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Religious Voters Look for Moral Leadership in Veep Debate

Oct 8, 2020 | In the News, State Press Clips, What's New

Posted on October 7, 2020 by Nadia Ramlagan, Public News Service

RALEIGH, N.C. — As Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris and Republican incumbent Mike Pence gear up for their first debate tonight, some Christian voters say they’re overshadowed by media coverage of far-right, evangelical issues.

Reverend Dr. Oliver M. Thomas, an associate pastor in Greensboro, N.C., said national politicians continue to pander to religious voters on such issues as abortion and defunding Planned Parenthood — even though most people of faith are focused on candidates’ views on health care, the pandemic, economic inequality and racial justice.

“People are afraid that their voice will not be heard,” Thomas lamented. “People are afraid that their vote, as a way of speaking their voice, will not be heard or recognized. People also are responding to what they’ve already seen, unfortunately, from too many politicians who have not been listening.” Read more here

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