Muslim Republicans And The GOP

Sen. John McCain

hide captionRepublican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain of Arizona attends a rally at the United Sports Training Center October 16, 2008 in Thorndale, Pennsylvania.

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President George Bush won his first election in 2000 with the overwhelming support of Muslim Americans. But just four years later that support had eroded substantially, and by January of this year polls show that only a small minority of Muslims identify with the Republican Party. Now, many Muslim Americans are citing another reason for supporting the Democratic candidate in this election — concern that too many people on the Republican side are encouraging (or at least have done nothing to discourage) the notion that Obama is a Muslim, and one with terrorist ties as well.

But many Muslims are Republicans and support party nominee John McCain.

Among them are guests: Mohamed Elibiary, president and chief executive of the Freedom and Justice Foundation, a non-partisan think tank in Dallas; Ali Hasan, who's running for a seat in the Colorado State House of Representatives and co-founder of the group Muslims for America; and Raza Karim, a graduate student in accounting in Indiana.

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