May 11th, 2008
09:48 AM ET
15 years ago

Religious right leaning toward Democrats?


Watch how evangelicals are reaching out.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - For decades, evangelicals have been seen as solid supporters of the Republican Party. That could be changing.
The religious right, a cornerstone of the so-called Reagan revolution - the battle over abortion law, and gay marriage - wants a change.

At least some evangelicals do.

A group of influential Christian leaders are declaring they are tired of divisive politics, tired of watching fights over some issues trump all the good they could be doing.

"Our proposal in [our] manifesto is to join forces with all those who support a civil public square. ... a vision of public life in which people of all faiths - which, of course, means no faith - are free to enter and engage public life on the basis of their faith," said evangelical leader Os Guinness.

For Democrats, the timing is good. The party has been pushing to overcome the "faith gap," that many feel has hurt them with church-going voters.

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soundoff (139 Responses)
  1. Spartacus Levi

    I thought it was already established that Jesus would vote for Obama if he could, so it is proper and fitting that the faithful flock follows.

    May 11, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  2. Tony, Miami

    Rally behind Obama for unity and change that's what we need to be able to lead the world.

    May 11, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |

    I guess that they finally got tired of supporting liars and theifs,

    May 11, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  4. Unshrub

    They finally understand there is more to a candidate then one or two issues and what makes a Christian is love and understanding of all mankind. It takes more to be Christian then being antiabortion; it's about helping the poor, a clean environment for everyone to live in, and telling the truth no matter what.

    May 11, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  5. Jayson

    Oh look another worthless and nonsensical story from CNN. Only the delusional and drugged up actually would buy into the fact that either party is capable non-divisive politics after all that has happened.

    May 11, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  6. McKinley Anderson

    I do belive Obama is Leader with Vision. We need to read Nehemiah 2:1-8.11,17-18 God has anointed him,and will take care of him. He needs to alway pray and ask God for directions

    May 11, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  7. Obviously

    The evangelicals don't want to be seen as a given. They expect to be courted and have their issues addressed. They have items they want to see on the agenda and they will and should go with the candidate or party that meets their current needs. They are an independent group. They are not a subgroup of any political party.

    May 11, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  8. lk

    Obama has plenty of real jobs, Harry. do your research.

    May 11, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  9. Venus

    I don't believe this subject stated to Hillary or Obama!

    But.... I like to read from some of Hillary's supporters for her to run Independent! Get your facts right! Just like the crap about MI and FL!

    Hillary can not run as a Independent this year because she was in the primary that many of her supporters didn't give her enough votes to be the front-runner, and many of her supporters – didn't send her enough money to run a better campaign...

    Also – her lousy staff – that's right the smart guys who thought that she was running in the GOP primary! Let's see – oh yeah – don't forget about all the small states in between the big states that she turned her nose up!

    Now – back to the real subject – it's time for people to take a look at a lot of things in this country!

    Go Obama! Looks like we still have a little fighting to do but – we are not on the ropes!

    May 11, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  10. John, NC

    Oh shut up and get over yourself greenfun. I am so sick of you Hillary supporters blaming everyone but your candidate for losing. If all of you so called "hard-core" Hillary supporters were out there knocking on doors, traveling state-to-state, donating money and helping fundraise, maybe she wouldn't be this far behind and broke. All of you, especially people like Sharon from Minnesota, get on here and probably a bunch of other blogs and bash and complain about Hillary's situation everyday. If you all spent as much time helping her cause that you do blogging and spewing your hate and complaints perhaps those "hard-working white Americans" that her campaign owes money to would be paid by now. Most of you probably have done nothing to help her cause and so you, like her, have no one to blame but yourselves. This is not a conspiracy, Hillary lost fair and square.........It appears that her supporters are winning in the state of denial as well.

    Democrats 08'

    May 11, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  11. truth now

    I hope that this is true, but their are still people that look for the bad in everything. For all the Clinton supporters that say Obama supporters are awful, have you taken a look at the racist and imflammable site of or The hate is so overbearing on those sites. I guess the people there feel free to spount all kinds of racist rhetoric in the name of Hillary. If there is a hell it will be full of Americans, trust me.

    May 11, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  12. Zed

    Well if Obama is the anti-Christ, then that means rapture must be comin soon. So yall better vote for Obama to be one with God.

    May 11, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  13. Martin

    It's funny how some people say that Obama supporters are being mean or divisive when in every exit poll, more of Hillary's supporters say they wont vote for Obama. In just about every exit poll, more people say Clinton attacked Obama unfairly.

    I am a Christian and a Democrat. I believe in the death penalty even though I think it needs to be reformed so that we're not executing innocent men. I also believe in a woman's right to choose.

    I've always felt that Dems needed to talk more about their religious beliefs but for a long time it seemed like the Rep. Party had the monopoly on religion. Every election the republicans come out and say abortion should be illegal and marriage is between a man and woman. Yet, abortion is still legal and in some states, gay marriages are legal.

    We all have to find common ground on issues and let people be ultimately judged by their maker. Even if a person is a atheist, if they're a U.S. citizen, they're entitled to all the same rights as everyone else.

    Rarely has 50 states decided the nomination. It only happened this year because the race has been so close. Hillary didn't think it would take this long and originally she didn't plan to campaign in all states. If Obama would have lost 11 contests in a row, it would have been over for him. Hillary is a fighter. She is tough and anyone can respect that, even us Obama supporters. It's when she goes negative in hopes of tearing down a guy who's played by the rules, then I have a problem.

    Obama has followed the process laid out by the Dems. When people heard that no delegates from Fl & MI would count, I'm sure some people stayed home. I certainly wasn't going to vote. And Superdelegates aren't deciding this thing, the voters are. The Superdelegates are simply reflecting the will of the people. Hillary is the one who want the Superdelegates to go against the will of the people and nominate her when Obama leads in pledged delegates, states won and popular votes cast. You know what's interesting, they say they want all votes to count, yet the almost talk down to the caucus states. Bill Clinton said, "instead they want to give it to these caucus states that's gonna go Republican in the fall." If they're so ginned up about all 50 states, don't the caucus states need to count?

    Bottom line is, we welcome everyone to the Obama movement, especially Republicans and Hillary supporters. A woman will be President and I will love to vote for one, maybe even a Rep woman if she had good policies. A woman will be elected President someday, just not this fall.

    May 11, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  14. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    Faith, by definition, is the antithesis of thought and the last thing we need in this country is government even more devoid of thought than it already is, led by people incapable of thought.

    Religion is a ridiculous amalgam of superstition, ignorance, and childishness and the last thing we need in this country is more governance by superstitious, ignorant, childish, people.

    All that said, I hope the religious nuts do diversify their political affiliations–maybe that way they'll cancel each other out and we can find candidates who aren't intent on subordinating the U.S. Constitution to their idiot bibles

    May 11, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
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