Moral Issues and The Presidential Campaign 2008

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See later stories - since June 11, 2008

McCain Clears Up Meeting Rumors

June 10, 2008 - According to Senator McCain's campaign spokesmen, the idea that he spurned a meeting with Billy Graham is not true. In fact, they say they are trying to work out such a meeting.
"Our campaign has been working directly with Reverend Franklin Graham's office to facilitate an important meeting between John McCain and Reverend Billy Graham," Tucker Bounds, a McCain spokesman said.
Source: CBN
Franklin Graham Contradicts McCain Campaign Claim - NewsMax
Billy Graham: I've Had No Contact With McCain Campaign - "On Monday, Larry Ross, a spokesman for Graham, issued a statement to the press confirming that Billy Graham was unaware of any communication between the McCain campaign and his office or his son's." - NewsMax


McCain Campaign Declines to Meet with Billy Graham

June 9, 2008 - He did it politely, but Senator John McCain has broken ranks with previous Republican presidentail nominees by declining to meet with Billy Graham. He blamed it on his heavy schedule, but analysists think there is more to it.
The rejection of an offer to meet with Graham is yet another indication that the McCain campaign has made a deliberate, strategic decision to chart a new course for the GOP, a course without the sizeable evangelical Christian voting bloc serving as its base.
McCain's actions are disturbing to the 42 percent of Americans who claim to be “born again.”
Source: NewsMax
McCain reaches out but evangelicals still wary - MSNBC

Jerusalem must remain the undivided capital of Israel: Obama

June 4 - At a speech to the powerful American Israel Public Affairs Council (AIPAC), Barack Obama affirmed that Jerusalem must remain the "undivided" capital of Israel. He called himself a "true friend" of Israel, and said:
"Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel and it must remain undivided."
Source: Breitbart.com
Mere hours after becoming Israel's new ‘best friend’ Obama backtracks on status of Jerusalem - Jewish World Review
Facing criticism, Obama modifies Jerusalem stance - Yahoo

Drudge keeps campaigns guessing

June 2, 2008 - Matt Drudge may surprise his readers by leaning toward Obama.
Now, while his links tend to stress the energy and scale of the Obama phenomenon, he has emphasized a particularly damaging aspect of McCain’s candidacy: his age.
Source: Politico

Obama Praised Wright, Criticized Traditional Black Churches on Homosexuality

May 29, 2008 - Senator Barack Obama criticised black churches as "homophobic" because blacks attend church more regularly than other people and interpret the Bible more traditionally. He said that Jeremiah Wright, his former pastor, was on the right side of the homosexual debate.
Source: Crosswalk

Conservatives Give Jindal Thumbs up as McCain's VP

May 28, 2008 - Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana, is a possible choice by John McCain for the Vice President spot. Supporters call him "a great American," a "shining light," and a "rising star in the Rebublican Party."
"Bobby Jindal is a rising star in the Republican Party -- he is an outstanding governor," stated Ralph Reed, a political strategist and former president of the conservative Christian Coalition. "He has moved swiftly to recover from [Hurricane] Katrina."
Rush Limbaugh has called him "The next Ronald Reagan." He is 37 years old, and if elected, would be the second-youngest vice president in the history of the United States.
Source: NewsMax

McCain Disagrees with Obama and Clinton on Defense of Marriage

May 27,, 2008 - On the "The Ellen Degeneres Show" on May 22, 2008 Senator John McCain said, "I just believe in the unique status of marriage between man and woman, and I know that we have a respectful disagreement on that issue."

McCain also supports the federal Defense of Marriage Act(DOMA) that was signed into law in 1996. DOMA protects states from having to recognize same-sex marriages contracted in other states.

In an open letter on his website to the "lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual" community, Obama said that he unequivocally favors completely repealing DOMA.

Source: Crosswalk
As Kerry went, so goes Obama? - How court's 'gay' marriage ruling could cost Dems the presidency - WorldNetDaily (5/29/08)

McCain Inteview: Obama Wants to Surrender in Iraq

May 26, 2008 - Senator John McCain criticized Senator Barak Obama for his position on Iraq. MaCain says Obama declared the war dead two years ago and hasn't bothered to visit the country since then to see the progress that has been made. McCain said,
"He really has no experience or knowledge or judgment about the issue of Iraq and he has wanted to surrender for a long time."
McCain also said he thought it would be a good idea for the two of them to visit Iraq together and be briefed by General David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
Source: NewsMax

McCain Rejects Preachers' Endorsements

May 23, 2008 - John McCain rejected the endorsements of two televangelists: John Hagee, who has made strong anti-Catholic comments, and Rod Parsley, who has leveled sharp criticism against Islam.
[Hagee} said God sent Adolf Hitler to help Jews reach the promised land. McCain called the comment "crazy and unacceptable."
Source: AOL

Bush has 'no faith' his successor will deal with Iran, wants Rice as VP

May 22, 2008 - An Israeli official claims that President Bush recently said that he "wanted to end the Iranian threat during his presidency because he didn't have faith that his successor would do so." He has been encouraging the nomination of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as Senator McCain's running mate. However, she is reportedly not in favor of a U.S. attack against Iran because it would destabilize the Middle East and destroy any chance of a GOP victory in presidential and congressional elections in November 2008.
Source: World Tribune

McCain's Vice President List Includes Huckabee and Rice

May 13, 2008 -
Source: Huckabee Tops McCain's Veep List - US News
Officials: 'Good possibility' McCain will pick Rice - WorldNetDaily


May 9, 2008 - At a celebration of Israel's 60th anniversary, Barack Obama stated that "America's commitment to Israel's security is unshakable... I am absolutely convinced that our friendship between the two nations is unbreakable." He spoke of the "Solemn promise to seek lasting peace and security for the people of Israel."
Source: Jerusalem Post

Replacement Obama Pastor Just As Controversial As Wright

May 7, 2008 - Barak Obama called Otis Moss, the new pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ, "a wonderful young pastor." But the 37-year-old “hip-hop pastor,” who is scheduled to take over in June has called Biblical patriarch Abraham a “pimp.” He also called the late rapper Tupac Shakur a “prophet,” and reciting at length lyrics to Shakur’s song “Thugz Mansion.”
Source: NewsMax

Obama Slams Pastor's Ridiculous Remarks

April. 30, 2008 - Presidential candidate Barack Obama had a very negative reaction to the speech by his Pastor, Jeremiah Wright.
Barack Obama went on a new offensive against his former pastor Tuesday, calling the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr.’s remarks “appalling” and effectively breaking ties with him.
“He also said that Wright now exemplifies everything that white Americans fear in a black politician or pastor.
Source: Fox
The Obama-Wright Divorce - Washington Post
What Did Obama Know, And When Did He Know It? - Houston Chronicle

Jeremiah Wright's "Answers"

April 28, 2008 - Rev. Jeremiah Wright enhances his controversial image at a major press conference. We will add to this article as Internet coverage is available. Analysists think his remarks will hurt Obama.
Source:USA Today
Jeremiah Wright answers his critics

Condoleezza Rice Would Consider VP Job

Mar. 28, 2008 - Condoleeza Rice has been telling inquirers that she intends to return to Stanford University where she was once provost. At the same time she has let it be known that she would not shut the door on a possible run for the vice-president spot.
While conservatives generally like the idea of her running on a ticket with McCain, their only concern is her stand on abortion. In a 2005 interview with The Washington Times, Rice described herself as “mildly pro-choice”...
Source:NewsMax

Clinton 'Misspoke' About '96 Bosnia Trip

Mar. 26, 2008 - Hillary Clinton said last week that she had landed under sniper fire in Bosnia in 1996. One of her companions, comedian Sinbad, denied that there was danger on that occasion. She now admits that the remark was a "misstatement" and a "minor blip."
The Obama campaign suggested the statement was a deliberate exaggeration by Clinton, who often cites the goodwill trip with her daughter and several celebrities as an example of her foreign policy experience.
Source: Breitbart

2nd Obama-linked pastor under fire for racist talk

Mar. 24, 2008 - Another pastor who is known for his anti-white rhetoric has been linked to Sen. Barack Obama. James Meeks, an Illinois state senator and pastor of one of the largest churches in Illinois has called white American mayors "slave masters," and referred to black preachers and politicians who "protect" the "white man" as "house n-ggers." Meeks is a super-delegated committed to Obama.
Source: WorldNetDaily

Obama's Race Speech to Stress Moving On

Mar. 18, 2008 - Senator Barak Obama will speak to the nation today about the firestorm of racial tension caused by his pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Obama has already said he disagrees with Rev. Wright's inflamatory statements.
"I think the statements that were the source of controversy from the Rev. Wright were wrong, and I've strongly condemned them," Obama told reporters Monday in Monaca, Penn.
Source: ABC News dd>Transcript of Senator Barack Obama's Speech: A More Perfect Union - FOX

Obama Was At 'Hate U.S.' Sermon

Mar. 17, 2008 - Responding to news of his pastor, Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr., Senator Obama claimed he never personally heard his pastor preach hatred of America. However, Jim Davis, a freelance correspondent was in church with Obama when Rev. Wright delivered one of these sermons.
... Obama was in the pews last July 22 when the minister blamed the “white arrogance” of America’s Caucasian majority for the world’s suffering, especially the oppression of blacks.
Source: Ronald Kessler - NewsMax
Obama's Church: Cauldron of Division - NewsMax
Trinity United Church of Christ
Segment of the July 22 messageYouTube
Report Places Obama at Controversial July ‘07 Wright Sermon; Official Schedule Places Him in Miami - Fox

Obama pastor: Not God bless, but God d--- America!

Mar. 14, 2008 - More information is coming to light about Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Barak Obama's pastor and mentor for 20 years. In recorded sermons Wright has strongly condemned the United States for provoking the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks by dropping nuclear weapons on Japan in World War II and supporting Israel since 1947.
Then he turned his Trinity United Church of Christ into an institution that had all the earmarkings of a black separatist congregation.
Source: WorldNetDaily
Earlier article: Jan. 9, 2008 - Obama's church: More about Africa than God?
Obama says his pastor 'pained and angered me' - WorldNetDaily
Obama Denounces Pastor's 9/11 Comments - NewsMax

The Truth About Democrats and Blacks

Mar. 11, 2008 - by Pat Boone
Most people don't know that Martin Luther King was a Republican. Many do not realize that the Republican Party was the "Anti-slavery" party. And Frances Rice, chairman of the National Black Republican Association, claims that the Democratic Party is the “architect of modern day racism.” In addition, she says that ...
... it was Republicans who pushed through much of the ground-breaking civil rights legislation in Congress — and that the GOP still stands for empowering blacks to help them out of poverty, more than the Democrats.
Source:NewsMax

Exit Poll: McCain Still Not Attracting Evangelicals

Mar. 6, 2008 - Tuesday's primaries show that John McCain still needs to attract the vote of evangelicals.
Exit polls provided by MSNBC reveal that the most devout Christians voted for Huckabee in large numbers. In Texas, for example, 60 percent of Christians who attend church more than once a week voted for Huckabee, while only 33 percent voted for McCain.
The Ohio race demonstrated the same thing: 54 percent of church-goers voted for Huckabee compared with 45 percent who voted for McCain.
Source:Crosswalk

Huckabee's Future Still Bright

Mar. 6, 2008 - Bowing out of the presidential race, Mike Huckabee says he is not hoping for the vice-presidental nomination or interested in running for a senate seat. But he has positioned himself well for a future bid for president. Tim Hutchinson, a former senator, said:
“Mike Huckabee is the greatest political communicator since Ronald Reagan on the Republican side.
Source: CBS
Huckabee Prepping for 2012 Bid - NewsMax

Hillary: I've felt 'presence' of Holy Spirit

Mar. 6, 2008 - According to New York Times reporter Michael Luo's interview with Senator Clinton in July:
She has felt the presence of the Holy Spirit.
She believes in the resurrection of Christ.
She is unsure that that belief in Christ is needed for going to heaven.
Source: WorldNetDaily

Obama: Sermon on Mount OKs Same-Sex Unions

Mar. 3, 2008 - At a college in Ohio, Sen. Barack Obama claimed that the Sermon on the Mount justifies his support for legal recognition of same-sex unions.
He also told the crowd that his position in favor of legalized abortion does not make him "less Christian."
Source: NewsMax
Obama ties same-sex issues to Jesus' Sermon on Mount - WorldNetDaily

Huckabee poised to lead revival of conservative evangelical wing

Mar. 2, 2008 - Mike Huckabee might drop out of the presidential campaign if John McCain wins enough delegates in Tuesdays' primaries, but he will undoubtedly exert political influence among evangelicals in the future.
"He has become the leader of a new generation of Christian conservative voters," said Rex Nelson, who was communications director when Mr. Huckabee was Arkansas' governor.
Source:Free Republic
Washington Post article
Dallas Morning News Endorses Huckabee - NewsMax

Islamic Links on Obama Web Site Stir Criticism

Feb. 25, 2007 - The Obama for President website allows people to create their own "My Obama" pages. There are, for example, "Jews for Obama," and "Christians for Obama." But the "The Muslim Americans for Obama'08" section has raised concerns because of links to sites with radical Islamic views.
Source: Crosswalk
Obama worked with terrorist - WorldNetDaily
Obama raised funds for Islamic causes - WorldNetDaily
'Muslim' photo raises Obama connection questions - WorldNetDaily

Hillary Clinton on her Campaign, Faith

Feb. 25, 2008 - Hillary Clinton, a Methodist for many years, told a CBN reporter that she had enjoyed a strong faith ever since she was a little girl.
"We look at the roots of our faith," Clinton said. "Our personal relationship with God and obviously through Jesus Christ, which gives us a sense that we're not only saved, but that we're called and that we're given much and much is required."
Source:CBN

Is Obama a (or the) Messiah?

Feb. 21, 2008 - Newsweek's Claire Hoffman responds to questions from all sides about whether or not Barak Obama is a messiah figure. One example is Chris Matthews of MSNBC.
"I’ve been following politics since I was about 5. I’ve never seen anything like this. This is bigger than Kennedy. [Obama] comes along, and he seems to have the answers. This is the New Testament. This is surprising.”
Source: Newsweek
Is Barak Obama the Messiah? - Blog
Is Obama the messiah? - WorldNetDaily

Questions About Obama

Feb. 20, 2008 - As Barak Obama appears to overtake Hillary Clinton in the primaries, new questions are being raised about his qualifications from both Democrats and Republicans.
Obama mentor identified as communist - WorldNetDaily
Obama's Communist Mentor - Accuracy In Media
Michelle Obama Takes Heat for Saying She’s ‘Proud of My Country’ for the First Time - Fox
Obama Accused Of Plagiarism In Speech - CBS
McCain takes aim at Obama experience - KXCM

Pro-Lifers to McCain: Convince Us

Feb. 12, 2008 - Speaking for pro-life leaders in Congress, Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) says Presidential Candidate John McCain needs to convince voters that he is a truly against abortion. He hasn't really told voters his heart-felt views on the subject, and he has voted in favor of embryonic stem cell research.
Further, in the 2000 primary debate in South Carolina broadcast on CNN, he attacked then-Texas Gov. George Bush for supporting the pro-life plank in the Republican platform because it does not include exceptions for rape and incest.
Source: NewsMax
Analysis: Evangelical Message to McCain - Associated Press
Limbaugh: Do Not Try to Win Me Over, McCain - NewsMax
Despite Impossible Odds, Huckabee Supporters Still Plan To Vote For Him - CBS

Gary Bauer Endorses McCain

Feb. 11, 2008 - Gary Bauer, President of American Values, is endorsing Republican presidential candidate John McCain.
The prominent abortion foe says in a statement that McCain "has dedicated his life to defending human rights around the world, including the rights of the unborn."
Source: NewsMax

Huckabee's Miracles

Feb. 10, 2008 - People are beginning to use the "M" word about Mike Huckabee's campaign. Huckabee says, "I still believe in miracles."

I was present in a gathering of pastors before the primaries even began. The purpose of the conference was to remind Christians to vote according to their Biblical principles. Mike Huckabee was one of the speakers, and though the conference did not endorse him or anyone else, another speaker mentioned that if someone with Huckabee's values did win the presidential race it would be a miracle. Then we were reminded that when Ronald Reagan first agreed to run for President, those in attendance agreed that it would take a miracle for him to win. Could the same thing be happening again? - Ron Graff

Look at some of these headlines:

Iowa Caucuses: Huckabee: Winning Iowa Would Be "A Miracle" -Huffington Post
Super Tuesday: Mike Huckabee's "Miracles" - Yahoo
Speech to Conservative Political Action Conference: “Miracle” Mike Huckabee Electrifies CPAC Crowd, Vows to Stay in Race - Fox News
Yesterday's Primaries: Huckabee's Kansas 'Miracle' - ABC Blogs
Huck's Hour of Power - Patrick J. Buchanan

Dobson to endorse Huckabee

Feb. 8, 2009 - According to Associated Press sources, Dr. James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family will endorse Mike Huckabee for president. Dobson has never endorsed a GOP presidential hopeful during the primary campaign, but may make the exception because of his concerns about John McCain's lack of conservative values.
Huckabee had long sought Dobson's endorsement, believing he is the best fit to advance Dobson's conservative, moral worldview.
Source: Yahoo

Romney, Huckabee Craft Strategies as McCain Tastes Victory

Feb. 7, 2008 - Mitt Romney vowed to continue the fight for the presidential nomination, but a memo from John McCain pointed out that Romney would have to gain victories in all the remaining states to amass enough delegates.

Rumors abound that Mike Huckabee is aiming for the Vice President's slot with McCain's approval.

Speculation about a McCain-Huckabee ticket was stirred again Tuesday when delegates previously backing McCain went en masse for Huckabee in the West Virginia GOP convention, resulting in a Huckabee win.
Source: Fox
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