WASHINGTON – People view Hillary Rodham Clinton and Rudy Giuliani as the least religious of the major presidential candidates, according to a poll released Thursday. Mitt Romney was seen as most religious, but his Mormonism may hurt him with voters.
Seven in 10 in the nonpartisan Pew Research Center poll said they believe it is important for a president to have strong religious beliefs, including broad majorities of both parties. Most also see each major presidential hopeful as at least somewhat religious â€” important because people who view a candidate that way are likelier to have a favorable opinion of them.
No surprise for Giuliani, however, I would say it’s sort of a dent to Hillary’s image.
Clinton has spoken often of her Methodist upbringing and said her religion helped hold her marriage together.
“There are many things about Senator Clinton that people don’t know and one of those things is that she is a person of faith,” said Clinton spokesman Phil Singer.
It has always amazed me that overtly non-religious people seem to become devout “people of faith” during campaigns. In 2004 you had John Kerry giving campaign speeches from the pulpit. Hillary is trying to capture the moderate Christians who may be anti-war with her “faith” message.
However, to keep the liberal base on board she can’t go throwing “God” around like she’s serious about it.
Meanwhile, Fred says he alone can stop her.