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Family Research Council Action has this last-minute ad running in Virginia, where polls show Barack Obama a few points up, hitting Obama for declining to oppose partial birth abortion in Illinois. For all of the candidates’–and the electorate’s–focus on economic issues, the final days of the campaign have seen a lot of these hot-button ads,…

Honestly, God-o-Meter is shocked that state Republican parties have been so deferntial until now in honoring John McCain’s request that they refrain from making such Wright-centric ads. Was that a courtesy on McCain’s part? Or more evidence of discomfort discussing matters religious?   Update: GOM noticed that the video for this ad on the Pennsylvania Republican…

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U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole’s challenger Kay Hagan has create a new ad called “Belief” in response to Dole’s “Godless” spot, which attacked Hagan for attending a fundraiser connected to someone who is connected to an atheist group.This is a very post-2004 way for a Democrat to respond to a faith-based attack: quickly responding to the…

The “Godless” ad that U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole is running against her Democratic challenger in North Carolina is a stark reminder that faith-based attacks have been kept to a relative minimum in the presidential race. It’s also a reminder, to GOM at least, that the McCain campaign has thus far refrained from running ads against…

David Brody has the scoop on Christian lit the McCain camp is distributing to churches across the country. The document is framed as a voting guide to the hot button social issues: abortion, gay marriage, judges, sex education, school choice. That’s all well and good. This is the kind of thing McCain needed to start…

Notice how so much political reporting these days about the future of the Republican Party is about the God Gap between religious conservatives and the rest of the party? Much of it hinges on the fact that Sarah Palin has become the movement’s new political face. The New York Times reports today that conservatives are…

Like God-o-Meter said yesterday, the GOP’s God Gap problem is not necessarily that the party’s religious conservatives and more secular moderates are drifting further apart. It’s that there’s a shortage of figures who can unify those two wings going forward. From today’s LA Times: The social conservatives and moderates who together boosted the Republican Party…

A reader, Mark G, responds to God-o-Meter’s New York Daily News piece about the growing God Gap between religious conservatives and the more secular establishment of the Republican Party: This post does not provide any solid reason to think the gap between Wall Street Republicans and evangelical/social conservative Republicans is growing. The gap has always…

Months after rolling out pages for “American Indians for McCain and “Arab Americans for McCain,” the McCain camp has added an “Americans of Faith” page to its web site. Not much to the page, just short explanations–none more than 105 words–of McCain’s stances in four areas: “Judicial Philosophy,” “Protecting Marriage,” “Human Dignity and Life,” “Service,…

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