Wednesday, May 28, 2008

How will evangelicals vote this Fall?

Mike Huckabee makes some intriguing observations about what could be the most important electoral story of the Fall:

What do you think is going to happen with the evangelical vote in the fall?

The key is what John McCain does. I don't think the evangelicals can be taken for granted, and in fact, I would caution anybody to not assume that the evangelicals will go and vote Republican this fall, for two reasons. First of all, Obama has done a very, very masterful job of positioning himself as a person of faith...

Secondly, John McCain has got to be very clear and talking to the evangelicals, and beyond the evangelicals, it's really a broader base than that, the Catholics, and the social conservatives, not all of whom are ... evangelicals but who really do firmly believe in some issues.

If a candidate can't and won't articulate clearly to them, [they] won't necessarily be counted on.

Do you think Obama is an evangelical?

I don't know that I would call him an evangelical, but I think he's certainly a Christian, he openly declares his Christian faith, and I think some Republicans who try to dismiss that are making a big mistake, and they'll be very naïve if they think they can just assume that all of the faith vote is going to automatically go Republican this year. It is not.

A lot if polls are showing that there are a number of evangelical white voters who are willing to go shopping this fall. They're not necessarily just sold.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Looks to me like the Evangelicals finally figured out that Neocon support of Evangelical issues is mostly just lip service...