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Jim Wallis: Primaries Show Evangelicals Moving in a Different Direction

Sojourners leader believes candidates will have to gear their focus to issues like poverty and climate change.

Jim Wallis is still preaching that God is not a Republican or a Democrat.

The Sojourners president appeared on the Jon Stewart show January 22, and his book will be announced at #10 on The New York Times best seller list later this week. He spoke with Christianity Today about the election and his take on the candidates and the evangelical agenda.

[Barack Obama is] almost a public theologian. He really understands the relationship between religion and public life, faith and politics. [Hillary Clinton] was a Methodist youth group kid who got urban experiences in Chicago and she has had her faith formed by that. McCain struggles more to understand the evangelical world. He's trying, but it's not as natural to him. Barack and Hillary were having faith forums in Iowa and Massachusetts and gospel tours in South Carolina. McCain is also trying now to reach out to evangelicals.

Can you evaluate how the candidates will appeal to evangelicals on specific issues?

Probably Barack and Hillary making ...
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