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Faith in the 2012 Election

This site tracks the religious rhetoric of leading candidates for the 2012 presidential election. You can find a more comprehensive collection of candidates' statements and related historical material here.

Barack Obama

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On Personal Faith
Barack Obama on the Role Faith Plays in His Life
August 21, 2012
Barack Obama on Respecting and Protecting Religious Diversity
August 21, 2012
Barack Obama on the Christian Values Defining His Decision to Support Same-Sex Marriage
May 9, 2012
Barack Obama on Questioning Faith at the Easter Prayer Breakfast
April 4, 2012
Barack Obama on Why He is Not Fighting a War against Religion
March 13, 2012
Barack Obama on his Faith History and his Faith Today at the National Prayer Breakfast
February 2, 2012
Barack Obama on Prayer and Values as a Personal Motivator at the National Prayer Breakfast
February 2, 2012
Barack Obama on Faith when Facing Urgent Problems at the National Prayer Breakfast
February 2, 2012
Barack Obama on the Sustaining Role of His Faith at National Prayer Breakfast
February 10, 2011
Barack Obama on His Daily Prayers and Petitions at the National Prayer Breakfast
February 2, 2011
Barack Obama on the Presidency and Prayer at the National Prayer Breakfast
February 2, 2011
Barack Obama on the Experiences that Brought Him to Jesus at National Prayer Breakfast
February 2, 2011
Barack Obama on the Role of his Mother on his Values and Faith at the National Prayer Breakfast
February 2, 2011
Barack Obama on Prayer and its Power at the National Prayer Breakfast
February 4, 2010
Barack Obama Apologizes for 'Small Town Bitterness' Remarks
April 14, 2008
Barack Obama Clarifies His Comments on "Bitter" People "Clinging to Religion" at the Compassion Forum
April 13, 2008
Barack Obama on God's Plan at the University of Texas at Brownsville
February 29, 2008
Barack Obama on His Personal Faith in Christianity Today Interview
January 23, 2008
Barack Obama on E-mails Circulating about His Personal Faith to the Brody File
January 22, 2008
Barack Obama on Courting Evangelicals at the South Carolina Democratic Presidential Debate
January 21, 2008
Barack Obama on Personal Faith and Separation of Church and State at the MTV/MySpace Forum
October 30, 2007

On Values Issues
Barack Obama on Balancing Religious Freedom with Condemnation of Violence in the Muslim World
September 15, 2012
Barack Obama on Working Together in His Democratic National Convention Nomination Acceptance Speech
September 6, 2012
Barack Obama on Respecting and Protecting Religious Diversity
August 21, 2012
Barack Obama on Successful Government-Faith Community Partnerships
August 21, 2012
Barack Obama on Two Important Ways Faith Impacts Public Life
August 21, 2012
Barack Obama on Why He Now Supports Same-Sex Marriage
May 9, 2012
Barack Obama on the Christian Values Defining His Decision to Support Same-Sex Marriage
May 9, 2012
Barack Obama on American Reliance on Prayer when Declaring the 2012 National Day of Prayer
May 3, 2012
Barack Obama on Common Values and Their Role in Public Life at the National Prayer Breakfast
February 2, 2012
Barack Obama on Observing Ramadan
August 1, 2011
Barack Obama on Supporting Gay Rights
June 24, 2011
Barack Obama on the "Ground Zero Mosque" Controversy
August 13, 2010
Barack Obama on Science and Morality at the Signing of the Stem Cell Executive Order and Scientific Integrity Presidential Memorandum
March 6, 2009
Barack Obama on How He Speaks in Churches in Beliefnet Interview
January 22, 2008
Barack Obama on Same-Sex Marriage in the Human Rights Campaign Democratic Presidential Forum
August 9, 2007
Barack Obama on the Moral and Spiritual Aspects of Preventing HIV/AIDS at World AIDS Day
December 1, 2006
Barack Obama on Proportion in Church-State Matters in Call to Renewal Speech
June 28, 2006

On Foreign Policy
Barack Obama on the Role of Defense of Religious Minorities in the Third Presidential Debate at Lynn University
October 22, 2012
Barack Obama on Intolerance and Violence in His UN General Assembly Address Discussing the Middle East
September 25, 2012
Barack Obama on Balancing Religious Freedom with Condemnation of Violence in the Muslim World
September 15, 2012
Barack Obama in Response to the Violent Protests in Libya and Egypt
September 12, 2012
Barack Obama on Standing Up for Human Rights in His Democratic National Convention Nomination Acceptance Speech
September 6, 2012
Barack Obama on the Challenge of "Never Again" on Holocaust Remembrance Day
April 23, 2012
Barack Obama on the Basic Values Shared by the US and Israel at AIPAC
March 4, 2012
Barack Obama on Faith and International Responsibility at the National Prayer Breakfast
February 2, 2012
Barack Obama on Protecting Religious Liberty in the Middle East in the 2012 State of the Union
January 24, 2012
Barack Obama on US-Israeli Shared Values
May 22, 2011
Barack Obama on Peacefully Ending the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
May 19, 2011
Barack Obama on the Arab Spring
May 19, 2011
Barack Obama on the Future of American Values in the Middle East
May 19, 2011
Barack Obama on Not Fighting a War against Islam at Remarks on the Death of Osama bin Laden
May 1, 2011
Barack Obama on Fighting Negative Stereotypes of Islam at Cairo University
June 4, 2009
Barack Obama on a New Relationship with the Muslim World in His 2009 Inaugural Address
January 21, 2009

Mitt Romney

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On Personal Faith
Mitt Romney on How His Faith Influences His Decisions in the Campaign for President
September 9, 2012
Mitt Romney on God in the National Conversation and Pledge of Allegiance at a Speech in Virginia
September 8, 2012
Mitt Romney on Growing Up Mormon in His 2012 Convention Acceptance Speech
August 30, 2012
Mitt Romney on Being Thankful for His Father's Faith at the 2012 NAACP Convention
July 11, 2012
Mitt Romney on His Belief in the Christian Trinity and Its Impact on His Life
May 31, 2012
Mitt Romney on the Importance and Unity of Service at the 2012 Liberty University Commencement Exercises
May 12, 2012
Mitt Romney on Interracial Marriage and Mormon Doctrines/Practices
April 2, 2012
Mitt Romney on His Work as a Mormon Lay Pastor
February 29, 2012
Mitt Romney on His Career and His Passions at the NBC/Facebook NH Debate
January 8, 2012
Mitt Romney on His Daily Faith Practice
December 29, 2011
Mitt Romney on His Faith and His Electoral Chances in a Fox News Interview
November 29, 2011
Mitt Romney on Consistency and Values at the CNBC GOP Debate
November 9, 2011
Mitt Romney on the Danger of Choosing Public Office Holders Based on Their Religion at the Las Vegas GOP Debate
October 18, 2011
Mitt Romney on the Issue of Religion in the 2012 Election on Fox News Radio
September 16, 2011
Mitt Romney on His Decision-Making Process in Office
September 5, 2011
Mitt Romney on His Relationship to the Mormon Church in Politics
June 8, 2011
Mitt Romney on Personal Faith and Leadership
June 7, 2011
Mitt Romney on Learning about Mormonism
June 7, 2011
Mitt Romney on Political Candidacy as a Mormon
February 2, 2011

On Values Issues
Mitt Romney on Maintaining Religious Freedom and Caring for the Less Fortunate in the First Presidential Debate
October 3, 2012
Mitt Romney on God in the National Conversation and Pledge of Allegiance at a Speech in Virginia
September 8, 2012
Mitt Romney on the Democratic Party's Initial Removal of References to God from the Official Platform
September 5, 2012
Mitt Romney on Prioritizing Freedom of Religion in His 2012 Convention Acceptance Speech
August 30, 2012
Mitt Romney on Uniting a Religiously Diverse Country
August 21, 2012
Mitt Romney on Safeguarding the Freedoms Guaranteed in the First Amendment
July 27, 2012
Mitt Romney on How a Strong Traditional Family Structure Will Solve America's Economic Inequalities
July 11, 2012
Mitt Romney on Convicted Faithful Values and Society at the 2012 Liberty University Commencement Exercises
May 12, 2012
Mitt Romney on His Opponent's Weak Pro-Life Record while in Wisconsin
March 29, 2012
Mitt Romney on America's Family Crisis
February 29, 2012
Mitt Romney on President Obama Fighting a War Against Religion
February 22, 2012
Mitt Romney on President Obama's Attack on Religious Freedom at the Arizona CNN Debate
February 22, 2012
Mitt Romney on His Pro-Life Presidency at the 2012 Conservative Political Action Conference
February 10, 2012
Mitt Romney on Reiterating His Pro-Life Stance at the CNN Southern Republican Debate
January 19, 2012
Mitt Romney on Abortion and Changing Perspectives at the Fox News/WSJ Debate
January 16, 2012
Mitt Romney on His Committed Opposition to Same Sex Marriage at the Fox News/WSJ Debate
January 16, 2012
Mitt Romney on Homosexuality and the Definition of Marriage at the ABC/YAHOO/WMUR NH Debate
January 7, 2012
Mitt Romney on Defending Americans' Rights at the CNN National Security Debate
November 22, 2011
Mitt Romney on an American Century and the Conviction to Lead at the 2011 Values Voter Summit
October 8, 2011
Mitt Romney on Defending Marriage at the 2011 Values Voter Summit
October 8, 2011
Mitt Romney on Faith in the Public Square at the 2011 Values Voter Summit
October 8, 2011
Mitt Romney on Same-Sex Marriage in the Iowa Republican Debate
August 12, 2011
Mitt Romney on His Pro-Life Positions
June 13, 2011
Mitt Romney on Same-Sex Marriage
June 7, 2011

On Foreign Policy
Mitt Romney on Critiquing the President and the US Embassy in Cairo for Their Statement “Sympathizing” with Violent Protestors
September 12, 2012
Mitt Romney on the Democratic Party's Initial Decision to Remove Language Naming Jerusalem as Israel's Capital from the Official Platform
September 5, 2012
Mitt Romney on Israel and the United States as the Democratic and Moral Leaders of the Civilized World
July 29, 2012
Mitt Romney on Obama's Shameful Acceptance of Compromised Russian Elections
March 27, 2012
Mitt Romney on Sharing the Gift of Freedom at the CNN Florida GOP Debate
January 26, 2012
Mitt Romney on the Values of His Foreign Policy at the CBS News/NJ Commander in Chief Debate
November 12, 2011
Mitt Romney on Israel and the Push for Palestinian Statehood Recognition
September 20, 2011
Mitt Romney on Sharia Law in US Courts
June 13, 2011
Mitt Romney on Religious Freedom in his Administration
June 13, 2011
Mitt Romney on Obama's Response to the Arab Spring
May 31, 2011
Mitt Romney on President Obama's Israel Remarks
May 19, 2011



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