Obama, McCain Reach Out To Evangelicals

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Religion is back on the campaign trail. In Ohio Wednesday, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) praised faith-based groups and argued they could help solve many of the country's problems, from pollution to poverty. While he focused on religion, he has yet to make inroads with many Evangelical voters.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), meanwhile, went to North Carolina last week to meet with Billy Graham and Franklin Graham and to talk about his own personal faith. McCain also met with Evangelical leaders in Ohio, and he carries a 3-to-1 lead over Obama in that group.

NPR political editor Ken Rudin talks about the candidates' appeal to religious voters with former Bush chief speechwriter Michael Gerson, who is currently an op-ed columnist for The Washington Post and a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.



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