September 1, 2008
Former senator calls evangelicals 'on board' with Republican ticket
Former senator of Indiana Dan Coats said evangelicals are 100 percent on board with what he called the McCain-Palin ticket the "perfect combination."
"People are just sky high over the ticket. I think everybody believes we have exactly the right ticket for the election and for this time. John McCain has experience, has ability to assume the role of commander in chief, the role of president of the United States, combined with a woman who brings outside experience but relates to families, relates to women in a way that no one else can. It’s the perfect combination. The last thing we need is somebody else who has a lifetime of experience in Washington. So you have Sarah Palin who’s a maverick, a reformer, but a mother, a leader, and someone who lives her faith, demonstrates her family, leadership and demonstrates her public faith, combined with John McCain, it’s a dynamic ticket.
A recent Pew Forum poll showed that evangelicals aren’t as excited about McCain as they were about President Bush four years ago.
That was true until a combination of John McCain’s interview with Rick Warren where he touched on issues of importance to evangelicals and the Christian right. They were able to learn that his core thinking is very much what their core thinking is, and combining that with the values of Sarah Palin. They’re 100 percent on board, enthused and ready to go.
What about Sarah Palin’s pregnant daughter?
Not every family has to face this specific issue, but every family have to face issues with children. I think the way they’ve handled this, the decision to not abort it, to marry, and to raise the child, demonstrates the kind of person Sarah Palin is, the kind of family that they have. We ought to support and praise that as well as her decision with her Down Syndrome child. She not only talks the talk in terms for support for life, but she walks the walk."