John McCain: Constitution Established a 'Christian Nation'

He expresses discomfort about a Muslim in the White House and says he won't undergo a full-immersion baptism while campaigning.

BY: Dan Gilgoff

 

Presidential candidate and U.S. Senator John McCain discusses the country's  Judeo-Christian roots, explains why the prospect of a Muslim in the White House makes him uncomfortable, and reveals that he wouldn't undergo a full-immersion baptism until his presidential campaign is over.

 

Watch segments of the video interview.  Or read a transcript below.


What Religion Should the President Be?

  • McCain says he's uncomfortable with a Muslim president but feels Mitt Romney's Mormonism is a non-issue

Is America a Christian nation?

  • How the Constitution established a Christian nation
  • Why tolerance is still crucial

From Episcopal to Evangelical Church

  • Are you now identifying as a Baptist?
  • Will you undergo a full-immersion baptism?

Did Bush's "theological perspective" blind him on Iraq?

  • McCain says the Greek god hubris may be responsible for mistakes in Iraq

Struggles with the Christian Right

  • Why are prominent pro-lifers against you, despite your pro-life record?
  • Did calling Falwell and Robertson "agents of intolerance" end your 2000 campaign?

From self-reliant to God-reliant as a Vietnam POW

  • Why were you appointed chaplain by your fellow prisoners?
  • What is your relationship with God today?
 
 


Has the candidates’ personal faith become too big an issue in the presidential race?
Questions about that are very legitimate.... And it's also appropriate for me at certain points in the conversation to say, look, that's sort of a private matter between me and my Creator.... But I think the number one issue people should make [in the] selection of the President of the United States is, 'Will this person carry on in the Judeo Christian principled tradition that has made this nation the greatest experiment in the history of mankind?'"

It doesn't seem like a Muslim candidate would do very well, according to that standard.
I admire the Islam. There's a lot of good principles in it. I think one of the great tragedies of the 21st century is that these forces of evil have perverted what's basically an honorable religion. But, no, I just have to say in all candor that since this nation was founded primarily on Christian principles.... personally, I prefer someone who I know who has a solid grounding in my faith. But that doesn't mean that I'm sure that someone who is Muslim would not make a good president. I don't say that we would rule out under any circumstances someone of a different faith. I just would--I just feel that that's an important part of our qualifications to lead.*

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