Starting next week and continuing for a month, the Obama campaign will be sponsoring a faith tour through battleground states. Stops are expected in Colorado, Indiana, North Carolina, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Florida, New Mexico, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Pepperdine University professor Doug Kmiec, and former Indiana Congressman Tim Roemer (both pro-life Catholics) will be among the speakers. Issues will include healthcare, poverty, stewardship of God's Creation and reducing the numbers of abortions.
While Palin has been a boost to the McCain campaign with white, middle aged and older Evangelical Protestants, she has been a dud as far as Catholics, observant Jews and minority Evangelicals. The Obama campaign also has made inroads with many younger Evangelicals.
The faith tour will bring the campaign's message to people of faith and give them a chance to hear about the Obama-Biden campaign. It will seek out a broad and inclusionary audience, unlike the McCain-Palin campaign which rarely ventures outside the politically safe white Evangelical Protestant community and limits Catholic outreach to white conservatives.
The outreach to people of faith does not stop with this tour. Two independent groups have put out fantastic videos. Here are the links:
Matthew 25 Network with former Congressman Tony Hall: