General Wesley Clark says he is a Methodist turned Baptist turned Catholic who attends a Presbyterian church. Congressman Richard Gephardt says his religion is “to care about the poor first.” Howard Dean, who has criticized the mixing of religion and politics, now promises to talk about Jesus when he campaigns in the South.
The Democratic field remained crowded even as the first skirmishes for convention delegates loomed in Iowa and New Hampshire. Some presidential hopefuls, notably Dean, are trying to show that they “get” religion. Doubt remains about whether any Democrat can compete with President Bush on that front.