• Rev. J. Phil Wogaman, senior minister at Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C., and spiritual advisor to President Clinton:

    "Clearly the United States is the world leader, and that makes it a profound moral question as to how the nation addresses world issues. But other than trade, the candidates virtually ignored international issues in New Hampshire. I would have liked to see more moral authority on the continued violence in Africa, Indonesia, the Balkans and elsewhere."

  • Cal Thomas, former spokesman for Jerry Falwell and syndicated columnist:
  • "The politicians never, not in New Hampshire or anywhere, talk about the toughest moral threats to America, like divorce, because government can't do much about it. Yet these things are at the root of our social problems. So it's a mixed bag. They talk about changing laws, but not about changing behavior."

  • Salam Al-Marayati, executive director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council:
  • "I would have liked to hear them talk more in terms of ethics and morality. They talked about gun control but not the moral bankruptcy that leads to violence in schools. Still, the problem isn't so much the candidates as it is the political paradigm that misses the problem of spiritual bankruptcy, not to mention the problem of exclusion of religious minorities, because it forces the candidates to pay more attention to raising money and getting on TV."

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