Monday, 18 August 2008

Keep nailing that faith vote

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It's not really a case of we told you so, but it was interesting to see the US presidential candidates courting the Christian vote this weekend with a joint appearance at Pastor Rick Warren's Saddleback Church in California.

It's a sign that James Crabtree was right, in our May/June cover story, when he predicted that this time around the evangelical vote would be crucial to both the Republican and Democratic candidates.

Obama and McCain haven't been seen together for months, but this event was important enough to get them to appear in the same place (and exchange what sounds like an amusingly unconvincing handshake and "Good to see ya").

Rick Warren's the poster pastor of what's being seen as a growing, more compassionate kind of Christian conservatism, whose followers, Crabtree argues, might just be open to voting Democrat in November, if they can look past issues like abortion and gay rights.