Re: Edwards: Religion Shouldn't Divide Voters
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> Edwards: Religion Shouldn't Divide Votersreligion is
> Sep 30, 4:31 PM (ET)
> By VICKI SMITH
> WEIRTON, W.Va. (AP) - John Edwards says voters should know that
> important to him and to presidential candidate John Kerry but the issueKerry," the
> shouldn't be used to divide people in the election.
> "My faith is very important to me, and the same is true of John
> Democratic vice presidential candidate and son of a deacon said in abrief
> interview with The Associated Press after a campaign stop in WestVirginia.
> "The two of us talk about our faith - with each other," he said
> "Our faith is important to us and it's always been important to us, andwho is
> people should know that."
> Edwards, a Methodist, said most Americans want a good leader - a man
> a good husband and a good father - "and if they're a person offaith, that
> "I don't think that faith should be used to divide us," he said.
> However, religion has emerged as an issue as both parties battle for
> Virginia's five electoral votes.April, has
> President Bush, who has visited West Virginia nine times since
> found staunch support among conservative Christians. At ralliesacross the
> state, dozens have cited his faith in God as the main reason for theirDemocrat Robert
> support - more important than jobs, the economy and the war in Iraq.
> On the Senate floor in Washington on Thursday, West Virginia
> C. Byrd denounced Republican campaign literature sent out in his stateacross its
> featuring a picture of the Bible with the word "banned" stamped
> cover. He urged Bush to make the Republican National Committeeapologize for
> the literature, which contends liberals want to ban the Bible.gain,
> "If ever there were one book that should never be used for political
> if ever there were one book that should never be the subject of lies andon the
> deception, it is the Bible," Byrd said.
> The mailing also shows a photo of a man on his knees, placing a ring
> hand of another man with the word "ALLOWED," a reference to same-sexto speak
> "Senator Byrd is a respected member of Congress, and we expect him
> his mind," said Mary Diamond, a spokeswoman for the Republican Nationalthere. It
> Committee in West Virginia. "It was an issue that was already out
> was obviously on the minds of voters."
> Bush defeated Al Gore in West Virginia in 2000.