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September 3, 2008

Hush hush religious outreach

The religious outreach at the Republican National Convention seems to be much quieter than the show put on by the Democratic National Convention.

I blogged several times last week about the interfaith service and the faith caucuses. Other than the brief prayer breakfast this morning, I haven't found a religious event sponsored by the RNC or the McCain campaign.

Well, apparently all the evangelicals met last Friday before I got here. At least that's what David Kirkpatrick at the New York Times writes.

"At a lunch Friday in Minneapolis, two of his top advisers - Charlie Black, a veteran political operative, and Dan Coats, a former senator from Indiana - were extolling Ms. Palin's virtues to about 150 influential evangelicals as evidence of Mr. McCain's ideological commitments," Kirkpatrick writes. "That night, at a larger gathering of Christian conservatives, the campaign sent Frank Donatelli, vice chairman of the Republican National Committee, to reinforce the message: Mr. McCain would be a 'pro-life' president, which could make a crucial difference with two Supreme Court justices close to retirement."

My plane arrived late Friday night, but either way, I didn't get the memo (and I asked the RNC and campaign several times for those types of memos). Maybe the RNC relies on groups like the Eagle Forum to host events. In any case, there's definitely a difference between Denver and St. Paul.