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

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

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/11/art.obama07.gi.jpg caption="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.

Filed under: Iowa • John McCain
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  1. Ryan Wing

    I'm a Christian who wants Obama to win ... odd.

    October 11, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  2. elizabeth Spragins

    Shame on you! This comment....praying for Obama defeat defines your failing endeavor. How dare you or anyone say that ANY religion is centered on any one candidate.
    You demean any intelligent potential voter.
    You disgrace yourself.
    You defeat everything that is Christian .
    Shame on you
    Elizabeth Spragins

    October 11, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  3. Ti

    omg, this camp never ceases to amaze me.. .

    October 11, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  4. manju

    what an idiot. So there are dferent gods now? probably one lunatic attracts another...

    October 11, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  5. Republican in Oklahoma

    Preach on Preacher! Dont be surprised if God does not answer your prayer!
    God Bless Barack and his family
    God Bless the USA

    October 11, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  6. Paul Thompson

    Martin Luther King – judge not by the color of the skin but by the character of the man.

    And don't we know some about their character by their friends?

    October 11, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  7. Kim

    Yeah not like real Christians like Palin who has an African Witch Doctor to bind the spirit of Witchcraft. And a Pastor that says Jews are the cause of terrorism. And McCain who refuses to be Baptized and says that he is not born again. Yeah sure Pastor. Go ahead and yell it. You know you want to yell it, Kill Him !! Obama and Biden are the Christians in this campaign.

    October 11, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  8. KMR - Atlanta

    I am a Christian praying fervently everyday that Obama wins! This is just another desperate attempt by McCain and his supporters to divide, distract, and keep us from focusing on the really important issues like – fixing our dire economy and making sure every American is able to afford quality health care. I been praying for months for an Obama landslide! I believe it is God's will that Obama will win, and according to all the polls and public sentiment he is right on track for this to occur. Obama is the right choice for our country with so much at stake!

    October 11, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  9. CDT

    "Speaker at McCain rally says non-Christians want an Obama win"
    All I can say is....what a sick, mis-guided mind.
    I wonder if they also pray that their taxes will be lowered?

    October 11, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  10. S. McCullough from Florida

    Is he the same guy that prayed for rain over the DNC.

    When will people learn that God don't like ugly.

    October 11, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  11. Devon Spencer

    They do want an Obama win just like many Christians such as myself.

    Obama-Biden '08

    October 11, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  12. VB Lincoln Park, NJ

    More trash from McLame surrogates. Hopefully the majority of Americans are and will prove to be smarter than the bigoted moron who called Obama an Arab.

    October 11, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  13. Jerry

    I guess only non-Christians are voting for Obama. Congratulations, McCain – can you alienate MORE people?

    October 11, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  14. Susan

    Another Nut.

    Thanks for nothing McCain.

    October 11, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  15. Erica

    OK, the McCain campaign has really crossed the line with this one. I am truly disgusted by the comments made by this pastor. How dare he bring God into it and challenge him to NOT let Obama win?!?! I am beyond words with how dirty they are willing to play. I pray that our country doesn't fall into the hands of these two. God help us all if it does...

    October 11, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  16. Truman

    Ugh... I'm from Davenport and this stuff makes me sick.

    October 11, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  17. Tex, Wylie TX

    These are staged characters planted by camp McCain to inject fear and abhorant attacks to Senator Obama since he does not have INDY GROUPS to do it for him.Senator McCain,please don't allow youself to be dwindle to an incredible diminish statue, hit the high road not the gutter.America deserve a better, honest and respectable discourse on the issues that are now challenging us all.I know your VP Pick and supporters are also better than what they had shown us so far on the stumps.Please cool down the rhetoric,you are scaring me.

    October 11, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  18. JAM

    I'm a Chritian and I'm voting for Obama.

    This is again another attempt to incite the lunatic fringe to hate "the other". Very sad indeed.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 11, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  19. Brad Thayer

    What if I'm a christian and don't want either to win??

    October 11, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  20. Paul in Alexandria, VA

    McCain-Palin followers are proving to be the lowest of the low and have clearly been egged on by the campaign.

    They spout the worst of epithets. They lie about Barack's religion. They seek to sow division and hatred amongst Americans.

    The greatness of America is its diversity. That diversity has strengthened America.

    The people supporting McCain-Palin obviously don't believe in America. They are haters and should be condemned.

    Moreover, the best way for all of us to show how we feel about them is to vote overwhelmingly for Barack Obama and Joe Biden on Tuesday, November 4. Join me in doing so and charting an American course for America's future!

    October 11, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  21. Adam from NY

    We Jews have heard this song before...

    October 11, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  22. Brain in DC

    Can it get any lower than this Mr. McCain?

    October 11, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  23. Marguerite White

    Arnold Conrad, I am praying for your soul. I am a Christian, and I support Obama. What you have said today is wrong! You have no right to judge the hearts of man, and are not helping Christianity.

    October 11, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  24. Evelyn in Texas

    Maverick John McCain is creating a gulf between the people in America just to win this election. He is selling his soul and his follower souls to the devil. How could that minister make a statement like that? I'm a faithful christian, I pray daily and I pray for Sen. Obama's safety because of the type things this minister and Sen. McCain followers are saying. I'm affraid for Sen. Obama and his family's safety. I am fearfully for voters on November 4th because emotions will run high and even higher because of the type of campaign Gov. Palin and Sen. McCain have ran. Did they forget about the day after November 4th?

    October 11, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  25. maddie

    Why don't McCain and Palin just pack it in and call it quits. No, Cindy is not going to be First Lady and Iron Dog isn't going to be Second Dude. I'm getting so sick of this circus of fools.

    October 11, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
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