Transcript: Religious Voters in the 2008 Election - What It Means for Democrats, Republicans

Source Organization: Pew Research Center

Speaker: William Galston and Michael Gerson

Venue: Pew Forum Biannual Faith Angle Conference

05/05/2008 - Some of the nation’s leading journalists gathered in Key West, Fla., in May 2008 for the Pew Forum’s biannual Faith Angle Conference on religion, politics and public life.

William A. Galston, a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution and an assistant for domestic policy in the Clinton administration, discussed the importance of the Catholic vote in 2008. Galston noted that nearly every swing state has an above-average share of Catholic voters. He added that the Bush campaign’s extraordinary success in mobilizing Catholic voters in 2004, particularly in Ohio, created the margin that gave the Republicans the election.

Michael J. Gerson, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and previously a top aide to President George W. Bush, talked about the new generation of evangelicals whose focus is social justice issues. Gerson said that evangelicals in general are not turning into liberal Democrats, but they are becoming less tightly connected to the religious right and the Republican Party. Many, he said, are looking for a new, broader, more positive model of social engagement, which has yet to fully take form.

William A. Galston, Senior Fellow in Governance Studies, The Brookings Institution
Michael J. Gerson, Roger Hertog Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

Michael Cromartie, Vice President, Ethics and Public Policy Center; Senior Advisor, Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life

Read the complete transcript Religious Voters in the 2008 Election: What It Means for Democrats, Republicans on the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life Web site.

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