Joseph Lieberman
Senator Joseph Lieberman became the first Jew to be part of a national party ticket when Al Gore chose him as his running mate in the 2000 election. An Orthodox Jew, Lieberman speaks openly about his faith and refuses to campaign on the Jewish Sabbath.

On Religious Discrimination
"I have a record here of opposing religious discrimination. I have, along with Senator Don Nickles, I co-sponsored the International Religious Freedom Act. It set up a process, both a religious freedom commission and an annual evaluation of religious freedom, and on the other side bigotry, around the world, and then suggested sanctions against countries that are not doing better at fighting bigotry and discrimination of all kinds, including anti-Semitism.

"And as president, I would carry that particular and, I think, characteristically American value into the Oval Office and make it a centerpiece of our foreign policy. And incidentally, the group that is probably discriminated against most in the world today on the basis of religion are Christians."

--Conference call with members of the Jewish press, Dec. 12, 2003

On Jewish Support
"I do not feel that all Jews should support me because I'm Jewish, but I also believe very strongly that Jews should not oppose me because I'm Jewish or worry about supporting me because I'm Jewish because of some fear of what may happen if somebody who's Jewish becomes president. That's a fear that I will tell you is not shared by the American people generally who, I've said before, are ready to support somebody they feel is best or would be the best president, regardless of religion or any other description. "I always say that I'm running for president as an American who happens to be Jewish, not the other say around. And that, of course, is not only my constitutional responsibility but exactly the precedent that John F. Kennedy set when he ran as the first Roman Catholic to be elected president."
--Conference call with members of the Jewish press, Dec. 12, 2003

On Faith & Fate
"Generally speaking, my faith orders and gives perspective and hopefully purpose to every day. You have a faith in a benevolent God. If things work out, great, but if they don't work out, they weren't meant to be."
--Interview with Beliefnet, March 7, 2001

On Connecting During the Campaign
"As a Jewish American and the first to run for national office, I was extremely grateful that there wasn't visible anti-Semitism. People who were not Jewish [were] bonding with me because they knew I was religious. That was expressed over and over again. People who have spent time on other campaigns have said that as they walked along the rope lines with me at the rallies that there were a disproportionate number of people saying, 'God bless you.' I thought that was a way of making connection that I appreciated deeply."
--Interview with Beliefnet, March 7, 2001



Carol Moseley Braun
Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun was raised a Catholic but now considers herself an Episcopalian. She has said she became a born-again Christian in 1986, the year she got divorced, her mother suffered a stroke, and a younger brother died from drug abuse.

On the Ecnoomy & Spiritual Renewal
"I think that we have a responsibility to get this economy going. It's in the double dip of a recession that is being exacerbated or made worse by tax cuts again that didn't make a whole lot of sense while you're going off to a war that didn't make a whole lot of sense. So, I think that fiscal responsibility will give us the ability, not only to pay our bills on a pay-as-you-go basis, if you will, but also to build the foundations for a stronger future. I really think that's the key, part of the spiritual renewal that America needs to have, the notion that we really can have confidence in a better tomorrow. That's a major part of my message as a candidate for president."
--NPR interview, May 2003

"There are a number of steps that we can take to reinvigorate and rebuild the economic and the physical infrastructure of our country and then to rebuild us, frankly, on a spiritual level. To me, that means getting back to the point where our Constitution means that you don't tap people's phones and poke into their e-mail and you don't arrest people and keep them hidden for a year and a half without charging them. Those are the kind of fundamentals that I think the American people have every right to expect. But also to rebuild our confidence in ourselves, the notion that we are a great country because of our leadership, not our military might."
--NPR interview, May 2003



Al Sharpton
The Rev. Al Sharpton is a Pentecostal minister, though he does not have a fixed parish. He was ordained a preacher at the age of nine.

On God & Republicans
"I can assure you in my talks with God, he is not a registered member of the right wing of the Republican Party."
--December 2003 Democratic debate

On Choosing to Go to Hell
"[Former New York archbishop] Cardinal O'Connor once asked me how I could support a woman's right to choose abortion. I told him, 'God didn't say you have to go to heaven -- he gave you the option of hell. I think you may go to hell, and I defend your right to get there.'
--Rolling Stone interview, November 5, 2003