Skip to comments.McCain campaign plans ‘very aggressive’ outreach to Catholic voters
Posted on 07/11/2008 12:22:59 PM PDT by NYer
.- John McCain is preparing to ramp up his efforts to reach out to Catholic voters with a very, very aggressive campaign, spearheaded by the newly created Catholic Outreach Coalition.
Frank Donatelli, the Deputy Chairman of the Republican National Committee, spoke to reporters and Catholic media on a conference call this morning about the efforts that the McCain campaign is planning to reach Catholic voters.
Donatelli described the Catholic Outreach Coalition, chaired by Sen. Sam Brownback and Frank Keating, as first-rate and said that it will be very well-funded.
McCains Catholic campaign will involve literature, sending speakers to parishes and Catholic gatherings, a direct mail program and statements by Sen. McCain on issues of concern to Catholics.
The coalition plans to explain to Catholic voters how McCain is a stalwart opponent of abortion, has a strong appreciation for the social conscience of the world and that he is in favor of an immigration policy that defends the nations borders but also is humane in its treatment of illegal immigrants.
Donatelli also mentioned to CNA that the McCain campaign is also actively reaching out to Latinos, a group that historically votes for Democrats and is largely Catholic. Besides the cultural issues that presidential contender is emphasizing with non-Latino Catholics, McCain sees addressing the immigration issue in a humane manner as key to attracting the Hispanic vote.
As has been noted in the past, one issue that John McCain differs with Catholic teaching on is his position on embryonic stem cell research. CNA recently discovered a description on the McCain campaigns website that says:
As president, John McCain will strongly support funding for promising research programs, including amniotic fluid and adult stem cell research and other types of scientific study that do not involve the use of human embryos.
When Frank Donatelli was asked if Sen. McCains position had changed, he said he wasnt quite familiar with the passage, but that it is a change to the extent that weve had scientific breakthroughs there. So we may be able to avoid this terrible choice if this research continues to bear fruit.
McCain’s outreach: “I am not Obama.”
So if we can get the research without killing, great! If we can’t, the killing will continue.
I am looking forward to the day after McCain is elected so I can trash him.
McRINO teaming up with Kansas Senator Sam Brownback (aka Sam Wetback on allowing illegals citizenship) will say anything to any group. As a main stream Republican, we are not only screwed if Obama is elected, we are equally screwed with McRINO who will suck on Ted Kennedy and other democRATS if he is elected. For the first time since voting, I am considering voting for Nader, Pee Wee Herman or just about anyone. The Great Oz Has Spoken.
McCain. I am a Catholic and I disrespectfully say in the absolute utmost: “Pi$$ off!”I know what you are and you pandering counts for squat. You are a man without principle or honor. You stay in a party to destroy it. Quite frankly, you are scum.
After seeing his “aggressive outreach” to conservatives, this Catholic is not expecting much.
I agree but we STILL have to vote for him as there is NO alternative.
A Roman Catholic faithful to the Church cannot vote for a democrat and remain a faithful Roman Catholic. There is the overriding issue of abortion that makes this so. Enuf said!!
Someone needs to explain to these morons who run campaigns that Catholics, like most other groups, do not think or vote as a monolith.
Their makeup includes CINOs like Kerry, Kennedy, Biden, Leahy for whom the only mortal sin is being a Republican. It also includes most of those who made up the Reagan Democrats who also put George Bush in office twice, who actually believe in something and practice their faith.
Treating them like mind-numbed robots as McCain and his advisors are doing is insulting and shows how much these inside-the-Beltway lapsed Episcopalian secularists are detached from reality. (Hey - don’t get your dander up - I said LAPSED Episcopalians, not real believing ones.)
McCain is on a vector now approaching a Mondale defeat. It will be comical to see all the post election analyses explaining how McCain lost. An average conservative voter could write it right now. Too bad the guys around McCain never talk to them.
He might start by strengthening his positions on protection of human life issues. It is very hard to get enthusiastic about a candidate who supports fetal stem cell research.
If he does indeed lose there will be a very easy one letter explanation for it:
I agree. Juan is the expected and get nothing candidate, while Obambi is the empty chest candidate.
Hey - why isn’t someone reaching out to me, a white guy in his 30’s who’s married, a father, white collar professional, and a courteous, law-abiding tax paying citizen?
Where’s my outreach?
So I take it you are voting for Obama.
Because you're a racist. The only difference between me and you is that I'm about 20 years older than you.
Glad to help you with your dilemma.
It’s not aggressive if he chooses a pro-choice running mate.
When he reaches out I hope he will grab a VP who is strong pro-life both before and after being born.
I was at this daily mass last week and this woman prayed that we be given widom to know who to vote for for President — can you imagine!!!
When family, friends, or fellow Catholics espouse Democratic leanings I want to yell at them, stomp away, slam a door, and go eat and watch TV.
You can tell what the “elites” think about you by watching the marketing campaigns that depict every white male as a useless blithering idiot.
The big surprise this fall is that the “useless blithering idiots” will decide the election, outreach or not.
Yes, but I live in Maryland. So it doesn't matter who I vote for, we all know to whom the electoral votes are going.
That gives me a lot of leeway as to exactly how I will vote. As it won't matter. I know it WON'T be for Barry. It doesn't look like it will be for McLame. But for whom...maybe a write-in vote...
Whan a group of us sat down and talked with our parish priest about the election, our priest made it quite clear that given the record of McCain and Obama on the life issue. The choice is quite clear who NOT to vote for.
One of my favorite parts of the Gospel is Matthew 22 verses 17-21:
Tell us, then, what is your opinion: Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?” Knowing their malice, Jesus said, “Why are you testing me, you hypocrites? Show me the coin that pays the census tax.” Then they handed him the Roman coin. He said to them, “Whose image is this and whose inscription?” They replied, “Caesar’s.” At that he said to them, “Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.”
My job as a Catholic is not necessarily to act as a cheerleader for a political party and/or it’s candidates. The only Catholic “political duty” I can see is to *not* support a political candidate whose stated aims are grossly contrary to the faith.
Same here. LOL
“I was at this daily mass last week and this woman prayed that we be given widom to know who to vote for for President can you imagine!!!”
Actually, I can. Electoral politics has become a golden calf for too many Christians.
**The Catholic vote almost always goes for the winner. There are signs that McCain is doing better with Catholics than Obama, with room to grow.**
You pegged it.
If you don’t vote for McCain you are guaranteeing that Obambamaniac will be the next presidient.
Common sense needs to prevail. (And we don’t mean Obama!)
Bravo! As Fr. Frank Pavone has repeatedly noted, in an election such as this, the primary determination must be to vote for the candidate who supports life for without life, there is no hope.
Voted YES on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP. (Mar 2008)
Voted YES on barring HHS grants to organizations that perform abortions. (Oct 2007)
Voted YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Apr 2007)
Voted YES on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions. (Jul 2006)
Voted NO on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives. (Mar 2005)
Voted YES on criminal penalty for harming unborn fetus during other crime. (Mar 2004)
Voted YES on banning partial birth abortions except for maternal life. (Mar 2003)
Voted YES on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions. (Jun 2000)
Voted YES on banning partial birth abortions. (Oct 1999)
Voted YES on banning human cloning. (Feb 1998)
Rated 0% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record. (Dec 2003)
Obama's Voting Record
Voted NO on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP. (Mar 2008)
Voted NO on prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion. (Mar 2008)
Voted YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Apr 2007)
Voted NO on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions. (Jul 2006)
Voted YES on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives. (Mar 2005)
That's what we need to see! vs Obama who is rated 100% by NARAL for his pro-death voting record.
Your right, but what got my goat is the idea that any serious Catholic could be in doubt about whether to vote for Obama.
“Bravo! As Fr. Frank Pavone has repeatedly noted, in an election such as this, the primary determination must be to vote for the candidate who supports life for without life, there is no hope.”
Well, I see it in more of the negative sense: I should not vote for a candidate who opposes life. And I will not do so. Otherwise, I don’t see a faith based duty to vote at all. Civic duty, perhaps, but not a faith based duty.
It is highly debatable as to whether Sen. McCain represents a pro-life voice of any consequence. He may espouse pro-life views with a wink and a nudge, but I don’t see anything changing should he be elected. He’s a typical GOP politician in that respect.
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