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Below is a taste of the press release the conservative Catholic group Fidelis released this morning on the Palin announcement.
Obama has a Catholic running mate.
Now McCain does, too.
The fight for Catholics is going to heat up big time. God-o-Meter has said it before: this year is for Catholic voters what 2004 was for evangelicals. Catholics are in the spotlight. They’re America’s quintessential swing voters, and with both party nominees claiming to be post-partisan, they’ve become one of the nation’s most important constiuencies.
Palin a ‘Natural Choice for Catholics’
Fidelis Urges Catholic Support for Pro-Life, Pro-Marriage Ticket
CHICAGO – John McCain’s decision to pick a pro-family and pro-life running mate will make McCain-Palin ticket a ‘natural’ for Catholic voters, said Brian Burch, President of Fidelis Political Action.
“A presidential candidate’s first major executive decision is selecting a running mate and John McCain’s unexpected choice of Sarah Palin inspires real confidence that a McCain Administration will be a strong ally in the pro-life and pro-family cause,” said Burch. “Governor Palin is the most pro-life vice presidential candidate ever to run. We are thrilled with this choice.”
“John McCain and Sarah Palin have matched their public defense of life with their own personal commitment to life,” said Burch.
Burch noted that earlier this year Palin made news with the birth of her fifth child, whom she welcomed into life despite a pre-natal diagnosis that revealed the child had Down Syndrome. The governor made national headlines when she proclaimed: “I’m looking at him right now, and I see perfection. Yeah, he has an extra chromosome. I keep thinking, in our world, what is normal and what is perfect?”