Faith forum highlights influence of U.S. religious vote
Commentators who have written off U.S. evangelical voters as a relic of the Bush era should take notice of this Saturday’s “Civil Forum on the Presidency” moderated by famed evangelical mega pastor Rick Warren at his Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California.
But it is the only event — and one that will be nationally televised — that they will both participate in ahead of their party conventions in a few weeks’ time, underscoring the importance of the faith vote in America and the evangelical vote in particular.
Evangelicals account for one in four U.S. adults making them the country’s largest religious group and a key battleground faith.
And Warren is one of the leading figures in the movement’s shift to a broader agenda that moves beyond (but does not exclude) issues like climate change, AIDS, immigration and poverty reduction — issues where both McCain and Obama see opportunities to woo moderate voters with their positions.
It is sure to be interesting and is regarded by some as the unofficial start of the final leg of what has seemed like an endless campaign.
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