanks in large part to that support, many surveys had also given her a slight edge over Barack Obama among white Democratic voters who attended church of any kind regularly.

But in exit polls, the category of regular church-goers - those who attend services at least once a month or more - were more likely to choose Obama. That category in many states was dominated by African-Americans, who have overwhelmingly backed the Illinois senator's candidacy.

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Faith • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (119 Responses)
  1. Hamzat

    Am listening to the forum and Senator Clintons answers simply put she is babbling.

    April 13, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  2. ANDROLOMA, Commerce City, Colorado

    Would it be too much to ask if the faithless can find a political advocate? When will freedom from religion be as equally important to citizens as the freedom to worship? Or is it like GWB's dad said: atheists can't be Americans?

    Why can't voters avoid the mentally deficient?

    April 13, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  3. Jesse


    OK ... I'm shocked that a blot of lightening didn't get Clinton on stage

    April 13, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  4. Vig

    This is becomming a circus. Obama will talk a good game with his pompous style. Clinton has the humility. Obama has the arrogance

    April 13, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  5. Trevis

    Thankyou Barack for quieting the foolishness. Silly season is contagious. America is with you Barack. God Bless.

    YES WE CAN!!!!!

    Barack the Vote

    April 13, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  6. ChrisD

    Hopefully not to many people believe in Barack Obama's faith or we are in trouble.

    April 13, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  7. Grandmother in Oklahoma

    I do not believe that government should interfer with one's beliefs if those beliefs are practiced at home or church. However, I do mind when someone thinks that their church and religion is the only one and try to force their beliefs on me or other people. And our government and officials should be neutral.
    I believe that God is indifferent to man's and beasts' sufferings. After all, God is responsible for everything from diseases to natural disasters and man has been fighting against those since they began to walk upright and developed a brain.
    Let people believe as they see fit and not regulate religions.

    April 13, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  8. Judy

    I don't care what their religion is or if they go to church; what I do care about is if, because of their religion, they will attempt to supersede my rights if that right happens to go against their faith.
    Religion and politics should not mix; the founders of this country worked long and hard to ensure that no matter your faith or lack of, each American has rights that no one has the right to take away. If we have any hope of getting back the rights that have been lost due to the arrogance of the Bush administration than voters should go online and look at the voting records of the candidates
    Voters keep in mind; if they call themselves Muslin, Catholic, Baptists or whatever they can not attempt make decisions base on their religion; there must be room in their faith for different beliefs and ideas, even if those ideas and beliefs are different from their own.

    April 13, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  9. Joseph from AZ

    Going to church and be faithful is a clear sign of supporting the "HONESTY" and rejecting "LIES".

    And so far, Clinton has proven herself repeatedly as lacking honesty. While Obama, despite all of the pitty Clinton camp attacks, has proven time after time that he's HONEST...and those who cherish religion and faith as one of the values in a leader surely side with Obama.

    April 13, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  10. MP-Pennsylvania

    How come Hillary says the how often she goes to church is not relevant. If Barack said that, meida goes after him. Still hillary complain that Barack is favored.

    Hillary you are pathetic woman

    A middle aged Woman from Pennsylvania

    April 13, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  11. Skipper

    His opinions on faith and religion have been obvious since he stood by Reverend Wright. Bigotry and hate have no place in the church.

    April 13, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  12. fedupdemocrat/independant







    do you really want to give the white house back to the GOP???

    WAKE UP!!!


    would you cut off your nose just to spite the candidate not of your choice???



    April 13, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  13. Andrew Goldstein

    I cannot believe serious candidates are participating in such an event. The only response to any questions about religion or god that is appropriate in the USA is that such questions are irrelevant and inapprpriate in this county. Both Clinton and Obama have gone a long way toward loosing my vote by answering these questions and thereby making them seem reasonable. Even Clinton does not save herself with her 'not relevant' answer to an earlier inquiry, because even after pointing out that such questions were not relevant, she still chose to answer it.
    Remember people, this is the USA, religion has no place in politics here.

    April 13, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  14. Dominique

    I feel that both of them have bee up front about their faith. Obama has taken heat for it because of his pastor but Hillary always says that her faith got her though the rought times in her life and in the white house. I think that while Obama has a strong hold on the black church (which hurts me since I am an black woman and I love Hillary) Sen. Clinton has a better chance to steal the conservative vote from McCain in the general election and that is what it should be about. Who can win in November and she's the obvious choice.


    April 13, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  15. MAC

    The 2008 race for the Presidential nomination is a historic one this year on the Democratic side – both a woman and African-American are running for the nomination. I think the next big hurdle that America has to cross for a future candidate is the election (or attempted election) of an ATHEIST. THAT would be just as historic.

    April 13, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  16. food for thought

    If you are going to put fatih front and center on the campaign trail. I don't know how anyone could even think of Barack as a nominee.
    He spent over 20 years listening to a racist reverend. Bringing his two children there smiling and donated thousands to the church.
    Le's not forget his just now proud of America wife. Please.

    April 13, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  17. looking for fairness

    What an Obama love in you staged tonight! SHAME ON YOU

    April 13, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  18. jAYjAY

    So what church does Senator Clinton attend? She was not asked & did not volunteer that information. Why is that never brought up. I guarentee faith & religion will go much deeper with Obama

    April 13, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  19. Ray from CA

    This is where it will get ugly because, people of faith who follow the bible usaully have a problem with gay people bad thing there. I belive in god and follow the bible, I have no problem with gays.

    this faith thing will make this get uglier.

    April 13, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
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