We must build our future with the bricks of moral values and strong families, says the President in this exclusive CT interview.

At what points in your presidency did your religious faith help you the most? Were there situations that really challenged your faith?

I have always relied on prayer for comfort and strength. At no time was prayer more important to me than the day I ordered hundreds of thousands of American men and women into battle in Operation Desert Storm.

When Barbara and I attended a “Service for Peace” at Fort Myer’s chapel in Virginia the following day, I truly understood what Abraham Lincoln meant when he said that many times he went to his knees as President of the United States.

To this day, I thank God that our nation suffered minimal loss of life in this war. And I am convinced now—just as I was back then—that it was the faithful prayers of my friends, family, and all Americans that sustained Barbara and me as well as our troops through this difficult period.

A study released earlier this summer found that evangelicals have replaced mainline Protestants as the religious core group of the Republican party. Do you have any comment on this trend? In your view, what role do evangelical Christians have in the party? How would you describe your own relationship with evangelicals?

I am not familiar with this study so I cannot comment directly about it. I do know this, however: evangelical Christians have long played a vital role in the Republican party. Many have also helped make America what it is today—a shining example of democracy and freedom for the rest of the world.

On a personal level, I have always enjoyed a warm relationship with the evangelical community as a whole as well as with several individuals. ...

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