September 19, 2008
Christian groups launch ads
A Christian group began airing a pro-Obama ad with former Congressman, pro-life Democrat Tony Hall today in Ohio.
The ad, paid for by the Matthew 25 Network, echoes biblical phrases in describing Barack Obama in an attempt to attract Bible-belt voters to his ticket. The ad states Obama "cares for the least of these," is a "Christian who believes God calls us to care for those in need," and will feed the hungry if elected.
The Matthew 25 Network is a Political Action Committee that raises support for political candidates it believes uphold biblical principles like promoting life, supporting families, environmental stewardship and working for peace and justice at home and abroad.
Matthew 25 in the Bible contains three parables: the story of the 10 virgins, the parable of the talents, and the story of the sheep and the goats separated on judgment day.
The ad, which emphasizes Obama's empathy with the poor and desire to help them, will air on 10 to 15 radio stations across Ohio.
Catholics United released a pro-life ad criticizing John McCain's policies on Wednesday.
The 30-second spot is directed at McCain and tells him "It's not enough to say you're pro-life – actions speak louder than words." The woman in the ad then cites McCain's voting record on the Iraq War, healthcare and care for pregnant women. Text at the end of the ad reads "Pro-life means ALL life."
Catholics United reports the ad will be running in Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania through Friday, September 26.