On the faith-based campain trail

Bush shores up support
As presidential campaigns swung into their final five months, President Bush worked at cementing his strong support from evangelicals and shoring up ties to Catholics by visiting and honoring Pope John Paul II at the Vatican. White House incumbents always have a newsmaking advantage, but in early June Bush cornered the headlines—even before the death of former President Ronald Reagan gave Republicans an added week of attention.

Presumed Democratic nominee John Kerry of Massachusetts, said by a colleague to have the most “Catholic” voting record in the U.S. Senate, still had not named his choice for running mate, and he postponed campaigning in the memorial week for Reagan.

 

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