The Jesus card

Campaign piety

Republican contenders for president met in Iowa recently to talk about politics and a testimonial broke out. When asked to identify his favorite philosopher-thinker, George W. Bush responded, “Christ, because he changed my heart.” Gary Bauer concurred. Senator Orrin Hatch covered the more obvious political bases by naming Lincoln and Reagan, but took care to cite Christ as well. All the candidates, Alan Keyes and Steve Forbes included, made sure that the public understood the intimate connection between their personal religious convictions and their political agendas.


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