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May 14, 2008 | Maeve Reston, Times Staff Writer
An evangelical pastor who backs John McCain tried to put his controversial remarks about the Catholic Church behind him, apologizing to the head of the Catholic League and expressing "deep regret for any comments Catholics found hurtful." Pastor John Hagee, who heads the Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, said in a letter made public Tuesday that he now knew the terms he used to describe the church, such as "the great whore," were "rhetorical devices long employed in anti-Catholic literature."
June 7, 2012
Re "Religion shifts to the back burner," June 4 It's probably not altruism that prompts Mitt Romney to rein in conservatives' criticism of President Obama for his past association with the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. Perhaps Romney wants to forestall focus on his own Mormon faith. Within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, its president and members of the Quorum of the Twelve are all white males because of the church's historical discrimination. Romney asserts but does not define values that Mormonism purportedly has in common with other faiths.
May 8, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Of the Democratic presidential candidates, would Republican John McCain rather take on Barack Obama or Hillary Rodham Clinton? "You know, Ron Paul is still in the race," McCain joked Wednesday during a taping of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." McCain deadpanned about the marathon race between the Democrats: "I hate to watch it. It's terrible. My heart goes out to them." During the taping, McCain pretended to walk off the set when Stewart pressed him on whether President Bush is more of a liability for him than the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. is for Obama.
April 2, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
It was a sad moment for many Republicans during the 2008 presidential contest when Arizona Sen. John McCain refused to let his staff use the fiery left-wing sermons of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright against Illinois Sen. Barack Obama. Yoking Obama to his Chicago pastor's unforgiving views on American imperialism and racism was so tempting that four years later, a Republican strategist came up with a plan to use the material against Obama “to do exactly what John McCain would not let us do.”  The plan, criticized as blatantly racist, was scuttled and the strategist later apologized.
March 16, 2008 | Johanna Neuman, Times Staff Writer
Illinois Sen. Barack Obama on Saturday lamented the rhetorical skirmishes that have recently turned the Democratic presidential campaign into a contest over race and gender. "The forces of division have started to raise their ugly heads again," he said at a town hall meeting at a high school in Plainfield, Ind. Obama did not name his rival, New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, or mention the recent string of barbs traded between the two campaigns.
March 7, 2010 | By Andrew Malcolm
One of the overlooked details of the forever-fight over the widely-debated conservative leanings of the Fox News Channel (besides that a third of its viewers are Democrats) is that it was Fox that broke the then-shocking story in 2000 of candidate George W. Bush's 24-year-old DUI charges. Why, you wonder, would an old Maine story matter, regardless of the source? The breaking story of Bush's unrevealed 1976 DUI charges in Maine came just four days before the 2000 election. The Bush-Cheney ticket was tied then in national polls with the Democrats' Gore-Lieberman ticket and was, in fact, ahead in Maine.
June 23, 2012 | By Mitchell Landsberg
Republicans from time to time have accused President Obama of playing identity politics. Here's the problem: The electorate remains confused about his identity.   The problem is most famously manifested in persistent conspiracy theories, driven by conspiracy-loving “birthers,” about Obama's birthplace and citizenship. But voters remain muddled about his religion as well, as a new Gallup poll confirms. The poll released Friday shows that just 34% of Americans can identify Obama as a Christian or, more specifically, as a Protestant.
July 31, 2012 | By Mitchell Landsberg
President Obama has taken plenty of heat in conservative Christian circles for a remark he made in 2006 in which he said that that United States was no longer “just” a Christian nation, but was religiously diverse. Now, it turns out, he has allies for that view: evangelical Christian leaders. In a statement issued Tuesday , the National Assn. of Evangelicals said that when it surveyed selected evangelical leaders about whether the United States was a Christian nation, 68% said no. “Much of the world refers to America as a Christian nation, but most of our Christian leaders don't think so,” said Leith Anderson, the association's president.
October 18, 2012 | By Mitchell Landsberg
There's been a lot of talk about where faith-based groups stand on the issues and the candidates in the presidential campaign, but not so much about the faithless. Now the Secular Coalition for America, an advocacy group for atheists, has issued a report card on the candidates that knocks both major party candidates for injecting religion into politics, but expresses a clear preference for President Obama over Republican nominee Mitt Romney. Romney gets a grade of F overall for stated positions that advocate a lowering of the wall between church and state and that suggest his Mormon faith plays a strong role in his political decision-making.
May 8, 2008 | Don Frederick
Gleanings from the Indiana and North Carolina primaries: * Momentum remains an elusive -- perhaps nonexistent -- dynamic in the Democratic presidential race. After Hillary Rodham Clinton's decisive win in April's Pennsylvania primary, and amid the problems plaguing Barack Obama over the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., the wind seemed at the New York senator's back. Instead, Tuesday's results left the Clinton campaign becalmed, at best.
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