Candidates Take Turns at Faith Forum

Publication: USA Today

Author: David Jackson and Martha T. Moore

08/14/2008 - Barack Obama and John McCain make back-to-back appearances Saturday at an evangelical conference aimed at getting the presidential hopefuls' views on issues dealing with leadership and compassion.

The goal of the forum at the 22,000-member Saddleback Church in Orange County, Calif., is a "conversation, not a confrontation," said Larry Ross, a spokesman for Rick Warren, the megachurch's pastor.

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Evangelical voters make up about 20%-25% of the electorate, according to Scott Keeter, director of survey research at the Pew Research Center. He cautioned that it is unclear how many will go to the polls in November.

"The question at this point is the level of enthusiasm," Keeter said, citing a history of tension between McCain and some evangelicals.

Read the full article Candidates Take Turns at Faith Forum on USA Today's Web site.

Read more about the upcoming candidates' forum with Rick Warren in a Q & A with John Green of the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.

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